Produce a multi-media photographic essay (photographs and other media integrated with text) that answers the following question:
– I am going to take a picture of council estates, graffiti and streets
What are some of the sub-cultural means by which the dominant regimes of city administration and spatial organisation are appropriated, subverted and resisted? What is the role of informal learning in all this? To answer this question you must show a thorough engagement with and comprehension of all of the key relevant texts:.
• George Perec’s chapter ‘The Street’.
• Michael Keith’s chapter ‘Tagging the City: Graffiti Practice and Transcultural Communication’.
• Iain Borden’s chapter ‘Urban Compositions’.
Banks, M. (2001) Visual Methods in Social Research, London: Sage.
In this essay are also advised to draw on as many additional relevant texts from the module as possible. Your choice of texts must be relevant to the topic you have chosen.
Your essay will be assessed against the following criteria:
• Clearly addressing the topics given above. • Drawing upon and appropriately referencing the essential and supplementary reading. • To accurately describe, summarise and explain in your work. • Using ideas from the supplementary reading to support your own ideas and arguments. • Having a clear essay structure and writing style. • Including a clear introduction, main body (divided by clear paragraphs), and a conclusion. • Writing in good academic English (paying attention to spelling, grammar and coherence). • Providing proper and consistent citations within the text and a full list of references using the Harvard system. (If you are still in any doubt as to how to do this please a) consult the guidance on weblearn and b) speak to one of the lecturers; c) visit CELT: see end of handbook).
You will achieve a Band A grade if:
• A well formulated argument with an identifiable thesis outlined in the introduction and its wider significance explained in the conclusion. • Insightful analysis, critical discussion, and detailed comparison of the texts. • Reflective, relevant presentation of your theoretical views. • Well-structured writing with maximum clarity and reflexive awareness using proper paragraphs, links and sign-posts between sections of the argument.
In other words, a student who develops a critically reflective piece of writing that creates something new and imaginative will get a first.