COMMUNICATING CULTURE: CONCEPTS AND FRAMEWORKS - 2022/3
Module code: SOC2089
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We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22.
This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
This module introduces you to an understanding of how
culture is communicated through the fine arts and popular
culture (including painting, theatre, film, television,
classical and popular music and literature). Lectures
cover a variety of theoretical approaches to different
forms of culture, which are illustrated by examples. Class
discussion focuses on empirical examples relating to the
WEIDHASE Nathalie (Sociology)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: L610
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 106
Lecture Hours: 11
Seminar Hours: 11
Guided Learning: 11
Captured Content: 11
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
- Whether art ‘reflects’ society and whether it ‘shapes’ it.
- How social factors affect artistic conventions and genres and the ways production and distribution systems affect art.
- How people receive, consume and use art.
- How art is constituted by and embedded in society.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||1500 WORD REFLEXIVE REPORT||40|
|Coursework||2000 WORD ESSAY||60|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have developed an understanding of art and popular culture in society and can ‘think critically/reflect’ with this knowledge.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
One 1500 word reflexive report One seen exam (1 hour)
Formative assessment and feedback
Students are encouraged to submit a 2 sided plan prior to the Easter break. They then receive one-to-one oral feedback on this plan.
- Introduce an understanding of how different forms of
culture are communicated to society.
- Provide different theoretical perspectives on how culture is
created and communicated using the cultural diamond
- Develop skills of critical thinking and applying theoretical
understandings to empirical areas of study.
|001||Understand a range of perspectives in communicating culture.||K|
|002||Explain reflection, shaping, production, and consumption approaches to culture and provide critical analysis of each of these.||K|
|003||Apply the theoretical ideas to current empirical examples.||C|
|004||Organise ideas and thoughts and speak about these in the public setting of the seminar||PT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
- Offer students lectures that provide a critical overview of the various approaches used in studying sociology of the arts. Students expand on this knowledge base through a weekly programme of essential readings supplemented by their choice of background reading.
- Give students the chance to experience each of the approaches in action, through seminar exercises which focus on case studies covering the range of approaches examined in the module.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- 11 one-hour lectures which cover key topics in sociology of the arts.
- 11 one-hour seminars carrying out work on case studies in the sociology of the arts.
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.
Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: SOC2089
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 2022/3 academic year.