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2023/24 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 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Admission to the Programme

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 culture and place and interrogates strategies pursued by localities and governments to promote culture.


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:
1. understand and critique key debates concerning the relationship of culture to social and economic conditions at different scales;
2. examine and critique the political and ideological significance of culture within policy;
3. apply this knowledge to selected case studies;
4. present their analyses through mapping 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 from the School and elsewhere, students will analyse and the relationships of culture and place. Topics and debates will selected in response to current research and contemporary events, but may include:
• Culture-led urban policy
• Culture and sustainability
• The rural dimension
• The politics of creativity
• Culture, place and branding
• Culture, development and diversity
• Cultural tourism
Students are introduced to these topics through lectures and seminars supported by selected reading material.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours278.70
Total Contact hours21.30
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Reading and literature search (200 hours)
Preparation for tutorial (9.7 hours)
Preparation of assessment (mapping exercise) (30 hours)
Writing and preparation of assessment (essay) (40 hours)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Preparation for and participation in seminars

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentCultural Mapping Exercise35.00
Essay1 x 3,000-4,000 words65.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit will be an essay, as one single component based on a question related to theories from the course

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:43:35


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