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BA (Honours) Humanities: Broad-based humanities pathway

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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

You’ll begin your studies with the compulsory 60-credit module The arts past and present (AA100)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,AA100,,1, an absorbing and broad-based grounding in the arts and humanities, including:

  • history    
  • philosophy
  • music
  • literature
  • art history
  • classical studies
  • religious studies.

You’ll develop essential study skills while engaging with a wide range of topics, periods and approaches and enhancing your enjoyment and understanding of fascinating and diverse aspects of human culture.

We recommend that you build on this with two 30-credit Level 1 modules designed to hone your critical and analytical skills and prepare you for study at Level 2. In the first, Voices and texts (A150), you’ll explore language, particularly English, in a wide range of contexts and from the perspective of different academic subjects. In the second, Making sense of things: an introduction to material culture (A151)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,A151,,1, you’ll be introduced to the study of objects, in both the past and present. From October 2014, these 30-credit modules are being merged into one 60-credit module Voices, texts and material culture (A105)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,A105,,1.

Alternatively, you could choose from other options which include languages, social sciences and design.

Stage 2

Before deciding on your Stage 2 options you should think ahead to Stage 3, because most modules recommend you should study a particular Level 2 module first.

At Stage 2 you can continue your study of interdisciplinary humanities, or focus on subjects such as:

  • art history: Exploring art and visual culture (A226)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,A226,,1
  • classical studies:  Exploring the classical world (A219)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,A219,,1
  • classical languages:  Reading classical Greek: language and literature (A275)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,A275,,1
  • creative writing: Creative writing (A215)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,A215,,1
  • heritage studies: Understanding global heritage (AD281)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,AD281,,1
  • literature: Reading and studying literature (A230)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,A230,,1
  • music: Inside music (A224)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,A224,,1
  • English language: Worlds of English (U214)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,U214,,1
  • philosophy: Exploring philosophy (A222)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,A222,,1
  • religious studies: Introducing religions (A217)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,A217,,1
  • history: Exploring history: medieval to modern 1400-1900 (A200)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,A200,,1
  • modern languages: Envol: upper intermediate French (L211)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,L211,,1, Motive: upper intermediate German (L203)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,L203,,1 and Viento en popa: upper intermediate Spanish (L204)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,L204,,1.

Throughout this stage you’ll continue to develop your critical thinking, writing and analysis skills. You’ll also begin to work and think more independently in relation to a range of problems and questions posed by your course of study.

Stage 3

Your Stage 3 options are chosen from a wide range of specialist subjects including:

  • art history: Renaissance art reconsidered (AA315)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,AA315,,1
  • classical studies: Myth in the Greek and Roman worlds (A330)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,A330,,1
  • creative writing: Advanced creative writing (A363)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,A363,,1
  • literature: Shakespeare: text and performance (AA306)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,AA306,,1
  • music: From composition to performance: musicians at work (AA302)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,AA302,,1
  • English language: The art of English (E301)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,E301,,1
  • philosophy: Key questions in philosophy (A333)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,A333,,1
  • religious studies: Why is religion controversial? (A332)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,A332,,1
  • history: Empire: 1492-1975 (A326)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,A326,,1
  • modern languages: Mises au point: advanced French (L310)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,L310,,1, Variationen: advanced German (L313)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,L313,,1 and A buen puerto: advanced Spanish (L314)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q03-1,module,L314,,1

You should bear in mind that most of these modules recommend that you have studied a particular Level 2 module first.

(If you live in England and intend to apply for a student loan, please note that some of the Level 3 history options are produced in collaboration with other universities and are therefore not eligible for student loan funding.)

At Level 3, you’ll work more independently than you did at Levels 1 and 2, and devote some of your study time to exploring topics and issues in greater detail.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes six years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from three to 16 years.

We recommend spreading Stage 1 over two years, giving you time to get used to distance learning as well as a solid foundation of knowledge and skills for future study. You could then continue at this pace or speed up to complete in four or five years.

If you are considering taking just three years, the equivalent to full-time study, we strongly recommend that you first speak to an adviser.


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