International Development with a Language BA

Languages

Key information

Duration:
3 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
AAB
UCAS code:
L9RY
Start date:
September 2018

Study at the world’s highest ranked University for the study of International Development and gain language skills. You learn from experts who are making a difference across the world, in topics ranging from human rights to the environment.

Outside the classroom, there are lots of opportunities to get involved – from joining the Sussex International Development Society to taking part in student-organised seminars and film series, attending expert Sussex Development Lectures and volunteering.

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

The faculty are incredibly open and responsive – if you’re interested and willing they’re happy to support you.”Andy Chapman
International Development and French BA 

Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

AAB

GCSEs

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

 

Other UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits at Merit or above, including 30 at Distinction.

Subjects

The Access to HE Diploma should be in the humanities or social sciences.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

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

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

AAABB

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

Grade B and AA in two A-levels.

GCSEs

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

International baccalaureate

Typical offer

34 points overall from the full IB Diploma.       

European baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of 80%

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.

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.

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. 

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).

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.

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 .

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 6.5.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with an overall final result of at least 14/20.

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 1.8 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.

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. 

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.

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%. 

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.

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,H1,H2,H2,H3.

Israel

Typical offer

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

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 85/100.

Japan

Typical offer

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 4.5.

Pakistan

Typical offer

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

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Please note

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

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

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.

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.

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?

  • 1st in the world for Development Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017).
  • Join a lively and exciting environment – our international reputation draws leading development practitioners to campus.
  • Immerse yourself in a different culture while perfecting your language skills as we help you understand social and cultural aspects of the countries in which your chosen languages are spoken.

Course information

How will I study?

You spend 75% of your time studying International Development. You gain an overview of development practices and processes, learn about a range of development actors and explore modern policy initiatives.

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

  • learn the basic script and writing system
  • develop language for general and common purposes
  • work on 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


Customise your course

Our courses are designed to broaden your horizons and give you the skills and experience necessary to have the sort of career that has an impact.

Gain programming skills and apply them to areas such as digital media, business and interactive design. Find out about our Year in Computing

How will I study?

You spend 75% of your time studying International Development, exploring contemporary development debates in more depth. You also examine social and economic dimensions of development.

There is training in the techniques and skills used by development researchers in the field. 

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

  • consolidate language for general purposes and study target language media
  • prepare your graduate employment profile
  • carry out a workplace simulation activity.

Modules

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

Core modules

Options


Customise your course

Our courses are designed to broaden your horizons and give you the skills and experience necessary to have the sort of career that has an impact.

Gain programming skills and apply them to areas such as digital media, business and interactive design. Find out about our Year in Computing

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.

“I’m really glad I did the placement. I met great people and I got the chance to see my work published.” Hannah CliftonInternational Development BA
Sightsavers

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 or optional placement. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

How will I study?

You spend 75% of your time studying International Development, expanding on your first two years. There are a range of specialist options – including a work experience module – that deepen your understanding of development in practice. 

You explore development issues and the real-world concerns faced by development professionals. You can also undertake intensive study and research for a thesis.

You spend 25% of your time studying your chosen language, focusing on use of language for professional purposes. You are introduced to the vocational skills of translation and interpreting, and enhance 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 am working on a project with the University of Bergen, Norway, investigating issues of corporate social responsibility in the global oil industry.Dr Dinah Rajak
Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development

Fees

Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018. Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

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.

Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

Scholarships

Details of our scholarships are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018.

Careers

Graduate destinations

100% of Department of International Development students were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent International Development graduates have started jobs as:

  • corporate partner assistant, Water Aid
  • senior programme assistant monitoring, UN Human Rights Council
  • research and social policy intern, Brighton and Hove Community Works.

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

Your future career

You gain transferable skills in problem-solving and independent learning. Employers will value your extra language abilities, improved communication and cultural understanding.

You can use your degree in International Development with a Language for careers in:

  • environment and international development
  • the charity, voluntary, social and welfare sectors
  • the Civil Service, politics and social research.

We support and stay in touch with our graduates – you can attend specialist careers events and receive careers advice from Sussex, even after when you have completed your studies.

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

Sussex has given me the skills and expertise to get involved in field work and research in my home country of Palestine.”Bushra Khalidi
International Development BA 

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, the module examines the making of the modern world. It provides an introduction 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, and the creation of the `third world'.

