EVENTS, PLACE AND SOCIETY

SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MMN223836
Module Leader Daniel Baxter
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Tourism, Events and Sport
Trimesters
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

None

Summary of Content

The purpose of this module is to prepare postgraduate students to critically reflect upon notions of place, relative to the impacts of events on society. Space and place represent the core focus of this module and both conceptual and practical understandings will be explored from numerous social and cultural perspectives. Students will discuss contemporary knowledge and address the increased demands, pressures and complexities that globalisation and transnationalism put on events, places and society. The practical component of this course challenges students to understand events-led cultural regeneration strategies and bidding, in both urban and rural locales.

Syllabus

Social and Cultural Approaches/Impacts of Events Conceptual Approaches of Space and Place Notions of Place, Identity and Community Event Bidding and Associated Strategies Regeneration Strategies in Urban and Rural Locales The Impacts of Events on Society at Numerous Scales Multiculturalism, Transnationalism and Globalisation Field-study and data collection, evaluating different methods in the field

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module thestudent should be able to :1.Demonstrate an understanding and be able to critique numerous conceptual approaches to space, place, community and identity;2.Critically evaluate the influence events have on place identity and society;3.Holistically assess the benefits and limitations that development programmes and regeneration strategies have on specific places and communities, in both urban and rural locales;4.Use theories of space and place to critically evaluate the practical usage and management of a specific events space or venue (case-study).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered in 36 lectures and seminars. In addition, 8 hours of tutor-led activities will be delivered using applied learning strategies. In the first part of the module students will read and critically discuss numerous interdisciplinary case-studies conceptualising notions of space and place relative to events and societal impacts. This module will challenge students to consider nascent complexities of place, community and identity, within the contexts/parameters of globalisation and transnationalism. Other critical topics relating to scale, local/global interplays and infrastructural/regenerative strategies will be incorporated. Such approaches will form the basis of seminar discussions, field experiences and small group presentations, and learning will be assessed in an essay. The second part of the module will build upon the theoretical foundations/approaches from the previous half of the module, focusing on the case-study assessment. In the final assessment, students will visit and critically assess a case-study. GSBS will continue to use the advancement of GCU Learn as a blended learning tool through its teaching and learning as well as through engagement with students. GSBS will ensure that all modules are GCU Learn enabled and with the support of the Learning Technologists at the cutting edge of development of online materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCULearn to ensure student support and information sharing.

Indicative Reading

Due to the integrative nature of the module, there is no core text for this module. Essential reading gives a selection of core texts used in the areas of events studies, events management, geography and sociology. Reading will be recommended by lecturers from the texts listed below, as well as from journal articles and web sites. Students are also expected to undertake their own literature search relating to their assessments. Adams et al. 2001. Textures of Place . Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Andrews, H., and T Leopold. 2013. Events and the Social Sciences . London: Routledge. Castells, M. 2010. The power of identity (2 nd Edition). Oxford: Blackwell. Delanty, G. 2010. Community . New York: Routledge. Evans. G (2001) Cultural Planning: An Urban Renaissance London: Routledge. Ferdinand, N., and P.J. Kitchin. 2012. Events Management: An International Perspective . London: SAGE. Jenkins, R. 2008. Social identity . New York: Routledge. Lefebvre, H. 1991. The Production of space . Oxford Blackwell. Raj, R. and Musgrave, J. (ed). 2009. Event Management and Sustainable Regeneration , London: CABI. Smith, A. 2012. Events and urban regeneration: the strategic use of events to revitalise cities. New York: Routledge.

Transferrable Skills

?Critical thinking and problem solving (involved with the case-study assessment) ?Time management ?Set and achieve objectives ?Integrate theory and practice ?Sensitivity and behaviour of others ?Independent working ?Group working ?Further develop critical writing skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 22.00
Assessment (FT) 22.00
Independent Learning (PT) 134.00
Seminars (PT) 24.00
Lectures (PT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Practicals (PT) 8.00
Independent Learning (FT) 134.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Practicals (FT) 8.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 45% Case Study
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% Essay 2000 words