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HUMA2012 Study Abroad

Module Overview

This module will prepare you for study abroad. You are required to take out appropriate insurance policies and engage in on-going monitoring of risk and this module will provide professional input in both areas as well as rigorous assessment of the documents which you submit. Particular attention will be paid to the quality of your experience and the module will encourage you to formulate academic, intercultural, personal and professional objectives. Living abroad can be all the more enriching if you are able to reflect upon your experiences and this module will equip you for that by helping you to think critically about yourself, where you come from and how you observe and engage with places and people.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Equip you for study abroad • Provide you with the analytical skills for travelling and living safely abroad • Help you to formulate your objectives for the time abroad • Enable you to adapt to new linguistic and cultural environments.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the risk assessment process
  • how to access information on the country where you will be studying
  • the benefits in personal, academic and professional terms of studying abroad
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • conduct risk assessments
  • study and work in intercultural settings
  • undertake shared reflection on plans
  • work effectively as an individual and in a group
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • plan your residence abroad
  • complete a risk assessment
  • think critically about cultural differences
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • understand the importance of cultural differences
  • reflect upon your aspirations for the period abroad
  • assess the contribution of different texts to your understanding of the country in which you will be living

Syllabus

This module will prepare you for study abroad. You are required to take out appropriate insurance policies and engage in on-going monitoring of risk and this module will provide professional input in both areas as well as rigorous assessment of the documents which you submit. Particular attention will be paid to the quality of your experience and the module will encourage you to formulate academic, intercultural, personal and professional objectives. Living abroad can be all the more enriching if you are able to reflect upon your experiences and this module will equip you for that by helping you to think critically about yourself, where you come from and how you observe and engage with places and people.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module is delivered as one double seminar session in specified weeks (see module programme) in which the tutors introduce the key concepts which you will then discuss. The discussions and debates will provide a forum for you to convey ideas effectively and share your knowledge. You will work both individually and in groups to research your destinations and ML students who have lived abroad will offer input based on the knowledge and experiences which they have acquired.

TypeHours
Independent Study126
Teaching24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Behar, R (1996). The vulnerable observer : anthropology that breaks your heart. 

You will be asked to identify texts (books, poems, films, songs, compositions..) which are of particular relevance to the places where you will be living. Some of those texts are listed in the relevant Rough Guide or Lonely Planet and you will be able to . 

Urry, J (1990). The tourist gaze: leisure and travel in contemporary societies. 

The Foreign and Commonwealth office.

The Rough Guide.

The Lonely Planet.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

? Completion of risk assessment. ? Submission of insurance details ? Attendance at programmed sessions

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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