General Electives for BA (Hons) Liberal Studies programmes.

First year modules

INF401 Computer Applications

This module is an introduction to computer applications with an emphasis on information management using computer technology. The module provides the student with an introduction to software applications including Word Processing, Spreadsheets, including data calculations using formulas, Database, Referencing and graphics. No prior experience to computer applications is required for this course. The emphasis is on the practical application of computer software, essential within the academic and especially the business environment. Classes are taken within the PC labs with opportunity for individual practical exercises throughout the module.

BUS405 Entrepreneurship

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the study of small business entrepreneurship. The module will cover both theoretical aspects – from business models to government regulations – and practical aspects involved in setting up a business, including market research, financial estimations, and marketing. The module will encourage application of those concepts and tools in different scenarios, including social and corporate entrepreneurship.

ATP406 Introduction to Acting

This module is for beginners and non-majors who want to explore performance skills. We will explore individual and group skills, and develop a working vocabulary of acting techniques, leading to a final presentation of scene work at the end of the semester.

Improvisation and exercises to encourage spontaneity and creativity will form the core syllabus for the first half of the semester. Sessions will include theatre games, vocal and physical exercises.

ARC401 Introduction to Archaeology  

This module aims to get students thinking about archaeology as a way of finding out about the past. The module is about how archaeologists investigate the past (excavation, ground penetrating radar, radiocarbon dating…) as well as about the things that archaeologists discover (temples, artefacts, bodies…). This London-based module will naturally have an emphasis on British approaches to archaeology and will feature a number of field trips, including a visit to the Museum of London’s archaeological archive and a London excavation.

PHL401 Introduction to Philosophy

This module introduces a broad spectrum of topics in philosophy such as knowledge, reality, freedom, morality, and art. Students will learn to engage with and critically analyze contrasting philosophical approaches to these topics, and to construct and present cogent philosophical arguments.

SOC402 Introduction to Sociology

To introduce students to the concept of sociological thinking, the fields of thought that form the basis of sociology, and sociology’s analysis of modern and postmodern society. The module offers an understanding of sociology’s distinctive ideas and analytical perspectives, and explores key theoretical approaches that have developed to make sense of structural processes and complex social relationships. Students will use the above knowledge to critically engage with studying society, and learn to challenge ‘common sense’ assumptions about everyday life, social relationships and institutions.

MUS401 Music Appreciation

This module will introduce students to the core elements of Western classical music, music history and the music of various world cultures. The primary aim of the module is to allow students to recognise the distinctive sounds of music produced in different places and time periods. The module will also introduce students to key concepts in music, music history and musical composition, permitting them to discuss music using technical vocabulary and encouraging them to develop their understanding of the academic study of music and the problems associated with music historiography. Classes will be a mixture of lectures, off-campus field trips and practical workshops, while readings will primarily be taken from recognised secondary sources.

COM402 Skills of Argumentation and Debate

The Skills of Argumentation and Debate module aims to provide students with a solid foundation in public speaking, critical thinking, and argumentation and debate skills. The module aims to expand student’s ability to understand, identify and evaluate differing types of arguments, reasoning processes and logical fallacies. By the end of the module, students will learn to organise arguments in a persuasive manner, develop skills in refutation, and use evidence, both theoretical and empirical, in order to argue a claim and express an argument in a creative manner.

THE401 Theatre Appreciation

This module is intended to instil an understanding of how theatre is created through the differing work of writers, directors, designers and actor. Central to the module is experiential learning through theatre visits, post-show discussion and critical reflection. Development of these analyses will be supported through examination of skills for self-reflective, critically informed writing about complex aesthetic phenomena.

Second year modules

ATP504 Acting Studio

This module is for those who wish to extend their range of performance skills. This module provides the opportunity to explore a range of acting techniques and exercises relevant to bringing texts into performance. It seeks to explore, through research and practical experiment, a variety of play texts and their performance possibilities. Workshops explore how theatrical practitioners may use different approaches to acting and why this is the case.

We will explore individual and group skills, and develop a working vocabulary of acting techniques, leading to a student-created acting project presented at the end of the semester. Sessions will include script analysis, vocal and physical exercises, character creation, work on monologues and scenes.

SOC503 Applied Ethics

This module will explore ethical theories, such as utilitarianism and deontology, and apply those theories to a series of ethical controversies. Students will learn to critically analyze the ethical theories in relation to the particular controversies studied, and to put forward a moral argument in an intelligent, reflective and civilized manner.

