Culture & Heritage: Foundations - LANG4003

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Alex Marlow-Mann checkmark-circle


The module provides students with a general introduction to the analysis of a variety of cultural forms from different national contexts paying particular attention to the specificities of different media within the visual arts (e.g. paintings, photographs), screen media (e.g. fiction films, documentaries, TV series) and literature (e.g. poems, short stories, novels). Lectures will introduce key theoretical and critical frameworks and seminars will consist of their application to specific texts from places such as Italy, Germany, France, Spain and Latin America.


Contact hours

Private Study: 130
Contact Hours: 20
Total: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Commentary – 1,000 word equivalent – 30%
Screencast – 10min – 30%
Essay – 1,500 words – 40%

Reassessment methods
100% coursework (2,000 words essay)

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of critical frameworks for analysing cultural texts.
2 Demonstrate an understanding of the specificities of a range of different media such as literature, screen media and the visual arts.
3 Analyse set texts from a range of media in detail.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate an original and creative response to a variety of cultural products in different media.
2 Produce cogent and well-constructed arguments in the form of commentaries, essays and screencasts.
3 Undertake independent research in the Library and online;
4 Take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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