|AM217 — Caribbean History: From Colonialism to Independence
||Quite hands on; questions and group work sometimes in the lectures and answer questions in the lectures.
||None in particular, but also works with any American modules
||Workload not too bad, get the reading done each week, you won't be able to do the seminar work if you don't do the reading
||C L R James Black Jacobins and The Caribbean by Gas Heuman. Not necessary to buy, just use copies in the library!
|BS131 — Health & the Community
||Fitted in well with AID
||Make sure you keep up with notes and consolidate as you go along, as there is a large volume of information
||None, the lecture notes are more than adequate
|BS257 — Ecology and its Applications
||Yes, LF216 Ecology & Environment.
||Revise throughout academic year and focus on remembering detailed case studies.
||Detailed in first PowerPoint.
|BS261 — Pharmacology
||That the first lectures wouldn't be lecture-captured.
||Yes; some parts cover similar content as Neuroscience so those complement each other well. Molecular Cell Biology.
||Because the module runs over the first 5 weeks of the academic term, it is easy to just forget everything by the time you get to exams. Would recommend revising this first or to spend a bit of time on it to keep from getting rusty and
having to start from scratch. It's loaded in term 1 which means you have time off in term 2.
||None really, I used the lecture material and then did a bit of light research online about some concepts.
||I found the module quite difficult to revise for exams, but it was well worth it because the module was very interesting and provides a good basis for important basic biological concepts e.g. drug pharmacology, different types of neurotransmitters,
receptors etc. If you're taking it as optional you have to write essays but then that's the same for all optionals. There is some learning of drug names which can be complicated but I think that's more for the core side.
|BS317 — Advanced Immunology
||Huge amount of content to understand compared to second year Immunology module.
||Fits well with Protein Targeting.
||Janeways Immunology textbook is useful.
|CS137 - Discrete Mathematics and its Applications 2
||Probability A and Foundations. Half the course is induction.
||Be sure to learn the first half of the course very thoroughly.
||Do S1, S2 and S3 at A-level. If you haven't, get their textbooks.
|CS255 — Artificial Intelligence
||Lots of content
||Be very keen!
||It's hard to understand the question sheets until after seeing the answers. They're not assessed, but it makes getting to understand the material harder because you don't get to practise until revision time.\n You are expected to know
all the material. The exam questions are choose 4 of 5 but the topics blend across questions so you can't really prepare by ignoring some of it.
|CS413 — Image and Video Analysis
||It has a lot of material form Mobile Robotics and Computer Graphics, as well as using some concepts from Data Mining.
||There is one piece of coursework that you complete over Christmas which was pretty manageable.
||The textbook wasn't all that helpful but the additional notes provided by the lecturer were good, though had some typos. The lecturer was very good at answering questions, as were the lab tutors.
||Overall a good module and the coursework was really interesting (defo pick the video feature matching one!). There's a lot of content but the exam generally seems to have fair questions.
|CS909 — Data Mining
||There are a LOT of guest lectures for this module that take place instead of normal lectures. We often didn't get much notice about them.
||It leads on from Data Analytics, and the concepts in the module have links to Image and Video Analysis and Computational Biology.
||Make sure you start the worksheets early and go to the lab sessions; the tutors help a lot.
||The Machine Learning book by Flach was very useful, as well as Machine Learning by T Mitchell.
||It was a good module covering lots of really useful concepts, though the worksheets were a bit weird at times. They tended to ask you to do the same thing multiple times with slightly different techniques, so it was repetitive and took
a while. The exam is very rushed for time, with many questions asking you to perform a LOT of calculations (like standard deviation by hand).
|CS910 — Foundations of Data Analytics
||A sample paper with questions would have been very helpful.
||It fits well as a basis to CS909 Data Mining in particular, though the concepts covered appear in many fourth year computer science modules such as image and video analysis.
||Start doing to project early, don't leave it to the last minute. I enjoyed the project a lot and took my time with it.
||Nothing in particular
||The exam for this module is very different to the course material. Half the material didn't appear in the exam at all, the exam was mostly maths based.
