Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Introduction to Humanities
Academic Year
Semester 1
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Presentation  10 Minutes  40%
Semester Assessment Essay  1500 Words  60%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation  10 Minutes  40%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  1500 Words  60%

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate a broad understanding of the themes of the module and their chosen degree subject.

Demonstrate ability to apply modes of analysis to a range of written and visual texts

Engage with information from a range of learning resources and guests from different backgrounds (e.g. textbooks, academic papers, popular media, digital media; literature, film, performances).

Effectively express themselves and their ideas in a seminar environment​.

Brief description

​The module will provide students with a foundational understanding of key concepts and theories which underpin humanities subjects. The module will focus on the text as a key site of analysis and cultural production. Students will be introduced to different ways of reading, analysing and performing written and visual texts. Students will evaluate how artistic choices influence how meaning is communicated. Students will learn how to evaluate texts from comparative and historical perspectives.

​The module will define and evaluate different approaches which are relevant to their individual schemes of study, drawing from the following set of core concepts and approaches, including popular movements and forms of analysis in literature, drama, television and film:

​The text; context; historicism; representation; meaning; comparative approaches; historicist approaches.


​​Content is delivered over 30 hours: 2 hour weekly lectures, 2 hour seminar every second week which may include a mix of formats including a traditional seminar and/or viewings of films and performances.
​The theme can, as required, link to content of other foundation modules to provide further opportunity for learning and reflection.
​Students will be given advance reading ahead of the seminars to aid discussion and reflection. ​

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Critical and analytical thinking Students will develop their critical thinking and analytical skills through working with different visual and written texts.
Digital capability Students will make use of standard VLE tools such as BlackBoard and Panopto. They will also become familiar with and develop their skills using MS Teams, PowerPoint, and Word.
Professional communication Students will learn appropriate terminology related to their discipline, as well as use language and communications methods appropriately.
Reflection Students will reflect on their own learning styles and experiences through seminar discussions and tasks. Seminars will emphasise student-led learning
Subject Specific Skills Students will learn to examine diverse visual and written texts as a key mode of cultural production relevant to their specific discipline. They will learn how their subject uses particular analytical approaches to texts. They will become familiar with subject-specific terminology and demonstrate an ability to employ it in the appropriate context.


This module is at CQFW Level 3