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Geographies of Culture, Creativity and Practice

Module titleGeographies of Culture, Creativity and Practice
Module codeGEOM130
Academic year2019/0
Module staff

Professor Nicola Thomas (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


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Module description

This module exposes you to contemporary research debates within the fields of cultural and historical geography. Through a series of research-led sessions by members of the Geographies of Creativity and Knowledge research group, you will explore the leading edge of current geographical understandings of culture, landscape, creativity, heritage and knowledge.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module provides a research-led environment in which you can develop understandings of both theoretical and applied disciplinary debates in the following topics:

  • Geographies of creativity: which includes work on the role of place and identity in the creative and cultural industries, and the varied cultural geographies of literature and the visual and performing arts.
  • Geographies of landscape: which includes work on landscape, writing and auto-ethnography, creative practice and performance, and intellectual histories of the concept itself.
  • Visual, haptic and material geographies: which includes work on material and digital cultures, commodities, identity and performativity, and on tactile and haptic bodily knowledges in relation to creative practice.
  • Practicing creative geographies: which includes work on the significance of innovative methodologies and creative forms of presentation for example, photo essays, ficto-critical writing strategies, collaborative authorship techniques, creative-curatorial methodologies.

This module will help you to develop and extend your awareness of the importance of taught and learnt skills in strengthening employability potential, especially through the application of critical analytical skills to a range of creative practices and cultural and creative contexts.

Furthermore, the module draws extensively and explicitly on the research expertise and experience of the teaching staff, including, for example, work on landscape (Wylie), material culture and commodities (Cook), digital cultures (Kinsley), literary geographies (Romanillos), creative economies and practices (Thomas). Moreover, through the assessments, you are encouraged to adopt inquiry-led approaches to understanding these issues.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Discuss the range and significance of cultural and historical geographies
  • 2. Explain the cultural mediations of memory, technology, and materiality
  • 3. Assess the value of creative ways of practicing and communicating geographical knowledge
  • 4. Practice critical readings of diverse cultural texts (film, photography, literature and exhibition spaces)
  • 5. Account for the intellectual diversity of approaches to cultural and historical geographies

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Apply geographical concepts to the interpretation and analysis of cultural texts and practices
  • 7. Identify, evaluate and synthesise diverse perspectives on creativity
  • 8. Draw upon relevant debates on creativity and creative methodological practices
  • 9. Communicate geographical ideas and perspectives through written and visual means
  • 10. Undertake original cultural-historical research on a self?directed research question

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 11. Identify, acquire, evaluate and synthesise data from a range of sources
  • 12. Evaluate contrasting theories in order to critically explore particular topics
  • 13. Evaluate and assess topics, showing consistency of argument and depth of analysis
  • 14. Evaluate research-based articles within the wider context of the module as a whole
  • 15. Develop independent learning skills including: self-directed reading, literature searches, and time management

Syllabus plan

  • Geographies of Culture, Creativity and Practice
  • Thinking culture after the ‘Cultural Turn’
  • Writing and performing landscape
  • Visual spaces
  • Creative activism and practice
  • Geography art research practices
  • Digital cultures
  • Creative collaborations
  • Practicing creative geographies

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Seminar sessions – run by members of the Geographies of Creativity and Knowledge Research Group
Guided Independent Study128Self-directed readings

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Seminar discussion2 hoursAllOral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay502500 wordsAllWritten
Coursework project502500 words or equivalentAllWritten

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssayAllAugust Ref/Def
Coursework projectCoursework projectAllAugust Ref/Def

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. Where you have been deferred in a coursework project that was delivered in a non-textual format, you will complete a written summary of your project. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 50%) you will be required to resubmit the essay or the coursework project. Where you have been referred or deferred in a coursework project that was delivered in a non-textual format, you will complete a written summary of your project. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 50%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Anderson B and Harrison P (eds.) 2010 Taking-Place: Non-Representational Theories and Geography, (Ashgate)
  • Cosgrove D, 2008 Geography and Vision: Seeing, Imagining and Representing the World, (I.B. Tauris: London and New York)
  • Daniels S (et al. Eds.) 2011 Envisioning Landscapes, Making Worlds: Geography and the Humanities (Routledge)
  • Dear M (et al. Eds.) 2011 Geohumanities: Art, History, Text at the Edge of Place (Routledge)
  • Hawkins H 2013 For Creative Geographies: Geography, Visual Arts and the Making of Worlds, (Routledge)
  • Pope R 2005 Creativity: Theory, History, Practice (Routledge)

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Key words search

Cultural geography, culture, creativity, practice, art, aesthetics, geohumanities, place, making, landscape

Credit value15
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