Media and film studies

Cities, Capital, Culture

Module code: P5039
Level 6
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

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.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate critical awareness of the historic and geographical variability of cultural theory.
  • Systematically understand and debate the significance of urban history for cultural and social theories.
  • Deploy established research skills in relation to a self-initiated and original case study.
  • Apply urban cultural theory to specific case studies to critically and creatively extend knowledge.
  • Communicate detailed knowledge at forefront of the field of urban cultural studies.