Module title: Exploring Culture

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LNG08120
Module leader: Mabel Victoria
School The Business School
Subject area group: Tourism and Languages

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mabel Victoria
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching consists of interactive 3-hour lecture/tutorials which include in-depth discussion of the role of culture in the everyday life of groups and individuals, as well as related theoretical concepts. Through experiential activities, guided discovery and hands-on practice you will develop field work skills and learn different approaches to ethnography. Assessments include a Group presentation and Ethnographic Report.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
Independent learning, team work, research and communication skills as well as organisational and time management skills, and above all an inquisitive mindset.

Assessment (formative and summative)
You will carry out group fieldwork and ethnographic observation. Your findings will be discussed with the tutor and your peers for feedback before presenting them via an assessed group presentation (40% of module mark). A final individual ethnography of 2000 to 25000 words, showing your ability to design and carry out independent research will be worth 60% of the module mark. You will have opportunities to get feedback from your tutor and your peers before submission.

Research/teaching linkages
The module is designed to provide you with knowledge and practice in ethnographic research.

Formative Assessment:
You will have opportunities for feedback both in class and through individual consultations with the tutor before submission of assessed work.

Summative Assessment:
Group presentation of your field work project makes up 40% of the module mark and an Ethnographic Report accounts for 60% of your module mark.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 40 1 - 2 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Report 60 3, 4 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

1. Critical awareness of your own cultural conditioning.
2. Critical awareness of how groups and individuals acquire dominant paradigms and frames of reference
3. Critical knowledge of basic concepts needed to identify and analyse cultural patterns and structures.
4. Ethnographic research and ethics of representation

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to demonstrate
LO1: an in-depth understanding of the role of culture in the everyday life of groups and individuals;
LO2: a broad knowledge of a range of theoretical concepts relevant to the study of aspects of everyday
culture, and the ability to apply a selection of these concepts in a research project;
LO3: 'ethnographical' research skills, encompassing a range of qualitative research approaches and an
awareness of the reflexive nature of social research;
LO4: the skills required to review and summarise evidence and present it in a well-written research report.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
LNG08120 - Exploring Culture