Writing for Publication
This unit introduces students to the fundamental principles of writing professionally. The unit will engage specifically with what professional writing, including journalism, means. The unit develops writing skills for professional writers, notably story telling and representation of information, to give students confidence in written assessment and also oral presentation. A further focus is listening, note-taking, and group work for ease of working in a range of professions including journalism.
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.
This unit introduces students to key technologies, providers and issues relating to telecommunications and the media. The unit will cover communication formats, local communications and telecommunications, broadcasting systems, technical, social and commercial factors, media producers and content, telecommunications providers and users along with communications technologies in society. The unit will explain the basic technologies which underpin telecommunications and media systems, analyse the non-technical factors which have transformed telecommunications, outline the main forms of media production and content, identify the range of telecommunications users and media audiences and outline the debate on the role of technology in social change.
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.
Understanding the Contemporary World (with or without Uniwide Language)
This unit can be taken on its own as 30 credits or as a 15 credit unit with a modern language. It covers the key political concepts, historical events and philosophical underpinnings of Britain and the world today. It is divided into four themes: (i) an examination of recent history in Britain, for example, the British economy and the rise of New Labour; (ii) a detailed look at three case studies in the public services to illustrate recent political debates and the collapse of the old political consensus; privatisation / outsourcing of public services; and the changing role of the police; (iii) an overview of the key political structures and processes in a modern state, and an examination of the process of globalisation; (iv) an exploration of political philosophy, looking at the various positions philosophers have taken as regards to the state and the individual; the current status of debates in moral philosophy, and morally good conduct.