Geography with a Language BA

Geography

Key information

Duration:
3 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
AAB-ABB
UCAS code:
L7RY
Start date:
September 2018

Learn from experts in migration and development, and work on your language skills.

You learn how global issues affect local communities. Even when you’re working closer to home, our setting – Brighton and the UK’s newest National Park – means you’ll learn both inside and outside the classroom.

Choose one language from Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish.

Studying Geography and Spanish at Sussex has been both a pleasure and an adventure. Combining the two has enabled me to study the best of both worlds.”Vicky Major
Geography with a Language BA

Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

AAB-ABB

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade C (or grade 4 in the new grading scale).

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Extended Project Qualification

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer. We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact Admissions at ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Other UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer

Pass in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits at Merit or above, including 24 at Distinction.

Subjects

The Access Diploma should normally be in Humanities or Social Sciences.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade C (or grade 4 in the new grading scale).

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

32 points overall from the full IB diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Typical offer

DDD

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade C (or grade 4 in the new grading scale).

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

AABBB

GCSEs

You will also need Mathematics at Standard Grade, grade 1 or 2.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

Grade B and AB in two A-levels.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade C (or grade 4 in the new grading scale).

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

International baccalaureate

Typical offer

32 points overall from the full IB diploma.

European baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of at least 77%

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and over 85% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER. Or a Queensland OP of 5 or below.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of 2.2 or better for first-year entry. A result of 2.5 or better would be considered for Foundation Year entry.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Typical offer

High School Graduation Diploma. Specific requirements vary between provinces.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

We usually do not accept Senior High School Graduation for direct entry to our undergraduate courses. However, we do consider applicants who have studied 1 or more years of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution or who are following a recognised International Foundation Year.

If you are interested in applying for a business related course which requires an academic ability in Mathematics, you will normally also need a grade B in Mathematics from the Huikao or a score of 90 in Mathematics from the Gaokao.

Applicants who have the Senior High School Graduation may be eligible to apply to our International Foundation Year, which if you complete successfully you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex. You can find more information about the qualifications which are accepted by our International Study Centre at  http://isc.sussex.ac.uk/entry-requirements/international-foundation-year .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of at least 4-5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto with an overall average result in the final matriculation examinations of at least 6.0.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with an overall final result of at least 13/20.

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 2.0 or better.

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5, 4, 4 from three subjects including two electives. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results from Central and Metro Boards with an overall average of 75-80%. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H1 H2 H2 H3 H3.

Additional requirements

You must have at least grade O4 in Mathematics.

Israel

Typical offer

Bagrut, with at least 8/10 in at least six subjects, including one five-unit subject.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma di Maturità or Diploma Pass di Esame di Stato with a Final Diploma mark of at least 81/100.

Japan

Typical offer

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM). As well as various two or three-year college or polytechnic certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 7.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Skole- Pass with an overall average of at least 4.

Pakistan

Typical offer

Bachelor (Pass) degree in arts, commerce or science.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Matura with three extended-level written examinations, normally scored within the 7th stanine.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of at least 16/20. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of 8.5-9.5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Maturitna Skuska or Maturita with honours, normally including scores of 1 in at least three subjects.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 23 points overall.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of at least 8.0.

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg with good grades.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme is normally only suitable for Foundation Years, but very strong applicants may be considered for first year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying. You must have your high school graduation diploma and we will be interested in your Grade 12 GPA. However, we will also want to see evidence of the external tests you have taken. Each application is looked at individually, but you should normally have one or two of the following:

  • APs (where we would expect at least three subject with 4/5 in each)
  • SAT Reasoning Tests (normally with a combined score of 1300) or ACT grades
  • and/or SAT Subject Tests (where generally we expect you to have scores of 600 or higher). 

We would normally require APs or SAT Subject Tests in areas relevant to your chosen degree course.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Geography is desirable.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

Find out more about IELTS.

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: Grade B or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

Admissions information for applicants

Language choice

It is not normally possible for native (or near-native) speakers to study their native language within this degree.

Transfers into Year 2

Yes. Find out more about transferring into Year 2 of this course. We don’t accept transfers into the third or final year.

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

Why choose this course?

  • Ranked 6th in the UK for Geography and Environmental Studies (The Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • Excellent choice of global field-class destinations, currently including locations such as Los Angeles, the Mojave Desert, Dubai and China.
  • Gain language skills and cultural awareness through learning about the societies and cultures of the countries in which your chosen language is spoken.

