Block 2 modules

Choose one of our block 2 modules from the following list for more information.

British popular music in the north of England

Joy Division, The Smiths, A Guy Called Gerald, the Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys. But what about The Stone Roses, Echo and the Bunnymen, Lisa Stansfield, Reverend and the Makers and the Happy Mondays? Oh, yes, and a little band called The Beatles! The trouble is the list is just way too long. It’s true that the North of England has a most formidable reputation for innovation in pop music, but why is this the case? How do these ground-breaking and acclaimed musicians and performers speak of their region and the wider culture in their music? This module will explore these questions and more through a mixture of presentations, workshops and visits, with a focus on musical and lyrical content, culture and heritage, identity and iconography. This module usually includes a field trip to the city of Manchester.

Read the full description of British popular music in the module catalogue.

Conflict analysis in international politics: causes, negotiation and resolution

Are you interested in gaining an understanding of the evolving field of conflict analysis? This module provides an introduction to the nature and causes of armed conflicts as well as their resolution. Initially the module focuses on motivations driving different forms of conflict, for example, greed versus grievance and ethnicity. The second part of the module introduces types of interventions to conflicts and methods of conflict resolution. You’ll explore conflict resolution methods such as mediation, negotiation, collaborative problem solving and peacekeeping operations. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the module to case studies of international conflicts and a conflict simulation exercise. This is an interdisciplinary module with elements of traditional conflict management approaches combined with contemporary scientific studies on cooperation and conflict. Field trips for this module in the past have included a visit to the city of Manchester and the Imperial War Museum North.

It was a fantastic course and I am very glad I chose to study it. The content, both theory and practical activities, was very good and contributed to getting to know my classmates.

Todd from Australia

Read the full description of Conflict analysis in international politics in the module catalogue.

Developing leadership through sport and the outdoors

The leadership and management of sport and physical activity has never been more important. With growing levels of inactivity and the impact of COVID-19 on activity behaviours, the ability to develop and lead effective interventions is crucial. This module considers how leadership is a critical element to developing projects and working in teams. You'll reflect on and understand your own leadership skills and how they are transferable to a real-life project situation. The module will also focus the issues facing sport, physical activity and outdoor education and provide you with the opportunity to develop a researched intervention to tackle a specific issue. You'll work in collaboration with peers to develop intervention ideas and to test your leadership skills in a range of engaging team-based challenges and activities.

Through this module, I had the opportunity not only to experience British culture and the British way of life, but also to explore my potential and try new things.

Yujia Wen from China

Read the full description of Developing leadership through sport in the module catalogue.

Digital design and fabrication

Digital design and fabrication are revolutionizing the construction industry. These digital technologies give designers the ability to produce models and prototypes to advance real-world construction processes. In this module you’ll gain an understanding of digital design. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your skills in fabrication processes. You’ll consider key questions including:

  • How can design move from ad-hoc architectural solutions towards systems embracing flexibility and de-constructability?
  • How can digital design and fabrication support the development of these systems?

You’ll learn the basics of digital design through the use of programmes and applications such as Rhino and Grasshopper. You’ll develop a design proposal from conceptual design to detail. In doing so, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the performance of structures. You’ll also consider how forms and configurations can be manipulated for design purposes. You’ll then fabricate a scaled physical model based on the proposal. This module is suitable for students who study architecture, engineering and related fields. You should have some basic knowledge of CAD design modelling or architecture/structural design.

Read the full description of Digital Design and Fabrication on the module catalogue

Entrepreneurship and society: ideas, opportunities and value creation

Entrepreneurship plays an important role in society. Across the world micro, small and medium enterprises are providing the livelihoods for millions. Corporates with their large employee base are also responding to calls to be more socially responsible. Increasingly we are seeing the emergence of new ‘for-purpose’ business forms. They seek to create social and environmental value as well as the more traditional economic benefits. These enterprises are creative in addressing acute social needs. They may leverage social innovation to build business models and products. There are a myriad of social and environmental challenges within society. These challenges, especially those framed by sustainable development goals, offer opportunities. In particular for new business start-ups, as well as the emergence of more responsible corporate forms such as Certified B Corporations (B-Corps). This module explores various types of for-purpose businesses such as social enterprises. For example, B-Corps, Fairtrade and Hybrids. You'll also consider some of the key founders that have shaped these businesses and the emergence of new ideas as microfinance. The module also considers how traditional corporates can be more socially responsible.

