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IFYP0003 Contemporary Britain

Module Overview

This module provides international students with an insight into British life in the twenty-first century. It is designed to give them the cultural and social ‘background knowledge' that British students take for granted and which forms the starting point for many introductory courses in other disciplines.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• introduce you to key cultural, social, and political issues and concepts in dealing with Britain in the 21st century. • show you how key institutions in contemporary Britain are organised and how they work. • enable you to make cross-cultural comparisons.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • the organisation of key cultural, social, and political institutions in the UK.
  • the importance of education in Britain
  • the place of the welfare state in modern Britain.
  • the ways in which social structures in Britain work together.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • work effectively in a team
  • prepare and deliver oral presentations
  • plan and organise your own learning schedule
  • research and write an academic essay.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate evidence and discussion
  • present reasoned and structured arguments, both orally and in written form
  • extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources
  • organise your study time effectively

Syllabus

In this module, you will learn about key issues, concepts and methods involved in some of the social, cultural, and political institutions that make up modern Britain. You will focus particularly on the System of Government, the Legal System, the Healthcare System, the Welfare State, and Education. The module will provide you with an insight into Britain and the British at the start of the 21st century. It will provide you with an introduction to methods of studying, and an entrance to cultural and social ‘background knowledge’ that British Students take for granted and that forms an implicit starting point for many ‘introductory’ courses relating to Britain in other disciplines.

Special Features

In this module, you will learn about key issues, concepts and methods involved in some of the social, cultural, and political institutions that make up modern Britain. You will focus particularly on the System of Government, the Legal System, the Healthcare System, the Welfare State, and Education. The module will provide you with an insight into Britain and the British at the start of the 21st century. It will provide you with an introduction to methods of studying, and an entrance to cultural and social ‘background knowledge’ that British Students take for granted and that forms an implicit starting point for many ‘introductory’ courses relating to Britain in other disciplines.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

In this module, you will learn about key issues, concepts and methods involved in some of the social, cultural, and political institutions that make up modern Britain. You will focus particularly on the System of Government, the Legal System, the Healthcare System, the Welfare State, and Education. The module will provide you with an insight into Britain and the British at the start of the 21st century. It will provide you with an introduction to methods of studying, and an entrance to cultural and social ‘background knowledge’ that British Students take for granted and that forms an implicit starting point for many ‘introductory’ courses relating to Britain in other disciplines.

TypeHours
Lecture18
Independent Study114
Seminar18
Total study time150

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback ? guidance on oral presentations ? discussion of written assignments (in advance and after completion) ? preparation for exam

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  ( words) 40%
Examination  ( hours) 40%
Oral presentation 20%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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