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Unit information: English of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Law in 2015/16

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Unit name English of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
Unit code LANG00009
Credit points 20
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Ms. Taylor
Open unit status Not open

IELTS 6 overall with 5.5 in writing (minimum)or equivalent


Academic Writing; Text Response

School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This mandatory 20-credit unit for those students taking the International Foundation Programme with Arts and Humanities is a unit whose overall aims are to improve the language, academic literacy and subject knowledge required to succeed at university. This unit aims to develop language and academic literacies, but with a specific focus on understanding and operating in the discourse and ways of thinking in the disciplines of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Law. It includes critical text and discourse analysis, structuring and organising ideas, argumentation and substantiation, reading for research, summarising and synthesising from sources, and participation in seminars and presentations.

In more detail, its specific aims are to:

  • To develop and consolidate grammatical and lexical awareness and use in the disciplines of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Law;
  • To develop skills in critical text and discourse analysis;
  • To develop skills and language for summarising and synthesising from sources;
  • To develop language and skills for presentations;
  • To develop language and skills for writing academic essays and reviews.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

ILO1: research and use reliable academic sources effectively;

ILO2: identify and evaluate arguments;

ILO3: develop and substantiate argument;

ILO4: distinguish fact from opinion;

ILO5: plan, write and edit literature reviews and essays;

ILO6: research, plan and deliver an academic presentation

Teaching details

Learning is facilitated in small group classroom sessions (12-16). Individual and group-based work is integrated as appropriate. the course draws heavily on authentic academic texts and use is made of appropriate e-learning technologies and resources.

There are 2 two-hour sessions per week, which take the format of seminars with input ion the form of mini-lectures followed by seminar discussions and student-led presentations. Students are required to prepare and review weekly sessions using the online resources and set texts.

Assessment Details


Independent Research Essay incl. Bibliography & Literature Review (2000 words; weighting 35%) assessing ILO1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Essay (1500 wds; weighting 30%) assessing ILO1, 2, 3, 4, 5.


Essay (500-700 words; 90 minutes exam; weighting 15%) assessing ILO 3, 5.

Presentation on independent research essay (weighting 10%) assessing ILO 3, 4, 6.

Presentation on essay (weighting 10%) assessing ILO 3, 4, 6.

Reading and References

  • Gross, R.(1999). Key Studies in Psychology. Abingdon: Hodder &Stoughton.
  • Cottrell, S. (2005). Critical Thinking Skills - Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Van den Brink-Budgen, R. (2005). Critical Thinking for AS Level. Oxford: How to Books Ltd.
  • Open Yale Course. Psychology.
  • Johannsen, K. &H. Sanchez. (2007). Professional English - English for the Humanities. Boston:Heinle ELT.
  • Walenn, J. (2008). English for Law in Higher Education Studies. Reading: Garnet Education.