Being Human in the Modern World (LIB1105)

StaffDr Henry Knight Lozano -
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This core module will:

  • introduce the approaches and methodologies of liberal arts
  • prepare you for further work in the humanities and social sciences in subsequent years
  • initiate the development of critical and creative abilities with which to reflect on local, national and global contexts and challenges

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key concerns in constructions of identities and beliefs
  • 2. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which constructions of identities and beliefs involve complex intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, religion, politics, economics, embodiment and culture
  • 3. Develop the ability to engage inter-disciplinary approaches in academic study

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate the ability to analyse evidence, to think critically, including a basic ability to interrelate images, texts and discourses specific to one discipline with issues in the wider context of cultural and intellectual history
  • 5. Develop skills in the analysis of literary, material, artefactual, digital and visual materials and qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  • 6. Develop an ability to effectively and persuasively convey knowledge, argument and analysis in a variety of oral and written forms

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Develop basic communication skills and an ability to work both individually and in groups through face-to-face or online seminar discussions and presentations
  • 8. Show appropriate research and bibliographic skills; develop a basic capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument, and a capacity to write clear and correct prose in the format of an essay and commentary
  • 9. Develop a basic proficiency in information retrieval and analysis, an advanced capacity to make critical use of secondary material, to question assumptions, and to reflect on your own learning process, through research for seminars and essays
  • 10. Engage sensitively and respectfully with views, identities and beliefs which may not be your own

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • What is ‘Liberal Arts’?
  • Identities and Belief in Social-Scientific and Humanities Perspectives
  • Identities and Beliefs constructed through narrative, time, space, experience and encounters
  • Bodies, Gender, Sex, and Identity
  • Migration and Identities in a Globalising World
  • Politics, Religion, and Conflict
  • Heroes and Leaders
  • Place, Memory and Identity
  • Beliefs, Ethics and Activism
  • Race and Racism Past and Present
  • Climate Change and Sustainable Futures
  • Food, Famine and Feast

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching44Lecture/Class (22 x 2 hours)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Seminar (22 x 1 hour)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching1Group tutorial for written assessments (2 X 30 minutes)
Guided Independent Study233Independent Study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Commentary plan100 words1-11In class discussion with opportunity for follow up tutorial
Essay plan100 words1-11In class discussion with opportunity for follow up tutorial

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Commentary402000 words1-11Feedback sheet with opportunity for follow-up tutorial
Essay602500 words1-11Feedback sheet with opportunity for follow-up tutorial

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
CommentaryCommentary 2000 words1-11Referral/deferral period
EssayEssay 2500 words1-11Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Elliot, A., (ed), Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies  (London: Routledge, 2011)
  • Hutner, G. and Mohamed F. G., A New Deal for the Humanities: Liberal arts and the future of public higher education (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2016)
  • Jenkins, R., Social Identity 3d ed. (London: Routledge, 2008)
  • McWilliams, S., ‘The Liberal Arts and the Arts of Liberty’, Perspectives on Political Science, 42:4 (2013), 217-221
  • Stets J. E. and Serpe, R. T., (eds), New Directions in Identity Theory and Research
    (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016)

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