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Liberal Arts BA (Hons)
This is a full-time single honours programme within the Liberal Arts subject area.
- Subject area: Liberal Arts
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Code: LV99
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Single
- Mode of study: Full-time
- Duration: 4 years
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: No
- Year abroad: Yes
- Institution(s): University of Kent
Kent's Liberal Arts degree teaches you to see the world from a range of perspectives – political, social, cultural, scientific, historical and economic – and to develop your understanding of how each impacts on the other. You learn to unpick the causes of events and crises, whether financial, cultural or political, and are encouraged to be creative in developing alternative approaches to the challenges facing societies around the world. A Liberal Arts degree gives you the opportunity to play a full part in shaping the future as an engaged citizen in your future career in government, business, industry, education or the NGO sector.
At the heart of the course is a core set of modules that students follow through the duration of the degree; these provide interdisciplinary means of analysing and understanding how and why we think, and act, the way we do today (see module descriptions). In addition to these modules students will develop advanced skills in another language (European or non-European) and will choose a set of optional modules from those offered across the University to suit individual interests and career plans, with personal guidance from the Liberal Studies team. Students will bring the knowledge gathered in these modules, as well as during their mandatory third year abroad, back into seminar discussions with others on the course, making interdisciplinary communication an ongoing and engaged collective project.
Professor Kathryn Yatrakis, dean of Columbia College at New York's Columbia University, writes that "I believe that the University of Kent in Canterbury's new Liberal Arts Program will be very attractive to those high achieving students who well understand that interdisciplinary study and thinking, combined with disciplinary training, is the way to best prepare for the professional world of the 21st century. I unreservedly endorse this Liberal Arts initiative which has been carefully developed and organized to provide a strong and coherent program of undergraduate study....It has all the ingredients to be a ground-breaking initiative in the liberal arts"
Modes of Reasoning I and II One of the impediments to communication between different academic disciplines is their uses of different ways of making, and validating, arguments and proofs. This module examines the varying modes of developing scientific, social scientific and humanities discourses to facilitate cross-disciplinary understanding of qualitative and quantitative reasoning.Roots of Transformation
Ways of thinking are shaped in often unseen ways by changes in the technologies we use to move, to communicate, to exchange and to create. This module examines the technological and economic revolutions that shape human cultures, with a particular focus both on the 19th and early 20th century roots of modernity and the impacts of recent and developing technological innovations on our ways of imagining ourselves and others.Understanding the Contemporary
Current events are shaped by a wide field of forces – economics, ideologies, demographics, environments and more. This module calls on students to be aware of current events and developments across a wide range of contexts and disciplines. It encourages multi-dimensional understandings of the contemporary world – from the perspective of the arts, the social sciences, history and politics – in order to gain a broad vision of the world and the means of conceptualising how to affect and change it.
You also take 30 credits in a chosen language and 30 credits from a select range of options to reflect your personal interests and aspirations.
Stage 2Modules Connections I and II
One of the core concepts behind the Liberal Arts degree is maintaining communication and debate between the diverse groups of students the programme attracts. Through collective discussion and debate around seminal readings, this module provides you with a broad-ranging grasp of the full field of social sciences, physical sciences, arts and humanities.
You also take 30 credits in a chosen language and 60 credits from a select range of options to reflect personal interest and future ambition.
During the final year of your programme, you complete a dissertation, focusing either on a topic related to the country in which you spent your year abroad or on a research question addressing issues which concern you.Modules
Landscapes of the Future I and II What is the terrain of the world we're moving into and what does it demand? Through the preceding three years, the Liberal Arts degree has worked to provide you with a multidisciplinary perspective on the past and the present. In the final year, students come together to think of how that knowledge can be projected into the future. The module covers questions of environmental challenges and responses; politics, the state and the meaning of democracy; the potentialities of scientific development; the necessity of innovation and intervention; and the imagining of crises and responses to these. The module provides a forum for discussing and preparing students' individual research projects.
You also take 60 credits from a select range of options to reflect personal interest and future ambition.
All students spend the year between Stages 2 and 3 studying or working abroad. The University has strong links with top-ranking continental European institutions, as well as with institutions in the USA, Canada, China and Japan. It may also be possible to spend the year on a work placement.
Please see the Go abroad webpages for further details.
Teaching and assessment
Modules are taught by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. You usually have 8 to 10 hours of contact time with staff each week.
Depending on the modules you select, assessment varies from 100% coursework (extended essays or dissertation), to a combination of examination and coursework, usually in the ratio of 50:50, 60:40 or 80:20.
As a Liberal Arts graduate, you have a global perspective and an understanding of different cultures, attitudes and approaches giving you a distinct advantage in the international job market. Through your study, you also develop other key transferable skills considered essential by graduate employers. These include research, analytical and interpersonal skills and the ability to write succinctly, speak clearly and present ideas effectively.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
AAB at A level, IB Diploma 33 points overall or 17 points at Higher Level.
GCSE Mathematics and English grade B or IB Diploma Mathematics at 4 (Mathematics Studies at 5).