Cultural Work Alternatives - Co-operation and Collaboration CCA4009

  • 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 takes a critical starting point to work and working practices in the cultural industries and aims to examine and explore alternatives to exploitation and exclusion in cultural work. It will do this by looking at how workers are organising via unionisation, co-operatives, campaigning organisations and their links to wider social movements.


9 x 1 hr lecture over 10 weeks as scheduled on Mycampus 

9 x 1 hr seminar over 10 weeks as scheduled on Mycampus 

1 x 2 hr workshop

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into MA 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





1 x Critical Reflection (1500 words) - 40%

1 x Essay (2500 words) - 60%

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:


■ Build on existing knowledge of cultural labour issues

■ Develop skills pertaining to working in a professional context

■ Promote critical reflection on alternatives to precarity in cultural labour markets

■ Develop an understanding of co-operative ways of working

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Produce sustained arguments in both written and oral form on a variety of forms of worker organisation in the cultural sectors

■ Critically reflect on the conflicts and tensions in cultural labour markets

■ Produce an argument on the strength and weaknesses of worker-led alternatives

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.