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Crossing Borders


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 3
  • Convenor:
  • Assessment: a 600-word critical reflection (40%) and a 1000-word critical reflection (60%)

Module description

In this Foundation Year module we introduce you to different disciplinary approaches within the social sciences, history and philosophy. The module is divided into six units, each taking a topic related to 'borders' and approaching it from a specific disciplinary perspective:

  • Introduction to applied linguistics
  • Introduction to geography
  • Introduction to history, classics and archaeology
  • Introduction to philosophy
  • Introduction to politics
  • Introduction to psychosocial studies

You will attend lectures on current research, followed by seminars focused on readings or activities to deepen your knowledge of the lecture content. You will also have the chance to practise and strengthen the skills learnt in other modules.

Once you have completed the module, you should be able to make (or confirm) your choice of degree programme to progress into at the end of the Foundation Year.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand how to reflect critically using several disciplinary approaches
  • understand what is meant by critical thinking and practise it
  • engage effectively with different kinds of learning format (e.g. lecture, seminar, workshop)
  • practise skills required for university-level study (e.g. pre-class preparation, note-taking, information-gathering, critical thinking)
  • understand and engage with a range of digital literacies and blended-learning practices
  • practise writing skills and learn from the feedback provided.