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Applied Ethics for Business and Society

Have you ever wondered how morality influences decision making in business and society? How free access health services decide between the cost of medicine, versus life-altering benefits? Or how a charity, overwhelmed by need decides who to help first? This module will provide an introduction to applied ethics.

You will consider real world decision making and ethical challenges faced by businesses and society. Ethical theory will include consequentialist theories such as utilitarianism and deontological theories such as Kantian ethics. You will also consider virtue theory, as derived from Aristotle and Confucius. You will develop practical skills in decision making and learn how to apply ethical theories to real life case studies in businesses.

This will include a range of sectors including law, engineering, the charity sector and healthcare. Upon completion of the module you will be able to critically evaluate ethical theories. You will be able to apply these theories with particular reference to real-life business case studies.

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British Literature and the Brontës

During the 1840s and 50s the  Brontë sisters wrote some of the most original and challenging fiction of the Victorian period. Their work is still popular and still inspires criticism, fiction, popular culture, and film adaptations.   This module provides an introduction to British Literature with a focus on well-known authors, including the Brontës. The module also includes British authors such as Elizabeth Gaskell, Oscar Wilde and the Pre-Raphaelite poets. You will read a range of texts by these authors and explore these writings in class. You will take part in group discussions and a workshop on writing a critical commentary. You must read the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and the play The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde before the start of the summer school.  Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë lived at Haworth Parsonage, only a few miles from Leeds. You will visit the stunning Yorkshire village that was their home during the module. 

"The Bronte parsonage was also amazing. Being able to stand where Charlotte Brontë would have stood, and see her home was absolutely lovely."

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Conflict Analysis in International Politics: Causes, Negotiation and Resolution

Are you interested in the evolving field of conflict analysis? This module provides an introduction to the nature and causes of armed conflicts as well as their resolution.

The module examines motivations driving different forms of conflict. For example, greed versus grievance and ethnicity. The module also introduces types of conflict interventions and methods of conflict resolution. For example, you will explore mediation, negotiation, collaborative problem solving and peacekeeping operations.

You will have the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the module to case studies of international conflicts. You will also take part in a conflict simulation exercise. This is an interdisciplinary module with elements of traditional conflict management approaches.

You will also explore contemporary scientific studies on cooperation and conflict. The module includes a field trip to the city of York and the York Cold War Bunker.

I love this lecture. The lecturer is so funny and so knowledgeable about the subject. The structure is clear, and boost my interest in this subject.

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Data Mining and Text Analytics

Big data is becoming more and more important in fields from science to marketing, engineering, medicine and government. This module introduces the principles of data mining and text analytics. You will apply these principles in practical exercises with a data mining toolkit and real data. You will compare a range of different techniques and algorithms and evaluate their performance.

The module introduces:

  • data mining inputs and outputs, instances, attributes, classes, concepts
  • machine learning and data mining with the WEKA toolkit
  • real-world data-sets and competitions with
  • CRISP-DM Cross Industry Standard Process for Data Mining
  • evaluation of data mining and text analytics results
  • text classification
  • text search and information retrieval

You will take part in practical team work as part of a data mining and text analytics challenge. You are not expected to have previous expertise in data mining but you should be familiar with using and creating data files. For example, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, YouTube videos, Wikipedia web-pages, Twitter/Facebook or other social media data. Please note you are expected to use your own laptop for this module. Before the summer school, you must have set up user accounts at and a video streaming site eg YouTube. You will also need to download the free WEKA data mining toolkit from the WEKA open-access website.

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Entrepreneurship and Society: Ideas, Opportunities and Value Creation

Are you interested in developing new how ideas are developed and how creativity operates? Could you be the enterprising person that tackles social or environmental issues? This module explores concepts in entrepreneurship such as creativity, innovation and social enterprise. You will research enterprising people and their businesses. In doing so you will see how creativity, innovation and persistence can get the job done. You will develop insights into your own creative and innovative approaches to issues. You will also reflect on how you can use your ideas in an effective way. In the first week of the module, you will spend time understanding the experiences and motivations of others. This will include reviewing case studies and hearing from guest speakers. The second week is focused on understanding and developing these skills for yourself. This module includes company visits to entrepreneurs and their Yorkshire-based businesses.

Really liked how 70% of the grade was personal reflection and the final was 30% which was enough to keep motivated but not too daunting for a multi-cultural group.

