University of Leeds

United Kingdom

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This introductory module maps out some of the social and cultural formations underscoring the history of “the West” since the period known as the Enlightenment. It invites undergraduate students at the very beginning of their studies to engage with history from a cultural perspective, develop a ‘sense of history’ and reflect on what might be understood as “historical consciousness”. We draw on historical events, developments and concepts to interrogate some of the ideological and political assumptions informing modernity and postmodernity. Using a wide variety of materials, we also consider how race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality have been figured and represented since the Enlightenment. The texts that students encounter range from philosophical, constitutional and sociological writings to autobiography, fiction, photography and film. The contexts in which these will be explored include Enlightenment philosophy, the ‘Age of Revolutions’, enslavement and colonialism, 20th century war and the modern city. The contemporary legacies of the Enlightenment age will also be examined in relation to cultural memory, postmodernism, post- and transhumanism.

Everybody needs to use the transport system as part of their daily lives and so we all have opinions about it based on our own personal experiences. But it is a much greater challenge to be able to see ‘the big picture’, as this requires a deeper understanding of: how current transport systems have evolved; what impacts they have on society, the economy and people’s lives; and what factors may help or hinder how we are able to travel in the future. This module will introduce you to a range of approaches (lectures, reading, tutorials and place-based case studies) to explore how travel and mobility contribute to quality of life. It also considers how transport activity causes a range of problems for the wellbeing of society and the environment that have moved it up the political and media agenda in recent decades. No previous study of transport is required for taking the module. You simply need a broad interest in understanding the issues of transport, mobility, accessibility and how they affect society and the environment. The module is appropriate to a wide range of disciplines and perspectives. It is particularly relevant for those studying geography, and for degree programmes related to civil engineering, business, social science and the environment.

Beginners Korean 10 credits is for students who have not previously studied Korean. The emphasis is on achieving a basic level of communication in speaking, listening, reading and writing and an introduction to Korean culture. You may want to learn a new language or you may already have an interest in Korea – whatever your reason, this module will equip you with some practical language skills and intercultural awareness.

Beginners Japanese 10 credits is for students who have not previously studied Japanese. The emphasis is on achieving a basic level of communication in speaking, listening, reading and writing and an introduction to Japanese culture. You may want to learn a new language or you may already have an interest in Japan – whatever your reason, this module provides a fascinating insight into the country and the language and will equip you with some basic language ability and intercultural awareness.

Can there be a science of the mind?- If so, what should it look like? Since the nineteenth century, the most extraordinary range of answers has been given to these questions. The phrenologists, for instance, turned psychology into the study of bumps on the skull, on the view that your particular set of bumps would reveal your unique talents and character. The psychoanalysts turned psychology into the study of the unconscious, where, they said, your mind locks away wishes and impulses too shameful to be acted upon. The behaviourists turned psychology into the study of reactions to stimuli, attempting to show that your environment made you who you are and, if changed, could remake you.- How did these different understandings of what psychology is come into being? – Why did each have its moment of popularity, only to be overtaken by a new answer? – Where does the truth lie? In this module we will be looking not just at a remarkable set of ideas about what psychology is, but at the people behind the ideas, from Darwin to Freud to Chomsky and beyond. Anyone curious to know more about the mind and its study will enjoy this module. There are no prerequisites.

This module provides students with an introduction to some important philosophical questions considered by some of the most influential figures in the History of Philosophy. Can we know anything for certain, and if so, how can we know it? What is the external world like in-and-of-itself, and how closely does it resemble the world-as-we-experience-it? Might it just be ‘all a dream’? Is it possible to prove the existence of God by rational argument? What is the essence of the self, and how do ‘I’ relate to my body? These are all important issues in Theoretical Philosophy. The initial focus of the module will be the answers given to these questions by approximately four or five philosophers drawn from the likes of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume and Kant. The module will place these philosophers’ thought in historical context, and will provide students with a sense of the unfurling of the history of Western Philosophy. The module will also involve the close reading of some of the primary texts written by these philosophers, and, most importantly, will involve students personally engaging with the philosophical debates under consideration.

In this module you will explore how learning is shaped by social, cultural and economic contexts. You will consider some of the philosophical perspectives underlying approaches to education across the globe. You will also look at the sociological aspects of education and the ways that different contexts are influenced by their socio-economic settings. You will reflect on your own prior experiences as a learner and how your learning was affected by the contexts in which it took place.

This module provides you with a foundation in the theory and practice of international business. It covers core concepts of international business and how these apply to the dynamics and constraints of international business strategy. It also examines the uncertainties and potential for the international expansion of the firm.

The module aims to provide an introduction to the key tasks of management: planning organising, controlling, directing and staffing. These concepts will be examined from the classic management literature and from the perspective of today’s practicing managers. Topical examples and issues will be developed and used throughout the module highlighting current issues in journals and in the news which are relevant to the module content. The module also includes interviews with a variety of current practicing managers who reflect on a variety of aspects of management in the context of today’s business environment. The module involves completing a piece of research with practicing managers to get their views on management generally and also on a topical aspect of management which changes from year to year. Past examples include the impact of Covid on management practice and the role of social media in business.

This module offers a blended theoretical & practical experience in setting-up and running a business. Its interactive sessions allow students to delve into the issues of creativity, idea generation, opportunity recognition and feasibility analysis, thus, enabling them to understand how to set the foundations of an entrepreneurial business model. Through various activities, students work towards exploring business opportunities, which allows them to learn about businesses, make decisions about various aspects related to those businesses, and be entrepreneurial.

