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Undergraduate Course: Living and Learning in Britain (LLLJ07016)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5
SummaryLiving and Learning in Britain will allow students to apply practical study skills and deeper skills of reflection and self-evaluation using British culture and identity as a medium for their learning. It will give students the tools to effectively adjust to life and study in Britain
Course description Living and Learning in Britain will give students the tools to effectively adjust to life and study in Britain. Teaching will be organized around a number of British culture themed units in topics such as class, politics, religion and gender. The themed units will be delivered in a series of three to four week blocks, each incorporating lectures, study skills workshops, educational visits, student led seminars and writing of their reflective learning logs (see assessment).

This course will run through the entire programme, providing continuity for students. Students will be exposed to a diverse range of assessment methods, including self, peer and tutor assessment, which will aid their transition into undergraduate study.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, External Visit Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 87 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 20 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) E-portfolio: 40%
Take-home essay exam: 30%
Seminar: 30%
Assessment 1 (40%)
Reflective E-portfolio
(Peer and tutor assessed final submission at the end of the course)

Assessment 2(30%)
Take-home essay exam
(Tutor assessed in term 3)

Assessment 3 (30%)
Student led seminar
(Peer, self and tutor assessed)
Feedback Students will receive formative peer and tutor feedback on their e-portfolios in a feed forward exercise on a fortnightly basis.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify and critique a number of cultural and social aspects specific to living in Britain and compare with their native cultures
  2. Identify and apply appropriate study skills to become effective learners then evaluate their own learning to reflect on changes in attitude and practice
  3. Become familiar with a range of assessment methods, peer and self-assessed work and participation; organize and manage study time effectively to meet deadlines
  4. Demonstrate interrelated knowledge and skills by reflecting on ability and achievement; identify and demonstrate effective communication in presentations and group discussions
  5. Use comments and feedback effectively to redraft and improve work
Reading List
Indicative Reading List
A history of Britain: the complete collection. 2006. [DVD] UK: BBC. (Presented by Simon Schama)
A history of Scotland. 2010. [DVD] UK: BBC (Presented by Neil Oliver)
Abercrombie, N. And Ward, A, and et al (2000) Contemporary British society, Oxford: Blackwell.
Andrew Marr¿s history of modern Britain. 2009. [DVD] UK: BBC.
Devine, T. and Logue, P, eds., 2002. Being Scottish. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Devine, T., 2006. The Scottish nation. London: Penguin
Lynch, M., 2007. Scotland: a new history. London: Pimlico.
McGarvey, N. and Cairney, P., 2008. Scottish politics: an introduction. Houndmills, Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan.
Oakland, J., 2011. British civilization: an introduction. 7th ed. Oxon: Routledge.
Storry, M., Childs, P., 2013. British cultural identities. 4th ed. Oxon: Routledge.
Wright, T., 2003. British politics: a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMs Kate Mchugh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1589
Course secretaryMr Benjamin Mcnab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832
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