Cultures of Revolution CCA4010

  • 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

The realms of culture are integral to debating, trialling, promoting and fulfilling revolutionary change. This course seeks to acknowledge and analyse cultural-activist engagements with a history of dissent and uprising. It draws on a range of different practices from around the world and the examples upon which it draws may come, for example, from music, cinema, theatre, social media, dance or fanzines.


10 x 1 hr lecture over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus

10 x 1 hr Seminar over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus

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





Essay (1500 words) - 40%

Programming assignment with critical reflection (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:

■ Acquaint students with how culture contributes to and is shaped by political and social uprising and radical dissent

■ Introduce a range of different forms and scales of revolutionary culture from within their broader historical and geopolitical contexts of production

■ Engender an appreciation of various debates that link aesthetics and creative practice to freedom and change

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Socio-historically contextualize the role culture has played in various political struggles around the world in written and oral form

■ Evaluate key theoretical approaches to culture's position amidst revolutionary activity

■ Curate a programme of revolutionary cultural material that engages with past and current debates about the efficacy of creative output to instigate change

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.