University of Plymouth launches new school and multi-disciplinary approach

Students at the school of society and culture will be able to take modules from other disciplines

The University of Plymouth is launching a new school and multi-disciplinary degree design.

A new school of society and culture will open on 9 October, offering students access to “a reimagined” set of courses across the social sciences, law, humanities and performing arts.

The school will offer students hands-on learning by building on the university’s partnerships with local organisations – art gallery/museum The Box and Theatre Royal Plymouth will engage students in practical learning across English, creative writing, history, drama, acting, musical theatre and music, while HMP Exeter will offer learning experiences to students interested in criminology, and a new on-campus community law clinic will allow students to use their skills to support those most in need in the region.

In addition, students will be able to personalise their courses thanks to innovative degree design letting second years “swap in” modules from across the school’s 17 disciplines: for example, a module in drama for a creative writing student, or a a politics module for a law student.

“Our degrees give you experience of using your studies in the real world by getting hands-on in the community and with industry partners throughout your degree, ensuring you graduate with experience that sets you apart,” said Professor Annika Bautz (pictured), head of the school of culture and society.

“Studying with us also means you have the opportunity to follow your passions and explore what really inspires and motivates you.

“Empowering you to choose modules across multiple subjects takes this further, enabling you to follow your passions and experience the relevance of your subject skills in solving problems across disciplines. In the School, we offer breadth and depth, with a dedicated team of academics and practitioners who get to know our students by name. By focusing on the impact our disciplines can have in the real world – and giving students genuine experience of putting this into practice – we are supporting the next generation of change-makers and showing the value of these critical subjects to society.”

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