School of Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Humanities and the Social Sciences

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Welcome to the School of Humanities and the Social Sciences. We offer undergraduate degree programmes in British Sign Language and Deaf Studies, English Language, English Literature, Creative Writing, Film and Media, History, Philosophy, Politics, Religion Culture and Society and Sociology. In our degree programmes, we blend cutting-edge subject knowledge and practical experience to equip you with the confidence and skills needed for the world of work.

We also offer An Introduction to British Sign Language certificate for those already in the workplace and seeking additional Continuous Professional development.

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About the School

Consisting of nationally and internationally renowned researchers, our teaching teams are actively participating in the generation of new knowledge about their subjects – so you’ll be taught by experts and professionals in their fields, contributing to creative ways of thinking about human behaviours, culture and creativity and social interaction. Our academic teaching is complemented by guest speakers from the cultural and creative industries and from public fora.

Our graduates head off into a variety of professions, including teaching, publishing, human resources, public relations, finance and sales. The Higher Education Careers Services Unit reported recently that studying a degree in our subjects ‘closes off few professions,’ noting that graduates from our subjects could be found in nearly 200 different graduate occupations.

Every year, we run a specific event around careers (“Beyond the Obvious”), introducing you to alumni from our subjects, who have gone into a wide range of professions, giving you some valuable information about where your degree can take you.

Across our degree programmes you will have access to a wide variety of work placement modules and volunteering opportunities, from event organisation, running and judging creative writing competitions, working in museums and libraries and community-based mentoring. Additionally, you can gain work experience through the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership, which offers second and third year modules which are accredited by the ILM.

You can also take advantage of the University’s International Travel Bursary Scheme. Our students have visited Paris, Venice and Barcelona to design literary and visual tours, to Istanbul to evaluate religious practice in diverse cultural locations, and to Brussels to assess the relationship between the state, society and culture.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences also houses the Institute for Black Atlantic Research, home to UCLan’s interdisciplinary and internationally renowned research in African Atlantic studies. IBAR fosters partnerships with museums, galleries, broadcasters and community organisations to promote the study of the Black Atlantic in the North West and beyond. Partner organisations include the International Slavery Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, Tate Galleries, Front Room Theatre Company, Lancashire Museums, Lancaster Jazz Festival and Preston Black History Group.

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Exceptional Teaching Staff

The School has a highly qualified staff base which includes National Teaching Fellows and industry award winners is at the heart of our outstanding teaching.

High-Spec Learning Spaces

Our courses are taught in dedicated learning spaces including a Live Literature Room, a British Sign Language laboratory and a Linguistics laboratory

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On our British Sign Languages and Deaf studies programmes, you cover all aspects of deafness as a social and cultural phenomenon and will enable you to develop a fluency in British Sign Language.

Our English Language programmes explore how language is used in different communicative contexts and enables you to specialise according to your own individual interests and future career plans.

On our English Literature programmes, you’ll study traditional figures such as Shakespeare and Dickens alongside a wide range of options, learning about the relationship between literature and culture, while understanding the vital role played by literature in interpreting the world around us.

On our Creative Writing programmes, you can link your enthusiasm for creative work to the study of either English Literature or English Language. You’ll practise across a wide variety of texts, from poetry and drama to fiction and creative non-fiction.

On our Film and Media programme, you’ll focus particularly on the moving image, most importantly film and television and you can also choose modules around advertising and the role of popular music in culture.

On our History programmes, you’ll study historical events and epochs from North America, Britain and Ireland, Europe, Africa and Asia, from the early modern period to the contemporary. You’ll study history in practice and the impact of the past on the present.

On our Religion, Culture and Society programme, you’ll stretch your intellect and defy your prejudices as you explore the conflicting relationships between religion, culture and society.

On our Philosophy programmes, you’ll explore traditional areas of theoretical philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, moral theory, and the philosophy of mind and language, as well as modern European philosophy and applied ethics.

On our Politics programmes, you’ll study government and political institutions at all levels, the basis of political argument in political concepts and ideas and the critical international context of contemporary politics.

On our Sociology programmes, you’ll develop an understanding of key sociological theorists and important sociological issues - and the emphasis on studying these in an international context.

For further information on each of our subjects, view our courses.

Studying on our degree programmes enables you to think creatively and critically, to explore all aspects of society and culture from a position of knowledge and therefore contribute effectively in a range of careers.