Global Development Paradigms, Policy and Politics

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module offers an introduction to key ideas and actors in international development. It begins by considering what the term 'development' means, exploring a range of different interpretations and the different kinds of practices that are associated with the idea of development. It goes on to look at trends in development thinking, and from there to identify a series of ideas and actors who have been influential in shaping international development thinking, policy and practice. By looking at the kinds of ideas about development associated with different kinds of actors, and at debates about aid, development and social change, the module will give you an overview of the field of international development and put in place some of the foundations for subsequent development modules.

Sussex Perspectives on International Development

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

The module will provide a foundation to the study of international development, providing an explanation of key concepts in development studies by drawing on the first hand research experiences of international development faculty. Each week, a concept will be explored and illustrated through examples from the research experience of Sussex lecturers discussing 'real places', and 'real issues'. You will be introduced to the diversity of approaches to defining and understanding development through interrogation of concepts such as 'globalisation', 'war', 'aid', 'states', 'markets', 'community' and 'civil society'.

Global Development Challenges and Innovation

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

The aim of the module is to provide you with an overview of international development using key topics to explore the different theoretical and conceptual perspectives that underpin understandings of development. The module is not a comprehensive review of all development-related issues but instead focuses on a smaller set of issues in development, covering amongst other matters, topics of poverty, international trade, growth, population, environment, aid and debt.

Institutions of Aid

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

In this module, you study the changing relationships between the different organisations involved in international aid and development. 

You look at Millennium Development Goals and international agreements concerning aid and discover the complex and changing range of organisations and their histories, aims and incentives.

You'll study organisations including:

  • the multilateral development banks and the United Nations agencies
  • official bilateral agencies, including so called 'emerging' donors
  • the widening range of private and nongovernmental actors.

Key Thinkers in Development

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module provides an introduction to some of the most important thinkers in international development. It provides a broad historical overview of the evolution of development thinking by starting with key debates initiated in the 18th and 19th centuries and moving to contemporary thinkers from diverse geographical regions. Each week, you will read an original text from the key thinker discussed, as well as an additional supporting/critical text. Above all else the module aims to provide you with a broad understanding of different approaches to development thinking, why they arose and their current applicability in the age of globalisation.

Arabic Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This stage 1 module is an introduction to the foreign language for students with little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL). 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
  • introduce fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduce the background culture 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 A1 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Chinese Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This stage 1 module is an introduction to the foreign language for students with little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

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
  • introduce fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduce the background culture 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 A1 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

French Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This stage module is designed for:

  • beginners, assuming 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

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
  • introduce fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduce the background culture 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 A1 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference 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, 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 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 CEFR for languages.

French Intermediate A Year 1

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

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] 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 stage 1 module is an introduction to the foreign language for students with little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL). 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
  • introduce fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduce the background culture 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 A1 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Italian Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This stage 1 module is an introduction to the foreign language for students with little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL). 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
  • introduce fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduce the background culture 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 A1 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Japanese Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This stage 1 module is an introduction to the foreign language for students with little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL). 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
  • introduce fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduce the background culture 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 A1 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Spanish Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This stage course is designed for:

  • beginners, assuming 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

The course 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
  • introduce fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduce the background culture 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 course is equivalent to level A1 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference 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, 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 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 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, eg text, audio, audiovisual, and digital.

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

Arabic Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This stage 2 module is a post-beginner module for students with 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] the course aims to:
- enable you to understand basic information and to 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 materials, in a range of media, e.g. text; audio; audio-visual; digital.

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

This module builds on the basic grammatical structures taught in Foundation Chinese 1A to improve grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension in a variety of everyday situations. You will gain an insight into the culture and society of China appropriate to the framework of your language studies and, wherever possible, through authentic materials.

 

French Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module builds on the basic grammatical structures taught in Foundation French 1A  to improve grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension in a variety of everyday situations. You will gain an insight into the culture and society of France within the framework of your language studies and, wherever possible, through authentic materials.

 

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 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, 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 for Languages.

German Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You build on the basic grammatical structures taught in part one to improve grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis and listening and reading comprehension in a variety of everyday situations. You will gain an insight into the culture and society of Germany within the framework of your language studies and, wherever possible, through authentic materials.

Italian Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This course builds on the basic grammatical structures taught in part one to improve your grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension in a variety of everyday situations. You will gain an insight into the culture and society of Italy appropriate to the framework of your language studies and, wherever possible, through authentic materials.

