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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.


Weekly topics

Students will engage in activities specific to their chosen pathway on a weekly basis. This may include supervisor meetings or group work, among other activities. During weeks 1-3, 6, 9 and 10, the whole class will meet as a cohort.

Week 1: What is a City of Culture?

Week 2: The Ethics of Participation

Week 3: Project Pathways & Assessment

Week 4: Project Pathway

Week 5: Project Pathway

Week 6: Update on Project Progress

Week 7: Project Pathway

Week 8: Project Pathway

Week 9: Peer-to-Peer Engagement

Week 10: Peer-to-Peer Engagement


Module Convenors

Dr Jonathan Heron

Mark Hinton

Emily Dunford


Term 2 (Spring) 2020-21




For 15 CATS

1) Essay: Theoretical Approaches to Cities of Culture (30%)

2) Portfolio (70%)

For 12 CATS

1) Essay: Theoretical Approaches to Cities of Culture (30%)

2) Portfolio (70%)