THE502 Theatre in London: From Shakespeare’s Globe to the West End

This module explores the origins of drama and the development of the theatrical tradition in England and Western Europe. Visits to the London theatres, including the reconstructed Shakespeare’s Globe on the South Bank, will provide the basis for an examination of the historical and contemporary worlds of London theatre, and how they are linked and complementary.

SOC502 Gender, Sexuality, and Religion

This module aims to provide students with a basic understanding of the historical development and content of gender studies, its relationship to the academic study of religion, and the various ways in which gender theory, broadly defined, can be applied to the analysis of a variety of religious phenomena, such as ritual, asceticism, fundamentalism, and discipleship.

INF501 Management Information Systems

In the modern “knowledge economy”, organizations are becoming increasingly dependent upon their IT systems, both for transaction processing and for information retrieval and analysis. Successful managers, regardless of their functional speciality, need to understand IT and business issues and, especially, the relationship between the two.

POL505 Model United Nations I

The Model United Nations I module aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to understand the complexities of the United Nations (UN) as an international body for diplomacy and cooperation. By the end of the module students will understand the history and functions of the UN, and specifically the role of the various institutions and actors involved in the multifaceted decision making process. The module will examine the various intricate and often conflicting foreign policy objectives which affect negotiations. Students will gain a deep understanding of the meaning and effectiveness of international agreements, both binding and non-binding, in addition to the limitations of implementation. A major objective of this module is to enhance the understanding the key functions of the United Nations and its various agencies through experiential learning.

POL506 Model United Nations II

The module aims to prepare students to debate and negotiate in the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City, which includes more than 5,000 students from more than 400 Colleges and Universities worldwide. The module builds on Model UN I, and aims to deepen the understanding of the international system of states operating within the context of the United Nations in international affairs. A key objective is to familiarise students with diplomacy and negotiations as the peaceful instruments of foreign affairs. This includes examining the results of a variety of negotiation techniques, strategies and approaches in their contemporary and historical contexts. Students will also acquire a variety of negotiation skills and techniques which they will be able to apply directly in a conference setting. The module aims to expand and deepen knowledge surrounding the behaviour, culture, interests, and power of one specific country, catered to the MUN conference country assignment. Students will explore the wider role of regional organisations as they relate to the pursuit of individual member’s interests. A core pedagogical strategy of familiarising students with negotiations and diplomacy involves experiential learning in controlled simulations.

THE501 Special Topic in Theatre

This module focuses upon specific topic in theatre and performance studies. It is intended to enable students to draw upon specialist expertise and ongoing research activity of staff and also of guest theatre researchers and scholar-practitioners (for example, Erasmus or Fulbright scholars). Thus, students will be able to benefit from particular and up-to-date research expertise, to gain grounding in the primary issues and materials within the field of study, and to formulate appropriate methods of research, reflection and analysis. Syllabus and specific content therefore will be formulated by the module tutor, but fulfil the module programme learning outcomes.

MUS501 Studies in Music History

This module will introduce students to various different aspects of music history. While the specific module content may change in any given semester, the overall aim of the module is to encourage the contextual study of music. Students will be encouraged to develop their overall historical awareness, their understanding of the technical elements of music and their knowledge of traditional ways of describing music history. They will also be given the opportunity to consider how the study of music can be related to the wider study of art history, cultural history, social history and political history. Sample topics within Studies in Music History include Music in London, the History of Rock and Roll, Women in Music and Contemporary Music in Britain.

Third year modules

THE601 Contemporary London Theatre

This module explores the diversity and excitement of the contemporary theatre in London, focusing on new writing and styles of performance and production. We visit a wide variety of auditoria, from the National Theatre to intimate fringe venues. We will consider the effect of social, political and architectural influences on modern production practise, and the changing dynamic relationship between the actor and the audience. The module includes study of plays in performance and on the page. Central to the module is experiential learning through theatre visits, post-show discussion and critical reflection. Development of these analyses will be supported through examination of skills for self-reflective, critically informed writing about complex aesthetic phenomena.

REL601 Global Religions in Contemporary London

This module aims at introducing you to a selection of living religious communities by exploiting London as a rich resource for religious studies. By focusing upon the living traditions, in their various contemporary expressions, the module aims to deconstruct and challenge essentialist assumptions concerning the category ‘religion’. The module will also serve as a tool to appreciate the ways in which religion affects continuity and change among diverse cultures and communities.