|EC106 — Introduction to Quantitative Economics
||I feel like it was a really challenging module for people who haven't done economics before. Would have benefitted from an outline of specific course content in advance.
||The game theory section works well with IB104 although the game theory in this module doesn't seem greatly applicable.
||Go to the seminars and lectures and be prepared to do more of your own revision throughout the year.
||The ones the lecturers recommended were good.
||What we learnt in lectures didn't come up as much in the exam.
|EC303 — The British Economy in the Twentieth Century
||A comment on the amount of content for the module - there is a lot!
||Yes, particularly EC104 and EC313.
||Keep on top of the reading each week and make notes otherwise there is a lot to catch up on come exam-time.
||None really needed, everything is online or in the library easily available.
||Its a very interesting module but learning all the authors and information and essay planning can take up a LOT of revision time, so make sure you are ready for this.
|EC138 — Introduction to Environmental Economics
||GD104 - Economic Principles of Global Sustainable Development
||Ask for specific guidance on how to structure the assignment.
|EC208 — Industrial Economics 1: Market Structure
||Yes, EC202 (Microeconomics 2) as well as basically being an easy follow on from first year modules.
||Make sure you do past exam papers. Even though the content is very simple the questions asked about the content is much more difficult.
||None. The lecture notes are good enough
||Lots of people to ask for help if you need it.
|EC221 — Mathematical Economics 1B
||Start early and make sure you go to the tutorials!
||Would strongly recommend using resources beyond just the lecture notes.
|EC230 — Economics of Money & Banking
||You do not really need to do every reading.
||Yes, works very well with EC201 (Macroeconomics 2) and if you are planning a life in finance but you didn't take any WBS modules. Gives very good insight into the financial crisis.
||Keep up with the lectures, because they follow on from each other...so hard to keep up if you miss a few in a row.
|EC333 — Topics in Financial Economics: Theories and International Finance
||This module is very mathematical and rather difficult. You need to be truly interested into the subject matter. Material you can use to prepare for the exam is very limited.
||Do all the problem sets during the term and make sure that you actually understand them! Don't hesitate to go to office hours (seminar tutors) if you're unsure about anything. The assignment is A LOT of work. Don't wait too long.
||Only take it if you're really interested or if you need it for your later career.
|EC340 — Topics in Applied Economics (3a)
||The topics will vary wildly - some can be very maths/model based, and others more 'talkative' and paper-based.
||It would depend on the Topics, which vary year-to-year. I found the Culture/Psychology topic linked well to EC345, Behavioral Economics.
||Read and understand the key papers so when you come back to revise for the exam (which is 100%, no coursework), you don't have to re-learn everything from scratch. You only need to learn two of the three topics in-depth, but a working
knowledge of all the content is good.
||None - you can find them all online/in library.
||A REALLY interesting module, but be prepared for quite a bit of content that doesn't link together as the three topics will likely be very different. Also, there will be lots of paper-based content and learning studies etc.
|EN121 — Medieval to Renaissance English Literature
||It gives a good grounding in
||Old but gold: Do the reading. Even if it is in Middle English. And go to the language classes on Gawain - they are relatively helpful for understanding the text. There are also good translations online in the library, I recommend looking
over these BEFORE reading the original.
||Translations for Gawain and Chaucer - they provide you with reading packs for some of the reading. And also the Norton Anthology for the 15th and 16th century.
|EN206 — German and English Romanticism
||You have to translate a short, unseen passage from one of the German texts studied in the exam so if you only have A-level German, that might come as a shock.
||The reading list and topic overlaps with GE109 Aspects of German Culture in the Age of Enlightenment,GE207 German Culture in the Age of Revolution, GE432 The Self and Others I: Identity, Gender and Ethnicity in German Culture around 1800.
||Create a revision sheet or booklet for each text throughout the year, including term one, as all the texts from both terms could come up in the exam and you won't be able to cram over Easter, as you'll have a 5000 word essay to write.
||Find a good copy of the longer poems in an anthology - you can buy them individually on Amazon but they won't be printed to a good quality (i.e. it might not have line numbers, etc.)
