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Interdepartmental (ELCS) Modules

The School’s ELCS (European Languages, Culture and Society) modules introduce students to a broad comparative, interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches to the humanities in modules which complement those followed in language-specific departments. All ELCS modules are taught by the School’s academic staff and Teaching Fellows and most comprise both core lectures and small group seminars. Interdepartmental in scope, the modules develop analytical skills and cultural competences that complement those taught in the School’s six Departments. The range of topics typically includes:

  • Literature, Film, Linguistics and History as core areas of the SELCS curriculum. The focus is predominantly European but other geo-cultural areas which have links with European traditions (e.g. areas and cultures of North Africa and South America) are also considered;
  • Historical periods and cultural movements such as the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Realism, Decadence, Modernity and Modernism, and Postmodernism;
  • Topics related to philosophy, cultural studies, theoretical enquiry, a wide variety of literary genres and other forms of cultural and visual representation are also studied.

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 students from outside SELCS and affiliates from Europe and beyond, meet and exchange ideas.

There are three types of ELCS modules, First Year, Intermediate and Advanced.

ELCS1* and ELCS6* modules (First Year and Intermediate) are taught in the form of one core lecture and one of a number of small-group seminars per week over one term. Students must attend all lectures and the seminar group to which they are allocated. ELCS4* modules (Advanced) are taught in the form of weekly two-hour seminars over one term. Attendance is compulsory.

First Year ELCS Modules

ELCS1*** are core, introductory first year modules, reserved predominantly for SELCS first year students.

ELCS 2016-17 modules

Intermediate ELCS Modules

Intermediate ELCS modules are designed for SELCS second-year students, SELCS  affiliate students and students from outside of SELCS. Please contact Karin and Jo at for details.

Each module comprises 20 hours of tuition - 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminar - 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.

SELCS students are allowed to take one of the SSEES cross-cultural modules listed below in place of an ELCS module (this option is not available to SELCS affiliates).

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 2016-17 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.