 

Japanese Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

The module builds on the basic grammatical structures taught in part one to improve grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension in a variety of everyday situations. You will work in Hiragana and Katakana and begin studying Kanji characters. You will gain an insight into the culture and society of Japan within the framework of your language studies, and, wherever possible, through authentic materials. An essential part of the module is independent work carried out in the Language Learning Centre.

Spanish Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed for for post-beginners who have completed the ab-initio A module.

The course aims to:

  • enable you to understand basic information and to communicate effectively in Spanish in everyday situations, at a simple level 
  • provide opportunities across a variety of general topics for practice of understanding and communication in Spanish using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level 
  • introduce fundamental elements of the structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation of Spanish, and continue to provide a solid foundation for progression
  • present the background culture of Spanish and 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 course is at least equivalent to level A2 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference 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, 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 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 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 for Languages.

Economic Perspectives on Development

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module introduces you to how economics can be used to understand contemporary international development issues. You will obtain a basic understanding of tools that economics uses to analyse and evaluate development questions. The emphasis is on analysing a topic and the nature of the problem, and policy responses, from both an economic and critical perspective. The module begins with a non-technical introduction to economics and then covers a set of topics, such as determinants of economic growth and the connection between growth, inequality and poverty, trade and trade policy, poverty reduction policies, the roles of corruption, legal and political institutions in economic development, agriculture, land and credit markets, the determinants and consequences of violent conflict and environment and development.

Research Skills for Development

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module is an introduction to the research methods, techniques and skills used in development research and provides a foundation for the International Development thesis in the third year. The module is taught through workshops during which you focus on practical issues to do with research skills, as well as consider some of the more abstract issues that inform how we do research. The module encourages you to think about research ethics and the linkages between project design and methods of data collection.

During the module team work is emphasised, and many of the workshops involve hands-on group work.

Social Change, Culture and Development

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module starts from the observation that development is more than economic change and involves important social and cultural aspects. It begins with an interrogation of the way development practices and ideas are embedded in cultural contexts, and specifically how the development industry is historically and culturally entangled in Western conceptions of progress, rationality, and the individual. Against a view of culture as 'tradition' and an impediment to development we will examine different cultural conceptions of progress. This involves both alternate visions of future development as well as the negative impacts that development policies and interventions have on local people, communities and cultures. Questions of power and cultural relativism inevitably arise: what happens when different interests and commitments collide, and who or what determines the module development interventions take?

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] 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] 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 the 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 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 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] 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.

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] 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.

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] 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, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the 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 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 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] 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 module will build on the skills and structures studied in part 2A. Your aim is to improve elementary/intermediate skills inreading, writing, speaking and listening. You study Chinese characters, Pinyin and grammatical functions in more depth. Essential elements of cultural awareness in Chinese society are studied within the framework of the language module and using authentic materials. This part of the module will involve more independent learning.

Development and the State

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is concerned with the role of the state in development. It considers this subject matter theoretically (that is by exploring debates in state theory, and on the relationship between the state and development), empirically (by investigating a range of historical and contemporary state forms, and the impacts of these state forms on processes of development) and normatively (by posing questions about what the nature and role of the state should ideally be).

The module examines the main theoretical approaches to the state and historical state forms and their attendant development experiences, in the North and in the post-colonial South. Finally, the module moves to Development since the 1980s, exploring the impacts of state failure, neo-liberalism, democratisation and global governance on state forms and patterns of development.

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 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 for Languages.

French Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2
You will be introduced to more complex grammatical structures. You will improve grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension through the study of a variety of topics and integrated grammar. There is an emphasis on the summarising and handling of authentic texts and a chance to study the literature, culture and society of France.

Gender and Development: Theory, Concepts and Issues

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module considers development processes in the light of how they are shaped by and impact upon gender discourses and relations. The module introduces you to key concepts in the analysis of social relations between women and men in different cultural, economic and political contexts. This includes examining the nature of gender inequality and of the household as a social construct, and reviewing concepts of power and empowerment. While concerned with providing a theoretical and conceptual grounding by reviewing debates on the household and the gender division of labour, the module is organised around substantive and policy topics related to poverty, labour markets, women’s employment, migration, and globalisation.

German Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

You will be introduced to more complex grammatical structures. You will improve grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension through the study of a variety of topics and integrated grammar. There is an emphasis on the summarising and handling of authentic texts and a chance to study the literature, culture and society of Germany.

Health, Poverty and Inequality

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This second year interdisciplinary module is concerned with issues of culture, power and knowledge in the study of health and development. It draws on perspectives from medical anthropology, medical sociology, public health, cultural psychology, feminist and activist politics and development studies to focus on the relationship between poverty, social marginality and illness in a variety of historical and contemporary contexts. Apart from a focus on emerging infectious diseases such as HIV and Aids, we also consider the implications of homelessness, mental health and organ donation for individual health and well-being. The scrutiny of health planning and policies, such as in the domain of maternal and child health, as well as the impact of an increasing intervention of medical technologies in healthcare delivery, are further important aspects of the module.

International Education and Development

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module aims to give you a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the role of education in social development and transformation in the Global South. To achieve this, the module more broadly aims to support you in gaining a theoretical knowledge of key educational theories and policies that they can then critically apply to different educational contexts at the level of country, region, school and groups of learners.

The module begins by discussion of the institutional architecture of Education For All, its economic indicators, the different agencies involved in the global governance and delivery of education and the impact of increasing privatisation of schools and services. Analysis of the way in which different forms of social exclusion interact with educational access, transition, classroom processes and outcomes supports a closer examination of the educational experiences of children with disabilities, school drop outs and girls. These experiences include alternative approaches found within informal schooling, involving critique of formal education systems.

Theories informing curriculum construction, pedagogy and assessment are discussed, and directly linked to issues around national identity and language and further explored at the micro level of teaching, learning and assessment and related back to issues around school inclusion. The roles of the teacher and teacher education, seen as central to any discussions around ‘quality education’, are explored in relation to teacher and educational governance. The module also critically examines the multiple ways in which education and conflict intersect and relate to each other, and the role of education and teachers in supporting processes of reconciliation and reconstruction in post-conflict contexts.

Italian Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2
You will be introduced to more complex grammatical structures. You will improve grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension through the study of a variety of topics and integrated grammar. There is an emphasis on the summarising and handling of authentic texts and some chance to study the literature, culture and society of Italy.

Japanese Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module will build on the skills and structures studied in part 2A, aiming to improve elementary/intermediate skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. You study Japanese characters in more depth and grammatical functions are studied in greater detail in this part. Essential elements of cultural awareness in Japanese society are studied within the framework of the language module and using authentic materials.

Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module introduces you to various themes and conceptual issues in the study of culture, ethnicity and nationalism from a range of disciplinary perspectives. 

There are three sections, which provide you with an understanding of the interaction between power and cultural meanings, particularly as they relate to the construction of boundaries and the creation of difference between social groups. After considering key concepts such as race, culture, ethnicity and nationalism, emphasis is placed on ethnic and religious mobilisation.

We consider the extent to which similar and different processes are at work in South Africa, the Caribbean, and the Indian sub-continent. These cases are included to give you a contextualised understanding of the complex historical and cultural dimensions of modern political struggles.

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, eg text, audio, audiovisual, digital.

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

Anthropology of Migration

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

In this module, you engage closely with the anthropology of migration.

You cover topics such as:

  • migration, development and modernity
  • transnationalism and diaspora
  • belonging and home
  • multiculturalism and cultural identity
  • refugees and asylum seekers
  • borderlands and the state.

And through these topics, you explore the ways in which anthropologists have critically engaged with debates surrounding migration - from early work on the South African Copperbelt, to contemporary work which interrogates the nature and politics of mobility and immobility.

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) 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.

Capitalism and Geopolitics

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This multi-disciplinary module is designed to examine the relations between capitalism and geopolitics and how their interaction has shaped different political communities and world orders from the 17th century up to the 21st century. It explores the major theoretical traditions and debates, old and new, on the nexus between capitalism and geopolitics and combines these theoretical perspectives with in-depth interrogations of the historical material the key events, processes, actors that shaped this turbulent international history of war and peace, crises and revolutions, conquest and exploitation.

