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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF1003 Introduction to Cultural Analysis 1

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Barbara Engh

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces critical methods in the arts and humanities. These methods will be developed in relation to key concepts including culture, ideology, hegemony, language, subjectivity, identity, gender and sexuality. These concepts will be studied through the analysis of cultural artefacts and practices. Students will develop an ability to critically analyse a wide range of cultural ‘texts’ with examples drawn from visual and literary cultures, film and music, media and practices of everyday life.


Students will develop an ability to critically analyse a wide range of theoretical and cultural texts with examples drawn from visual and literary culture, film and music, media and practices of everyday life.

This module establishes skills in reading, discussing and writing. Through your engagement with the readings, the lectures and the seminars, you will develop the skills needed for the study of culture and media: attentive reading, listening and looking, critical thinking, and how to articulate your ides in reflective writing.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. Recognise the basic concepts and theoretical paradigms of cultural analysis.
2. Apply these concepts and paradigms in the analysis of discursive artefacts and practices.
3. Analyse the relations between systems of meanings and relations of social and political power and inequality.

Skills learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module you will be able to:
4. Weigh up different arguments and perspectives, using supporting evidence to form opinions, arguments, theories and ideas.
5. Write in a clear, concise, focused and structured manner that is supported by relevant evidence.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students have seminars which offer opportunities for discussion and feedback, from both tutors and peers. All tutors hold office hours that offer further formative feedback, in which students discuss paper topics and work in progress.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1000-word essay25.00
Essay2000-word essay75.00
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: 05/07/2024


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