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The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to broaden their cultural horizons and raise their international awareness and sensitivity to UK culture; enhance academic skills from innovative note-taking techniques to refined presentation skills and academic writing; and develop an understanding to recognise key employability skills (based on York Strengths Employability Skills Programme – https://www.york.ac.uk/students/work-volunteering-careers/skills/york-strengths/) and presenting them to future employers. It will include local excursions.

This module will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the media assets that comprise interactive media experiences and how they’re made. In lectures you’ll learn how digital images, videos, sounds and 3D models work from a scientific and technical perspective. You’ll also learn professional techniques and workflows for creating your own media assets. In practicals you’ll put this knowledge into practice, while creating your first media assets in industry standard software.

This module will introduce students to the centrality of story and story-telling to cinema and television. It will identify and explore certain dominant forms and traditions of cinematic and televisual story telling. It will examine how films and television programmes tell a story by introduce and examine key principles such as narrative premise, structure and development; the dynamics and interrelation of plot, character and dialogue; the relationship between audio visual text and audience; the function of key aesthetic properties including visual style, performance and sound design in relation to storytelling; and the key principles of literary adaptation. The module will also consider certain institutional factors that inform and constrain storytelling for specific audio-visual media.

This module helps all students to engage with new ‘approaches’ to literary studies as they encounter a range of texts and topics. It specifically addresses the relationship between modernity, ‘the modern’, and literary culture, working out from the early eighteenth century and across the nineteenth century before arriving at the twentieth.

To introduce students to the theories and practices of business ethics and social responsibility in national and global contexts and the personal, ethical dilemmas, which people in organisations can face within such contexts. Please note that this module is provisional and subject to changes.

The world of politics is complex, dynamic, and can seem to defy explanation. Political Analysis supports students to develop rigorous and compelling accounts of political phenomena. The module introduces foundations of both ‘positive’ analysis that seeks to precisely describe, compare, or/and identify causal drivers, and ‘normative’ analysis that offers evaluation of political practices and institutions against ideal-type conceptualisations. Please note that this module is provisional and subject to changes.

Foundations of Economic History is an introductory module in applied economics. In this module, we will look into the ‘big questions’ of economics: Why are some nations poor while others are rich? What are the determinants of inequality within nations? What can we learn from the past’s epidemics, wars, crises, and the eras of stable economic growth, for today’s economy? Why has Europe, and especially Britain, gained a head start and was the heartland of the Industrial Revolution? Why have some regions created stable, strong, and accountable institutions that are also democratic, while other regions have failed to do so? And finally: How do economists pursue all these research questions, i.e. what is their methodology?

Social, Personality and Abnormal Psychology address questions fundamental to our experiences of self and relationships. The overarching aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the broad issues, theories, and methods in social, personality and abnormal psychology. Please note that this module is provisional and subject to changes.

Everything that goes on in the mind, the way we see, feel, remember and act, is constrained by the way the brain works. The aim of this module is to provide a framework for understanding the link between the brain and behaviour. The module will begin by outlining the principles of neuroscience and their importance in studying cognitive functions in the healthy brain and their deterioration in dementia. The later part of the course aims to introduce students to the neuroscience of developmental disorders and the techniques and methods used in the study of the brain.

This module offers a detailed and comprehensive introduction to the important elements involved in the understanding of marketing philosophy, principles and practice. This module aims to provide a strong base to enable students to develop an understanding of the important role that strategic decision-making in marketing plays for organisations. This module also focus on: allowing students to develop an appreciation of the importance of strategic development and marketing planning for the organisation; creating awareness of the role that marketing communication plays; gaining knowledge and awareness of strategic approaches available to marketers operating in the 21st century; and encouraging students to think critically about the role marketing can play towards achieving sustainable development.

The module introduces students to the core conceptual debates and key issues that have shaped – and continue to shape – the field of Comparative Politics. It provides an overview of its dominant basic questions, theories, and empirical research. While international politics concerns itself with the study of political phenomena that occur predominantly between countries, Comparative Politics concerns itself with the study of political phenomena that occur predominantly within countries. The module focuses both on the study of democracies and autocracies. The module will analyse the concept and organization of the state, political parties, institutions, social cleavages, electoral systems and elections, presidentialism and parliamentarism. Throughout the module, examples from various countries and cases around the world are used to clarify theories and highlight the importance of comparison as a method of political explanation. Please note that this module is provisional and subject to changes.

This module explores a range of contemporary global challenges, by combining empirical research and theoretical (normative) analysis. Students will reflect on the challenges and barriers to progress, and develop critical, analytical skills to help them propose solutions. Please note that this module is provisional and subject to changes.

To introduce some fundamental issues in epistemology. Please note that this module is provisional and subject to changes.

This module will provide an overview of the main chronological phases in the study of archaeology. It will cover the whole span of human history, from the emergence of Homo sapiens to the use of archaeology to study the contemporary world. The key events and periods explored in this module will form the chronological framework that underpins the rest of your degree. Different members of staff will introduce you to the key types of archaeological evidence and the main environmental, cultural, economic and social processes that operate in each period. A series of case studies will exemplify how our knowledge has been gained through archaeological investigation. Please note that this module is provisional and subject to changes.

This module helps all students encounter classical literary texts and to read this in relation to a range of significant inter-texts. It explores how classical drama poses ethical questions still confronted with urgency today, such as the limits of the law and the role of the individual resisting injustice. Please note that this module is provisional and subject to changes.

Who has power over you, and have you consented to that? A state has great power over its citizens. It can enforce its laws and punish those who disobey. Many political philosophers have thought that people’s consent is required to make this political power legitimate. But does consent make power legitimate, and if so, what kind of consent can do that? Have we actually consented to the state in the right way? Beyond the state’s power, what are the limits to what we can consent to between individuals? And how do existing power relations between people complicate the validity of consent in various contexts? We will investigate these questions over the course of the module, in order to shed light on the complicated relationship between power and consent.

Toggle ContentThis module offers an understanding of how global processes, such as globalisation, neoliberalism, and gentrification, have changed the society we live in today. It will provide a strong foundation for exploring and investigating how different development theories and policies have changed the socio-political, economic, and cultural systems. Drawing on relevant case studies, policies and initiatives that have emerged from these processes and theories will be analysed.