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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF1004 Introduction to Cultural Analysis II

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Matthew Abbey

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module takes up cultural analysis from the perspective of its objects. We will use theoretical paradigms to analyse these artefacts, but the aim is to stretch the interpretative envelope, in the hopes that our objects may talk or think back to our theories. You will develop your skills in sustained, critical-and-creative close analysis while exploring the qualities and expressive possibilities of different genres of cultural artefact – literature, film, music, social media, for example.


On completion of this module, students will have gained experience critically analysing a range of cultural artefacts. Just as the ability to shift between different critical approaches allows one to gain different insights into culture, different forms of cultural expression (music, film, literature, digital culture…) offer different creative horizons. Students will also have developed an understanding as to how different contexts inform the diverse ways in which culture can be critically analysed. In addition to the theoretical paradigms explored in ICA1, students will gain familiarity with key themes and methodological terms such as the following: cultural analysis, critical practice, political economy, ideology, globalization, media culture, social activism and political resistance. Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to mobilize such terms and approaches in relation to diverse instances of cultural production and consumption.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. Perform close analyses of cultural artefacts
2. Employ cultural theories in the interpretation of cultural artefacts
3. Compare the expressive possibilities of different genres of cultural artefact

Skills learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
4. The ability to weigh up different arguments and perspectives, using supporting evidence to form opinions, arguments, theories and ideas.
5. The ability to 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
Film Screenings22.004.00
Private study hours166.00
Total Contact hours34.00
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. Project and essay feedback is also formative.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
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: 29/04/2024 16:10:26


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