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Interdepartmental (ELCS) Modules

The School’s ELCS (European Languages, Culture and Society) modules introduce students to a broad interdisciplinary or intercultural approach to the humanities. In 2015-16, the School offers a wide portfolio of some 75 to 85 ELCS modules, taught by the School’s academic staff and Teaching Fellows. Interdepartmental in scope, the modules develop analytical skills that complement those taught in the School’s six Departments. The range of topics typically includes:

  • Philosophy, film, history, linguistics, literature and literary genres such as poetry, novel, comic tales and the short story;
  • Historical periods and cultural movements such as the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Realism, Decadence, Modernity and Modernism, and Postmodernism;
  • Music, museum cultures, documentaries and other forms of cultural representation;
  • Racism, gender, colonialism, post-colonialism, mass culture and other contemporary issues.

All modules are taught in English and assessment is based on materials exclusively in English. Students are, however, encouraged to read texts or study other materials when possible in the original language and to contribute to class discussion in the light of their specialist knowledge of a language or languages and the cultures associated with them. With this in mind, each ELCS module provides a forum in which students and staff of different departments, including ones from outside SELCS and affiliates from Europe and beyond, meet and exchange ideas.

There are two types of ELCS module, advanced and intermediate.

Intermediate ELCS Modules

Currently, intermediate ELCS modules are designed for first- and second-year SELCS undergraduates and SELCS affiliate students. Places may also become available to affiliates and UCL students from outside SELCS; please contact Karin and Jo at for details.

Each module comprises 20 hours of tuition, taught usually either in Term 1 or Term 2, and is worth 0.5 UCL cu credit (4 US credits; 7.5 ECTS). Most modules follow one of SELCS's standard forms of assessment.

In 2016-17, substantial changes will be made to the ELCS teaching provision. The information contained in these webpages is only valid for the current academic year 2015-16.

SELCS students are allowed to take one of the SSEES cross-cultural modules listed below in place of an ELCS module.

Advanced ELCS Modules

Advanced ELCS modules are designed for final-year SELCS undergraduates.

Each module comprises 20 contact hours of tuition, taught usually in either Term 1 or Term 2, and is worth 0.5 UCL cu credit (4 US credits; 7.5 ECTS). Most modules follow one of SELCS’s standard forms of assessment.

ELCS 2015-2016 module options

Some Advanced ELCS modules are available to MA students. The latter follow the same classes as undergraduate students but in addition attend additional seminars run exclusively for them. They take a different form of assessment from undergraduate students. Please contact the SELCS Postgraduate Office for advice.