Course information

How will I study?

You’ll spend 75% of your time studying Geography, learning through lectures, tutorials, workshops and fieldwork. You focus on key areas of geography, such as:

  • development and migration
  • landscapes and landforms
  • climate and environmental change. 

You can also study options and gain skills to help you understand global change and challenges.

You spend 25% of your time studying your chosen language. You’ll learn the basic script and writing system, as well as practical language skills. You also work on using your language skills for professional purposes.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Options

How will I study?

You spend 75% of your time studying Geography. You cover topics including human, social and cultural geography, and receive training in the research methods, techniques and skills used by geographers.

You begin to specialise in areas of interest and can choose from options such as:

  • GIS (geographical information system)
  • international migration and sustainable development
  • postcolonial Africa and long-term environmental change

You spend 25% of your time studying your chosen language. Depending on your starting level, you:

  • develop your practical language skills
  • study media, radio, TV and films in your chosen language
  • prepare your graduate employment profile and carry out a workplace simulation activity. 

Field trips

Get involved in fieldwork from the start of your course. You develop research, analytical and team-working skills in regions where our academics actively conduct research. 

In Year 2, you can pick from an exciting range of locations: current destinations include China, the Mojave Desert, Dubai and Los Angeles. There is also a UK-based field trip.

Find out about the 2,000-year-old artefacts found by a Sussex student on a field trip to the Mojave desert.

Students and staff discuss studying Geography at Sussex

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Options

Study abroad (optional)

Apply to study abroad – you’ll develop an international perspective and gain an edge when it comes to your career. Find out where your course could take you.

Placement (optional)

A placement is a great way to network and gain practical skills. When you leave Sussex, you’ll benefit from having the experience employers are looking for. Find out more about placements and internships.

Please note

If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t transfer to the version of this program with an optional study abroad period in any country or optional placement in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

How will I study?

You spend 75% of your time studying Geography. You work on your individual geography research project – supervised by a faculty member – using your skills and research training.

You tailor your study by choosing from geography options such as:

  • climate science
  • the culture of colonialism
  • food security.

You spend 25% of your time studying your chosen language. You focus on use of language for professional purposes, and are introduced to the vocational skills of translation and interpreting. You also develop and deepen your knowledge of cultural themes in art, literature and film through the study of special subjects.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Options

I advise international policy organisations, such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.”Professor David Ockwell
Senior Lecturer in Geography 

Fees

UK/EU students:
Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018. The University intends to set fees at the maximum permitted by the UK Government (subject to continued satisfaction of the Teaching Excellence Framework). For the academic year 2017, fees were £9,250 per year.

The UK Government has confirmed that if you’re an EU student applying for entry in September 2018, you’ll pay the same fee rate as UK students for the duration of your course, even if the UK leaves the EU before the end of your course. You’ll also continue to have access to student loans and grants. Find out more on the UK Government website

Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
The University aligns fees for Channel Islands and Isle of Man students with fees for UK/EU students. These fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018. We intend to set fees at the maximum permitted by the UK Government (subject to continued satisfaction of the Teaching Excellence Framework). For the academic year 2017, fees were £9,250 per year.
International students:
£19,200 per year
Study abroad:
Find out about grants and funding, tuition fees and insurance costs for studying abroad
Placement:
Find out about tuition fees for placements

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

Scholarships

Our focus is personal development and social mobility. To help you meet your ambitions to study at Sussex, we deliver one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university.

Careers

Graduate destinations

95% of Department of Geography students were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent Department of Geography and Sussex Centre for Language Studies students have taken up a wide range of posts, including:

  • campaign coordinator, The Climate Group
  • trainee pilot, Qatar Airways
  • multilingual service desk assistant, Babcock International Group.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

During a Geography with a Language BA you develop research, communication, analytical, cultural awareness and resource-management skills. Employers will also value your communication and language abilities.

This means you can go on to careers in sectors including international development and environmental conservation, or to graduate jobs in:

  • multinational organisations, charities and NGOs
  • civil and diplomatic services and government
  • business, marketing and education.