||Just be aware of the workload.
|EN245 — The English Nineteenth-Century Novel
||I'd like to have been recommended for the 100% coursework assessment method. I feel like the course is better suited for essays and not an exam.
||Read one or two of the thicker novels in the summer
||Choose your assessment method carefully!
|EN304 - Twentieth-Century US Literature
||No module page was well laid out and all the information I needed to make a choice was there. Particularly liked the art work.
||There is a lot of reading to do; I found it helpful to keep up to date with the reading. It also helped in seminars.
||A lot of the texts were available from the library; I know this was useful to some students for whom cost was a factor.
||I really enjoyed the module. There is a real selection of interesting American literature moving through a time line of international historical events.
|EN328 - English Literature and Feminisms, 1790-1899
||No the module page had all the information I needed to make a decision on whether to take it or not.
||This module would sit well with the Victorian novel and romantic and Victorian poetry.
||There Is a lot of reading to this module and some of the novels are very lengthy. Keep up to date with your reading.
||Nothing until you decide on your essays. Then it's just secondary reading.
||As a mature student I found this module really interesting; it changed my views on middle class women writers.
|EN375 - Fiction Now: Narrative, Media and Theory in the 21st Century
||Would have been useful to know that some of the books/text will be given to you by the tutor (spent so so much on books).
||It is a mish-mash of modern books with no real links to each other so this module does not fit well with other modules.
||There is so much reading to do and most people do not do the reading. The tutor seemed to acknowledge that people were not reading the books, especially never the secondary texts.
||Try to borrow books from the library because you need all of the primary ones and ask tutor at beginning of term if they can let you know what they will give you, to save you from buying it.
||I'd advise you to read a few of the books so you can figure out if you would enjoy the module.
|ES177 — Aesthetics of Design
||That seminar work will be marked by the module leader.
||Lecture notes put up later in the year are most useful. Be sure to study all the
||Sktech book, Lots of sharp pencils , a RUBBER, a 30cm ruler- NOT A SHORT ONE.
||Drawing can be a nice release but also a pain. Long seminars but they aren't difficult. Your grade is very dependant on your group project!
|ES184 Mechanics, Structures and Thermodynamics
||The lectures for the Mechanics & Structures section are not representative of how hard the exam is going to be.
||ES183 Maths - centres of mass, moments of inertia, rotating bodies.
||Do all the problem sheets and both past papers.\n Watch lecture capture at double speed or at 1.5 if you need more understanding.
||KhanAcademy and the rest of YouTube are your best friends. YouTube examples of every concept because the examples in class are often trivial.\n MIT Open CourseWare has a bunch of material on their website and lectures on YouTube. Theoretically,
you could obtain your degree by learning through that. There's a TEDx talk by Scott Young who actually did that. It's worth looking up.
||You need to be responsible for your own education as you can't rely solely on the lecturing.
|FR117 — English & French Translation (for Erasmus Students)
||Be sure to prepare translations before every class.
||Read a lot in English in order to succeed.
|FR256 — The Right in France
||It would have been useful to take in first year MCF (although I don't think this exists anymore) or another French history module which covered the basics of the Vichy regime and the history of France. I initially struggled to understand
the concepts as I had no previous experience of French history/political modules but managed to get a better understanding throughout the course.
||Yes, with MCF, Representations of the Holocaust and general French language modules too as it covers important political points in France thought history and the current day too which helps in translation classes for example.
||It's useful to buy Shields book as this generally covers the whole module. Read the relevant chapters before the seminars so you have things to say and have a basic understanding before discussing it in depth. Reading the book allows you
to engage more and have more insightful questions.
||Shields book 'The Extreme Right in France'. Also keeping up to date with current French politics is useful as it changes a lot
|FR326 — Literatures of the Great War
||Nope everything is provided on the website.
||No, but it is a great stand alone module and you are provided with lots of information beforehand.
||Read early, there are lots and lots of books (one a week) although don't let this put you off because they are great works of literature you just need to be able to keep on top of it.