Essentials of the Music Business

The music business today represents innovation, creativity, opportunities and connectivity. It is a global business that facilitates interpersonal, intercultural, and international interaction. This module provides an introduction to the music business environment. You will explore key concepts used in categorising and analysing music business sectors, industries and organisational typologies. You will review a selection of relevant case studies and take part in class debates and discussions. You will develop an understanding of how general business concepts apply to the context of the music business. You will also explore the contemporary challenges the industry is facing. This module includes a field trip to a music or entertainment venue. Topics include:

  • live music business organisations
  • the role of record labels
  • streaming services
  • the music publishing business

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Heretics, Witches & Conspirators: A History of Fear, 1500-1700

Who or what did the British fear in the Early Modern period? You may be familiar with the witch-hunts across Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. But what were the beliefs, perceptions and anxieties that led neighbours to persecute each other? Why were other identities – Catholic, Jew, healer – perceived to threaten or undermine the order of society? This module will explore the causes for cultures of suspicion and persecution, and open a route to understanding the logic behind it. You will look at the details of the alleged magic, heresy, cursing and plotting that these ‘criminals’ were accused of. You will examine actual writings circulating about these groups at the time across Britain and Europe. There is a particular focus on the trials of ‘witches’ and ‘heretics’ within Yorkshire and Lancashire. The module includes a visit to Pendle Hill and the surrounding area where the Pendle witches lived.

"This was one of the most engaging of my university career.  I wish I could have taken this as a full length course."

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Introduction to Digital Photography

Are you interested in digital photography and making photographic images? Do you want to develop your practical digital camera skills? This module will give you an understanding of how a digital camera works and how to interpret and evaluate photographic images. You will also learn how to compose a photographic image and how to expose a photograph correctly. You will gain critical insight through the study of existing photographic images and the work of key photographers. You will explore concepts and techniques such as the self-portrait, landscapes, exposure, the evocation of atmosphere, promotional photography, artificial lighting, experimental photography and contemporary issues surrounding the field of photography. As you progress your digital photography skills you will produce a portfolio of your own images. Please note you are expected to use your own digital camera for this module. This module includes a field trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, one of the UK’s leading open-air galleries.

"This has been a newfound hobby of mine and this module established a suitable base for me to build my skills. The assessment allowed me to tap into my creativity."

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Introduction to Psychology: Perception, Cognition and Emotion

Why do we do the things we do? Are we in control of our behaviour, or is the mind subject to influences we cannot control? How does the mind influence our behaviour, our reactions to our environment and the people we meet, and even how we perceive art? This module analyses how human behaviour has evolved and explores what makes us both human and fallible. It also considers our perceptions of, and reactions to, art from a psychological perspective. You will also gain an understanding of how our mind can play tricks on us, for better and for worse. You will discover how developmental and social factors influence our behaviour. You will explore core topics in psychology including neuroscience, perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, and social, developmental and abnormal psychology. The module includes a field trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield. This trip will allow you to consider the psychology of art, how we perceive and interpret what we see and how art can influence our emotions.

"I really enjoyed my classes. It was lecture based and cooperation with teammates."

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Physiology and Microbiology in Action: Exploring Respiratory Health

Are you interested in microbiology and the causes of infectious disease? Do you want to explore human physiology and gain skills in biomedical sciences? This module will introduce you to how lungs work, how infectious disease disrupts lung function, and what can be done about it.

Through a mixture of classes, practical work and field trips you will develop your understanding of lung function. You will examine the differences between viruses and bacteria and explore techniques for investigating respiratory function. For the practical laboratory sessions you will have access to state of the art facilities in the Faculty of Biological Sciences.

You will gain practical scientific skills and have the opportunity to measure your own lung function. You will also investigate how bacteria and their drug sensitivities are identified. The module includes visits to a hospital microbiology laboratory, the Faculty Electron Microscopy facility and the Thackray Medical Museum.

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Renewable Energy Futures: Policy and Technology

Climate change is a key topic in global politics. There is growing pressure on countries around the world to find ways in which to reduce carbon emissions.  Renewable energy offers part of the solution to mitigate the likely impacts of a warming world. But opinion remains divided on whether these technologies can meet the world demand for affordable clean energy. This module has interdisciplinary energy science and technology at its core. It provides an introduction to the principles of renewable energy systems. You will explore the basics of electricity and heat generation, transmission and storage. You will look at the main types of renewable energy systems: wind, hydro and solar power, biomass/bio fuel and geothermal. The module also explores economic, political and environmental factors. You will examine the economic and practical considerations associated with large scale use of renewable energy sources. You will also explore some of the policies that could be helpful in supporting the transition. The module includes a field trip to Drax Power Station in Yorkshire. Drax is the largest power plant in the UK, which is predominantly fuelled by biomass rather than coal. 

"I loved the overall experience. The module was well structured and planned. The field trips were really engaging."

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Sport in the UK: Health and Performance Issues

The benefits of sport and physical activity are well established. There are positive links to cardiorespiratory and bone health as well as social and psychological welfare. Yet, there are still relatively few individuals meeting recommended levels of activity. This module considers contemporary issues in sport, exercise and health. You will explore these issues from both a scientific and practical perspective. You will consider diet and nutrition and their relationship to sport, health and activity. You will  also improve your understanding of the benefits of physical activity. From a practical perspective you will take part in outdoor based sports such as hiking, climbing and rowing. This module includes field trips to iconic locations in the Yorkshire countryside. The beautiful landscape and scenery of Yorkshire provides some of the best locations in the UK for outdoor based sports.

"This was a great experience and I would highly recommend it to other students. The instructors were well prepared and made sure we got the most out of the class."

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