Cities, Capital, Culture (P5039)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module will explore the role that cities have had in conceptualising ideas about culture. Using the history and theory of urban culture, concepts such as ‘the spectacle’ and modernity will be materially investigated. The module goes on to ask what happens to our ideas about culture and society if we shift our focus from Berlin to Birmingham, from London to Lagos, or from hectic city centres to the edges of cities. Building on these enquiries we will critically explore programmes of urban branding and heritage work such as the European Capital of Culture and International Expos.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 24 hours of contact time and 276 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.