Encountering Kent - ARTS3050

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This is an interdisciplinary module that aims to introduce first-year students to the study of the arts and humanities through a focus on place. That place is the county of Kent, where they are resident during their studies, and which they will get to know better through taking this module. The name Kent probably means 'border', and as the region between the Continent and the capital, it has a rich history of encounters – from Julius Caesar to Pocahontas – that allow for the region’s varied history and rich cultural diversity to be explored. Numerous significant figures in the arts have been associated with Kent, including artists and performers like William Blake, J. W. M. Turner, Vincent Van Gogh, Ellen Terry, and Ian Fleming, to name just a few. The module will be delivered in the form of four two-week units delivered by each of the constituent subjects of the School of Arts, with introductory and concluding weeks setting the disciplinary case studies in a wider context both historically and methodologically.


Contact hours

Contact Hours: 40
Independent Study Hours: 260
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Case Study (1500 words) (40%)
Essay (2500 words) (60%)

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

- demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of a range of performers, writers, artists and film-makers associated with the county of Kent.
- demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the history of Kent, particularly its cultural history, and of its identity as reflected in contemporary media.
- demonstrate an awareness of the role played by place in shaping human history and culture (for example, the geography, climate and demography of Kent).
- demonstrate an awareness of a range of disciplines, and their interdisciplinary interaction, necessary for the study of the cultural history and contemporary regional identity of Kent.
- demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of a range of methodologies and approaches required for analysing the culture and regional identity of Kent.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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