The teachers encouraged interaction in the lessons, and they provided plenty of opportunities for group discussion and sharing our own opinions. It made the teaching more interesting and lively, and I enjoyed my time in class.

Chris from Hong Kong

Read the full description of Entrepreneurship and society in the module catalogue.

Ethics for business and society

Have you ever wondered about the true purpose of business? Is it purely to maximise profit, or are there other reasons we may want businesses to succeed? Do businesses have a duty to benefit society, or is their only purpose to benefit shareholders? How does this impact on real life business decisions? How does this impact on you, the consumer? You will consider real world case studies outlining some of the 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 develop an in-depth understanding of the challenges facing business in modern society, from managing a complex supply chain, to considerations of sustainability.  

I enjoyed communicating with students from all over the world, and cooperating with them to finish group tasks and discussions.

Jiamin from China

Read the full description of Ethics for business and society in the module catalogue.

Genetic engineering and genetically modified plants  

In the next 50 years, we will have to produce more food than we have produced so far in all human history to feed a global population of more than 10 billion. This is against the background of climate change and reduced land for arable cultivation. We also have increasingly limited resources. Phosphate reserves will be depleted in 50 to 100 years. Current production of nitrogenous fertilisers is heavily dependent on fossil fuels. Plant biotechnology has an important role in meeting these challenges. It can aid in the production of high yielding, stress tolerant, nutrient rich new crop varieties that need fewer inputs. This module will discuss these challenges to global food security and the potential solutions. This will include the role of genetically modified (GM) plants. You’ll develop practical skills in the synthesis of a recombinant DNA and insertion into a plant cell. You’ll gain first-hand experience of developing a GM plant and you’ll assess current projects to engineer enhanced crops. You’ll consider their potential to provide greater food security in the decades to come. 

Read the full description of Genetic engineering and genetically modified plants in the module catalogue

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'll also learn how to compose a photographic image and how to expose a photograph correctly. You'll gain critical insight through the study of existing photographic images and the work of key photographers. You'll 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'll produce a portfolio of your own images. Please note you're expected to use your own digital camera for this module. This module usually includes a field trip to Fountains Abbey.

The field trips for this module give an extra practical experience to the things that you learn in class which is fantastic.

Anne from the Netherlands

Read the full description of Introduction to Digital Photography in the module catalogue

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'll also gain an understanding of how our mind can play tricks on us, for better and for worse. You'll discover how developmental and social factors influence our behaviour. You'll explore core topics in psychology including neuroscience, perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, and social, developmental and abnormal psychology. The module usually includes a field trip to The Hepworth in Wakefield and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. 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.

The lectures were amazing and interesting and I really enjoyed the group presentation. It not only helped to learn a lot of information about the topic but it also helped me to make great friends. 

Krishika from Canada

Read the full description of Introduction to psychology in the module catalogue.

Reparations for historical injustices

Societies are significantly shaped by their histories. But how do we reckon with our past when it involves large-scale injustices such as, for example, slavery, genocide or colonialism? This module examines recent debates in moral and political philosophy that have aimed to answer this problem. In the first week, you’ll consider the question of who might have a responsibility to make reparations. You’ll also consider to whom this responsibility could be owed. This issue is particularly pertinent when considering historic injustices where both perpetrators and victims are no longer alive. In the second week, you’ll explore the different forms that reparations can take. For example, the restitution of stolen land or property. Or monetary compensation, apologies and commemoration. Throughout the module, you’ll use these philosophical explorations to assess real life historic injustices. For example, the Holocaust, North American settler colonialism, and Japanese military sexual slavery. The module usually includes a field trip to the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool. 

Read the full description of Reparation for historical injustices in the module catalogue.

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