And while you're at Sussex, you can attend specialist careers events and workshops to help you look for graduate schemes and jobs in the UK and abroad.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Human Geographies of the Modern World

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

Skills and Concepts in Geography I: Becoming a Geographer

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

The Natural World

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This interdisciplinary module provides you with a foundation for studying physical geography and ecology. After introducing systems theory and major evolutionary and ecological questions, it considers geology (Earth structure and composition, continental drift, plate tectonics, geological time), setting a framework for studying macro-evolution (patterns and processes, history of life, major extinctions and radiations, historical biogeography). This is followed by an introduction to earth system science, focusing on the hydrosphere and biosphere, and leads into macro-ecology, where we discuss local to global patterns of biodiversity, factors controlling species distribution and abundance, biogeography.

Culture Across Space and Time

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module examines the relationship of culture to place, difference and identity. Drawing on key theoretical debates and case studies, culture will be explored in the context of social change and crises, incorporating topics such as:

  • the impact of globalisation and transnationalism on everyday life
  • the impact of consumption on behaviour and life choices
  • the changing relations of multiculturalism, racism and marginalisation
  • and the representation of culture in public spaces.

Throughout the module cultural issues will be deciphered through the prism of racial, ethnic, class and gender relations at local and global levels.

Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module explores contemporary debates on environmental management and sustainable development from a perspective that bridges physical and human geography. It examines the development of core scientific and social theories and discourses that underpin contemporary management of the environment and sustainable development. In particular it explores the trade offs between the three different pillars of sustainability; economics, environment and society. These trade offs are explored in relation to a range of real world problems, including climate change, biodiversity loss and energy use. The module explicitly deals at a range of geographical scales, from the global to the local, as well as considering different approaches to the management of natural resources.

Skills and Concepts in Geography II: Quantitative and Analytical Skills

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module provides you with essential skills in quantitative and analytical methods, enabling you to evaluate different types of numerical data in human and physical geography. Topics include essential maths, trigonometry, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, least squares regression, mechanics and modelling.

Each week a generic lecture introduces a particular topic and this is supported by practical-based workshops in which you gain experience in these skills. The workshops are based on exercises related to the substantive content of the modules of Geographies of Development and Inequality (for BA Geographers) and The Natural World 2 (for BSc Geographers). To provide intellectual coherence, you will be placed in workshop groups based upon your degree programme.

Arabic Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module acts as an introduction to the foreign language for those with little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across various topics to practise understanding and communication in the TL using the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through contextualised activities, texts and audio, audio-visual and digital media.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Chinese Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This acts as an introduction if you have little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Colonialism and After

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module is an introduction to a range of key historical problems and conceptual questions relating to the colonial and postcolonial experiences.

Focusing on the characteristics of capitalism, imperialism, and modernity, you will examine the making of the modern world.

You’ll be introduced to:

  • European expansion
  • the slave economy
  • the development of wage labour
  • industrial growth
  • imperialism
  • creation of the modern state
  • genocide
  • the idea of development
  • anticolonialism
  • the creation of the “third world”.

French Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module is for:

  • beginners with no previous knowledge
  • false beginners with prior experience of the language at an elementary level, including those who have up to grade C at GCSE

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French For Professional Purposes 1A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed for advanced learners who have a good A-level pass, or equivalent.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, including common professional themes, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, professional, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include presentations and discussion, text handling and writing activities such as summarising and reporting etc., based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French Intermediate A Year 1

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module is for students with some basic knowledge and experience of the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable you to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

German Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This acts as an introduction if you have little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Italian Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This acts as an introduction if you have little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Japanese Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This acts as an introduction if you have little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Spanish Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module is for:

  • beginners with no previous knowledge
  • false beginners with prior experience of the language at an elementary level, including those who have up to grade C at GCSE.

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 1A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed for advanced learners who have a good A-level pass, or equivalent.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, including common professional themes, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, professional, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include presentations and discussion, text handling and writing activities such as summarising and reporting etc., based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials.
Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Spanish Intermediate A Year 1

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed for:

  • lower-intermediate learners who have a recent grade A/B at GCSE, or a D/E pass at AS-Level, or equivalent
  • intermediate learners who have a good AS grade, or perhaps a low D/E pass at A-Level, or equivalent

The module aims to:

  • enable you to understand key information and to communicate effectively in Spanish, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in Spanish using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of the structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation of Spanish, to allow progression
  • present the background culture and society of the Spanish-speaking world through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audiovisual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Arabic Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will already have a basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, this module aims to:

  • enable you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provide opportunities across a variety of general topics for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduce fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continue to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • present the background culture of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and text, audio and audio-visual materials.

