Liberal Arts at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS

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Develop an interdisciplinary understanding of today’s complex world and its challenges from subjects including English, history, philosophy, and global politics. Shape your own degree in humanities and social sciences to prepare for a career making real-world change. On our BA (Hons) Liberal Arts in Cambridge, you’ll explore contemporary global issues and challenges from different fields within humanities and the social sciences, such as inequality and social justice, violence, the essence of humanity and the future of AI. You’ll gain a thorough introduction to the study of liberal arts, as well as history, literature, and language and communication, and the ways in which each of these subjects reflect and address issues within societies across the globe. Our optional modules will give you a wide variety of choice, allowing you to follow your own particular areas of interest and develop expertise for whichever career you hope to follow, with particular focus on affecting change within the modern world. Throughout the course, you’ll develop critical and transferable skills that will prepare you to tackle real-world problems in a systematic and flexible manner, and deliver arguments to a wide range of audiences through different communication channels. Please note this is a new course subject to validation and some information, including modules, may change. Studying on modules across the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at ARU, you’ll come into contact with other students from many different disciplines and backgrounds, broadening your own perspective and insights. You’ll have many opportunities to attend co-curricular events across all our humanities and social science subjects, allowing you to meet professionals related to each field, and expanding your network as well as your knowledge base. We’ll support you to find placements and work experience throughout the course, with live briefs embedded into some modules. You could further improve your CV by applying for the work placement year option, studying abroad for a trimester, or taking up voluntary positions in local schools. You also have the opportunity to study a modern foreign language, which will give you a real advantage in the global job market. Your studies will be supported by our team of expert lecturers, including published authors such as Dr Richard Carr (March of the Moderates: Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, and the Rebirth of Progressive Politics), Dr Bettina Beinhoff (Perceiving Identity through Accent – Attitudes towards Non-Native Speakers and their Accents in English); and Dr Tory Young (Studying English Literature, a text used on many other university courses as well as our own).


Year 1 Core modules: Studying Liberal Arts; Introduction to the Study of Literature and Writing; A History of Now; Language, Communication and Society. Year 2 Core modules: Ruskin Module; Philosophy of Art and Image; Give Peace a Chance: Fundamental Issues and Perspectives on Contemporary International Relations; Woke Wars; Mobilities and Migration. Year 2 Core modules: Bridging Cultures; Key Paradigms 2: Sociology and Politics; Sociology of Health Inequalities; Violence and Confrontation; The United States in the 20th Century; Professional Placement; Digital Media Theory: Social Media, AI and the Cultures of the Internet; Teenage Kicks: Youth Culture and Media; Science Fiction; Leisure and Popular Culture in Britain, 1800 to the Present; Violence, Gender and Victimisation; Sociology of Religion; From Welfare State to European State? British politics and society, 1906-1975; Hanging, Prisons and Community Service: Crime and Punishment in Britain throughout the Ages; Online Journalism; The Research Toolkit - Design and Delivery; Anglia Language Programme. Year 3 Core modules: Major Project; Research Communication; The Making of Modern Media. Year 3 Optional modules: Feminist Debates and Activism; From Workhouses to Universal Credit: The Past, Present and Future of the British Welfare State; Cultural Politics of Celebrity; Key Paradigms 3: International and Global Perspectives in Education; Literature and Exile: Displacement, Identity, Self; Gender and Sexuality in Britain: 1880-2000; Concepts of Good and Evil; Environment, Nature and Society; A Global History of Government and Society, 1945-1999; Issues in Modern Philosophy; 'Fake News', Media Law and Social Conflict; Communication, Flesh, Philosophy; New Media Discourse; Anglia Language Programme. Modules are subject to change and availability.

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Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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Liberal Arts at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS