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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PECI3701 Contemporary Issues in Arts and Culture

20 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Dr Jon Ward

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to ...

Analyse contrasting theoretical perspectives on the value and significance of performance, art and culture within contemporary societies, including artistic, social, economic and community;
Interrogate artistic and cultural production and consumption models such as the cultural industries, culture as commodity and independent and community creative practices and apply them appropriately to selected empirical examples;
Assimilate prior common and specialist learning with module content;
Integrate module knowledge with future professional and career planning.

Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this module, students will have acquired:

An ability to locate their understanding of performance, arts and cultural industries within theoretical contexts informed by arts and selected social scientific knowledge;
A knowledge of the principal debates about the respective role of public policy, markets and networks in the development and working of performance, the arts and culture;
The ability to apply appropriate sociological and cultural theories of the performance and cultural industries to their own professional future planning;
An ability to represent in academic written form their own analyses of the form, structure and landscape of the performance and cultural industries.

Skills outcomes
On successful completion of this Module students will be able to:

apply a range of research-based theoretical perspectives on the performance and cultural industries drawn from the arts and social sciences (Use of Knowledge and Analytical Skills);

map and interrogate a range of characteristics of the professional landscapes of the performance and cultural industries (Leadership);

engage critically with relevant areas of public policy and their application to the performance and cultural industries and the contexts within which they work (Social and Cultural Sensitivity and Critical Thinking);

the Module aims to promote the School’s ethos of fostering the creativity of the artist, the dynamism of the entrepreneur and the insight of the cultural activist.


This module sets performance, the arts and cultural industries in contemporary theoretical and practical contexts, including: relevant cultural, social and economic theories (post-industrial society, the creative economy, social network markets, etc.), and especially with respect to the underlying assumptions of public policies, funding models and strategies, and, community and commercial contexts. The performance and cultural industries will be considered in terms of contrasting approaches to cultural value evidenced in a range of contemporary issues: enterprise, innovation, regeneration, access, education and social and cultural participation. Students will study the characteristics of performance and cultural industries with respect to typical modes of professional practice, creative work, the role of networks, markets and public policies, the organisational characteristics of the performance and cultural industries and, the nature of risk in the creative market-place

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
Private study hours180.75
Total Contact hours19.25
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparation for seminars 8 x 6 hours = 48 hours
Assignment preparation 132.75 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

On-going monitoring through tutor feedback on essay plan in personal tutorial
Summative assessment through essay assignment

Methods of assessment

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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1500-2000 words30.00
Portfolio3000 words70.00
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 08:43:25


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