CEC202 : A Sense of Place: Local & Regional Identity

Convenor(s): Dr Joan Beal


Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course Convenor.

General Information

This module takes an interdisciplinary approach to issues of regional and local identity in contemporary Britain. Lectures will focus on different aspects of the 'local' involved in the creation, dissemination and commodification of regional and local identity.  Lectures will cover: perceptual geography; archaeology; material culture; place-names; dialect; 'blason populaire' and regional sayings; regional literature; regional songs as 'anthems'; regional festivals and customs; the marketing of regions in the tourist industry.

This module will involve interaction with representatives from a range of heritage and tourism-based industries. A number of 'real-life' problems will be set by these organisations, and students will work in teams to provide solutions to these problems. Such projects might be: producing a tourist brochure or website; designing a tourist trail, evaluating museum displays, etc. Assessment for this part of the module will take the form of group presentations (30%) and self-reflective journals posted on MOLE (20%). The major assessment (50%) will take the form of a case-study of a particular place, presented as a written project (4,000 words).


Lectures, Seminars, Field Work


Seminar presentation, journal entries, Case Study (4,000 words).

Contact Details

Dr Joan Beal


Information last changed: Monday 10th of August 2015 :: 12:39:38 PM (BST)


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK