Block 2 modules

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

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'll read a range of texts by these authors and explore these writings in class. You'll 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 usually visit the stunning Yorkshire village that was their home during the module.

In British Literature we covered a range of literature from the Victorian era, such as gothic and Pre-Raphaelite literature, which were completely new fields for me. I was really grateful that our professor was patient and knowledgeable.

Alice from Hong Kong

Read the full description of British literature and the Brontës in the module catalogue.

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.

Comedy, performance and British culture

Have you ever wondered how jokes work, why so many people find cats funny, or whether humour has the power to bring about political change? This module is about asking big, serious questions about the things people laugh at. It will provide an introduction to some classic theories of humour, including those of Sigmund Freud, Henri Bergson and Mikhail Bakhtin, as well as some more recent feminist responses to these theories. You will watch extracts of comedy performance, including examples from stand-up comedy, television sit-com, satirical cabaret, and devised theatre. You will take part in group discussion and a practical workshop on joke writing. Comedy has long been considered an important part of British cultural life. But how have recent political upheavals changed the way people respond to jokes, and the people that tell them? And how is the internet affecting the way comedy is performed in everyday life? A trip usually to watch live comedy will give students the opportunity to reflect on these timely questions. 

I enjoyed every moment in the Comedy course, especially the visit to the music hall and the comedy store. The module leader introduced us to so much British culture and local things. This was really helpful and interesting!

Pui Yiu from Hong Kong 

Read the full description of Comedy, performance and British culture in the module catalogue

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'll apply these principles in practical exercises with a data mining toolkit and real data. You'll compare a range of different techniques and algorithms and evaluate their performance.

The module introduces:

  • Data mining inputs and outputs, instances, attributes, classes and concepts.
  • Machine learning and data mining with the Waikato Environment for Knowledge Analysis (WEKA) toolkit.
  • Real-world data-sets and competitions with
  • Cross Industry Standard Process for Data Mining (CRISP-DM).
  • Evaluation of data mining and text analytics results.
  • Text classification.
  • Text search and information retrieval.

You'll take part in practical team work as part of a data mining and text analytics challenge. You're 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're 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'll also need to download the free WEKA data mining toolkit from the WEKA open-access website. The module usually includes a field trip to the National Science and Media Museum.

My first time trying a totally different subject which was challenging and interesting. Data mining will be helpful for my postgraduate study in the future.

Yuheng from China

Read the full description of Data mining and text analytics in the module catalogue.

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 pursue a career in business or finance. You can learn today the technology that you are going to use in your future jobs tomorrow. 

Read the full description of Equity portfolio management in the module catalogue

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 ethics.

You'll 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'll also consider virtue theory. You'll 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'll be able to critically evaluate ethical theories. You'll be able to apply these theories with particular reference to real-life business case studies.

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.

Facing extinction: the cultural life of biodiversity loss 

The much-loved British naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, has recently warned that “we are facing a crisis, and one that has consequences for us all.” Attenborough is speaking not about climate change, but about biodiversity loss. Today, biologists and zoologists claim that we are living through a global mass extinction event. They say that, unless we take radical action, we can expect as much as half of the planet’s flora and fauna to become functionally extinct by this century’s end. Termed the ‘Sixth Extinction’, or the Sixth Mass Extinction Event, this major biodiversity crisis often conjures extreme images of an apocalyptic future: of decimated nature, civilizational collapse, and even the demise of the human species.

But what causes extinction? When, exactly, does a species become extinct? Who or what is to blame for this dramatic loss of species? How ought we respond to this knowledge of extinction? And who is incorporated or excluded from this universal “we”? In this module we will explore together the difficult but urgent challenge of thinking, feeling and facing the current extinction crisis. In the first part of the module, you'll trace the conceptual valences of extinction. In the second part of the module, we will focus on philosophical, social and political questions relating to extinction, turning to works of nonfiction, poetry and documentary filmmaking that differently face extinction. 

Read the full description of Facing Extinction in the module catalogue

Fluid Dynamics in Theory and Practice 

Fluid Dynamics lies at the heart of many societal and industrial challenges. It has practical application in the engineering and physical sciences. Fluid dynamics also has applications in geophysical, astrophysical, environmental and biomedical regimes.  

This module will pair lectures with hands-on experiments and workshops. You will explore many different aspects of fluid behaviour. This will include laminar flow, vortices and turbulence. You will also examine a variety of fluid states, such as droplets, non-Newtonian fluids and creeping flows. You will also consider implications for questions of practical importance. For example, mixing and stirring, indoor air quality, flooding and the solar dynamo. 

You will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics, a cross-disciplinary research institute. This module will encourage you to think about the many ways in which fluids affect our lives. You will explore and understand the implications for societal challenges. You will develop your understanding with practical experiments. You will also develop your scientific verbal and written communication skills.  

Module subject to final approval. 

International Fashion Marketing 

Are you interested in building your awareness of foreign trade dynamics in the context of the fashion industry? Do you want to develop practical skills in strategic fashion marketing decisions? In this module you will gain insight into tools and frameworks used by firms to enter and develop international markets. You will do this through case-study analysis and direct interaction with industry. This module includes a visit to a local fashion business. 

Indicative syllabus: 

  • International business and the fashion industry  
  • Theories of International Business and the application in the Fashion Industry context  
  • International environment analysis  
  • Modes of entry and operation  
  • Brand in the international market  
  • The role of Country-of-Origin Image in international markets  
  • The role of culture in international marketing and the adaptation Vs standardisation dilemma  
  • Marketing mix decisions when operating in international markets. 

Read the full description of International fashion marketing 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.

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.

Leeds International Summer School student feedback

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Music in film

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 usually includes a field 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.

Leeds International Summer School student feedback 

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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'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. We really enjoyed the in-class seminars and the discussions we had.

Krishika from Canada

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

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 usually includes visits to a hospital microbiology laboratory, the Faculty Electron Microscopy facility and the Thackray Medical Museum.

I found the lectures to be very interesting and I was excited to come to class every day. I really enjoyed the tour of diagnostic medicine and understanding how the entire process works. I really loved learning about potential careers.

Leeds International Summer School student feedback 

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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 was intellectually stimulating. I enjoyed the discussions and activities in the class - they were interesting and not too difficult. Also I learned many things while preparing for the mooting activity.

Minju from South Korea

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

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