How do tsunamis form and why are they so destructive?- What can be done to minimise their impact? – Why was the response to the Sumatran tsunami wrong? – How many Bangladeshi lives could be saved for the same amount of money as the annual subsidy on an EU cow? Come and find out the answers to these questions and hundreds more, across the whole spectrum of Natural Hazards. Such hazards annually take 10,000’s of lives and cause billions of pounds of damage. Examine the physical processes that control natural disasters and learn what can be done to minimise the death and destruction caused by these events. Topics covered include volcanoes, earthquakes, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and meteorite impacts. Two lectures are also included on tsunamis, and the science behind the Boxing Day Sumatra, and Japan tsunami. We also touch upon the response of societies to natural hazards. We can be 100% certain that thousands of people will be killed by natural hazards during the duration of the course, and we will examine some of these ‘current’ events during the course. The course gets fantastic feedback, for instance: “People not even on this course come along anyway just because it is enjoyable and people speak so highly of it? “Why not just sign up! No previous science background is required.

This module will be of particular interest to students interested in learning more about: the Creative, Performing and Visual Arts; Theatre, Music and Design; Museum Studies; Cultural Studies; English Literature; Management and Business Studies. The module aims to enhance participants’ employability and cultural insight by exploring the benefits and challenges of applying business and management theory to the arts and culture. It is tailored towards students seeking to acquire a deeper understanding of Arts and Cultural Management and explore the key practices and theoretical debates in this dynamic and growing field.

This module provides students with an overview of key issues in the study of digital media. The module focuses on key concepts that have shaped digital media’s brief history and that have been said to differentiate digital media from older media forms. It develops students’ understanding of the cultural, political, economic and technical contexts from which digital media have emerged. The module forms the foundation for more detailed analyses of digital media in future years.

Advances in science have profoundly changed how we view ourselves, how we view the world, and how we live in societies. Scientists are called on to tackle the biggest challenges facing us now, such as climate change and the Covid-19 crisis. This is because the scientific method is widely understood as the most reliable route to knowledge. Any negative effects from scientific advancement, such as the predicted disruption from widespread use of AI, are seen as necessary for progress. But are there limits to what scientific thinking can help us solve? Is more and better science always the answer? Why is it good to be scientific? Are there ever reasonable grounds for distrusting science?These kinds of questions are about the value, purpose, and ethics of science. Because they cannot be answered by the scientific method, they may rarely be considered by scientists themselves. This module – co-taught by scientists from the Chemistry school, and ethicists from the IDEA Centre, with expertise in online teaching methods – will allow you to explore the inter-relation between science and ethics. We look at the theory of science, and explore real-world developments and industry practices, to understand what good and bad science looks like.We will consider questions such as: is the scientific method the superior method for finding answers, or does it have limits? How can science be misused, and the work of scientists be morally compromised? Is it possible to judge the contribution of science to society on a moral basis, or is morality just a matter of subjective opinion? Should scientists be allowed to pursue knowledge for the sake of it, or should they work for the interests of society? In taking this module, you will learn about the science underpinning real-world problems, alongside philosophical and ethical theories, while developing skills in debate, analysis, and critical argument, to help you develop your own answers to those questions.

This module will cover key and current concepts within the subject of Psychology. Psychology is the science of the mind. It is a science because it aims to explain the greatest number of facts with the fewest number of assumptions, its hypotheses should be falsifiable by empirical tests, and its theories are connected to other sciences. The relevance of Psychology is very important to everyday life. This introduction to psychology will touch on some of the classic controversies including nature and nurture, the relationship between brain and mind, different approaches to understanding mental health, and how we process, store and use information about ourselves and other people. The approach embraces the diversity of perspectives within the discipline including experimental, cognitive, and developmental psychology, as well as biology and philosophy.

This module introduces all of the main areas of contemporary psychology: cognitive, social, health and developmental. In doing so, it addresses common misconceptions about psychology: eg ‘You know what I’m thinking.’In turn, it describes how media influences programmes of scientific research, how public opinion is altered by media representations, and how Psychology has plotted a course through intense media interest and has ensured its strong scientific base.Central to the course is the discussion of how it is necessary to be critical of science in the media, and how common sense explanations need a basis in scientific evidence.

This module starts by providing a brief historical context, to cover some of the key developments in world politics to date. Some of the most important concepts in International Politics are introduced in this context: the international system, war, peace, sovereignty, collective security, inequality, and international organisations.The main aim of this module is to introduce students to the key international issues we face today, and the puzzles these raise. This includes explaining what shaped the world we live in, and understanding the patterns of international politics (including how interests, institutions, and interactions matter in international relations). We also discuss some key structures and processes in this context, such as the changing character of war, violence by non-state actors, terrorism, and nuclear proliferation. Students get introduced to the main issues pertaining to transnational politics, such as human rights, the United Nations, international law, humanitarian intervention and ‘the Responsibility to Protect’. The module also introduces students to regionalism in international affairs, and in particular to the international politics of Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, to illustrate the variety of concepts that shape our understanding of global politics.Essential for comprehending the background behind the events that dominate our daily news, International Politics is the key if you want to make sense of the increasingly global political world that we all now inhabit.

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