||There are plenty of resources online and in the library so don't worry about secondary reading but it is good to buy your own copy of the primary texts, which the lecturers have tried to keep cheap and easy to obtain and you'll probably
want to keep most of them in the end!
||The module is very strict in regards to referencing and the use of the right language, but it is a very rewarding module and gives you a much wider understanding and outlook on the great war from both French and English perspectives. It
is a literature module and a comparative one as well so a background and practise in writing these types of essays is important.
|FR331 - Violence, Religion and Revolt in Renaissance France
||There is a lot of work required by the individual in regards to reading research and analysis as this is often lacking in seminars which are used to read through texts discuss points of access or research and discuss the author's background.\nBe
prepared to learn facts and make sure you are willing to understand the complexity of the history surrounding the books, it is often good to have a background and interest in the subject beforehand.
||Not that I know of because many of the renaissance and early modern modules did not run when I was in second year. But I would imagine so.
||Get on the reading very early, take as many notes as you can and find out key critics and historians on this period, especially french ones as these will be important when you come to writing essays.
||The core course books, although most are available in the library.
||This is a heavy course load. Nevertheless, this is a really fascinating module for those who have an interest in the topic area, translation and philosophy.
|GE412 — The Writer and Imperial Germany
||It's very literature-heavy, compared to the other cultural modules.
||The workload is very heavy and you probably won't manage to read all the texts during term time unless you can find English copies.
||In my experience, the library does not have anywhere near enough copies of these books: Jakob von Gunten, Der Tod in Venedig, Von morgens bis mitternachts, Vor Sonnenaufgang. If you want a copy, get it early and read it quickly before
someone else requests it.
||You have to be really interested in literature to take this as an optional module. If it's your core module, just be prepared for the amount of reading.
|GE432 — The Self & Others Identity Gender & Ethnicity in German Culture around 1800
||The secondary literature is essential - I thought I could get by without reading it, but I really couldn't as I needed to understand key theories, etc.
||GE109 Aspects of German Culture in the Age of Enlightenment, EN206 Comparative Studies I: English and German Romanticism, and GE207 German Culture in the Age of Revolution.
||Read the books over Christmas if it's running in term 2 or over the summer if it's in term 1. No, really. That's the only way you'll actually have time to read the secondary literature during term-time.
||Ask the tutor for a photocopy of William der Neger before the start of term as he seems to have the only copy in existence, and it's in Gothic script, so it will probably take longer to read than the other books.
|HA1B4 — Painting Techniques
||No, all necessary information was provided in order to know what the module would cover
||This module fits in to almost every other module as materiality and artist techniques are an essential part of art historical knowledge. The module helps to understand the processes behind other artworks that are studied in other modules.
||Keep up with readings and ask if you don't understand the terminology.
||Books on artist techniques from the library as well as general books on the artists oeuvre will give you a rough idea of their personal choices
|HI275 - The British Problem: Empire, Conflict and National Identities 1558-1714
||Good overlap with a number of second and third year modules (especially those with Mark Knights.) European World also helps. Here the overlap is quite beneficial because it helps understand the period but it is unlikely to reduce the amount
of questions you can answer (due to having written about the same stuff in another module.)
||Workload is relatively low, doing your weekly reading and the formatives should be fine.
||This is a very traditional history module, top-down, covers 150 years through kings, queens, wars, revolutions etc. I liked this, it meant that the exam and essays focused on tangible questions about causes and consequences where there
was a good amount of secondary literature to work with but that is a personal decision.
|HI277 — Africa and the Cold War
||The level of complexity in comparison to others. It's challenging. Be wary of what other modules you take alongside it.
||Africa module in first year. Best taken with modules you are more familiar with
||Keep on top of the reading and find out historians' opinions not just context
||Westad Global Cold War
||Do reading in advance
|HI290 - History of Germany, from 1890 to today
||Some overlap with HI276. In general though I would recommend steering clear of overlap because of the rules about not reproducing content in assesssed work.
||It is very manageable, weekly reading is low to moderate. Only difficulty is three rather than the usual two formative essays. One needs to be done over Easter, the last one is due late in term two so it is good to start early because
by that point you should be focusing on summative work.
||Nothing is essential, you can get good overviews of this period of German history for pennies if used on Amazon.
||This is a traditional history module, quite top down because it covers a lot of ground (100 years+) rather than going into a particular period in detail. Personally I like this because it means essay/exam questions are on tangible issues
with a good body of secondary literature that can be engaged with but it is personal preference. Another positive is that the final formative is a mock exam which is helpful.
|HI31E — Stalinism in Europe 1928-1953
||Chris Read's Russian Revolution module.
||Weekly reading is very reasonable so do it, formatives are useful because they can be written on questions very close to those that will come up in the exam.
||Buy a core text or two, whichever are cheapest used.
||Great module, very interesting, fair questions which cover big historiographical debates that a lot of secondary literature can be engaged with in the process of answering.
|IB234 — Financial Reporting 2
||Not really, it provides a lot of information for students.
||Yes, along with generally the accounting modules.
||The workload in terms of exams is extremely tough, would definitely need a lot longer time on it compared to other modules sadly.
||Probably past experience as an accountant as there is so much work that it somewhat requires intuition to remember it rather than pure memorization.
||Consider deferring it despite losing out on a good option this year. The amount of effort required outweighs all other modules.
|IB235 — Finance 1: Financial Markets
||It does, but it repeats some of the information
||Prepare well for the test, it is hard!
||No textbook is really needed
|IB249 — Global Environment of Business
||The amount of readings that have to be done for exam.
||Do your seminar readings, otherwise you will suffer during exam period. Be sure to make notes. You'll need to be able to memorize around 11 different sources, be able to quote them, and understand the many topics in this module.
||None. It's all given
||Be proactive and answer seminar questions. Do the readings when you can and make sure you know them. Possibly ask lecturer to give examples of mark schemes or past examples given that there is so much to learn for such a broad topic.
|IB822 — Management of Change
||Yes, such as OB and HRM
||Mild to moderate
||Managing Organisational Change-- A Multiple Perspectives Approach 3rd.,2017. McGraw-Hill
|IB9FB — Business in Practice
||Would have benefitted from knowing what kind of academic lectures I will have and skill sessions in advance.
||On Simulation day, where you simulate being in a senior team, the scenario isn't always relevent to certain countries or occupations.
|IE921: Research Methods & Dissertation for Drama & Theatre Education
||Stand-alone due to focus on dissertation.
||Keep up to date with the readings each week. \nProduce a time frame of when you will complete each section of the dissertation by and stick to it.
||Library/Encore/Google Books provide most of the key texts.
||Have an idea of your topic of interest before the module to help guide your focus during the term.
|IE922:Drama for Creative Learning
||IE923: Drama & Literacy - both modules explore ways of using drama as a learning medium throughout the curriculum.
||Keep up to date with the readings each week to prepare for the assignment as you will also be working on your dissertation.
||Library/Encore/Google Books contain most of the key texts.
||Interesting exploration of alternative pedagogies.
|IE923 Drama and Literacy
||IE922: Drama for Creative Learning - both examine ways of using drama as learning medium within the curriculum.
||Read the readings before each session to get the most from the sessions.
||Library/Encore/Google Books contain most of the key texts.
||Theoretically demanding, would only recommend taking if you want to be a teacher.
|IE924: The Role of Story in Drama & Theatre Education
||Stands on its own as a performance-focused module.
||Limit rehearsal hours for the performance to 20 hours so you don't burn out.
||Library/Encore/Google books contain most of the key texts.
||Need to be physically fit in order to meet the demands of the performance.
|IE925: Drama & Theatre Studies in Theory & Practice
||Underlying theory for the rest of the course.
||Keep up to date with the readings each week to prepare for the assignment.
||Library/Encore/Google Books provides most key texts.
||Essential for this course.
|LA355 — Conflict of Laws in a Commercial Context
||It is a very technical module and one that needs constant attention (both lectures and seminars).
