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Unit information: The Public Role of the Humanities in 2021/22

Unit name The Public Role of the Humanities
Unit code HUMSM0002
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Skinazi
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Humanities
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to help students to develop an awareness of theoretical, historical, theological and contemporary perspectives on the 'public role' of the humanities. Students will have an opportunity to contextualize their own discipline(s) in light of these debates and to consider the implications of what they have learned during their degree for their life beyond it. As well as considering these issues within the seminar room, students will be required to undertake some practical work in the community as part of the unit. This unit aims to help students to enhance their employability by providing opportunities to develop and to practise a range of practical skills that are immediately transferable to the workplace, such as: effective communication, presentation, negotiation, teamwork, and leadership.

Students will be given the opportunity to submit a draft or outline of their final, summative essay of up to 1,500 words and to receive feedback on this.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced awareness of the ‘public role’ of their discipline and the wider humanities by considering a range of relevant theoretical perspectives and through practical work undertaken in the community.
  2. Demonstrate practical skills relevant to their studies that may be applied in their chosen career after graduation.
  3. Demonstrate high-level skills in communicating, evaluating, analysing, synthesising and (where apt) critiquing ideas.
  4. Demonstrate the capacity for independent research.

Teaching Information

1 x two hour seminar per week and 20-30 hours of practical/project work undertaken through term

Assessment Information

One 15-minute podcast plus a 2000-word summary plus bibliography in show notes (100%). [ILOS 1-4]


One 5000-word summative essay (100%). [ILOs 1-54]


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.