Ruskin modules

Ruskin modules are an exciting innovation in ARU’s curriculum to give our students an additional edge in the workplace.

Ruskin modules bring together students from different courses to tackle ‘wicked’ challenges. With no single answer, wicked challenges enable students to explore solutions outside their discipline and offer the opportunity to take different perspectives, develop innovative thinking, and creative problem-solving skills that the jobs of the future demand.

Read a blogpost about developing Ruskin modules.

This is a selection of the exciting Ruskin modules which most* of our Level 4 students will be able to choose from.

*Please check with your Course Leader if your course is accredited by a Professional Statutory Regulatory Body (PSRB) such as the GOC, GMC, HCPC, NMC or SWE.

AI and the Future: a threat to humanity?

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AI and the future: a threat to humanity?

How can we ensure that the values of AI are aligned with our own? What ethical principles should we programme AI with? How can we ensure that it benefits our lives? And what effects will it have on our lives, both in the workplace and in the home?

Can we design a better future?

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Can we design a better future?

The big challenges of our contemporary societies require new and different approaches based on creativity and imagination. This module applies methods and techniques for problem solving. Based on an interdisciplinary approach it brings together elements from creative arts, culture and sociology, systems and management converging in the Design Thinking methodology.

Climate Justice and Social Inequality: Could you be an agent for change?

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Climate justice and social inequality: could you be an agent for change?

What does racism have to do with the environment? Will climate change affect us all equally? In this module, you will learn about some of the links between climate change and inequality, and how we can all become agents for change.

Digital Accessibility: Why should it matter to you?

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Digital accessibility: why should it matter to you?

We live and work in a digital world – and we produce digital content with moral and legal obligations to ensure that content is accessible. This module asks what it means to exclude differently abled individuals. We will look at the contradictions and compromise to balance usability and accessibility, and consider digital skills and brand.

Do I matter?

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Do I matter?

How do you articulate who you are when bound by knots of frustrated emotion? In this module we will consider who we are, exploring our identities from a range of perspectives from culture and art, to psychology and philosophy. We will develop a polymathic perspective to empower, assert, include and accept and come to better know ourselves.

Do numbers lie?

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Do numbers lie?

We live in an age of ‘communicative abundance’. Almost everything you are told will be biased in some way - this is even more true where numbers are concerned. Chances are that the numbers with which you are presented have been manipulated to influence you. How can you tell? What can you do?

Do we need humans as teachers?

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Do we need humans as teachers?

Our understanding of how humans learn evolves constantly. We will draw on philosophy and sociology to consider notions of knowledge transfer versus the fostering of enquiring minds and the limits and capabilities of technology in humans’ learning. Finally, we will consider how the role of teachers and technology in the future might promote inclusive, equitable education for all and reduce societal inequalities.

Does language affect the way I think?

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Does language affect the way I think?

Language is integral to how we think and act. In this module you will examine how language can be used to shape ideas and the future; its dangers and misuse; our own personal inner language; the link between words and concepts; and whether we feel differently depending on the language we speak.

How do you disagree with the majority view and still be respected?

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How do you disagree with the majority view and still be respected?

With the growing incidence of cancel culture in the digital social space, this module explores the alternate narrative. You will discover the contradictory, complicated and often complementary nature of the multicultural communities we live in locally, regionally, nationally, and globally whilst providing a safe space to explore difficult themes which are often avoided for fear of inadvertently being impolite or politically incorrect.

How would you respond in a crisis situation?

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How would you respond in a crisis situation?

When a serious incident or a crisis occurs the way in which we react and work together is essential. Learn from professionals how a large, interdisciplinary investigation is undertaken and reflect upon how your skills would be important in such an investigation.

Is technology changing us?

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Is technology changing us?

Neil Dixon, Learning Technologist at Anglia Ruskin University, explains in a 60-second seminar about the Ruskin module he is leading: Is technology changing us?

Performing Activism: How can we use our bodies for change?

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Performing activism: how can we use our bodies for change?

Education tends to focus on the mind rather than the body, neglecting a source of change and innovative ideas. Body intelligence is developed by bringing together politics, history, social sciences and performing arts to offer a practical approach to activism, protest and performance. Through a close look at performance, you'll understand leadership and agency of your actions.e to better know ourselves.

To be or not to be enterprising?

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To be or not to be enterprising?

In this module you will learn about Enterprise Education and how you can develop the abilities, skills and competencies that will give you the lifelong skills to succeed in your education, employment and life.

What does social justice in the twenty first century mean?

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What does social justice in the 21st century mean?

According to some of our much-loved films we should all be worrying about Terminators coming back from the future, aliens who are sensitive to noise and flying cars... but in reality can we even say we have social justice in our society? It is the year 2021 and we are still arguing about rights, justice and freedom for all. Why do you think that is?

What's the real price tag on fashion?

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What's the real price tag on fashion?

Clothing is a necessity for protecting us against the elements, however, the majority of clothing is purchased as a luxurious item for self-expression/image, for fashion or to meet societal expectations. You will take a journey to explore your role as a Global Citizen from the perspective of your personal approach, reflecting and evaluating your consumption and its impact.

Where do you belong in this city?

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Where do you belong in this city?

Who are you in a place? What does architecture have to do with linguistics, and literature with life science? In this module we will explore the layers of cities and how they might shape the way we see ourselves.

Who, me? Make a difference in my community?

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Who me? Make a difference in my community?

We all live as part of various communities. Many of these communities face issues which impact negatively on their quality of life. We often feel powerless to help change things for the better – but we can! This module will show you how communities can organise to make change.

Why all the fuss over hair?

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Why all the fuss over hair?

Ubiquitous, regulated, personalised, controversial, commercial, hair represents a complex and fascinating feature of our human experience. Whether discussing the punishments associated with its display or the impact of its products on the environment, hair is more than just a covering for our heads. This module encourages you to dig deep, research, play and create as we grapple to answer why there is so much controversy over hair.

Work: what is it good for?

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Work: what is it good for?

The boundaries between work and home have become increasingly permeable, with both positive and negative consequences. Although these problems may seem contemporary it is possible to trace similar shifts and anxieties over the centuries. Explore work through the ages – from the Garden of Eden to Amazon and Uber.