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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LLLC1395 Exploring Diversity

20 creditsClass Size: 35

Module manager: Catherine Bates

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is aimed at you if you are a student interested in understanding your own location within a wider cultural context. You will be introduced to an interdisciplinary approach to study. You will also consider some of the basic theories around culture and diversity and be encouraged to apply these understandings to different contexts.


This is an introductory module that will introduce students to the different discipline areas (particularly the arts and humanities disciplines) and their methodologies and will develop their confidence around study skills, including the use of technology.

This will be done through focusing on the topic of Culture and Diversity. The module will enable students to understand how issues of culture, cultural difference, diversity, equality and ideology are approached from the perspective of different disciplines and why.

It will promote critical engagement with the literature devoted to the different disciplines and will seek to encourage students to reflect upon, and locate themselves, in a wider cultural context.

Learning outcomes
At the end of this module students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
-competing/ complementary theoretical perspectives
-critical engagement with conceptual problems
-the application of theoretical insights on culture and diversity to the analysis of contemporary issues
-skills required for the clear and accurate communication of ideas

Skills outcomes
Critical thinking
Interdisciplinary awareness
Understanding of different paradigms for academic study
Academic skills
Self reflection


The module will cover:

-An overview of the concept of culture and diversity and its links with different disciplinary foundations
-Identity and community
-Issues of culture
-Diversity in the workplace

The module will use case studies and specific examples to illustrate the concept of culture and diversity.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours50.00
Private study hours115.50
Total Contact hours34.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Time for private study is expected to break down as follows:

Reading and research 46 hours
Preparation for seminars 23.5 hours
Assignment Preparation 46 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There will be ongoing monitoring of student progress throughout the module via student engagement in each taught session and via the VLE.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2000 words50.00
Written WorkShort analysis of a media article (1,000 words)25.00
Written Work1,000 word plan with bibliography25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/04/2016


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