Cities, large and small, all across Europe are involved in competing for the status of European Capital of Culture, which has become one of the most sought after European titles for economic and social regeneration, national and international promotion.
Last year Birmingham was shortlisted for UK City of Culture in 2013, a new title created by the UK government following the success of Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture.
The advanced specialist course on Culture and Cities investigates the impact of local investments in culture and creativity, it examines the influence it has on a city's social fabric and economic wellbeing and the impact this can have on a city's national and international reputation.
You will explore these issues with the help of some of Birmingham's major cultural institutions and organisations.
Participants will be invited to compare and contrast these with examples from their own towns and cities.