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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

COMM5801M Urban Narratives

30 creditsClass Size: 48

Module manager: Dr Jim Brogden

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Experience in practical photography or digital film at undergraduate intermediary or advanced level, or equivalent

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module allows students to creatively engage with the Leeds urban landscape, through both photographic and cinematic practice. The dynamics of the urban landscape provides a challenging environment in which students have to reassess the relationship between people, the built environment, power, access, and the more abstract notions surrounding memory and belonging. Two distinct projects will act as catalysts for students to investigate: architectural space and people in various locations within the urban landscape.


This module aims to equip students with:
1. An understanding of the various critical methodologies used by scholars / practitioners in their explorations / representations of the city / urban landscape.
2. An awareness of the urban landscape as a contested space, within a representational polemic surrounding the city as an aesthetic and socio-political arena.
3. The ability to plan, schedule, and sustain specific location projects in a creative way.
4. An awareness of the creative possibilities of post-production in relation to the treatment of ‘raw’ material collated from site-specific research.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Describe and critique key critical theories associated with the photographic / cinematic / inter-medial representations of the city and urban landscape.
2. Explain and assess the sequential nature of both photographic and cinematic language to create various narratives in relation to different urban spaces.
3. Critically reflect on various various photographic and/or cinematic texts in relation to one's own practice.
4. Produce a portfolio of work that communicates creative ideas and/or concepts surrounding the urban landscape and its inhabitants.

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
5. Critical thinking: the ability to assess different academic arguments and reflections on the urban landscape and formulate arguments.
6. Active learning: The ability to learn proactively, recalling key concepts, theories and ideas on the urban landscape in film and photography scholarship.
7. Technical skills: Develop existing skills in the application of lens-based media as a heuristic device for primary research into the nature of the city as a socio-cultural and political space.


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

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours256.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students receive weekly seminar critiques of ongoing work. One-to-one time is available within office hours to facilitate student self-evaluation / reflection on their own progress. It is worth highlighting, that the interactive lecture series will also provide students with a more extensive range of critical terms / language and will enable their own reflexivity / criticality to improve over the course of the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)70.00

Resit available by the same format as original submission, where possible.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 00 mins30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)30.00

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: 20/06/2024 14:03:56


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