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Study City of Culture

Did you know you can study subjects to do with City of Culture as part of your degree?

If you’re a student going into your 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year did you know you can choose to take an unusual option (subject to department approval) and do an interdisciplinary course through the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL)?

Studying on an IATL module gives students the opportunity to work with peers and lecturers from right across the university, developing connections between ideas, experiences and practice. These skills, of working with people from different backgrounds and developing complex understandings of concepts, are increasingly valued by both students and employers alike and offer you ways of engaging with some of the big questions facing us today. In an IATL module you are not merely learning about the world, you are working with others to develop new ways of understanding it.

They have lots of different courses (you can view them all here) including three that relate to the universities role in City of Culture, which you can see below.

Public Engagement: Connecting Communities to Research

Engagement is all about those of us working and studying at universities, going outside of academia to share all that we do here, collaborate on new ideas, and make knowledge more accessible to more people. What that does is include more perspectives into the dialogues and discussions we’re having as a university. In the long run we believe that will make the world a better and fairer place for more people. This is a huge part of what we’re hoping to do as part of City of Culture.

This module will give you a theoretical and practical introduction to engagement. You’ll come away with a strong knowledge of complex challenges involved, and the rewards it can bring to you, universities and society.

Through the design, planning and delivery of your own public engagement activity you’ll build your communication, team working and project management skills. You’ll explore subjects like evaluation, digital engagement, effective story-telling and place making and come away with the confidence and skills to apply this learning to future research, and careers outside academia.

Learn more in our short intro video, or visit the course page where you can also register your interest. If you have any questions about the course or registering you can contact IATL directly, or email

Coventry City of Culture: Place and Place-making

Ahead of Coventry’s tenure as UK City of Culture 2021, this module provides an opportunity for students to explore the relationship that they, and the University of Warwick, have with the city, and with ideas of place more broadly.

This module explores Coventry through numerous disciplinary perspectives, framed within three distinct units of Memory, Making and Migration. Over the course of the module, students will apply theoretical perspectives to place and place-making to the city of Coventry. Supported by guest tutors from across Warwick’s three faculties, students will consider various ways to “read” Coventry.

Visit the course page to find out more or register your interest.

Coventry City of Culture 2: The University and the City

In 2021, Coventry takes its place as the third UK City of Culture, following Hull in 2017 and Derry-Londonderry in 2013. But what is a city of culture? And what are the ethics and power relations involved in participating in cultural and community activity?

During this module, students will undertake supervised projects focusing on Coventry’s term as the UK City of Culture 2021, under one of three pathways: Public Engagement, Community Engagement and Student Research. Students choosing the Community Engagement pathway will complete 30-40 hours of placement in a community-led project. Those selecting the Public Engagement pathway will have the opportunity to shadow and report on public engagement projects, critically engaging with the theoretical and practical considerations surrounding this activity. The Student Research pathway will see students carry out an original piece of academic research pertaining to the UK City of Culture.

This module is interlinked with Coventry City of Culture: Place and Place-making

While it is not compulsory to undertake both modules, students are strongly encouraged to take these modules in sequence over two terms.

Visit the course page to find out more or register your interest.