University of Brighton

Humanities ba(hons)

University of Brighton
In Brighton and Hove

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Brighton and hove
Duration 3 Years
Start Different dates available
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Brighton and hove
  • Duration:
    3 Years
  • Start:
    Different dates available

Our Humanities degree draws on philosophy, politics, history and literature to investigate the major challenges of life in the contemporary world, considering what it means to be a human in the twenty-first century.
You will be based in the city centre and will benefit from small group teaching and interdisciplinary study. The course team includes experts in all the major humanities subjects and you will join a critical environment with frequent guest lecturers – academics, politicians and writers – from around the world.
Your lecturers encourage you to adopt a critical attitude to yourself, to the world you live in and to the received opinions which so many take for granted.
Everything you learn on the degree comes together in your final project, where, supported by an academic tutor, you will learn how to complete independent and original research on a topic of your choice.
The knowledge and skills you build throughout the course prepares you for a range of careers, such as in the public sector or teaching, and forms a solid foundation for future study.

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Brighton and Hove (East Sussex)
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What you'll learn on the course


Course programme

Year 1

In year 1 you take six modules that help develop the skills central to your course.

  • Historical Inquiry

    This module will introduce you to the practice of historical inquiry through an exploration of various approaches to the study of the experience of crisis and conflict in the mid-twentieth century.

  • Philosophical Inquiry

    This module will introduce you to fundamental concepts and basic methodologies in critical and philosophical theory.

  • Studying Cultures

    This module will introduce you to fundamental concepts and basic methodologies in cultural studies, focusing on the distinction between ‘lived cultures’ and ‘cultural texts’, grounded in case studies from Britain in the period 1968–74.

  • Democracy: From Athens to Baghdad

    This module will introduce you to fundamental concepts and basic methodologies in democratic theory.

    Democracy as a contested term goes to the heart of debates about the exercise of power in the contemporary world, and is not solely about governance. This module will introduce you to the histories and contexts within which the concept and practice of democracy developed. You will study classical, republican, liberal, anarchist, Marxist, communitarian, and global conceptualisations of democracy. In each case the cultural, political and historical context of these practices of government will be critically discussed and their relevance to current circumstances considered.

    The module addresses the cultural preconditions for democratic freedoms and the representation of democratic values in the social and political movements which have fought to establish democratic freedoms. It will also introduce the different forms of inequality that characterise most democracies.

  • Understanding Society in a Global World

    In this module you will be introduced to interdisciplinary methodologies in the social sciences, explore theories of international relations and globalisation, and apply these to important questions concerning living in a global world.

    You will interrogate the claims of social scientists to produce verifiable knowledge about the social world, and evaluate the political implications of different methodological approaches for the study of key aspects of global society. You will explore how concepts and theories are applied to contested aspects of global society, notably environmental sustainability and war/conflict.

  • Approaching Narratives

    This module will introduce you to key methodologies and concepts in the formal study of narrative, while encouraging you to critically reflect on how narratives construct particular visions of our world.

    The module focuses specifically on issues of narrative structure, ideology, language, and semiotics across a range of visual and textual forms including television and film, news media, imaginative fiction, photography, the internet and a psychiatric ‘case study’. You will interrogate the importance of narrative voice, narrative development and closure in the production of meaning, and critically engage with the role of the reader in relation to critical interpretation and understanding.

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