Breadth modules offer you the opportunity to understand other subjects outside of your pathway. They will enable you to become a flexible, inter-disciplinary thinker with the ability to understand a range of challenges in issues in the Arts, Sciences and Social Sciences.
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Your breadth modules will typically be in areas very different to your potential major and will enable you to understand the ways that specialist in other fields think and work.
There are three ways the Liberal Arts & Sciences can add breadth to your degree:
The Core Breadth Modules in each year of the Liberal Arts & Sciences programme
In years one and two there is one 20 credit compulsory module (which makes up one sixth of your programme each year) and a final-year cap-stone research project. These modules are delivered by our leading faculty. In the first-term of your first year, the module is a relatively conventional lecture & seminar module entitled from The Modern World in the Making: From Big-Bang to Generation Y. The second semester and second year modules are project based around key themes, where you will work in small teams on aspects of the theme. The theme will vary from year to year, and be chosen in line with the University’s key themes, but they include for example, Life and Death; Developing a Sustainable Food Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa; and Responding to Disasters. By their very nature the topics on offer will constantly adapt to reflect the evolving expertise that is required by our graduates and the expertise of our leading researchers, influenced by new technologies, employment patterns and environmental change.
These are optional modules and the number you will take will be a matter for you in consultation with your Liberal Arts & Sciences Tutor. Breadth modules are not designed to introduce you to a subject with a view to further study in the area (but of course you may choose to do so after taking one). Rather they are designed as stand-alone modules for non-specialists who may never study the subject again, and are delivered by our leading our leading academics with the objective of identifying the key issues that a well-educated lay-person should be familiar with and understand in the modern world.
The university offers a wide variety of these modules at every level (and more details of both Breadth Modules and Subject Modules available to add breadth are available in the Modules outside the Main Discipline Booklet).
Some examples are:
Subject Modules available to LAS students to add breadth
The other way that Liberal Arts & Sciences students can add breadth to their knowledge is to take (in first year) an introductory module in a subject. These are modules which are designed to enable you to pursue further study in the subject at a higher level if you so choose, and thus they can form the basis of a minor specialism if you so desire.
However, these modules are genuinely introductory and can be studied as stand-alone module like the Breadth Module above (but of course the objectives of the module and hence the coverage is different to that of a Breadth Modules).
In many cases only one module is necessary to take a range of second year modules in a subject, in other cases you may need to take several. You will discuss this with your Liberal Arts & Sciences Tutor when you formulate your programme each year.
Examples of some of the modules of this type are:
The University offers a wide variety of these sorts of modules at every level in many subjects. In the sciences you will typically need an A-level in tehat subject to take a First Year module. For Second (Intermediate) and Final (Honours) Year modules in a discipline you should check whether they have pre-requisites or not and aim to fulfill them in your first or second year of the programme (for an intermediate level module) or for a Final Year Honours module during your second year or year abroad.
More details of both Subject Modules and Breadth Modules available to add breadth are available in the Modules outside the Main Discipline Booklets.