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PECI5212M Research Perspectives (Cultural Industries)

30 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Alice Borchi

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Admission to:
MA Audiences, Engagement, Participation
MA Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This compulsory module is a programme-specific induction into postgraduate-level research designed for the particular needs of students undertaking research in the cultural and creative industries. It is one of a suite of parallel PGT modules within the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, offering a similar but programme-inflected experience to all Masters students within the School. Core lectures of general interest will be shared with MAs from other programmes. The central objective of Research Perspectives (Cultural Industries) is to provide students with an understanding of the interdisciplinarity of cultural industries research and of approaches to research that enable them to develop a proposal for their final research project. Weekly lectures and seminars focus on topics that enable students to make critical evaluations of a range of research and sources, from academic and scholarly research, to grey literature, to policy documents. Assessment takes two forms: coursework during the teaching period and a research proposal.


The objectives of this module are to enable students to:
• Become emergent researchers within the interdisciplinary field of the cultural industries
• Acquire approaches and skills in research methods appropriate to cultural industries research

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Understand the roles and responsibilities of the researcher within Performance and the Cultural Industries
2. Identify and evaluate the principal methods and methodologies of research relevant to the cultural industries
3. Identify ethical issues in academic research, and know how to apply/implement appropriate measures, including University procedures on ethical review
4. Employ a range of data collection, analysis and interpretation methods as applicable to cultural industries research
5. Have a working knowledge of University research resources and how to access them


Students develop their perspectives and skills as emergent researchers through a series of topic-based lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The module will include a number of lectures shared with students on other MAs within PCI. These lectures will cover topics of general relevance to Performance and Cultural Industries, and therefore to all postgraduates in the School. Students will also work within their own programme group, to allow time for focus on subject-specific research methodologies and approaches, in preparation for specialist Research Project proposals.
Generic lecture/seminar topics delivered in the first half of the module will include:
• Contrasting forms and models of research in the Performing Arts and Cultural Industries
• The roles and responsibilities of Arts and Humanities research
• Ethical considerations in research
• Resources and data gathering/analysis
Subject-specific topics delivered throughout the module, but mainly in the second half, will include:
• Evaluating sources and writing a literature review
• Using theory in research
• Researching and writing a case study
• Understanding the research process and developing a proposal

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours281.75
Total Contact hours18.25
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Preparation for lectures and seminars 100 hours
Familiarisation with University research resources 20 hours
Preparation of assignments 161.75 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students are monitored through performance in seminars and tutorials, and through their portfolio. They are offered verbal and written feedback on their first assignment, which is an online portfolio, and formative assessment at this stage enables the students to make adjustments in the written proposal well before submission. Furthermore, students will be encouraged to give each other feedback on their portfolio entries, either online or during seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Portfolio2000 words equivalent35.00
Essay4000-word Project Proposal65.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/07/2019


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