What will I learn?
Our Arts and Humanities IFP is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to be able to progress on to a wide range of Arts and Humanities degree courses at university.
You'll be encouraged to develop your critical thinking skills and will learn how to analyse sources and present academic arguments. Throughout the course, you'll be given opportunities to further develop your communication skills and team-working ability - key skills required to be successful in undergraduate studies, as well as throughout your career.
How will I learn?
You will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, which is the same type of teaching you can expect at undergraduate level in the UK.
Lectures are where all students on a module are together (this can be up to 100 students on the IFP), and the academic tutor introduces the topic of study. Seminars are much smaller groups (typically no more than 15 students), where you have the opportunity to explore a subject in more detail with your academic tutor and classmates. In your seminars, you will be expected to engage in discussions and debates around the subject matter.
How will I be assessed?
Across your modules you will be assessed through a range of methods including essays, literature reviews, presentations and examinations.
The modules on this programme have been developed to give you a thorough preparation for a range of related undergraduate degrees.
Introduction to Textual Analysis
The module aims to support you as you develop familiarity with the required skills in the practice of close textual analysis, a core methodology for the higher-level study of literature, drama, art, photography, performance and the moving image. You will develop the tools of analysis to interpret and critique texts drawn from selective disciplines (History of Art, Film Studies and English Literature). By the end of the module, you should be able to demonstrate your knowledge of form and contexts in which texts are created, identify and assess the values and assumptions a text represents, interpret and evaluate texts (subject matter, formal elements and purposes), and communicate an interpretation of the text using appropriate evidence and language.
History on the Warwick IFP is designed to introduce you to the most important developments that have shaped Europe, the world, and the human experience for the last two hundred years. You will learn about the development of western and global society through periods of huge economic growth and upheaval, and through intellectual, political, and technological transformation. You’ll explore the profound international effects of European empires and political revolutions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and how battles between liberal democracy, communism, and fascism transformed the world. The technical business of history will be introduced from the outset, with specific training in understanding historical debates and in particular in the reading of primary sources. You will learn history in part through documents produced in the periods that you’ll be studying, and will have the opportunity to hear guest speakers from Warwick and from other universities giving talks on the subjects of their own research.
The main aim of our Philosophy module is to provide a broad, introductory, critical overview of the core traditions in Philosophy, from the key thinkers to the key areas of philosophical argument. You will learn about a range of key philosophers and will become familiar with their written works and in doing so, will become confident with the language and logic of philosophical arguments. The module will also provide a range of opportunities for you to develop a variety of skills including critical thinking, essay writing, analysis and evaluation that will enable you to engage successfully in philosophical dialogue. The skills and knowledge gained through this module will help prepare you for a range of different degree level courses.
Our Inquiry and Research Skills for Arts and Humanities is a core module on this course, and is delivered in two parts to complement your other modules. The first part of this module looks at developing core research and inquiry skills including academic searching, using sources, teamwork, reflection and problem based learning inquiries. The second part of the module allows you to put everything you have learnt into practice through a research based project.
All students will also study an English for Academic Purposes module. This module is not about developing your conversational or everyday English skills; instead, it will develop your Academic English skills. You will consider how academic essays should be written, including looking at appropriate referencing and paraphrasing, as well as thinking about how presentations should be delivered in an academic context.
Those students who require additional support to improve their IELTS scores will also study one of our IELTS modules. Students joining the course as native speakers or with an IELTS of 7.0 with 6.5 in components will not be required to take an IELTS module.
Please note that given the interval between the publication of these modules and enrolment, some of the information may change. You can find out more by reading our terms and conditions.
Students on this course would typically be looking to progress to a range of undergraduate degrees with the Arts and Humanities such as History, Philosophy, Film and Media Studies.