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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LLLC3983 Creative Interventions in the City

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Lisa Matera

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will provide you with the opportunity to understand the city of Leeds - you are studying here, but now is your opportunity to find out more about the city within a theoretical, socio-historical and practical context. The module will allow you to identify your own 'problem' or 'opportunity' within the city for which you will then design a creative intervention - to help address the 'problem' or make the most of the 'opportunity'. The module does not have any prerequistes but if you have some experience of producing creative work and/or of working within community settings then that would be an advantage.


This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop a historical and theoretical understanding of cities and urban space, alongside a practical appreciation of key problems experienced by communities in the city of Leeds and key opportunities afforded by the city and its people. The module will provide students with the opportunity to explore the city and identify one key issue which they would like to address by developing a creative intervention. To enable them to develop this intervention they will also be introduced to other impactful creative interventions, creative practice techniques, and participatory community development approaches.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Identify and critically engage with theories 'the city' and urban space
2. Research current challenges and opportunities facing the city of Leeds
3. Explore and critically reflect upon community development examples and models
4. Develop a creative intervention in response to a self-identified 'problem' facing the city of Leeds
5. Engage with processes particular to Arts and Community development project work - e.g. applying for funding


The content will cover such areas as:
- Multi-disciplinary theories of 'the city' and urban space
- Accessing and analysing data and information about the city of Leeds
- Community and arts development work in practice
- Development of creative practice

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours172.00
Total Contact hours28.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will be expected to undertake set readings to prepare for each session - and to utilise and further develop independent research and creative skills to identify and investigate a 'problem/opportunity' and to develop their creative work. There will be a requirement to engage with an online blog and discussion board to enable the development of ideas and critical reflection upon these ideas within a supportive environment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student will have the option to submit a draft/plan of assignments beforehand. There will also be peer-review and tutor-review opportunities as part of the teaching strategy.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Literature Review2,000 word literature review with action plan30.00
Written WorkCreative intervention plan or piece of creative practice (to work as an intervention) With funding application - 3,000 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: 09/05/2022 16:33:44


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