Module code: MAN3152

Module Overview

Critical Event Studies is a growing field, not just within event management and event studies, but across the traditional and digital social sciences. This module considers the wide variety of research approaches being used by academics from around the world, whose interests lie within the reach of this emerging field. The content uses one or more case examples to present and discuss different methodological approaches applicable to research within critical event studies. Students will find inspiration and critical reflection on methodology that can support their own projects.    

Module provider

Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management

Module Leader

BERRIDGE Graham (Hosp & Tour)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes but this may change to reflect emerging topics:

  • Problems of Involvement and Detachment: A Critical Approach to Researching Live Event Experiences

  • Creating Critical Festival Discourse Through Flexible Mixed Methodological Research Design

  • The Rewards and Risks of Historical Events Studies Research

  • Space and Memory in the Event

  • Constructions of Identities in Media Reporting Surrounding Mega Sports Events

  • Examining Parasport Events Through the Lens of Critical Disability Studies

  • Participatory Research: Case Study of a Community Event

  • Researching from the Inside: Autoethnography and Critical Event Studies

  • An Ethnographic Approach to the Taking Place of the Event

  • Experience Sampling Methods in Critical Event Studies: Theory and Practice

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a detailed and accurate understanding of theory, models and frameworks relevant to the critical analysis of events.

It comprises 1) a 250 word abstract of a CES research topic (briefing) and 2) an ESSAY with accompanying student led discussion.

Module aims

  • To understand different methods for research into all event types
  • To critique the theories and operations of event management
  • To use idea-generation techniques to question the way things are and seek possible solutions

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Use theoretical models to to develop and enhance socially conscious critical thinking KCT
002 Develop reflexivity in the study and analysis of events CP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to:

•           Increase students understanding of critical event studies 

•           Increase students ability to analyse events

•           Increase students ability to synthesise material 

•           Increase students confidence in presenting their ideas

•           Increase students ability to research different event types


The teaching and learning methods include:

•           Interactive lectures with support material and reinforcement (lectures in 3 hour blocks weekly)

Research site visits

•           Group work

•           Formative feedback sessions –this will be provided through group work and presentations in class where students will also be asked to critically comment on each other’s performance.

•           Case studies

•           Guest lectures to provide links between theory and practice

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Event Management BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.