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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF1004 Introduction to Cultural Analysis II

20 creditsClass Size: 65

Module manager: Diane Morgan
Email: d.l.morgan@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces students to different methodological and critical approaches to the analysis and study of cultural production and consumption, in a range of different social, historical and political contexts. Week by week students are taken through a range of relevant questions, topics and themes relating to the critical and contextual analysis of culture, and are shown the ways in which culture itself informs the ways in which it is theoretically interpreted. In the first five weeks students are introduced to a range of general questions relating to cultural analysis and theory. In the last five weeks, students are taken through a range of thematic and case-based engagements which examine ways in which culture can be analysed and interpreted in specific contexts.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students will be able to employ a range of critical and analytical approaches to the study of culture, in a range of intellectual and case-based contexts. They will have developed an understanding as to how different contexts inform the diverse ways in which culture can be critically analysed. Among the key themes and methodological terms that the students will have encountered will be the following: cultural analysis, critical practice, political economy, ideology, globalization, technological, media culture, social activism and political resistance. Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to mobilize these terms and approaches in relation to diverse instances of cultural production and consumption.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- an understanding of the basic concepts and theoretical paradigms of cultural analysis, theory and history.
- an ability to apply these concepts and paradigms in the analysis of discursive practices.
- a kindling of historical awareness and of the long history of modernity that informs debates in contemporary cultural studies.
- an understanding of the ways in which accounts of the world are created and how they mediate symbolically between the individual and society (questions of 'representation')
- an understanding of the relations between systems of meanings and relations of social and political power and inequality (questions of ideology).
- basic skills in academic research and writing.
- an appreciation of their strengths and weaknesses as learners.

Skills outcomes
Students will be encouraged to think creatively and critically about contemporary culture from a historically informed perspective.


Syllabus

On completion of this module, students will be able to employ a range of critical and analytical approaches to the study of culture, in a range of intellectual and case-based contexts. They will have developed an understanding as to how different contexts inform the diverse ways in which culture can be critically analysed. Among the key themes and methodological terms that the students will have encountered will be the following: cultural analysis, critical practice, political economy, ideology, globalization, technology, media culture, social activism and political resistance. Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to mobilize these terms and approaches in relation to diverse instances of cultural production and consumption.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture102.0020.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

The work carried out in the weekly lectures and seminars are supplemented by further illustrative and explanatory material provided on the VLE that students are expected to work through as individual/independent study.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Attendance at lectures/tutorials/film screenings
- Record of attendance kept
- Participation in class discussions.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2000-3000 word essay50.00
ProjectThemed student-curated content of observations and annotated links to texts, images, audio and video content50.00
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: 10/08/2020 08:33:44

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