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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PECI5219M Sustainable Development in Arts and Culture

30 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Stephen Dobson

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The purpose of this module is to give a new generation of leaders and policy makers in the creative and cultural industries the necessary tools to take informed decisions and develop sustainable practices in their work. In order to do so, the module discusses international contributions in the field of sustainable development, taking into account both theoretical perspectives and real-life case studies.


The objectives of this module are to help students develop an understanding of theoretical underpinnings relating to culture in relation to sustainable development and how this might relate to policy and practice. In groups, students will explore sustainable development scenarios from a cultural perspective based on real world issues to illustrate the inherent complexities of the contexts in which decision makers operate.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Develop an assured understanding of key issues in sustainable development;
2. Critically compare and analyse different perspectives in sustainability studies;
3. Develop a clear understanding of how matters related to sustainability and arts and culture interact;
4. Apply key principles of sustainable development to the field of the arts and culture;
5. Develop problem-solving skills related to real-life sustainability issues;
6. Communicate sustainability issues clearly in different formats.

Skills outcomes
System thinking
Anticipatory/future thinking
Critical thinking
Integrated problem solving


The module focuses on culture ‘in’, 'for’, and ‘as’ sustainable development. By addressing international scenarios through case study approaches and various policy contexts, the students will engage with the following key areas: drivers and outcomes of sustainable development, and culture and its place within the subject of sustainability. The module will explore numerous spatial scales through case study analysis using the cultural landscape as an challenging arena for stakeholder. Through systems thinking and the exploration of theories of change, the role of policy, communities, and activism will build awareness of the complexities of problem-solving in sustainable development.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours279.50
Total Contact hours20.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

The duration of the supervision is 0.25hrs, but Banner will only accept '0.50.
The total number of private study hours is therefore 279.75hrs.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will have the opportunity to discuss their assignment plans at a tutorial. Furthermore, they will be able to receive feedback on their ideas during seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3500 words55.00
Group ProjectEquiv. 2500 words45.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Use this field for any additional information about coursework assessment not included in the table above, and also for details of any alternate resit formats available. For the group poster presentation, each student will submit a short individual video commentary via Turnitin. This will allow resits to be completed as individual tasks whilst acknowledging the contribution students made to the poster design.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

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


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