||As previously stated, attending lectures is obligatory as lecture capture only comes out after seminars and therefore it is hard to answer seminar questions.
||Just the textbook the lecturer recommends is enough.
|LF105 — Animal Anatomy and Histology
||More about how it would be examined.
||It's a good module for getting a base knowledge of anatomy and microscope skills. Found it very useful and would recommend to all
|MA222 — Metric Spaces
||Lots of definitions and proofs. It is similar in work style to an analysis module.
||Works well with Analysis 3 and Differentiation.
||Keep up with the definitions - there are a lot.
||Use the powerpoint lecture slides provided.
|MA250 — Partial Differential Equations
||Would have liked to have know we needed a good understanding of Jacobian etc. Also that this is an
||There were multiple areas of interlap with other modules but this became confusing as there were multiple methods used. Helpful/overlap was from mainly ODES and first year differentiation. To some extent variational principles helped.
||Would highly recommend doing any optional worksheets over the term.
||Would recommend reading the recommended text as you do the module. It is too long to use for revision.
|MA252 - Combinatorial Optimisation
||It's not as easy as it first looks but all the information is on powerpoints which are made available to you.
||It fits in well with Combinatorics MA241 that is taken the term before. If you have done any graph theory before (ie. decision maths at A level) this would be useful.
||Keep up with the powerpoints and make sure you understand everything. Keeping up with the definitions is very important as they are key to understanding many of the proofs.
||Use the powerpoints provided. Youtube proves to be useful for algorithms that you are confused with.
|MA254 — Theory of ODEs
||Yes. It links in well with MA250 Introduction to PDEs, and a number of core second year Maths modules.
||Do the weekly problem sheets, and go to the examples classes! As the module is entirely assessed by examination, it is easy to slip behind with the content and only go to the lectures. It is best to spend a couple of hours each week attempting
the problem sheet, then go to the examples classes to help your understanding.
||The recommended text: Hirsch, Smale, and Devaney, is very good and follows the course fairly closely. It is worth choosing modules such as Metric Spaces and core Maths modules such as Differentiation and Algebra I, as concepts from these
modules will be used at points.
||This is a really interesting and self-contained module demonstrating applications of much of the core content you have learned over the first two years of your degree. The emphasis is heavily on 'Theory' - expect many Theorems and proofs
rather than lots of example problems, but don't be deterred by this!
|PH140 — Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
||No, fairly straightforward module which the department webpage clearly explained.
||It would make a nice introduction to philosophy modules in later years, either specifically ancient philosophy modules or more general modules - the ideas expressed by the Greek philosophers studied in this module form the basis for many
ideas of later philosophers.
||Ensure you do the reading each week; allowing it to build up will make it much harder to see how the ideas of different philosophers interconnect.
||Nothing extra than the recommended reading and the extra reading online.
||While relatively challenging, it is very interesting and useful to expand one's broad philosophical understanding.
|PH362 — Hobbes and Rousseau
||The Moodle page suffices.
||It overlaps strongly with the second year module Political Theory.
||Knowledge of the primary texts is encouraged and makes substantiating points made in essays simpler, but secondary literature can also give some really compelling insights into the intentions and consistency of the writers. As this is
a wholly assessed module, you don't need to do the reading every week.
||Obviously the Discourse on Origins of Inequality (Rousseau) and Leviathan (Hobbes).
|PH372 — The Ethics of Sociability
||The Moodle page suffices.
||There are aspects of political theory which are covered in the course, in particular with regard to social rights.
||The workload is not too strenuous. As this is a wholly assessed module, it gives you the opportunity to focus on two topics rather than the whole course.
||The reading list is useful.
|PO132 — Contemporary Themes in Comparative Politics
||It has a few lectures on revolutions etc, so fits in well with Introduction to Politics
||Only 2 essays on this and the first is basically a subessay of the second
||The topics covered are all very contemporary and interesting - BREXIT, Arab Spring etc
|PO133 — Foundations of Political Economy
||Essay writing skills must be to a high standard.
