General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Creative cities
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Michał Męczyński
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position AMU Professor
Faculty Faculty of Human Geography and Planning
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 20


Module aim (aims)

The aim of the module is to make students acquainted with the concept of creativity, creative class, the creative sector and the role of creative individuals in the socio-economic development of the cities.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Basic knowledge about urban development as well as the social and economic structure of global cities.


Week 1.  Fundamental terms:  entrepreneurship, innovativeness and creativity

Week 2.  Evolution of creative sector and creative class concepts

Week 3.  Role of the creative sector in the local, regional and global economy

Week 4.  Concept of the creative class and its role in the development of the city

Week 5. Conditions of the creative class labour market development in the cities

Week 6. Mobility of the creative workers

Week 7. The idea of a creative milieu, built environment and innovative districts

Week 8. The attractiveness of Polish cities for creative people

Week 9. European and regional policies for the creative sector development

Reading list

Florida R. 2002. The rise of the creative class and how it’s transforming work, leisure, community and everyday life. Basic Books, New York.

Brown J., Męczyński M. 2009. ‘Complexcities’:Locational choices of creative knowledge workers. [In:] Can we plan the creative knowledge city? Chapain C., Collinge C., Lee P., Musterd S. (Eds.).Built Environment, 35, 2. London, 238-252.

Brown J, Nadler R, Męczyński M. 2010. Working on the edge? Creative jobs in Birmingham, Leipzig and Poznan. [In:] Musterd S, Murie A (Eds.) Making competitive cities. Wiley-Blackwell, 208-231.

Landry C. 2019. Advanced introduction to the creative city. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Musterd S., Bontje M., Chapain C., Kovacs Z., Murie A. 2007. Accommodating creative knowledge. A literature review from a European perspective. ACRE Report1. AMIDSt, Amsterdam.

Stryjakiewicz T., Męczyński M., Stachowiak  K. 2009. Poznan as a creative knowledge region. The views of high-skilled employees, managers and transnational migrants. ACRE report 8.8. AMIDSt, Amsterdam.