BA Liberal Arts
(Award available for year: Bachelor of Arts)
On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:- understand and demonstrate coherent and detailed subject knowledge and professional competencies some of which will be informed by recent research/scholarship in the discipline represented in the major;- deploy accurately standard techniques of analysis and enquiry within the major discipline;- demonstrate a conceptual understanding which enables the development and sustaining of an argument;- describe and comment on particular aspects of recent research and/or scholarship;- appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of knowledge in the major discipline;- make appropriate use of scholarly reviews and primary sources; - conform to professional boundaries and norms where applicable;- apply their knowledge and understanding in order to initiate and carry out with a measure of independence an extended piece of work or project;- combine creatively and critically the perspectives of different disciplines to examine a focal question.
Transferable (key) skills
Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:- the transferable/key/generic skills necessary for employment related to the areas studied; - the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;- the deployment of decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations;- the ability to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature;- the communication of information, ideas, problems and solutions in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences;- the ability to examine a focal question with critical awareness and from diverse points of view.
Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:- demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects of the discipline;- work that draws on a wide variety of material;- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion;- evidence of an ability to conduct independent, in depth enquiry on a focal theme;- work that is typically both evaluative and creative;- demonstrating an ability to combine critically and creatively the perspectives of different disciplines, as developed through the Independent Research Project, and the Level 3 Topic module