||Fits in well with any outside economics modules.
||Get ahead with the reading and make sure you leave plenty of time to read for essays
|PO135 — Nine Ideas in International Security
||There is a different lecturer every week, therefore as a first year you do need to be used to the various ways in which lecturers lecture.
||You don't have to do reading for all of the nine ideas, pick a few you're most interested in based on essay questions and focus on them.
||Library website has more than enough resources.
||It is tough but very interesting and current.
|PO201 — Political Theory From Hobbes
||Political theory is very different to all other politics module. You need to put the hours into your reading and do all your formatives because that feedback is so essential given how different pol. theory essays are.
||Pol. Theory modules, especially PO301.
||Weekly reading is very high, try to do it all. It is worth reading the recommended parts of the primary texts but do so lightly to get a sense for the text, and save the main focus for the key secondary interpretations.
||Hampsher-Monk's History of Modern Political Thought.
||Do your formatives, this is very different to any module you have done before and essays have to be written differently so you need the practice and feedback.
|PO230 — States and Markets: An Introduction to International Political Economy
||Weekly reading is very heavy (although module co-ordinator has now changed) and it is challenging.
||Other political economy stream modules.
||Be disciplined, put in the hours to do the weekly reading and formatives, you will be glad you did at exam time. Do the compulsory reading every week, like, each reading. There is not a lot but the tutor usually will talk all about that.
||Module website has a few core texts, not essential but some can be secured very cheap online. Clift's textbook is quite good.
||The workload is higher than average and it also very challenging but the content is very interesting. First term is a lot of key thinkers rooted in a historical context, second term is contemporary issues. One product of the difficulty
is that there is the opportunity to produce high level work and get big marks. The traditional theorists' bit are more interesting than I thought, and the issued based topics are also good.
|PO301 — Issues in Political Theory
||Very different to PO201, much more accessible, focuses predominantly on very interesting contemporary questions.
||Follows from PO201, essay writing is similar.
||Weekly reading is low so do it, first few weeks are key because those thinkers can be applied to all the later issues. Missing a later week is much less problematic.
||Kymlicka and Swift's introductory texts.
||Do your formatives, this will be very different to any other modules you do so it is more important to get them done than in any other module.
|PO353 — Gender and Development
||No, I did the research and felt like I had a good enough grasp of what the module would be about beforehand.
||I took Politics of International Development in second year and there were definitely a lot of connections between the two. It provided a good stepping stone.
||If you know that you are going to do at least one summative essay, start to think about the topic quite early. Once the questions have been approved by the examiner, I would urge you to start thinking about what arguments you want to put
||There are enough electronic resources available online.
||Always be critical in your approach - that's what gets you the top marks.
|PO365 - Middle East Regional Relations
||I think the module page sufficed.
||Honestly, no - but this is not bad thing. If you are interested in Israel/Palestine then take this module. You do not need a background in IR to study it.
||The workload is more than average for a PAIS module by vitrue of its historical approach. In order to fully understand the significance of particular events and dates, one must have a working understanding of what the historical causes
are. I suggest revising thoroughly.
||Where you can, get to know which websites can provide reliable statistics on the conflict. Get to know which scholars are good value as well like Ilan Pappe, Neve Gordon, Norman Finkelstein.
||It is a very historical module - not much IR theory, and even less nationalism and Zionism. That doesn't mean you cannot bring in those insights if you wish.
|PO366 — Dissertation
||You don't need to know a question in September. Narrow down to a broad topic, find a tutor who will work with you, then collectively agree a title before November.
||Can be fitted to suit any other politics interests.
||Don't leave everything to Easter although understandably a lot will have to be done then. Keep doing a little every week so you can work through problems with your tutor.
||You have to be able to time manage but it is very rewarding to create a big piece of work that you can be proud of.
|PO382 — Vigilant State: Understanding Secret Intelligence
||I would have liked to know that the content would be focused a lot on the historical aspects on issues.
||I think it's a fairly unique module.
