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.

Scotland's Cultural Landscape - Nation, Heritage and the Arts THEATRE1011

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 12
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This Summer School course combines an introduction to contemporary cultural practices with an analysis of their historical, cultural and socio-economic roots. With Scotland as the primary example, the course enables students to study a variety of art forms (theatre, music, dance, visual arts) via trips to performance venues and museums, hands-on research with artefacts, participate in class discussions of theories, methodologies, and interpretation of cultural practices. The course also introduces students to contemporary practices of curation, collection and mediation in the iconic Kelvin Hall building.


5 x 4 hr classes over three weeks

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Group presentation of 10 minutes followed by 5 minutes Q & A session - 60%

Presentation handout (500 words) - 20%

Journal 3 x 500 word entries, one per week - 20%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which 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:

■ introduce students to different histories, theories and practices of cultural production

■ enhance students' critical awareness of contemporary approaches to curatorial practices

■ encourage students to engage critically with a broad range of cultural practices

■ develop students' communication, collaborative and research skills thus enhancing employability

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ critically analyse key historical, theoretical and methodological issues of cultural production

■ exhibit critical openness to unfamiliar approaches, genres and ideas

■ present ideas critically, clearly and coherently both in class discussion and the final presentation

■ produce an imaginative presentation on a chosen subject within the parameters of the course that stimulates group discussion and facilitates and encourages further study

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.