Successful completion of the module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the CEFR for Languages.

Chinese Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will have basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will have completed the ab-initio A module.

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French For Professional Purposes 1B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed for advanced learners who have completed French for Professional Purposes 1A.

Building on existing levels of proficiency, the module aims to:

  • enable you to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in French with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, including common professional themes, for practice of understanding and communication in French, using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary in French to allow further accuracy and control in use
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, professional, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio,visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (speaking, listening, reading and writing), and to encourage autonomous use of French. These will include presentations and discussion, text-handling and writing activities such as summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of Francophone countries, society, and communities, through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audiovisual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on a topic or text of special interest to you.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French Intermediate B Year 1

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module is desigend for intermediate learners who have completed an intermediate A module.

The module aims to:

  • enable you to understand key information and to communicate effectively in French, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in French, using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation of French, to allow continued progression
  • present the background culture and society of French and the Francophone world through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audiovisual, and digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

German Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will have basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Italian Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will have basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Japanese Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will have basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Spanish Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will have completed the ab-initio A module.

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 1B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed for advanced learners who have completed Advanced for Professional Purposes 1A.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in Spanish with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, including common professional themes, for practice of understanding and communication in Spanish using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex the structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary in Spanish to allow further accuracy and control in use
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, professional, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audiovisual, digital).

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and to encourage autonomous use of Spanish. These will include presentations and discussion, text-handling and writing activities such as summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of Spanish-speaking countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audiovisual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on a topic or text of special interest to you.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Spanish Intermediate B Year 1

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module is desigend for intermediate learners who have completed an intermediate A module.

The module aims to:

  • enable you to understand key information and to communicate effectively in Spanish, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in Spanish using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of the structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation of Spanish, to allow continued progression
  • present the background culture and society of the Spanish-speaking world through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media, eg text, audio, audiovisual, and digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Cultural and Historical Geographies

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

The twin fields of cultural and historical geography have significantly refigured the discipline and doing of human geography since the 1980s, though both have deeper intellectual roots.

By studying this module, you'll develop a nuanced understanding of the relationship between these two approaches and of their overlapping concerns, concepts and practitioners.

After you are introduced to the idea of culture and consider the importance of time in geographical analysis, you analyse the different ways in which cultural and historical geographers have sought to comprehend the world.

In so doing, you explore several critical arenas of study in the past 30 years including:

  • the importance of representational approaches and theories (examining art, visual media, creative writing, sound and song)
  • the challenge of poststructuralism and ‘non-representational’ theory.

You will also focus on the following recurrent critical themes: knowledge and power, hegemony and resistance, memory and heritage, and landscape and nature.

Methods and Approaches in Human Geography

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

In this module, you develop the skills you need to carry out a final-year thesis project in human geography.

You will attend:

  • lectures on quantitative and qualitative methods and on their application in particular branches of the discipline
  • presentations, held in the spring term, which include guidance on how to prepare the thesis proposal.

Social Geography

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

After an introduction to the development of social geography, you focus on the interactions between social relations, space and place.

These connections are explored through the geographies of class, ethnicity, sexuality and gender relations (and the intersections between them), at a variety of spatial scales, from local to global, and both urban and rural. We include geographies of activism, health and ability and gentrification.

Arabic Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This stage 3 module is for students with some basic knowledge and experience of the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Chinese Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This stage 3 module is for students with some basic knowledge and experience of the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand basic information and to communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provide opportunities across a variety of general topics for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

French Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for students who have completed both intermediate A and B modules.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French for Professional Purposes 2A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for advanced learners who have completed Advanced for Professional Purposes 1B.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text handling and analysis, writing activities such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting, etc. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on your employment profile and/or workplace simulation activities.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for:

  • lower intermediate learners who have a recent grade A/B at GCSE, or a D/E pass at AS level, or equivalent
  • intermediate learners who have a good AS grade, or perhaps a low D/E pass at A level, or equivalent.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

German Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This stage 3 module is for students with some basic knowledge and experience of the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Global Climate Change

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module takes an interdisciplinary view on the scientific basis of claims of global climate change, the human responsibility and the future implications of the change. In doing so it is largely based around theoretical and evidence based elements of climate science. Half of the module is dedicated to providing a sound basis for undergraduate level critical understanding of the science of contemporary climate change for the present-day and in the future. The other half provides the foundations for a critical understanding of the basis of future climate impacts.