||The reading lists are pretty heavy. If you are struggling with what to read ask your seminar tutor. Mine used to send us weekly emails with specific readings that would be discussed within the seminar. This was very helpful as it meant
we did not waste our time doing readings that we wouldn't even be able to talk about.
||Don't buy the core textbook (unless you enjoy lugging heavy books around). A lot of the resources are available online.
||I really liked how the things we were discussing at the time were very current (FBI & Trump drama) and I could actually understand what was happening.
|PO391 — The Political Economy of Money
||The module website has not been updated, but still suffices.
||Not really within PAIS, but it is thoroughly interdisciplinary and does fit in very well with some philosophy and economics modules.
||The topics themselves do overlap somewhat. I suggest making a decision about which aspect of the course intrigues you the most - the finance, or the abstract questions that go with it. A working understanding of modern accounting and finance
is useful but don't get too stressed out by it if it seems complex. I suggest devoting more time to the topics covered in the second term.
||The reading list is extensive. This is also a module where material you can find which is up to date and with relevant statistics is invaluable.
||This is such an interesting module and at times it might seem haphazard and unstructured but by the end you should come away feeling that you have studied something which is both interesting and extremely relevant.
|PS201: Individual Differences
||No, the lecturers provided a fantastic reading list and resources for the course.
||Fits in well with social psychology (the attraction/relationship lectures)
||Definitely give two hours a week to do the reading!
||The Maltby text book is online so you don't need any other resources really
||It's highly organised and interesting! But, this years exam was quite hard so take it with this in mind.
|PS210: Language and Cognition
||Fits in with Social Psychology (the last two weeks on judgement and decision making)
||Quite light workload, but you do have to make sure you thoroughly get your head round all of the theory and papers
||Just the given texts and then whatever stems your interest - YouTube is quite good also for looking at the studies and results
||Quite a hard exam and some may find the models difficult to understand
|PS211: Perception, Planning and Action
||The workload for this module is quite high - the second half requires in depth knowledge so don't neglect the recommended resources on the webpage or watching the lectures over again! In the first half there is a lot of knowledge and not
too much reading.
||Those outlined on the moodle page.
||The second half is tough (particularly for the coursework) so make sure you watch over the lectures again and fully understand the concepts. This part of the exam will be testing understanding NOT memory. The first half is easier to understand
but there is a lot of information; just make sure your revise thoroughly.
|PX274 — Experimental Particle Physics
||Follows on from first year particle physics but does not necessarily build on it.
||The typed notes are very vast but in a lot of detail and are clear and helpful. Would recommend reading whilst actually attending the course instead of saving for revision material.
||His online notes are more than adequate.
||If you are attentive to what the lecturer says around what they write you can form a very coherent set of notes. There is arguably more content in this module than the CAT's make out, it is not difficult per se but there is a lot to remember.
|SO247 - Relationship and Family Change: Demographic and Sociological Perspectives
||There were no weekly presentation slides to refer to or write notes against. Just a hand out with topic subtitles and suggested reading list. Bear this in mind for writing assignment or revising for exams.
||Not that I found
||Be very organised with your own notes and record lectures if possible.
||Much of the reading material is outdated, or hard to track down even though it is supposed to be available through library link.
||It helps if you are passionate about the subject pre-module.
|ST202 — Stochastic Processes
||Lack of quality resources (lecture notes/slides).
||Acts as a prerequisite for third year modules.
||Do your own preparation, don't rely on lecturer to understand everything.
||Markov Chains by Norris and Wilfred Kendall's notes made in 2003.
|ST222: Games, Decisions and Behaviour
||It brings together probability theory, decision theory and game theory, so there is some overlap with other modules on these topics.
||Read around the topics using the resources and links provided, and attempt problem sheets during the term even if they are not assessed.
||No text is needed. However reading some of the references is good to improve your understanding. Most books are in the library.
||This module is a great experience because it brings together various theoretical perspectives to create models that are useful in real life situations. Don't be put off by the apparently disjointed organisation of material, or the fact
that this isn't an important prerequisite for further modules. It is still a very interesting and rewarding module that sparks many further questions.