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Course Structure

Modules
Year 1

In the first year, students take a set of core modules and choose optional module(s) from any department, including the Language Centre. By the end of the year students decide either on a Disciplinary Interest or on a Specialist Interest.

Core: Liberal Arts: Principles and Praxis
Core: Art & Revolution
Core: Science, Society and the Media
Core: Qualitative Research Methods
Optional Core: Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Science I OR An approved external optional module

Optional: Certificate of Digital Literacy

Core: Your chosen module(s) from disciplinary interest or specialist interest area

Year 2

In the second year, students take two set core modules in Liberal Arts. These constitute half of the workload. The other half is made up by modules from the chosen Disciplinary Interest or Specialist Interest.

Core: Consumption
Core: Sustainability

Required: Presentation at Undergraduate Conference
Optional: Work Placement and Certificate of Professional Communication
Optional: Certificate of Coaching Practice

Core: Your chosen modules from disciplinary interest or specialist interest area

Year 3

In the final year the core Liberal Arts component is a dissertation or a practical project. The rest of your modules will be from your chosen Disciplinary Interest or Specialist Interest.

Core: Dissertation/Final Year Project

Required: Assessment in Public-Facing Forum

Core: Your chosen modules from disciplinary interest or specialist interest area

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

You will have the opportunity to spend an intercalated year at one of our partner institutions: there are reserved spaces for Liberal Arts students with department-specific partners across Europe, and wider opportunities through Warwick's Office for Global Engagement. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities.

How will I learn?

The course is constructed around Problem-Based-Learning (PBL). This dynamic student-centred pedagogy allows the course to evolve and adapt to the social, political, scientific and historic environments in which it is delivered. PBL also allows for a continual revising of the course to suit the particular learning needs of students.

This trans-disciplinary approach to learning will include lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, in which you will be taught by a range of academics, from different disciplines, who will communicate their expertise on a specific issue and describe their methodology for addressing it. Your role is to bring together these various approaches and to develop your own informed stance on each issue.

You will become aware of how different disciplines coincide and converge and you will learn to address questions by deploying the most appropriate methodology and utilising the most relevant evidence.

How will I be assessed?

We have devised an assessment strategy that allows you to develop your expertise in addressing problems using a variety of perspectives from the Arts, Sciences and Social Sciences. We will teach you to use quantitative and qualitative methods of research, and this will equip you with a solid foundation from which you can approach contemporary problems critically and creatively. Consequently, the range of assessments on this degree combines the traditional (essays, case studies and written examinations) with the innovative (creative projects, portfolios and performance).

For example, in the first year of the degree you take the Art & Revolution module where you review films, analyse graffiti and draft articles for the media conveying your own, unique perspective on the ways in which Artistic movements have pre-empted or reacted to Revolutionary moments.

Conversely, in the module on Science, Society and the Media you focus on analysing data, critiquing case studies, engaging with political and scientific documents as well as undertaking practical activities, as part of the formal assessment. In addition, during the course you produce short critical essays, analyses and written reviews – some of which may be in the form of contributions to online blogs and forums - research papers, reflective journals and portfolios and oral presentations.

You will be expected to present your work in a public forum such as the British Conference for Undergraduate Research or the International Conference of Undergraduate Research. You will contribute to group projects and deliver extended pieces of writing (for the final year dissertation) as well as sit mid and end of year short tests and traditional end of year written examinations.

The methods of assessment across the course as a whole vary according to the optional modules that you choose each year and therefore the route that you follow through the course. For example, if you follow the Life Sciences pathway, you may also undertake laboratory-based assessment.