Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCommunications and Media Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Kevin Foster


Previously coded COM3120


This unit focuses on the relations between regional and national cultures and identities. Through the examination of a range of texts, history, political documents, as well as fiction, poetry and film, this course will examine how the landscape and environment of the north of England, its countryside and cities, its people, their histories, cultures and identities have been represented for differing political or cultural purposes. In particular the course will focus on the representation of childhood, work and unemployment, gender, ethnic and class identity and how each of these feeds into and helps shape, reinforce or contest a sense of regional or cultural identity.


Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Reflect a developed understand of the historical construction of the North of England as both a geographical and a cultural space;
  2. Demonstrate a firm grasp of the varying origins and definitions of the concept of culture and an ability to critically apply the term;
  3. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the nature and role of social class in the definition of regional identity in the North of England from the late eighteenth to the late twentieth century;
  4. Identify the roles of work, unemployment and leisure in the definition of individual, collective, class and regional identities;
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the place of ethnicity in changing constructions of the North;
  6. Reflect a comprehensive knowledge of the role of the natural and the built environments the shaping of individual, local and regional identity;
  7. Demonstrate a developed understanding of how a sense of regional identity both informs and is informed by an understanding of gender.


Short essay (1000 words): 20%
Long essay (2000 words): 40%
Examination (2 hours): 30%
Seminar presentation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2- hour seminar per week

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