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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FOAH0010 Exploring the Arts and Humanities

40 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Kevin Jones

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces you to how arts and humanities disciplines are taught and understood within the UK context. You will be invited to work alongside other students of diverse national origins, and to reflect on your own experience of education, allowing this experience to inform your studies at Leeds. The module explores various models of learning, how the self is formed, and how this relates to our role as individuals and as global citizens. Throughout the module, you will be prepared for further study across a range of arts and humanities disciplines through an inter-disciplinary approach; you will develop an understanding of theories and practices of rhetoric and communication, and their relevance for different audiences.


Students taking this module will:

• be prepared for undergraduate study within the arts and humanities;
• explore various key skills and recent debates within the arts and humanities;
• think critically and write reflectively;
• consider different ideals of education;
• explore different conceptions of the good human life, drawing on cultural contexts;
• vary their style of communication to suit the needs of diverse audiences.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module, students will have:

[1] learned about different cultural expectations within different disciplines;
[2] deepened their understanding of a given topic through the application of different cultural and discipline perspectives;
[3] developed an awareness of the ways in which human beings learn, different ideas of individual and social well-being, and how these concepts might enrich one another;
[4] reflected on the appropriateness of various styles of communication when addressing different audiences.

Skills outcomes
Close reading of texts; discuss complex questions; how to disagree with respect and confidence.


The module will be divided into 3 thematic blocks:

[1] Students will become familiar with the cultural context of learning in the UK, and the different learning experiences that they bring with them. They will examine these learning experiences and consider how they might approach their studies in relation to this and to each discipline that they explore within the arts and humanities.
[2] Students will apply the understanding from block one, to explore different conceptions of the good human life and how the notion of the self is developed.
[3] Students will be taught how to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, and will have the opportunity to develop their own 'voice' through oral presentations in class.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours337.00
Total Contact hours63.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

21 2-hour lecture/workshops
Tutor-led sessions with multiple opportunities for discussion and group work. The workshops will give space for content delivery from the tutor, and for discussion reflection and action in relation to this.

21 1-hour seminars/discussion forum
The discussion forum will enable students to test out their ideas in relation to the course reading. These sessions will allow students to engage with the work of their peers and utilize the forums.

337 -hours of private study: skills development and research for essay writing and oral communication techniques
Students will engage with further reading and study, beyond guided activities.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students have opportunities to share their ideas and receive informal formative feedback in regular contact outs. Before each piece of summative assessment, there will be a 2-week window for the students to receive formative feedback on their coursework.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 words40.00
Presentation10 minutes30.00
Reflective log1,500 words30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Verbal Presentation re-sit: may be submitted as a short video of the student delivering their presentation and/or speaking over their presentation slides.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/10/2023


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