Denmark, Aarhus

Cultural leadership – strategy, legacy and evaluation

when 20 July 2017 - 14 August 2017
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee EUR 552

Are you interested in ways in which cultural institutions and cultural events create value for individuals, organisations and society? And do you want to learn more about how cultural leadership is the ability to put value creation at the core of strategy as well as evaluation and long-term impacts?

In 2017 Aarhus is going to be European Capital of Culture (ECoC). In this course we use this as a case to explore the question of cultural leadership. It is an interesting and complex case of leadership in which a temporary organization is responsible for a one-off event has the ambition of creating a long term impact for society. Three interrelated aspects will be at the core of the course: Strategic objectives, evaluation and legacy.

The course is taught by the evaluators of Aarhus 2017 with year-long experiences of dealing with the strategic process and the issue of evaluation as a part of a large scale cultural event. The course will involve students in the process of evaluation focusing especially on the question of long-term value – or legacy.

We see legacy as a key part of cultural leadership: The ability to work strategically and knowledge-based with long term, complex values. This also challenges traditional approaches to evaluation focusing on short term reporting back to funders and retrospective analyses.

The course will combine lectures, workshops, visits to cultural institutions and design processes during which the students will contribute to the evaluation of Aarhus 2017 not as a study exercise but as a part of the official evaluation.

We will share the main case of Aarhus 2017 with the course Exploring Big Cultural Data – New Approaches and joint learning activities will be a part of the course.

Course leader


Target group

Master students

Course aim

The student is expected to acquire a theoretical and practical understanding of cultural leadership.

The assessment of the exams will be based on the extent to which the individual student is able to:

Demonstrate knowledge of central concepts related to cultural leadership, strategy, legacy and evaluation
Reflect on the concept of cultural leadership in relation to practice
Carry through an independent academic study of practice(s) of cultural leadership
Document awareness of the theoretical context of the concept of cultural leadership

Fee info

EUR 552: EU/EEA students without a preapproval or nomination
EUR 1360: Non-EU/EEA students without a preapproval or nomination