The terms ‘capitalism’ and ‘geopolitics’ have made a remarkable comeback in the public discourse and in academia. Until very recently, both terms were regarded as almost obsolete, if not ‘beyond history’, given the relative absence of major inter-state wars since WWII and the apparent achievements of social market economies in the advanced capitalist countries. The sudden resurrection of both vocabularies in the 21st century debates across a wide range of disciplines (international relations, sociology, political geography, etc) indicates a return to a harsher social and international climate. This calls for a critical re-examination of their origins and co-development as real historical phenomena and associated dismodules, and a closer inspection of these two fundamental dimensions of the world we inhabit.

However, in the conventional literature, ‘geopolitics’ and ‘capitalism’ tend to be treated as two separate phenomena. ‘Geopolitics’ is conceived as the sphere of strategic conflicts between states over space and resources, conceptualised primarily at the level of inter-political relations. ‘Capitalism’ is seen as the sphere of conflicts between social actors over chances of reproduction sometimes simply seen in the economic literature as the market-mediated allocation of resources – and conceptualised primarily at the level of society. In this module, we challenge this persisting dualism and opposition by probing their interrelation across various historical periods and diverse theoretical registers. This specific research is at the center of the emerging sub-fields of International Historical Sociology and the Political Economy of Geopolitics.

The first part of the module starts with an overview of the three classical traditions that have most centrally informed this discourse:

  1. the writings of Max Weber and Otto Hintze that assert the primacy of military competition for geopolitical orders and that have – since the mid-1980s inspired a Neo-Weberian turn in Historical Sociology and IR;
  2. the works of Fernand Braudel and Immanuel Wallerstein updated and extended by neo-Gramscian IR Theory – that stress the rise of commercial exchange and the construction of successive world hegemonies; and
  3. the ideas of Karl Marx that, although short on specific arguments on geopolitics, have more recently led to intense debates within the Neo-Marxist literature on how to conceptualise capitalist social relations and class conflict in their effects on inter-state conflict and co-operation across the centuries.

Against this theoretical setting, the second part of the module examines sequentially a number of different historical geopolitical orders dynastic-absolutist, 19th-century British Hegemony, imperialist, fascist, liberal and contemporary and the transitions between them on the basis of divergent and contested interpretations deriving from the three classical traditions. The aim is to provide a set of theoretically-informed and empirically-controlled analyses of the ways in which capitalism and geopolitics have shaped each other and constituted varieties of territorial orders in historical perspective.

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) 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.

Contemporary Issues in the Global Political Economy

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

The central theme running through this module is how the architecture of existing capitalism has to be adjusted or brought into balance with the needs of expanding markets. We begin by looking at attempts by global governance institutions like the WTO (World Trade Organisation) to create a largely deregulated world market. We then examine how financial systems are expanding and how the stock market has become a key institution of modern capitalism. We discuss then the changing nature of multinational corporations and the state as they reorient themselves towards a global market. We examine empirically the post-Cold War expansion of capitalism into Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Finally, we analyse the most recent developments in world affairs from a political economy perspective, looking at the increasing military bias of foreign policy of major capitalist states, as well as at the changing nature of anti-capitalist protest in the wake of 9/11.

Development Tools and Skills

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

The aim of the module is to introduce you to a range of key tools, approaches and skills used in the development world to identify, design and evaluate development interventions. The module will take a 'hands-on' approach and will allow you to develop skills that are useful not only in development but also in many other types of work in the public policy, private and voluntary sectors.

In addition to the specific skills and tools covered in this module – such as project management, problem analysis, stakeholder analysis, risk analysis, cost-benefit analysis and logical frameworks – you will also gain experience of working in teams, of presenting clear and convincing arguments, and in advocacy and negotiating.

The module is based around a series of three-hour workshops, and you will work together in groups throughout the term to apply a variety of tools and skills to different development scenarios and then reflect critically on their strengths and weakness. 

Learning outcomes:

  1. To demonstrate knowledge of a range of key tools and approaches used in development organisations to identify, design and evaluate development programmes
  2. To gain practical experience of using and applying these tools and approaches
  3. To critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these tools and approaches
  4. To develop interpersonal skills of working in teams, in presenting clear and convincing arguments, and in advocacy and negotiating."

Development Work Experience

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This module is designed to allow students to gain practical work experience in an area of relevance to their degree course, as well as carrying out a supervised project that builds on knowledge, experience and practical skills learned in the first two years of the degree.

It takes the form of a period of work experience, of a minimum of six weeks duration, to be undertaken during the summer vacation between the second and third years of the degree, with supervised assessment completed during term one of the third year.

