English and Academic Practice (for International Students only)
International students and students for whom English is not a first language who are studying the foundation year at our campus in Manchester are placed on the Foundation Year International Route which offers additional English language study skills and tutor support through the English and Academic Practice unit which focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking, from within both an academic and general context. The course is designed for non-native English speakers to prepare you for the academic demands of you degree course, as well as helping you with daily English needs. The unit content is largely based on the development of academic skills, notably writing and speaking, to give you confidence in your written work and oral presentations. General English is also focused on, however, as the means to helps you develop your abilities in English communication needed outside the classroom.
Academic Practice for the Humanities and Social Sciences
This unit aims to help students make a successful transition to higher education study, developing the skills required for the study of humanities and social science disciplines. These include independent learning, time management, note-taking, academic writing, critical thinking and writing, referencing methods, exam techniques, oral presentations, research skills, information literacy, digital literacy/ICT - word-processing, spread-sheets and databases.
Approaches to English
Using a variety of genres and literary forms, including that of creative writing, this unit introduces students to the foundations of the study of English. The unit will engage specifically with what genre means as well as with the issues entailed in finding a dividing line between creative and critical practice. Students will explore the novel, poetry and plays in the English and American traditions, as well as film and visual culture and the practice of creative writing.
Introduction to Language, Culture and Linguistics
Students will engage with a wide variety of topics related to aspects of language, culture, and linguistics with a view to developing a critical awareness and understanding. This unit seeks to cover broad ground in aspects of the humanities and deals with many key areas of culture and mass communication, including newspapers, television, film, fiction, and popular music. It also looks at more specific aspects of human communication by focusing on issues within language and linguistics.
Modern Britain since 1945
This unit aims to give you an understanding of key themes in British culture, society and politics since 1945. In particular, it examines: the position of Britain at the end of the Second World War; the rise of 'youth culture'; the changing role of women; developments in immigration and race relations; the British economy; politics in Northern Ireland; the welfare state; employment and unemployment; the 1960s and the so-called 'sexual revolution'; Thatcher and Thatcherism; the rise of New Labour; alternative politics, pressure groups and popular campaigns. The unit is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops and makes use of British film.
Uniwide Language (15 credits)
You can add a foreign language to your portfolio of skills. Enhance your employability by learning Classical Latin, English (as a foreign language), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Standard Arabic or Spanish alongside your main degree. Whatever your language knowledge, from beginner to advanced, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency.