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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 31/05/2022 12:24:01

Title of Module: Critical Event Studies

Code: TOUR11005 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Sandro  Carnicelli

Summary of Module

This module examines a range of critical concepts in the field of events management. Students will be exposed to a series of themes, underpinned by a variety of socio-cultural theories and perspectives in order to develop a critical understanding of issues influencing the production, consumption and regulation of a range of events.

Students will examine a range of issues including a history of events and festivity, notions of identity and consumption, globalisation and power and the opportunity to use events as a site of escape but also social constraint. Students will consider the impact of technology and analyse how events impact on a variety of communities.


  • history of events and festivity

  • notions of identity and consumption,

  • globalisation and power and the opportunity to use events as a site of escape/constraint

  • impact of technology on events

  • how events impact on a variety of communities.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the historic context leading to the emergence of a critical event studies terrain.

L2. Critically analyse a range of event contexts from a range of theoretical and conceptual perspectives.

L3. Demonstrate an ability to critically review practice within the events sector based upon an understanding of the critical event studies terrain.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 11.

Demonstrate a critical understanding of the core theories, principles and concepts relating to critical event studies.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Apply knowledge in order to critically analyse a series of contemporary event case studies.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Identify, conceptualise and define abstract problems and issues pertaining to the consumption of events and be able to develop original and creative responses to these problems and issues.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Collect, interpret and report complex data pertaining to the events industry and use a range of advanced and specialised skills as appropriate to communicate them to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Take responsibility for ones’ own work and demonstrate leadership in making an identifiable contribution to the field of critical event studies

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Students are introduced to the core concepts via recorded lectures which examine a range of critical concepts and theories relevant to contemporary events. A series of recorded 'conversation' lectures contextualise the broad concepts by exposing students to a variety of practical settings and current research in the field. Tutorials enable students to further contextualise this learning via the use of case studies and discussion tasks. In class learning is supported via the Virtual Learning Environment, directed readings and additional resources.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity24
Asynchronous Class Activity48
Independent Study104
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Robinson, P., McPherson, G., Finkel, R. and McGillivray, D., (2013), Research Themes for Events, CABI

Andrews, H and Leopold, T, (2012), Events and the Social Sciences, Routledge

Rojek, C, (2012) Event Power: How Global Events Manage and Manipulate, Sage

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardMarketing, Innovation, Tourism & Events
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelMarketing, Innovation, Tourism & Events
ModeratorKalyan Bhandari
External ExaminerC Carruthers
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Online Test - 20%.
Essay - 80%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
In accordance with the University’s Single Equality Scheme every effort will be made to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the school. The learning activities in this module include a spoken presentation for which appropriate support can be provided as required.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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