Students on this module will be given access to a range of work experience providers but will also be expected to be proactive in developing their own work experience provider.

Registration on the module, which will take place at the same time as other third year module choices, does not guarantee that work experience will be secured, and in any instances where this is not achieved, students can transfer to an alternative year three module. The work experience element of the module is not paid, although students will have opportunities to apply for bursaries within the school.

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.

Ethnographies of Aid

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This module considers the 'ethnographic turn' in development studies, which brings ethnographic perspectives to bear on aid, people and practices. These include particular methodological approaches such as participant observation in aid organisations and 'expert' communities, attention to themes such as beliefs and moralities in aid, role of the body in development work, as well as material culture and the importance of time, place and mobility. Among many other materials, this will also entail using resources such as films, aid worker blogs, memoirs, and 'development blockbusters'.

Some examples of weekly topics includes:

  • Aid stories: memoirs, fiction and blogs
  • The 'ethnographic turn' in development studies
  • Inside organisations and projects
  • Beliefs, values and morality
  • The body in development
  • Time, place and mobility
  • Material cultures of aid
  • Aid as work.

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 the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). 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).

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.

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) 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.

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) 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.

Political Economy of the Environment

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

In this module you: 

  • develop an in-depth knowledge of the key debates in climate change and environmental degradation
  • carry out advanced and independent research on a political economy of the environment topic
  • critically review relevant literature on a specific topic.

Topics include:

  • capitalism and the environment
  • sustainable consumption
  • cultural political economy
  • environmental economics
  • ecological economics
  • private environmental governance
  • climate change denial and case studies on China and India.

Religions in Global Politics

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

During this module you will explore the implications of the 'return' of religions, both for world politics and for thinking about international relations.

Many sociologists and philosophers have interpreted this return as 'the end of modernity' or the 'de-secularisation of the world'. You will primarily focus on the renewed centrality of religious identities as strategic frames of reference for politics in the post-Cold War world.

Against the background of the growing multicultural nature of contemporary international society resulting from what Hedley Bull has aptly termed the 'revolt against the West', the module will encourage you to:

  • consider the implicit and predominant reading of religion in international relations as the ultimate threat to international order and stability (especially in the forms of the identity politics of the 'new wars' and the terrorist attacks of religious fundamentalists)
  • engage critically with Huntington's thesis of the 'clash of civilisations'
  • discuss the implications of this 'return' for the future of foreign policy and the normative structure and world order of contemporary international society.

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).

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.

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).

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.

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.

The Politics of International Trade

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This module aims to equip you with an understanding of the modern international trading system and the theoretical traditions and political practices that have helped to shape it. The first section examines the core theories around trade and trade liberalisation, particularly those of liberalism, economic nationalism and neo-Marxism, in order to explore different understandings of the relationship between free trade, protectionism, and development.

The second section of the module examines the evolution of a liberal trade regime in the world economy from its collapse in the interwar period to its resurrection and extension in the form of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in 1947 and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 1995. Core elements of, and controversies within, the global trade system will be scrutinised and situated within this historical context. These will include the recurring threat and changing forms of protectionism, the increasing fragmentation of the trade system engendered by regional trade agreements, the role of emerging powers, and the differential impact of the trade system on developed and developing countries. This survey will establish the empirical and theoretical resources to move in the third section towards an assessment of the deadlocked WTO Doha Round and the ongoing negotiations of a Transatlantic Free-Trade Agreement (TAFTA).

The aim of this section is to understand the main actors and areas of contention and to assess the potential for a more equitable and ethical trading system.

The module is taught through a weekly three-hour seminar that normally consists of a combination of `mini-lectures' and seminar discussions on the week's topics. The assessment for this module is a research exercise (weighted 10%) and a long term paper of 6000 words (weighted 90%).

The Politics of Terror

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

In this module you study terrorism and political violence in modern societies, at an advanced level.

Through attention to case studies, academic literature and a variety of media and other primary sources the module focuses on:

  • the conceptual and analytical challenges of defining and understanding terrorism and political violence
  • terror as a political instrument
  • the relationship between state and non-state terror
  • the historical development of terrorism and counterterrorism
  • the organisational, ideological and strategic dynamics of terrorist organisations
  • the policy dilemmas faced and principle methodologies employed by democratic and other states in countering terrorism
  • the role of media and mass communication in political violence.