Global Landscape Dynamics

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

You are introduced to the properties of earth surface materials, how they are shaped and how they interact with hydrology and ecology via climatic controls.

These themes form the basis for examining the dynamics of slopes, rivers, coasts, glaciers, permafrost and deserts, as well as landscapes developed in particular rock types such as limestone and granite.

In the context of global environmental change this module provides the intellectual framework for understanding the impact of natural and human forcing factors on the world's landscapes.

Italian Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This stage 3 module is for students with some basic knowledge and experience of the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Japanese Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This stage 3 module is for students with some basic knowledge and experience of the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Spanish Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for studens who have completed both intermediate A and B modules.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 2A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for advanced learners who have completed Advanced for Professional Purposes 1B.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts;
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level;
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL;
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text handling and analysis, writing activities such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting etc. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on your employment profile and/or workplace simulation activities.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies. This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Spanish Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for:

  • lower intermediate learners who have a recent grade A/B at GCSE, or a D/E pass at AS level, or equivalent
  • intermediate learners who have a good AS grade, or perhaps a low D/E pass at A level, or equivalent.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Arabic Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This stage 4 intermediate module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some independence in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2-B1 (Basic/Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable you to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow continued progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Chinese Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This stage 4 intermediate module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some independence in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2-B1 (Basic/Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow continued progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Culture, Race and Ethnicity

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

In this module, you examine the relationship between ideas of culture, race and ethnicity, both historically and in contemporary society.

You'll study a range of empirical examples that demonstrate how the concepts have been used - sometimes separately, sometimes in interlocking ways - in political projects or movements. Particular focus will be placed on the construction of 'whiteness'.

Examples may include:

  • the use of race in nineteenth century colonial administration
  • the politics of ethnicity in post-war London
  • the rise of the new right in contemporary Europe.

Environmental Perspectives on Development

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

The module explores development with an explicit focus on environmental issues. You will look at the relationships between development and the environment: the consequences of development on the environment, environmental constraints to development, and problems of development in marginal environments. You will examine how the environment and issues around sustainability have been considered (or ignored) in relation to development and how this has changed over time. The module includes historical perspectives on environment and development, illustrating continuities and changes in policies related to environment and development. It also explores core issues around environmental management and development in relation to key resources, such as wildlife, forests and water.

French Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for students who have completed and advanced A module.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in French, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in French, using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary of French to allow further accuracy and control in use
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of French and the Francophone world through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audiovisual, digital.

Successful completion of the course is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French for Professional Purposes 2B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for advanced learners who have completed Advanced for Professional Purposes 2A.

Building on existing levels of proficiency, this module aims to:

  • enable you to understand the main ideas and detail within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in French with fluency, confidence and spontaneity in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in French using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary in French to allow consistent accuracy and control in use
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media, eg text, audio, audiovisual, and digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and to promote autonomous use of French. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text-handling and analysis, writing activities such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of Francophone countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audiovisual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to specialise and report on professional matters or on topics in your field of expertise.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2-C1 (Independent-Proficient User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is desigend for intermediate learners who have completed an intermediate A module.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow continued progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text; audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Geographical Information Systems

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed to introduce you to the various components that constitute a Geographical Information System (GIS), while providing you with practical skills in using these tools. Using leading GIS software, you will gain direct experience of a range of data collection and input, database, analytical and visualisation techniques. These will include:

  • georeferencing
  • vector/raster integration
  • and data classification.

This methodology will be illustrated through a range of social and environmental applications, emphasising its decision-assisting potential and looking at some real world examples from the fields of disaster management and development.

Geography Overseas Field Class

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

In Year Two, you take part in either an overseas field class or non-residential field class at Sussex.

If you study a:

  • single honours Geography course, the field class is compulsory
  • joint honours Geography course, the field class is optional.

We offer an extensive set of international field class options with recent examples including classes to Dubai, China, the US and with new field classes being developed.

You will carry out data collection – as broadly defined – for at least a week. You then analyse and write up the material in the field and when you return to Sussex.

German Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This stage 4 intermediate module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some independence in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2-B1 (Basic/Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow continued progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Ice Age Earth

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module examines the ways in which the Earth's environmental and climatic processes have changed during the recent Ice Ages; approximately the last 2.6 million years.

You explore the physical, biological and chemical evidence for these past changes using a range of different records (including ocean sediments, ice cores, stable isotopes and fossil plants and insects), and couple this with an assessment of natural forcing mechanisms, geological dating techniques and earth-surface processes.

This broad, interdisciplinary approach provides a valuable 'palaeo' perspective from which to evaluate the evidence for 21st century global warming and associated environmental change, and will be attractive to students of Physical Geography and the Environmental, as well as Biological sciences.

Italian Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This stage 4 intermediate module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some independence in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2-B1 (Basic/Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow continued progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text; audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Japanese Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This stage 4 intermediate module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some independence in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2-B1 (Basic/Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow continued progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Southeast England Field Class

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

The Southeast England Field Class introduces you to a particular field destination in SE England usually including the local Sussex region. After a series of preparatory lectures you will carry out data collection in situ for a period of about 10-14 days. Analysis and the writing up of a research report will take place upon your return. The module presents an opportunity for faculty to familiarise you with a location in which you conduct research and gives you the experience of carrying out your own research in that location.

Spanish Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for students who have completed and advanced A module.

The module aims to:

  • enable you to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in Spanish with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in Spanish using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of the complex structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary in Spanish to allow further accuracy and control in use
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audiovisual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 2B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for advanced learners who have completed Advanced for Professional Purposes 2A.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable you to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in Spanish with fluency, confidence and spontaneity in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in Spanish using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary in Spanish to allow consistent accuracy and control in use
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audiovisual, digital).

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (speaking, learning, reading and writing) and to encourage autonomous use of Spanish. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text-handling and analysis, writing activities such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of Spanish-speaking countries, society, and communities through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audiovisual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on your employment profile and/or workplace simulation activities.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Spanish Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is desigend for intermediate learners who have completed an intermediate A module

The module aims to:

  • enable you to understand key information and to communicate effectively in Spanish, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in Spanish using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of the structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation of Spanish, to allow continued progression
  • present the background culture and society of the Spanish-speaking world through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media, eg text, audio, audiovisual, and digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Advances in Climate Sciences

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This module is an introduction to climate science with particular focus on climate feedbacks, climate observations, climate variability and climate analyses. The module will highlight the major challenges in climate sciences (e.g. global carbon cycles and aerosols), and significant climate phenomena, such as El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO). Practical sessions will enable you to gain hands-on experience in creating climate analysis and statistical plots using real-life data from climate observatories and outputs from existing climate models.

Arabic Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This stage 5 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL).

Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Chinese Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This stage 5 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Cultures of Colonialism

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This module introduces you to the colonial practices, discourses and cultures across the nineteenth century British Empire and their legacies. It examines the British metropole and its colonies within a single analytical framework, tracking the exchange of people, ideas and objects along the networks that connected them. Initially you will cover the main approaches to the study of British colonialism, including traditional imperial history and postcolonialism. The latter part of the module investigates cultural, social and political impacts of British colonialism at specific sites across the empire, including India, North America and New Zealand.

Disasters, Environment and Development

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

In this module, you look at the connections between disasters, the environment and development. 

The negative impacts of environmental and climatic change and environmentally-related disasters threaten to roll back decades of development gains. Building resilient and sustainable societies means addressing climate and disaster risks, understanding the links between these issues and integrating these risks, as well as potential opportunities, into development planning and budgeting. 

The module is split into three parts:

  • concepts, exploring similarities and differences in concepts and frameworks and terminology used in these different areas
  • problems, looking at issues of droughts, floods and food security, complex disasters, environmental migration, trapped populations and resource wars
  • solutions, examining the possible avenues that may help address these problems, including remittance bonds, serious games, blended knowledge and science for humanitarian emergencies and resilience.

Environment, Ecology and Development

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This module examines the impact of social and economic transformations, trade and technological development on people, environment and ecology in the tropics. The analysis includes a historical perspective, present-day impacts and future scenarios. Topics include problems of water and energy supply and their health and environmental consequences; indigenous environmental knowledge; intellectual property rights and biotechnology; local and national perspectives on wildlife, ecotourism and environmental protection.

