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Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities

The Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities Foundation course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge you need to study one of UEA's prestigious arts and humanities degrees.

The Schools of Study at UEA teach thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate students each year across the four faculties of our campus in Norwich.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities.

If you haven’t already, check out our School pages on the UEA website.

In the meantime, don’t forget to Register Online to get access to your timetable once it becomes available, and log in to Blackboard our virtual learning environment.

Once you have registered online you will also need to attend a registration event (unless you are an undergraduate home student living in UEA accommodation, since you are registered automatically when you pick up your room keys).

  1. Welcome!

    It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities. The Institute is passionately committed to what we see as exciting and pioneering programmes, designed to support you in the realisation of your ambitions and to enable you meet your full potential.

    Home to a range of interdisciplinarity approaches to study we encourage creativity, innovative thinking, and the ability to connect and understand complex ideas about human experience.

    You will be part of a distinct and supportive learning community. All of the staff within the Institute are here to help you so whether you need advice on coursework, study skills, or simply adapting to university life, come and find us on Floor 0 of the Arts building. We are really pleased to have you with us and look forward to getting to know you.

    Rowena Burgess

    Head of School

    Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities

Please take a look at your induction programme below. Consult your schedule via e:Vision to find out the location of the event.

Visiting students can access your Induction Programme via your timetable, which is available once you register online.

All Foundation Year students will have a group adviser session with their adviser. Please check your timetables for details.

23 Sep 12:00 - 13:00
Head of Institute Welcome
An introduction to the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities (IIH) by the Head of School Rowena Burgess. A chance to meet staff and fellow students and hear more about UEA, IIH and the support we provide for our students.

23 Sep 15:00 - 16:00
Group Advising Meetings
A chance to meet with your academic adviser as part of a group and find out more about how the advising system works.

23 Sep 16:00 - 18:00
Pizza and Quiz Social
An opportunity to join other students and staff for pizza and a light hearted quiz. Members of the Student Union will also be available to help deal with any queries you have. 

24 Sep 11:00 - 12:00
Language Modules Information Talk
This talk is compulsory for those who intend to study a language in the Autumn Semester. The talk will provide further information about studying a language as part of the Foundation Year.

24 Sep 12:00 - 13:00
Course Director Talk
An introduction to the themes and opportunites of the Humanities Foundation Year, led by Course Director Dr Beccy Collings.

25 Sep 09:30 - 11:00
Optional: Media Suite and TV Studio Introduction
A tour and introduction to the Media Suite and TV Studio which are part of the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities but are used by students from across the Faculty. Join Sean and the technical team for a tour followed by an introductory talk about how you can get involved in using the facilities and equipment for filming, podcasting and other media related activities. Booking is essential; use our online form

25 Sep 11:00 - 13:00
Languages Fair
Come and visit the Languages Fair in the TPSC Foyer!
Open to all UEA students, the Daytime Language Programme offers you the unique opportunity to take a module outside of your degree as a ‘non-credit student’. As long as the timetable is compatible with your own, you can choose to study any of our languages in a variety of levels.
Free language offer - PPL students and first year Undergraduate students in the schools of History, LDC, AMA and IIH can take one module per semester free of charge.

25 Sep 11:00 - 12:30
Optional: Media Suite and TV Studio Introduction
A tour and introduction to the Media Suite and TV Studio which are part of the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities but are used by students from across the Faculty. Join Sean and the technical team for a tour followed by an introductory talk about how you can get involved in using the facilities and equipment for filming, podcasting and other media related activities. Booking is essential; use our online form

25 Sep 14:00 - 15:30
Optional: Media Suite and TV Studio Introduction
A tour and introduction to the Media Suite and TV Studio which are part of the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities but are used by students from across the Faculty. Join Sean and the technical team for a tour followed by an introductory talk about how you can get involved in using the facilities and equipment for filming, podcasting and other media related activities. Booking is essential; use our online form

25 Sep 17:00 - 19:00
Optional UEA Music Welcome Event
UEA Music Centre is holding a Welcome gathering for new students on Wednesday 25 September from 5-6.30pm in the Strode Concert Room (MUS 0.28), UEA Music Centre. If you are interested in finding out about musical facilities, ensembles and events at UEA, please come along. The event is free to attend and open to all.

25 Sep 18:00 - 20:00
Optional Film Screening - Growing Up Married
Growing Up Married is an internationally acclaimed documentary which focuses on the stories of child brides recollecting their memories as adults. About the filmmaker: Dr Eylem Atakav is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies and Associate Dean (International) at the University of East Anglia, where she teaches courses on women and film; women, Islam and media; and Middle Eastern media.

