Cultural Analysis and Creative Practice CCA2001

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to cultural analysis as a critical and creative practice. Through a series of case studies we will discuss how 'culture' is constantly performed and renegotiated through the practices of everyday life as well as through the work of the creative industries. How can cultural activity contribute to problematic 'naturalisations' of certain stereotypes (about race, gender, class, disability and sexuality), and how can we work creatively and critically to counter-act such bias?


Lectures: 16 x 1hr over 10 weeks on Monday 10:00 & Tuesday 14:00.

Tutorials: 10 x 90 min. tutorial over 10 weeks as scheduled in MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Grade D3 average in 'Introduction to Creative Industries' and 'Introduction to Creative Practice'

Excluded Courses





Essay (2000 words) - 40%

Oral Presentation (7 minutes) - 40%

Critical reflection (1000 words) - 20%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ introduce theories of and approaches to culture and cultural analysis

■ promote an understanding of the role of cultural analysis for creative practice and for work in the creative industries

■ develop an understanding of how stereotyping works and how creative practice may be used to critically analyse this process

■ interrogate how creative industries, in different historical and geographical contexts, are shaped by underlying assumptions about culture

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ critically appraise, through an appropriate theoretical lens, the politics of representation apparent in selected cultural practices/artefacts

■ evaluate the role of the creative industries in perpetuating and/or challenging cultural stereotypes

■ critique the representational practices of selected cultural artefacts through their creative reappropriation in a digital format, as well as through more traditional forms of academic writing and oral argumentation.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.