The Reign of Rights in Global Politics

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

Proponents and opponents alike would today concur that human rights are becoming the world's secular religion (Eli Wiesel). This course systematically interrogates the rise of human rights to such prominence. Early on, the module examines the history and evolution of rights within the history of western liberalism and introduces the prominent ways of defining and understanding human rights. It then explores new theorisations of rights as practices of governing and forms of subjectification in global politics. Moreover, the course discusses well-known critiques of the universality of human rights and their Western-centric conception of the human.

Following these initial sessions, the module analyses the challenges that rights present to state sovereignty and examines the violent global politics associated with human rights, such as the emergence of human rights wars (Beck) and the more recent, often racist, trade-off between rights and security within the ensemble of practices we call the 'war on terror'.

Finally, the course reflects on the link between human rights and power: how might we make sense of the apparent tension between human rights as essential to both the sustenance of hegemony and to the politics of resistance? Moreover, it investigates the use of rights in our practices of resistance, analysing how rights delegitimise other paths of action whilst inciting rights-holders as appropriate political subjectivities (Foucault). It discusses the expansion of human rights into emergent areas such as women's rights, indigenous rights, economic rights etc (you will be able to select specific cases for further research and presentation to suit your particular interests) and explores the ways in which human rights talk becomes the hegemonic register in which to articulate and legitimate dissent and social/political action. The module concludes by discussing problems of human rights advocacy by NGOs and poses the philosophical and practical question of who can speak on behalf of sub-altern others (Alcoff).

The assessment for this module is a research plan due in week 7 (weighted 10%) and a long term paper of 6,000 words (weighted 90%). The teaching method is a three-hour seminar, though this includes a 50-minute talk by the convenor each week.

International Development Thesis

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 3

The International Development Undergraduate Thesis provides you with an opportunity to integrate what they have learnt in the module of your studies into a single, sustained piece of writing that will explore a topic in depth. The module will involve the design, planning and execution of the thesis, with the support of a supervisor, and may include the collection of empirical data or the use of secondary source material. You choose your own topics, and develop your own approaches to investigating the topic, drawing on earlier skills-based modules and on interests developed through the module of the degree programme.

Anthropology of Fertility, Reproduction and Health

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

The module uses social and cultural perspectives to examine academic and policy work in the area of reproduction, sexuality and health. It draws on the insights of medical anthropology, especially in relation to the body, gender and power, to critically reflect on reproduction, sexuality and health issues across the global North and South.

A particular concern is with the existence and experience of sexual and reproductive inequalities in diverse social and cultural settings. Contrary to popular belief, reproduction is a process which is as much about men as it is about women, and is studied in the context of, for example, male fertility/infertility, masculinity, fatherhood and male sexual health.

The module builds upon the theoretical perspectives introduced in the second year on kinship, procreation, social reproduction, sexuality, personhood, reproductive technologies, human rights and applied anthropology.

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) 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.

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) 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.

Conflict, Violence and Peace: Critical perspectives

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

In recent years, there has been increased focus on conflict, violence and peace-building in the media, popular literature and aid programmes raising important questions about how these processes are understood and represented and what implications this has for the local and international response and in turn the transformation of conflict and violence. This module will offer critical perspectives on mainstream approaches to the study of conflict, violence and peace drawing on both anthropology and development studies.

Development and Geopolitics in East Asia: in-depth Analysis

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

The aim of this module is to understand the rise of East Asia through examining the interconnections between regional development and geopolitical contestation in the Cold War and contemporary eras. The module will adopt a historical approach, beginning with an examination of the legacies of European and Japanese imperialism in East Asia and an analysis of the establishment of post-war US hegemony in the region and its implications for subsequent economic development. The module examines the divergent experiences of Northeast and Southeast Asia and the rise of China. We then examine the implications of the decline of Cold War geopolitical rivalry and the rise of globalisation and its role in explaining subsequent trends such as the East Asian financial crisis, East Asian regionalism and the changing nature of US-China relations. Within this historical context varying analytical frameworks and debates concerning late development will be examined, such as neoclassical versus structural institutionalism, Marxist vs. dependency theories, international/regional vs. domestic factors etc. Such theories are examined critically both in terms of their analytical purchase and their origins and role in geopolitical rivalry itself.

