Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Interdisciplinary Research Methods & Approaches. Managing Art & Cultural Heritage in Global Markets HISTART5142

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This is a team-taught course that aims to introduce key methodological approaches that the students will encounter in the Programme but which might not be directly anchored in their core specialisation. These diverse methodological approaches provide a rigorous critical and theoretical underpinning to postgraduate study and foster practical research skills. The main objective of this course is to familiarise students with the diversity of approaches used in the context of art and cultural heritage from the art history, art and cultural management, markets and economics perspective.


10 x 1 hr seminars

10 x 1 hour lectures to be delivered online over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to College at Masters level.

Excluded Courses





Essay (4000 words) - 80%

Critical Review (1000 words) - 20%

Course Aims

This course aims to:


■ enable students to identify, understand, evaluate and discuss diverse methodological approaches to research in art & cultural heritage

■ engage students in debate and critical reflection on research methods and approaches

■ support students' development and application of advanced research methods in written and other work such as oral and visual presentation

■ equip students with essential practical skills necessary in advanced primary research and its effective presentation

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Understand and evaluate a diverse range of key research methodologies and employ relevant approaches in their own work

■ Analyse and critique the strengths, weaknesses and potential of these approaches and methods and their application in their own work

■ Apply practical skills involved in the practice and presentation of advanced research

■ Communicate and debate effectively and using correct terminology, in written and oral form, on the range of methodological issues covered by the course.

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.