French Advanced A (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 5 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B1 (Independent User) of Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages. Building on existing levels of proficiency at level the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include presentations and discussion, text handling and writing activities, such as summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B1-B1+ (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

French for Professional Purposes 2A (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 7 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text handling and analysis, writing activities, such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on your employment profile and/or workplace simulation activities.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

French For Professional Purposes 3A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

Gain the language skills for your professional career.

In this module you:

  • learn specialised vocabulary and complex language structures
  • develop your knowledge of, and analyse, the language's social, political and cultural background, by looking at a range of media
  • effectively communicate in French in both formal and informal contexts
  • take part in translation and interpretation activities including presentations and discussions
  • practise oral and written skills for a variety of professional purposes, including reports, meetings, and speeches.

You will take part in a variety of activities to help develop your practical skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Geographies of Rising and Declining Powers

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This module examines the relative economic performance of the main world regions, focusing particularly on comparative economic performance and political dynamics in China and Europe. The module draws on geographic and political economic theories to explain geographies of wealth, poverty and power and explores the social, political and cultural foundations of economic life. You will study the main drivers of change, situating this within a wider context of globalisation, environmental and technological change and increasing economic and political interdependence.

Geographies of Violence and Conflict

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

Conflict and violence are major components of social process, transformation and change – locally, nationally and internationally. This module gives you an overview of how geographers (and other social scientists) have thought about, studied, and explained, violence and conflict. For example, whether violence and conflict are considered an exceptional situation or a ‘normal’ aspect of societal change.

The module highlights the multiple scales at which conflict and violence occur, from domestic violence to international war. Nevertheless, emphasis will be placed on how violence and conflict affect people (and groups of people) at the micro-level of personal experience rather than simply looking at macro-level aggregate patterns. You will be encouraged to examine the differences between diverse forms of violence. For example, does it make sense to consider structural violence (eg racism, sexism) in the same way as physical (or direct) violence?

The first third of the module will focus on the theories and concepts through which violence and conflict have been explained. The second two-thirds will apply these theories and concepts to a range of diverse examples (such as resource wars, undocumented migration, war games and toy guns, counter-insurgency and urban policing).

Geohazards and Risk Assessment

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

Earth surface processes and natural hazards pose significant challenges to society and infrastructure.

The expansion of global population and urbanisation, coupled with the potential impacts of climate change on natural processes, are anticipated to result in more frequent natural disasters and an increase in their associated risks.

An understanding of geohazards can be used to evaluate the opportunities for sustainable development and engineering through cost effective mitigation of natural hazards and risk.

The module integrates academic and commercial training with real case work. The course structure and content is based on real-world problems and will be taught by leading practitioners and academic experts in the discipline.

German Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This stage 5 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Home

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

You explore the meaning of home and how this is represented in literature and film. 

Workshops focus on domestic practices of home in terms of:  

  • consumption
  • display and identification
  • the inhabitation of the embodied and sensuous home space
  • family
  • heteronormativity and gendered practices of home (un)making
  • the lifecourse and home as a site of childhood and ageing
  • the politics of housing and home, including displacement, domicide and homelessness
  • migration, belonging and transnational home-making.

Our studies of the representation of home in literature and film will be complemented by a trip to the Geffrye Museum of Home.

Italian Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This stage 5 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Japanese Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This stage 5 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Landscape, Nature and Representation

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This module focuses upon the representation of landscapes and nature, and considers the ways in which representations are sites through which ideas, visions and imaginations are set to work. You will assess the production and impact of such representations, critically analysing a range of textual sources from a variety of origins which claim to represent landscape and natures. This will incorporate art, literature, music, the media and cartography.

Spanish Advanced A (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 5 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Building on existing levels of proficiency at level the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include presentations and discussion, text handling and writing activities, such as summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B1-B1+ (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 2A (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 7 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW) and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text handling and analysis, writing activities, such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on your employment profile and/or workplace simulation activities.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 3A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B2-C1 (Independent-Proficient User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable you to understand and mediate the main ideas and detail within extended discourse, to organise discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts;
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding, communication and mediation in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level;
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised glossaries to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL;
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to consolidate autonomous use of the TL. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on translation and interpretation activities. These will include subject-specific discussions, text handling and analysis through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to practise oral and written mediation skills for a variety of professional purposes and contexts (eg communications, reports, meetings, visits, presentations, speeches). Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level C1 (Proficient User) of the CEFR for languages.