25 Sep 02:00PM - 03:30PM
Module Enrolment Help Drop In Session
Please drop in if you need help with enrolling on Autumn or Spring Modules or if you just need to use a computer to do this.

26 Sep 13:00 - 14:00
Mature Students Lunch (Optional)
This event is optional and aimed at mature students (those aged 21 and above). This will be a chance to meet with other mature students within the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities.

26 Sep 14:00 - 16:00
Student Support Drop In
Students with disabilities at UEA are able to access a range of support services and may be entitled to reasonable adjustments or assessment adjustments that will remove or reduce barriers to studying at the University.  Students with disabilities, or those students who think they may otherwise be eligible for adjustments, should access the information available on the New Students website (https://portal.uea.ac.uk/new-students/undergraduates/students-with-disabilities).  Adjustments cannot be approved without completing the forms available on this website, so it is vital that students complete these documents and submit the required evidence as soon as they can.  If you are struggling with the form, or have questions about the process and whether you would be eligible for adjustments, then this session is designed to help you.  Mark Walmsley (the Disabilities Liaison Officer) and Mark Hobbs (the Senior Adviser) will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the process and can help you to submit your substantiating evidence to student support services. 

26 Sep 11:00AM - 13:00PM
Key Concepts Group Activity
In this workshop session you will explore aspects of the theoretical and analytical approaches you will use in the early weeks of the core Key Concepts Module.

27 Sep 09:30 - 11:00
Optional: Media Suite and TV Studio Introduction
A tour and introduction to the Media Suite and TV Studio which are part of the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities but are used by students from across the Faculty. Join Sean and the technical team for a tour followed by an introductory talk about how you can get involved in using the facilities and equipment for filming, podcasting and other media related activities. Booking is essential; use our online form

27 Sep 11:00 - 12:30
Optional: Media Suite and TV Studio Introduction
A tour and introduction to the Media Suite and TV Studio which are part of the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities but are used by students from across the Faculty. Join Sean and the technical team for a tour followed by an introductory talk about how you can get involved in using the facilities and equipment for filming, podcasting and other media related activities. Booking is essential; use our online form

27 Sep 14:00 - 15:30
Optional: Media Suite and TV Studio Introduction
A tour and introduction to the Media Suite and TV Studio which are part of the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities but are used by students from across the Faculty. Join Sean and the technical team for a tour followed by an introductory talk about how you can get involved in using the facilities and equipment for filming, podcasting and other media related activities. Booking is essential; use our online form

IIH Student Site

This will be available once you have registered and can be accessed using the instructions below:

  • Go to portal.uea.ac.uk
  • Select BLACKBOARD from the three orange buttons towards the top of the screen
  • Type in your UEA username and password, and select Sign In
  • At the top right of the screen select IIH Student Site

Get a Buddy

buddy(su) is a befriending programme run by the Students' Union to help you settle into uni life. They are a friendly face on campus and can help you with living away from home and figuring out how UEA and your School work.

You can find information on signing up on the Student Union website.

This is a list of books to help prepare you for undergraduate study in the foundation year.

We think you will find them useful, stimulating and diverse introductions to the disciplines you will be studying and the skills needed to do well in your degree.

The core text for the compulsory module – Humanities: The Key Concepts 

Storey, John. (2018) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction, 8th Edition. (Oxon and New York: Routledge) (ISBN 978-0-415-78663-8)


Students taking the module “Creative Industries”

Hesmondhalgh, David, The Cultural Industries, 3rd Edition, (London: Sage, 2013). (ISBN 978-1446209264); and the website of the UK Creative Industries Council: http://www.thecreativeindustries.co.uk/uk-creative-overview

 

The following books are linked to the modules you will take in the Spring semester

Students taking the module “History and Society”

Harvie, Christopher, and Colin Matthew, Nineteenth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000). (ISBN 978-0192853981)

Students taking the module “What is Politics?”

Geoghegan, Vincent, and Rick Wilford, Political Ideologies, 4th Edition, (London: Routledge, 2014). (ISBN 978-0-415-61817-5); also recommended is a weekly Sunday newspaper such as The Observer.

Students taking the module “Literature and the Humanities”

Eaglestone, Robert, Doing English: A Guide for Literature Students, 4th Edition, (London: Routledge, 2017). (ISBN 978-0415284233)

Students taking the module “Introduction to Visual Cultures”

Bordwell, David, Film Art: An Introduction, (New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2017).*

Hall, James, Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art, (London: Murray, 1979).*

*Any edition of these books is acceptable

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