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IP204 - The Apocalyptic Imaginary

  • Module code: IP204
  • Module name: The Apocalyptic Imaginary
  • Department: Liberal Arts
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module uses transdisciplinary Problem-Based Learning approaches to support students to generate problems arising from a range of narratives about the end of the world, and to consider how these problems reflect complex concerns about individuality, morality, the social contract, and the afterlife. Beginning with historical mythological narratives and encompassing religious, political, and ecological apocalyptic theories and scenarios through to the modern day, this module will encourage students to think in transdisciplinary ways about the roles played by apocalyptic narratives in historical and modern societies. The module will make use of literary, religious, philosophical and historical texts, films, music, images, environmental science data, news and social media, and political narratives to encourage students to develop comparative analytical skills and think across disciplinary boundaries.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have been exposed to and worked with complex, multi-disciplinary narratives, requiring the development and employment of advanced critical thinking skills, academic writing, presentation skills, and both individual and group research skills. Students will be expected to demonstrate they have: ◾Acquired an understanding of key features of Western apocalypticism, including aspects of cosmology and eschatology; ◾Examined and explicated the consequences of apocalyptic beliefs in practical settings; ◾Acquired an understanding of the ways in which social concerns shape political activities; ◾Acquired an understanding of the ways in which social concerns shape scientific inquiry; • Studied at least two apocalyptic narratives in depth; ◾Developed an ability to critically examine and critique apocalyptic symbols in art and society; ◾Developed an ability to generate relevant multidisciplinary problems through individual and small group research; ◾Developed their individual and group research skills through multidisciplinary examinations of specific case studies.

Timetabled teaching activities

10 x 2-hour seminar per week in Term 1

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Other essential notes

This module is not running in 2017-18

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: IP204-15)
A1 (Assessed work only) Reflective Journal 30%
  Discursive Outline 20%
  Research Project (4,000 words) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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