Applied Cultural Analysis CCA4001

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to a wide variety of methodologies and theories in the wider interdisciplinary field of cultural studies such as postcolonialism & intersectionality. Rather than discussing these approaches in a conventional class-room setting, the course will emphasise the practical application of theory. Sessions will thus include workshops and fieldtrips alongside lectures and seminars.


1 hr lectures (Friday 10:00-11:00) over 4 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus

4 x 2 hr seminars Over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus

2 x 2 hr workshop

1 x 3 hr study trip at a time to be agreed with students

2 x 30 minutes individual tutorial

Requirements of Entry

Available to students fulfilling requirements to for Honours entry into Creative Arts and Industries, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses





Literature Review (1500 words) - 40%

Critical Report (2000 words) - 50%

Poster (word count dependent on format e.g. poster, video advert/trailer, podcast trailer) 500 words poster and between 1 and 2 minutes for audio formats - 10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ develop an understanding of the different methodologies and theories of cultural studies

■ explore how cultural practices and organisations can be understood from a cultural studies perspective

■ consider the relationship between local and international frameworks of cultural analysis

■ provide opportunities for academic engagement with cultural organisations/initiatives

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

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.