Choose one of our block 1 modules
- Building Britain, 1700-1840: Industrial Revolution or Evolution'
- Business and Cultural Awareness: Bridging the Gap
- Creative Writing: Finding Voices
- Equity Portfolio Management
- Introduction to Special Effects in Filmmaking
- Management in Organisations: Theories, Techniques and Decision Making
- Music in Film
- Natural Sciences: Global Challenges and Scientific Skills
- Philosophy of Mind and Ethics: Dilemmas and Thought Experiments
- The English Country House: A Social History
- The Path to Justice: Criminal Law and Legal Skills
- Wealth and Poverty: The Making of the Modern World
In the short span between the accession of George III (1760) and the death of his son William IV (1837) the face of England changed dramatically. Roads, railways, rivers and canals sprung up across the land and country hamlets became populous towns. Factories replaced farms and chimney stacks dwarfed church spires. Technological innovations drove rapid economic growth. The structure of British society changed forever, with mass migration from country to towns and cities. The popular idea is that these developments were rapid and revolutionary. Yet, there were significant economic and social changes in this period. Were the industrial developments in the eighteenth century a result of changes dating back to Tudor England? This module examines the processes and social effects of Englands Industrial Revolution. In doing so, the module explores the accuracy of the term revolution. Leeds and West Yorkshire are important areas in the broader history of Englands industrial past. You will have the opportunity to visit the National Coal Mining Museum and the Leeds Industrial Museum. The module also includes a field trip to the city of Liverpool.
"An excellent introduction to British history which I thoroughly enjoyed. The assessments, discussions were well paced and relevant, well explained and really stimulated my thoughts and perceptions of the role of history, economics, and social development."
What do we mean when we talk about culture? How can we describe cultures and what is their importance in business? This module examines the nature of culture, looks at culture at the national level and suggests there are other ways of examining culture. You will improve your own cultural awareness and learn how to factor in the role of culture in business situations. You will have the opportunity to consider a variety of cultural influence. You will examine their manifestation in business behaviour and every day activity. You will develop your understanding of culture though self-reflection. You will explore academic approaches to culture and you will examine the business context at a national level. You will also explore the impact of globalisation on the need for cross-cultural skills in communication and negotiation. The module includes visits to local companies and businesses.
"I enjoyed working in groups together with so many different people from different countries."
Creative Writing: Finding Voices
To be a great writer you must find your voice or so the received wisdom tells us. But what does it mean to find your voice on the page? As a writer, is it our own voice we are searching for or the voices of our narrators and characters? When it comes to our narrators, are we crafting the inner voice of the mind or the voice as articulated to the outside world? And what is the influence of language, dialect and accent on the written voice? As a bilingual or multilingual writer, how does this impact your use of language on the page? Voice in writing is difficult to define and tricky to capture, but during this module you will take up the challenge of voice-craft. You will read exemplary contemporary texts from around the world and engage in writing exercises to play with voices in your writing. Bilingual and multilingual students are encouraged to use all their languages in their writing on this module. Equally, you dont need to speak any language other than English to take this course. All voices welcome!
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Equity Portfolio Management
The main focus of this module is to give students the opportunity to experience practical application of financial and investment theory. This involves an introduction to the use of the Bloomberg Terminal in a dedicated Bloomberg Trading Room. The module provides an introduction to basic financial and investment concepts. This will allow you to explore the Quantitative Equity Investing approach. You will gain an understanding of a basic theoretical framework that will enable you to develop an investment strategy. You will work together in small groups to develop an equity investment strategy. You will create an equity portfolio on the Bloomberg Terminal using real-market historical equity data. Bloomberg currently sits on the desks of more than 320,000 business professionals worldwide. It is considered to be one of the leading global information providers. According to the New York Times, Bloomberg is the web that weaves together much of the global financial ecosystem. Hence, learning to use Bloomberg is a great opportunity for students wishing to pursuit a career in business or finance. You can learn today the technology that you are going to use in your future jobs tomorrow.
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Management in Organisations: Theories, Techniques and Decision Making
Are you interested in exploring the key functions of management? Do you want to learn about the challenges managers face and develop your management skills? This module introduces some of the key concepts and theories in the field of management. You will explore the evolution of management schools of thought. From classical management, all the way through to management in the 21st century. You will explore essential tasks such as planning, organising, staffing, controlling, and leading. You will also study topics such as organisational culture, change management, and the challenges of managing in todays world. You will also have the opportunity to develop your management skills by taking on management tasks as a team and presenting a group project. The module includes a field trip to Manchester United. During the visit you will gain insight into how real-world business put in place concepts and issues studied in class. This module is particularly suitable for students who have no previous experience of studying management.
"I really enjoyed the module and the trip to the football field. The professor is very encouraging and enthusiastic."
Since the Lumière brothers screened the first moving pictures in Paris in the 1890s music has always played a key role in the presentation of film. During the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries music helped shape the filmic experience. Yet, film music is traditionally unheard in the cinema. This module will explore the history and function of music in film from the silent era to the present day. You will study the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s. You will consider the rise of popular music starting in the 1950s, and the more recent use of electronics and innovative sound in the New Hollywood. Key composers include Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, Henry Mancini, Vangelis, John Williams and Hans Zimmer. You will also consider specific examples from the work of Trevor Jones (The Dark Crystal, Last of the Mohicans, Notting Hill, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). Trevor Jones' archive of film-music materials is currently the subject of a large research project based in the School of Music. This module includes a day trip to the National Science and Media Museum.
"Interesting module to take as it was an eye opener learning how music functions in a film, how one can interpret the music and how music gives us small hints along the way as to what will happen next."
Do you have an interest in the sciences and want to learn more about how the natural world works? Are you interested in scientific discovery and applying practical skills to solve global issues? Are you keen to see how fundamental principles of mathematics and physical science continue to affect and shape the world we live in?
This module gives an introduction to a range of sciences. It provides an understanding of the impact of interdisciplinary study in natural sciences on the world around us. Topics include atmospheric changes, chaos theory, the mathematics of voting systems and estimation. You will explore global challenges including the use of agrochemicals and antibiotics.
The module will highlight the importance of communicating the benefits (and risks) of new technologies. You will develop your science journalism and scientific writing skills. You will also gain practical scientific skills in world-class facilities and laboratories. The module includes a field trip to the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. Students enrolled on the module will need to create a FutureLearn account.
Philosophy of Mind and Ethics: Dilemmas and Thought Experiments
This module introduces key issues in contemporary analytic philosophy of mind and applied ethics. You will explore connections between abstract philosophical principles and matters of contemporary concern.
The first week of the module will look at thought experiments. These are fictional scenarios designed to test ordinary beliefs and concepts. You will also have the opportunity to reflect on the nature of perception. You will compare and contrast ordinary perception (where there is no evident intermediary between perceiver and object perceived) with mediated perception. This is where devices such as mirrors, telescopes, cameras, or films are used. This topic links to a field trip to the National Science and Media Museum.
The second week will look at practical ethical dilemmas. This includes a mixture of thought experiments and actual medical cases, such as organ donation, and euthanasia. You will reflect on the abstract principles underlying moral decision-making. Throughout the module you will learn how to present central issues as well as your own views. This module will give you greater confidence in engaging in independent discussion and argument.
Country houses (stately homes) are one of Britains greatest contributions to world culture, but who created them and why? Have they always functioned as containers for art collections or have they had deeper meanings and a wider social impact? Using Yorkshires world-class country houses as case studies, this course will introduce you to:
- the builders of the country house
- the rise and fall of the great estates
- the upstairs lives of the men, women and children who lived in the country house and the downstairs world of the men and women who served them
- the idea of a court style and its regional variations
- the often difficult relationship between patron and architect
- the allied arts of interior design and decoration
- the relationship between the aristocratic great house, the more modest gentlemans house and the villa
Tutor-led visits to houses such as Temple Newsam, Harewood House and Castle Howard are an important feature of this course.
"The field trips were an amazing part of this course. It made our in-class learning experience come to life."
Law is a diverse and stimulating discipline which is integral to everyday life. Every person in society has experience of how the law affects their lives. From crime and policing to the courtroom, or from banking to individual rights. This module provides the fundamentals of knowledge and an introduction to the English Legal System. The module examines a range of core subject areas of law, such as human rights, constitutional and criminal. You will explore and challenge your own understanding of law. You will also have the opportunity to practise legal skills to take with you beyond the classroom. Practical activities will include statute-building, debates on law and ethics and mooting. This module includes a field trip to the Yorkshire Law and Order Museums in Ripon, a stunning cathedral city in North Yorkshire.
"Overall I loved the module and found it really interesting. The teaching style was very different to what I am used to at home and I found it much easier to follow and participate in."
Wealth and Poverty: The Making of the Modern World
What is the relationship between wealth and poverty? How did the current global hierarchy of wealth and power come about? Are countries in the Global North powerful because they dominated, plundered and exploited the Global South? The module analyses the profound socio-economic and political effects of European colonialism. You will explore the impact of these factors on the making of the modern world. You will study key drivers and repercussions of colonialism in the Americas, Asia and Africa. You will develop an understanding of related features of the global political economy. You will look at the expansion of colonialism and the industrial developments in Europe . You will consider the link between these factors and the effects on wealth and poverty. The module concludes with an analysis of the economic dynamics of the post-independence period. The module includes a field trip to the Peoples History Museum in Manchester and a walking tour.
"The module has changed our perception and stimulated our thinking in wealth and poverty issues, especially in colonialism and imperialism."
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