Block 1 modules

Choose one of our block 1 modules from the following list for more information.

Business and cultural awareness: bridging the gap

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'll improve your own cultural awareness and learn how to factor in the role of culture in business situations. You'll have the opportunity to consider a variety of cultural influence. You'll examine their manifestation in business behaviour and every day activity. You'll develop your understanding of culture though self-reflection. You'll explore academic approaches to culture and you'll examine the business context at a national level. You'll also explore the impact of globalisation on the need for cross-cultural skills in communication and negotiation. The module usually includes visits to local companies and businesses.

While I come from a History and Politics field of study, I wanted to broaden my horizons and allow myself to think about my post undergrad years. This module seemed like a perfect way to get my feet wet in business studies while taking in an unfamiliar culture.

Ian from Canada

Read the full description of Business and cultural awareness in the module catalogue.

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'll explore key concepts used in categorising and analysing music business sectors, industries and organisational typologies. You'll be presented with a selection of relevant case studies and take part in class debates and discussions. You'll develop an understanding of how general business concepts apply to the context of the music business, exploring the contemporary challenges the industry is facing. This module usually 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

Read the full description of Essentials of the music business in the module catalogue.

Graphic and digital design

Are you interested in gaining an understanding of graphic and digital design techniques? Do you want to develop your skills in graphic and design technology? This module introduces core graphic and digital design concepts and principles. It also introduces the skills and technology required for professional practice. This is a highly practical module which includes a mix of research, theory and project work. Activities will include visual exploration techniques and strategies via a series of intensive collaboration workshops, seminars and presentations. Fundamental theories and practice include design principles, design contexts and project brief. You’ll also explore the applications integrated into creative communication design solutions. You’ll study design techniques such as typography, iconography, composition, and image-making. You’ll use the knowledge and skills gained to produce different creative artwork. You’ll apply your artwork in various media that spans both print and digital production methods.

Module subject to final approval.

Intercultural encounters: skills and concepts

Intercultural skills and awareness are essential in our increasingly globalised lives. This module will introduce key issues and concepts in intercultural studies. You’ll examine these issues from cultural, historical, political, and theoretical perspectives. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your intercultural skills. The module explores intercultural practices in digital environments. In particular, you’ll consider issues of power, creativity and manipulation. Some of the key questions the module addresses include: 

  • How can ‘culture’ and the ‘intercultural’ be problematic concepts? 
  • How has the field of intercultural communication developed historically?
  • What is ‘nation branding’ and what is soft power? 

You’ll also learn research techniques in intercultural studies. You’ll begin to reflect on intercultural encounters from your own experience. This module usually includes a walking tour of ‘Little Germany’ in Bradford. During the field trip you’ll examine the city’s multicultural past and present. 

Module subject to final approval.

Introduction to special effects in filmmaking

Have you ever wondered how special effects are created and produced in films? This module provides an insight into special effects and the opportunity to develop practical filmmaking skills. You'll learn how to set up a digital camera, as well as frame and compose shots. You'll then learn how to record video shots against a green screen in a Television studio. With your recorded material you'll be taught how to use professional special effects software to create some animated sequences using your photographs and video shots. As you progress through the module you'll create a series of animations to produce a show reel of your own work. As well as developing your own skills you'll have the opportunity to explore special effects used in films and TV shows such as Star Wars, Harry Potter and Doctor Who. The module usually includes a field trip to Manchester and the BBC Tour of MediaCityUK.

For the Filmmaking module, I enjoyed the practical approach of the classes and the teacher was very kind and helpful.

Anne from The Netherlands

Read the full description of Introduction to special effects in filmmaking in the module catalogue.

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'll explore the evolution of management schools of thought. From classical management, all the way through to management in the 21st century. You'll explore essential tasks such as planning, organising, staffing, controlling, and leading. You'll also study topics such as organisational culture, change management, and the challenges of managing in today’s world. You'll also have the opportunity to develop your management skills by taking on management tasks as a team and presenting a group project. The module usually includes a field trip to Manchester United. This module is particularly suitable for students who have no previous experience of studying management.

I enjoyed the diversity within the modules. The content was taught in a student-friendly way and the field trips made it possible to get an even better insight..

Henrietta from Germany

Read the full description of Management in organisations in the module catalogue.

Natural sciences: global challenges and scientific skills

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'll 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'll develop your science journalism and scientific writing skills. You’ll also gain practical scientific skills in world-class facilities and laboratories. Students enrolled on the module will need to create a FutureLearn account.

The professors for the natural sciences courses were amazing. They were a really memorable highlight of my Leeds experience. 

Javeria from Canada

Read the full description of Natural sciences in the module catalogue.

Philosophy of mind and ethics: dilemmas and thought experiments 

This module introduces key issues in contemporary analytic philosophy of mind and applied ethics. You'll 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'll also have the opportunity to reflect on the nature of perception. You'll 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 usually 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'll reflect on the abstract principles underlying moral decision-making. Throughout the module you'll 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.

Even though I major in Philosophy at my home university, this module gave me lots of topics to think about deeply.

Jingxuan Chen from China

Read the full description of Philosophy of mind and ethics in the module catalogue.

The English country house: a social history 

Country houses (stately homes) are one of Britain’s 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 Yorkshire’s 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 gentleman’s 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. 

Castle Howard was unique and the story behind it was interesting. It is not a place I knew about before taking the module and would have never found out about it on my own.

Sarah from Singapore

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The Norman Conquest

The Norman Conquest of 1066 is one of the most memorable events in English history. In a single battle, the Norman forces defeated the English elite, including their king, Harold. Duke William of Normandy led the Norman forces and the battle lasted most of a day (14 October 1066). After a swift campaign in south-eastern England William persuaded the city of London and the English leaders to submit to him. Soon after this, he was crowned king on Christmas Day 1066. 

The events of 1066 have long provoked debates among historians. Since the mid-nineteenth century, the debate has been between two main groups. First, those who stressed English continuity. They propose more limited social changes after the Conquest. Second, those who argue for complete Norman transformation of England. More recently, the grounds of the debate have shifted. The module will look at new approaches to the Conquest via: 

  • military history
  • cultural history
  • gender studies
  • the history of the family
  • archaeology

You’ll also consider new methods of analysing texts and documents like Domesday Book (1086). In doing so, you’ll be able to see patterns of cultural change over time.  

Module subject to final approval.

The path to justice: criminal law and legal skills

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'll explore and challenge your own understanding of law. You'll 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 usually includes a field trip to the Yorkshire Law and Order Museums in Ripon, a stunning cathedral city in North Yorkshire.

This module gave me the full experience that I had imagined before I came here. I also liked the subject since I am also studying Law which is why I’m fascinated with how the law works here in the UK.

Dan from the Philippines

Read the full description of The path to justice in the module catalogue.

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'll explore the impact of these factors on the making of the modern world. You'll study key drivers and repercussions of colonialism in the Americas, Asia and Africa. You'll develop an understanding of related features of the global political economy. You'll look at the expansion of colonialism and the industrial developments in Europe. You'll 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 usually includes a field trip to the People’s History Museum in Manchester and a walking tour.

This module gave me the chance to learn about British history and culture, understand different teaching models and make some good friends around the world! Moreover, it also enabled me to improve my independence and creativity.

Ying Zhang from China

Read the full description on the Wealth and poverty in the module catalogue.

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