Arabic Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This stage 6 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Chinese Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This stage 6 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Class, Community, Nation

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

Decolonial Movements

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

French Advanced B (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 6 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B1+ (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Building on existing levels of proficiency at level the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include presentations and discussion, text handling and writing activities, such as summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on a topic of special interest to you.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B1+-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

French for Professional Purposes 2B (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 8 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas and detail within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to promote autonomous use of the TL. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text handling and analysis, writing activities, such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to specialise and report on professional matters or on topics in your field of expertise.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2-C1 (Independent-Proficient User) of the CEFR for Languages.

French For Professional Purposes 3B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

In this module you:

  • study complex factual and/or literary texts
  • learn to structure and present an argument, description, or narrative logically and clearly in French
  • study complex language structures including specialised terms
  • demonstrate in French, knowledge and analysis of a special subject linked to your chosen field of study, for example, writing a case study, report, or research project. Or you can choose to undertake a creative project including fiction writing, documentary or a web profile for professional purposes. 

 

German Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This stage 6 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Global Environmental Change

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

Environmental change has become a central global issue with serious implications for the social and natural world. There is a need to monitor the earth's signs of change, especially where ground information is spatially limited, filled with error, or unavailable. Remote sensing datasets are vital in monitoring local, regional and global changes.

This module enables you to understand and use remote-sensing datasets to answer fundamental questions about our changing planet. This will involve:

  • understanding the nature of remote sensing
  • the different instruments and techniques and processing and manipulation of raw signals
  • applying it to different fields within the earth and environmental sciences (atmosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere).

Remote Sensing in the atmosphere is used for weather monitoring, greenhouse gas detection, and pollution. Remote sensing in the cryosphere is used in determining the presence, absence and change of ice cover over the earth's surface. Remote sensing in the hydrosphere monitors the oceans, organic and inorganic ocean constituents, sea surface temperatures, el nino events, land water fluxes, and flooding events. Remote Sensing in the biosphere monitors the component of the earth that supports life, and is sensitive to changes in climate, such as vegetation structure, composition, land cover types, soil moisture, leaf chemical components, phenology, change detection, plant stress and photosynthesis, transpiration and surface temperatures.

Global Food Security

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

Achieving food security for 10-billion people while reducing the environmental footprint of agriculture is a major challenge of the next century.

In this module, we discuss papers on the multiple dimensions of this challenge, including the biophysical, economic, nutritional, socio-political and institutional.

We take a global perspective on issues, drawing upon both global-scale research as well as case studies from different regions of the world to understand the geography of agricultural production, its environmental footprint and of malnutrition.

Key topics include:

  • global change and sustainable agriculture
  • what is food security?
  • globalisation: the economics, finance and trade of food
  • impact of climate change: mitigation and adaptation potential of agriculture
  • farm management: soil-water-fertilizers
  • livestock
  • emerging issues in food security: biofuels, GMOs, labels, diets, urban agriculture, organic agriculture, permaculture.

Italian Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This stage 6 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Japanese Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This stage 6 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text; audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Rural Livelihoods in the Global South

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This module considers the varied nature of rural livelihood systems in developing countries.

You consider changes in livelihoods through livelihood diversification and migration, and the interconnectedness of the global and the local in causing change in rural societies. You also explore the impact of different agents of change on livelihoods. This will include:

  • the role of non-governmental organisations
  • the impact of modern biotechnology
  • the effects of trade on livelihoods, amongst other important examples.

The module draws primarily (though by no means exclusively) on evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa and India.

Spanish Advanced B (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 6 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B1+ (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Building on existing levels of proficiency at level the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include presentations and discussion, text handling and writing activities, such as summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on a topic of special interest to you.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B1+-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 2B (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 8 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW) and to promote autonomous use of the TL. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text handling and analysis, writing activities, such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to specialise and report on professional matters or on topics in your field of expertise.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2-C1 (Independent-Proficient User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Spanish For Professional Purposes 3B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

In this module you:

  • study complex factual and/or literary texts
  • learn to structure and present an argument, description, or narrative logically and clearly in Spanish
  • study complex language structures including specialised terms
  • demonstrate in Spanish your knowledge of a special subject linked to your chosen field of study. This can include a case study, report, reseach project or a creative project, such as, fiction writing, documentary or web profile for professional purposes. 
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