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ED1057: WHAT MAKES US HUMAN? 1A (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course is designed to explore what it is to be human and why an understanding of this is important in helping understand the world in which children live and grow up. It provides a range of perspectives outwith education including Archaeology, Genetics, Anthropology and Religious Studies.  Students will consider where and when humans first came into being and the balance between our biology and environment in terms of defining who we are;  the creation of our identity as people and how children learn to negotiate this as part of their every day being.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Aloyise Mulligan

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
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What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • ED1047 What Makes us Human (Studied)
  • ED1054 What Makes us Human 1 (Studied)
  • ED1065 The Child in Society - Personal and Social Development (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

At the heart of this course are considerations of the ways in which ideas of gender, power relations, belief and family structures contribute to how we understand what it is to be human and the impact of such understandings on the ways in which people develop as human beings and how they are treated in society.

Further Information & Notes

This course is only available to those students on programmes offered by the School Education (i.e. MA (Honours) Education, BMus, PGDE).

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: This involves a 2,000 word essay which has the following specific requirements:

  • Demonstrates understanding of issues of What Makes us Human?
  • Demonstrates the contribution of different influences in the development of ideas by a range of relevant references to the course reader and other academic texts.
  • Makes reference to lectures and tutorial discussions.
  • Offers reasoned conclusions about the experiences of being human.
Resit: Resubmission of failed criteria within 2,000 word essay.

Formative Assessment

Formative Assessment instrument - Mind map and written reflection on selected tutorial discussion equivalent to 1,000 words:

Students will invited to select one tutorial discussion as a starting point of a mind map supported by a written reflection. The mind map should identify the pathway of the argument/discussion, and the written reflection should be organised through the use of Thinking Hats methodology (de Bono).


In sufficient time to be able to be used by students to improve their work: (Formative feedback within 2 weeks of submission; summative feedback within 4 weeks of submission).

Appropriate and relevant feedback to help students to understand where they have both gained and lost marks, and how to improve their mark.

Face to face meetings between tutors and students who have failed.

Course Learning Outcomes


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