The assessment for this module is a long term paper of 7000 words. The teaching method is a three-hour seminar each week.

Development, Business and Corporate Social Responsibility

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This module explores the role of business in development and the rise of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) movement. In recent years, the private sector, and transnational corporations (TNCs) in particular, have become increasingly important players in the development process. The business and development movement has emerged as part of the dramatic rise of CSR over the past decade - providing a new vision for the role of business in society as 'corporate citizen'. Development institutions, such as DFID and the UN, as well as global NGOs, have become increasingly interested in mobilising business, not only as donors, but as partners in development. At the same time, ethical trading initiatives, the fairtrade movement and pro-poor enterprise models offer opportunities, in different ways, for harnessing the power of the market in the service of development. This module will explore a number of key questions concerning the role of business in development and the rise of the CSR movement, from the perspective of both its proponents and opponents.

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).

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).

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

We will take a global perspective on the 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.

Global Resistance: Subjects and Practices: in-depth Analysis

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

In this module, you explore the 'global movement' of opposition to neoliberalism, capitalism and imperialism.

You learn about the global summit protests of the early 21st Century, the Zapatista movement in Mexico, international trade unionism and the most recent anti-austerity protests in Europe.

You look at:

  • the history of global resistance
  • the main concepts and theories used to make sense of resistance – including Marxist, post-structuralist, decolonial, feminist and anarchist approaches
  • political groups who have been hailed as responsible for revolutionary movements, for example the anti-globalisation movement
  • the politics of resistance
  • campaigns against multinational corporations. 

Human Rights

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This module focuses less on human rights rules and laws than on the assumptions of human rights, the historical context and issues around their operation and implementation. It draws from a new and growing literature on the sociology and anthropology of human rights which seeks to move beyond the assumptions of legal positivism (rights as being 'read off' from lists of human rights covenants) in order to develop the legal realist argument which focuses upon the living law of the operation of courts, the police, and the everyday understandings which citizens give to notions such as truth, justice, and morality.


 

International Relations of the Modern Middle East: in-depth Analysis

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

The Middle East remains at the centre-stage of international politics and media. Yet its specificities and complexities continue to challenge politicians and academics alike. This module explores the explanatory potentials of a three-dimensional international, social and historical approach to modern political history of the Middle East.

This module consists of three major parts. First, it critically surveys the traditional theoretical approaches to the analysis of Middle East politics. Second, it delineates the broader historical contours of the contemporary politics of the region by retracing the socio-international context and outcomes of the formation of ‘modern’ Middle Eastern states. Thirdly, and drawing on the second part, it provides in-depth analysis of three major contemporary political developments in the region, namely The Iranian Revolution, the Arab-Israeli conflict and Iraq War. The module concludes by a brief evaluation of the broader implications of an international-historical approach to the study of the Middle East for theory and practice of international relations.

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) 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.

Race, Ethnicity and Identity

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This module focuses on theories of race, ethnicity and identity. It applies diverse theoretical approaches to race, ethnicity and identity to historical and contemporary ethnographic contexts. As well as examining the way in which racial and ethnic identities have been constructed across time and space, the module interrogates these constructions with specific reference to:

  • the development of anthropology
  • slavery and colonialism
  • scientific racism
  • postcolonial political regimes
  • postcolonial feminism
  • conflict and genocide
  • identity-based mass violence
  • diaspora, transnationalism and the Black Atlantic
  • contemporary understandings of race and racism in its myriad forms
  • and multicultural lives and hybridity.

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).

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.

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).

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 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. 

The Political Economy of Latin American Development: in-depth Analysis

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

In this module, you explore a long-term historical account and analysis of Latin America's formation and integration into the modern world system.

You investigate patterns of growth and distribution of wealth over different periods of time and between countries.

You explore how these patterns have influenced and have been shaped by three interrelated factors:

  • domestic social structures
  • state formation
  • integration to the evolving world system.

The key issues that you discuss in this module include:

  • the Iberian political economic lethargy
  • attempts at constructing cohesive state structures and state-led economic development
  • the influence of rural and urban social movements on the political-economic structures of different countries
  • responses to globalisation, including the attempt at creating regional blocs across the region
  • a discussion of the extent to which the current 'pink tide' (or 'red wave'?) constitutes a realistic alternative political-economic trajectory for the mass of the continents population.

This module is associated with Dr Ben Selwyn.

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