Module details for Critical Studies


This module is designed to enhance students’ ability to set theoretical and critical frameworks to underpin specialist writing within their domain of practice.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the skills and knowledge to enhance their understanding of their field through theoretical and critical thinking underpinned by academic writing.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Analyse and interpret professional and published work in relation to research practice

2.  Break academic and creative work into component parts in order to analyse the concerns, methods and context of the chosen work

3.  Apply appropriate critical frameworks to the analysis of issues, academic arguments and/or creative practice

4.  Relate findings of analysis to the motivations behind their own creative practice

Indicative Content

1 Contextual Analysis

Identify and critically analyse existing contextual materials in relation to the chosen area of research practice.

2 Critical Frameworks

Over a number of weeks, critical and theoretical frameworks will be explored in relation to subject specialisation. Students will explore and evaluate the appropriateness of techniques to their own area of interest

3 Deconstruction as an Analysis Technique

Identify and deconstruct existing artwork(s) interpreting the decisions made by the artist in relation to the context within which the work was made.

4 Identifying the Research Question

Explore these techniques in relation to own practicet, to uncover possible areas of practice-led research.

5 Positioning

Identify what other practitioners are doing in your chosen field and explain how your work is positioned/relates to theirs. What does your work add to the field?

6 Professional feedback

Develop professional modes of working with peers by providing constructive and critical feedback on research and creative work.

7 Critical Reflection

Identify and apply reflective processes to the dissemination of the findings of the exploration.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 88
Independent 88
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.