Cultural Cities and Creative Regions CCPR5011

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will introduce students to the concept of the cultural city and creative regions and invite a cultural approach to the study of urban spaces. It will look at how agendas and economic factors shape these at local, national and international levels. It will equip students with knowledge of a range of theoretical and analytical approaches to urban cultural studies and encourage them to think critically about the ways in which the creative regions are constructed in policy and discourse.


9 x 1 hour lecture

9 x 1 hour seminar 

1 x 2 hour field trip

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





Critical Response Essay (2000 words) - 40%

Research Essay (3000 words) - 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide a comprehensive introduction to key urban theories, trends, policies and dynamics

■ Equip students to map, critique and evaluate the key discourses, concepts and policies relevant to creative cities and urban policy

■ Enable students to research, structure and present their own arguments and methodological positions about the role of culture in cities and regions.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Demonstrate an advanced understanding of and engagement with key topics and debates affecting cultural cities and creative regions

■ Develop approaches to study and knowledge application in the fields of creativity and culture in the urban environment

■ Produce confident and well-argued ideas in class and in writing, in such a way that engages with relevant criticism

■ Carry out individual research in creative cities and culture, to present it in seminars, and to discuss it with seminar members 

■ Evaluate key debates within the relevant academic literature on cultural regions and policy

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.