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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PECI5209M Critical Debates in Culture and Place

30 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Jon Ward

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

Admission to the Programme

Module replaces

PECI5206M Critical Debates in Culture and Development

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module evaluates and critiques the contemporary relationship of culture to social and economic conditions in cities, regions, and nations through examination of selected case studies. It examines the relationships of cultural production to place and interrogates strategies pursued by localities and governments to promote culture.


On completion of this module, students should be able to develop a critical knowledge of the relationship of culture to social and economic conditions through the examination of selected case studies

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students should be able to:
- understand and critique key debates concerning the relationship of culture to social and economic conditions at different scales;
- examine and critique the political and ideological significance of culture within policy;
- apply this knowledge to selected case studies;
- present their analyses through verbal presentations and written essays.


The module introduces theories of the relationship of culture to social and economic conditions at different scales, most typically cities, regions, and nations. Through case studies that include primary research conducted by researchers in the School, students will analyse and interrogate the conditions of cultural production and place. Topics and debates to be considered in the module are:
- The cultural politics of the twenty-first century
- The future of the urban experience
- Culture and sustainability
- The rural dimension
- The politics of creativity
- Culture, place and branding
- Culture, development and diversity

Students are introduced to these topics through lectures and seminars supported by selected reading material.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment10.500.50
Private study hours283.25
Total Contact hours16.75
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Reading and literature search (200 hours)
Preparation for tutorial (4 hours)
Preparation of assessment (presentation) (30 hours)
Writing and preparation of assessment (essay) (50 hours)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Preparation for and participation in seminars
Individual tutorials

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentation1 x 20-minute verbal presentation (3/4 students)35.00
Essay1 x 4,000-4,500 words65.00
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: 15/08/2018


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