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Postgraduate Course: Critical Creative Diversity (fusion online) (EFIE11039)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh Futures Institute CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryHow can creative organisations address inequality? In Critical Creative Diversity we will explore the potential, and the limits, of equality, diversity, and inclusion to challenge and change the cultural and creative world.

Course description There is now a rich and detailed literature on the nature of inequalities in the cultural and creative industries. Whether at global, regional, or national level, it is clear that the production and consumption of culture is highly exclusive. At the same time, research on equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in cultural and creative industries, particularly on 'what works' to promote and support EDI, is still in an emerging or early phase. This research base can be contrasted with the extensive attempts by organisations, policymakers, and businesses to address and combat inequalities. Critical Creative Diversity is situated in this space, between the academic understanding of inequality, the emerging understanding of approaches to effective equality, diversity, and inclusion, and the need to be critical of current sector and organisational practice.

The course syllabus is based on a teaching block of 5 weeks, divided into three parts. The first part is based on students acquiring knowledge of current inequalities in cultural and creative industries, supported by the course leader and teaching assistant, along with their classmates. Part 2, structured around 2 days of intensive teaching, will allow students to think about the current practice of equality, diversity, and inclusion, both in the context of case studies, masterclass guest lectures, and the construction of policy reports and organisational EDI plans. The final phase focuses on a critical investigation as to what works to support an effective EDI policy for a case study sector or organisation within the cultural and creative industries. This final phase of the course produces the assessment submission.

Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI) - Online Fusion Course Delivery Information:

The Edinburgh Futures Institute will teach this course in a way that enables online and on-campus students to study together. This approach (our 'fusion' teaching model) offers students flexible and inclusive ways to study, and the ability to choose whether to be on-campus or online at the level of the individual course. It also opens up ways for diverse groups of students to study together regardless of geographical location. To enable this, the course will use technologies to record and live-stream student and staff participation during their teaching and learning activities. Students should note that their interactions may be recorded and live-streamed. There will, however, be options to control whether or not your video and audio are enabled.

As part of your course, you will need access to a personal computing device. Unless otherwise stated activities will be web browser based and as a minimum we recommend a device with a physical keyboard and screen that can access the internet.

As part of your course, you will need access to a personal computing device. Unless otherwise stated activities will be web browser based and as a minimum we recommend a device with a physical keyboard and screen that can access the internet.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  4
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 9, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Online Activities 23, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Other Study Hours 16, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 47 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Other Study: Scheduled Group-work Hours (hybrid online/on-campus) - 16
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative Assessment:

The course will be assessed by means of the following components:

1) Organisation of Sector Specific Report (2000 Words) (100%)

The main assessment, to be submitted 3 weeks after the end of the activities on the course, will be an organisational or sector specific (e.g. theatre or publishing) report on how to encourage and support diversity. It will be 2000 words.

Formative Assessment:

Each course within Edinburgh Futures Institute includes the opportunity for you to participate in a formative feedback exercise or event which will help you prepare for your summative assessment. The formative assessment does not contribute to your overall course mark.

1) 500 Word Report Outline

The formative assessment, submitted in week 5 of the course (i.e. two weeks after the intensive period), will be a 500 word outline of the choice of sector or organisation and an outline of the report.
Feedback Feedback on the formative assessment may be provided in various formats, for example, to include written, oral, video, face-to-face, whole class, or individual. The course organiser will decide which format is most appropriate in relation to the nature of the assessment.

Feedback on both formative and summative in-course assessed work will be provided in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course.

Feedback on the summative assessment will be provided in written form via Learn, the University of Edinburgh's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

There are three modes of feedback on the course. There will be a whole cohort feedback session for the end of the intensive teaching days; written feedback will follow on both the summative assessments. Feedback on the first assessment (the outline) will be returned by week 5 of the course, leaving time to incorporate this into the summative assessment and leaving time to contact the course co-ordinator for clarifications.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate critical understanding of the extent and causes of inequalities in the cultural and creative industries.
  2. Demonstrate critical understanding of current best practice on equality, diversity, and inclusion in the cultural and creative industries.
  3. Critically apply that understanding in the context of workplace and creative sector settings.
Reading List
Essential Reading:

Brook, O., O'Brien, D., and Taylor, M. (2020) Culture is bad for you Manchester: Manchester University Press

Recommended Reading:

APPG Creative Diversity (in press, 2021) What works to support creative diversity?

Further Reading:

Barbican Stories (2021) available from

Banks, P. (2019) Diversity and Philanthropy at African American Museums: Black Renaissance London: Routledge

Bull, A. (2019) Class, Control, and Classical Music Oxford: OUP

Christin, A. (2020) Metrics at Work: Journalism and the Contested Meaning of Algorithms Princeton: Princeton University Press

Chong, P. (2020) Inside the Critics' Circle: Book Reviewing in Uncertain Times Princeton: Princeton University Press

De Beukelaer, C. and Spence, K-M. (2019) Global Cultural Economy London: Routledge

Devine, K. (2019) Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music MIT Press

Lena, J (2019) Entitled Princeton University Press

Patel, K. (2020) The Politics of Expertise in Cultural Labour: Arts, Work and Inequalities London: Rowman and Littlefield

Ramdarshan Bold, M. (2019) Inclusive Young Adult Fiction: Authors of Colour in the United Kingdom London: Palgrave

Rivera, Lauren. 2015. Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Saha, A. (2018) Race and the cultural industries Cambridge: Polity Press

Wreyford, N. (2018) Gender Inequality in Screenwriting Work London: Palgrave

Yuen, Nancy Wang. 2016. Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism. New Brunswick, NJ: Rugers University Press
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research & Enquiry:
1) Understands and can apply the key strategy concepts and theoretical frameworks

Personal & Intellectual Autonomy:
1) Able to analyse complex situations and rapidly structure ideas and arguments.
2) Synthesizes and articulates relevant information about a cultural organisation in a clear, sound and explicit way.
3) Demonstrates original insights and recommendations for strategic action.

Personal Effectiveness:
1) Sets goals, manages information and accomplishes tasks within a delimited time frame.

Communication Skills:
1) Demonstrates skills of clear argumentation, persuasion and communication of analysis and conclusions to key audiences.

Knowledge and Understanding:
1) Manages and synthesises relevant information in a clear, sound and explicit way.
2) Applies theory and frameworks to new contexts and situations.

Cognitive and Subject Specific Skills:
1) Understands the key dimensions of creative diversity and its criticisms
2) Understands the key challenges of creative organisations and demonstrates strategies for addressing them.
3) Demonstrates original insights and recommendations for strategic action.

Transferable Skills:
1) Able to analyse complex situations and rapidly structure ideas and arguments.
2) Able to research and filter information quickly and effectively.
KeywordsCultural and Creative Industries,Equality,Diversity,Inclusion,Inequality,Cultural Industries
Course organiserDr Elysia Lechelt
Course secretaryMr David Murphy
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