Global Humanities 3: Values and Believing (Q9120)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

This module will explore the most fundamental question of knowledge: how do we know? Through a combination of analytical engagements with specific topics–treated historically and comparatively –students will gain an understanding of the relationships between values, beliefs and facts as they come together to form a picture of what we (think) we know about the world. The intellectual narrative of the module begins with a philosophical exploration of the nature of truth, value and language, moves on to questions of fact, fiction and data, then explores issues of writing, representation and art. You will explore three distinct but inter-related topics—The Witch Hunt, The Virus, and The Archive—which will be approached across a wide range of cultural, intellectual, historical and disciplinary contexts. Teaching on the module combines talks, dialogues, and workshop activities to bring the questions explored to life.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: