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A-Z list of all open units in 2014/15

Please note: you are viewing unit and programme information for a past academic year. Please see the current academic year for up to date information.

Open units are units which are outside of a student's subject discipline(s) that are available in many undergraduate programmes (subject to space and timetabling constraints). Typically these units are interdisciplinary and do not have any pre- or co-requisites. Single honours undergraduate students are normally able to choose up to 20 credit points of open units.

The University has developed a number of thematic, interdisciplinary "Bristol Futures" open units which deal with issues and themes of current importance. Details of these units are available here including video trailers for some of the units. Specific details about each unit is available below. The Bristol Futures optional units are:

City Futures: Migration, Citizenship, and Planetary Change
Creative Futures: Tools for Changing the World
Decolonise the Future!
Science of Happiness
Sustainable Development
Understanding global problems using data: inequality, climate change and the economy

The open units scheme also includes the University Wide Language Programme units. Details of these are available here as well as specific information about each unit below.

It is possible that open units appearing on this list will be unavailable if capacity has been taken up by students taking it as an optional unit.

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
A Consumer Revolution: The Rise of Consumer Culture in Britain (Level I Lecture Response) HIST25004 20
AVDASI 1 - Aerospace Vehicle Systems Introduction AENG10001 10
Academic Listening and Speaking LANG10007 10
Academic Reading and Writing LANG10008 10
Advanced English Language Studies LANG14011 20
Advanced Legal and Socio-Legal Research Methods LAWDM0084 20
American Art: Art and Identity (Lecture Response Unit) HART30026 20
American Fiction that Matters: US Writing in 'The American Century' MODL23012 20
Analysis in Management EFIM10003 20
Anguish in Eden: Foundations of American Prose Writing MODL23011 20
Animated Film DRAM23137 20
Approaches to Poetry ENGL10026 20
Approaches to Shakespeare ENGL10027 20
Approaches to the study of Political Science POLI11104 20
Architecture and Urbanism HART20019 20
Art and Memory (Level H Lecture Response Unit) HART30041 20
Art in Russia and the Soviet Union (Lecture Response Unit) HART30025 20
Arts Students Count AFAC10004 20
Atheism THRS30050 20
Atheism THRSM0107 20
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
Big Ideas in Science CHEM10001 20
Biology 1A: Diversity of Life BIOL11000 40
Biology 1B: Life Processes BIOL12000 40
Biophysics and Molecular Life Sciences I BIOCM0008 20
Biophysics and Molecular Life Sciences II BIOCM0009 20
Brazilian Portuguese Level 2 Grade 2 LANG20003 20
Brazilian Portuguese Level 2 Grade 2 LANG20004 20
Brazilian Portuguese for General Purposes Level 1 Grade 1 LANG10005 20
British Prehistory ARCH12011 20
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
Cancer Biology PANMM0014 20
Cardiovascular Research PHPHM0005 20
Catalan Language (Elementary) MODL23014 20
Charles Dickens ENGLM3019 20
Chekhov on the World Stage RUSS20014 20
Children in Society I: An introduction SOWK10001 20
Children in Society II: Children and Contemporary Society SOWK10002 20
Classics of European Cinema MODL10010 20
Comedy CLAS12370 20
Communist Worlds HIST30019 20
Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction POLI11103 20
Comparative World Archaeology ARCH10003 20
Comparative and International Social Policy SPOL10014 20
Computational Bioinformatics COMS30003 10
Conservation Biology BIOL20401 10
Contemporary British Cinema MODL30007 20
Contemporary British Theatre DRAM30053 20
Contemporary Ethics THRS10044 20
Contemporary Ethics THRS20194 20
Contemporary European Cinema MODL10009 20
Contemporary Hollywood Cinema DRAM33127 20
Contemporary Russia through the Media RUSS10034 20
Contemporary Writing ENGL10016 20
Convincing stories? Numbers as evidence in the social sciences UNIV10002 20
Core Physics I:Mechanics and Matter PHYS10006 20
Creative Technology Project COMSM0014 40
Criminology SPOL21010 20
Criminology SPOL30010 20
Critical Reasoning PHIL10030 10
Czech Language (Elementary) MODL23015 20
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
Death, Doctors and Disease (Level H Lecture Response Unit) HIST30025 20
Developmental and Cellular Physiology of the Specialised Cell PHPH20010 20
Dissertation BIOCM0005 60
Documentary Histories and Practices DRAM23135 20
Doing Social Research SOCI10005 20
Dostoevsky RUSS30063 20
Drugs and Society SPOL30011 20
Drugs and Society SPOL21011 20
Dynamics of Networks EMATM0008 10
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
Education and Society SPOL30028 20
Education and Society SPOL20020 20
Education, Schooling and Diversity SPOL10015 20
Engineering Physics EMAT10005 20
English for Academic Purposes - Part 1 (Science and Engineering) LANG10002 10
English for Academic Purposes - Part 2 (Science and Engineering) LANG10003 10
Environment Earth EASC10004 20
Environmental Geoscience 1 EASC10002 40
Environmental Imperialism (Level I Lecture Response Unit) HIST20048 20
European Crime Fiction MODL30014 20
European Foreign Policy SPAI30022 20
Exiles and Migrants in German Literature GERM30058 20
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
Film Criticism DRAM33128 20
Film and TV Comedy DRAM23122 20
Film and Television Histories DRAM23123 20
Food: a Global History (Level H Lecture Response Unit) HIST30027 20
French for Business FREN30095 20
French for General Purposes Level 1 Grade 2 (post GCSE) LANG12022 20
French for General Purposes Level 1 Grade 3 (post A'Level) LANG13022 20
French for Specific Purposes Level 2 Grade 1 LANG21022 20
French for Specific Purposes Level 2 Grade 2 LANG22022 20
Further Qualitative Methods SPOLM0017 20
Further Quantitative Methods SPOLM0016 20
Future Leaders in Contexts of Change (Teach First) EDUCM0031 30
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
Galaxies and the Universe PHYS11500 20
Gender Based Violence SPOL20021 20
Gender based Violence SPOL30029 20
Genocide in the Twentieth Century and Beyond (Level H Lecture Response Unit) HIST30028 20
Geology 1 EASC10001 40
German for General Purposes Level 1 Grade 2 (post GCSE) LANG12023 20
German for General Purposes Level 1 Grade 1 (ab-initio) LANG11043 20
German for General Purposes Level 1 Grade 3 (post A'Level) LANG13023 20
German for Specific Purposes Level 2 Grade 1 LANG21023 20
German for Specific Purposes Level 2 Grade 2 LANG22023 20
Ghosts, Death and the Afterlife THRS20167 20
Ghosts, Death and the Afterlife THRS11055 20
Global Cinemas / Local Stories DRAM33131 20
Global Cities (Level H Lecture Response Unit) HIST30034 20
Globalisation and Development ECON10053 20
Green Planet BIOL20013 10
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
Hard Labour? The History of Work (Level H Lecture Response Unit) HIST30030 20
Health Policy in a Global Context SPOL30055 20
Histories and Theories of Art HART22223 20
History of the USA Before 1865 MODL23009 20
History of the USA Since 1865 MODL23010 20
Hollywood Cinema History DRAM23126 20
Holocaust Landscapes (Level H Lecture Response) HIST39009 20
Homeric Society CLAS12343 20
Homeric Society CLAS22343 20
Human Rights in History (Level H Lecture Response Unit) HIST30035 20
Human Rights in Law, Politics and Society LAWDM0089 30
Human-Computer Interaction COMS21301 10
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
Infection, Immunology and Immunity PANMM0015 20
Integrative Physiology PHPH20008 20
Intermediate Mandarin Chinese LANG31047 20
Introduction to Accounting ACCG10052 20
Introduction to Aegean and Greek Archaeology ARCH14008 20
Introduction to Archaeology ARCH10001 20
Introduction to Biological Psychology PSYC10009 10
Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy THRS10043 20
Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy THRS20193 20
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology PSYC10006 10
Introduction to Czech History and Culture RUSS10038 20
Introduction to Developmental Psychology PSYC10008 10
Introduction to Early Modern History HIST13012 20
Introduction to Early-Modern Art HART10216 20
Introduction to Film and Television Studies DRAM10024 20
Introduction to German Studies GERM10023 20
Introduction to German Studies (Post A-Level) GERM10013 40
Introduction to International Relations SPAI10001 20
Introduction to Linguistics MODL23013 20
Introduction to Medieval Art HART10215 20
Introduction to Medieval History HIST13011 20
Introduction to Modern Art HART10217 20
Introduction to Philosophy A PHIL10005 20
Introduction to Philosophy B PHIL10006 20
Introduction to Public Management EFIM20004 20
Introduction to Russian History and Culture RUSS10033 20
Introduction to Russian Literature RUSS10037 20
Introduction to Sanskrit 1 THRS30171 20
Introduction to Sanskrit 1 THRS20188 20
Introduction to Sanskrit 2 THRS20189 20
Introduction to Sanskrit 2 THRS30172 20
Introduction to Sanskrit I: Grammar THRS10017 20
Introduction to Sanskrit II: Texts THRS10018 20
Introduction to Social Anthropology ANTH10001 20
Introduction to Social Psychology PSYC10007 10
Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language LANG10120 20
Introduction to the History of the British Empire: Rise, Fall and Legacies HIST13014 20
Introduction to the Philosophy of Science PHIL10015 10
Introduction to the Study of Cultures MODL10011 20
Issues in the Study of Religion THRS20099 20
Issues in the Study of Religion THRS10031 20
Italian for General Purposes Level 1 Grade 1 (ab-initio) LANG11044 20
Italian for General Purposes Level 1 Grade 2 (post GCSE) LANG12024 20
Italian for General Purposes Level 1 Grade 3 (post A'Level) LANG13024 20
Italian for General Purposes Level 1 Grade 3 (post A'Level) LANG13014 10
Italian for Specific Purposes Level 2 Grade 1 LANG21024 20
Italian for Specific Purposes Level 2 Grade 2 LANG22024 20
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
Japanese for General Purposes (ab-initio) LANG11046 20
Japanese for General Purposes Intermediate LANG31046 20
Japanese for General Purposes Pre-Intermediate LANG21046 20
Jesus in an Age of Colonialism THRS30068 20
Jewish Experience in Modern European History (Level I Lecture Response Unit) HIST20044 20
Journeying: Discovering the World, Creating Ourselves GEOG16002 20
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
Key Social Thinkers SOCI10006 20
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
Language (Advanced) MODL10014 40
Language for General Purposes (Ab-initio Mandarin Chinese) LANG11047 20
Language for General Purposes - French Level 1, Grade 1 LANG11042 20
Language, Culture, and Society ARCH20045 20
Law Gender and Sexuality LAWDM0033 30
Living Religions THRS10028 20
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
Mahayana Buddhist Literature THRSM0110 20
Mahayana Buddhist Literature THRS30075 20
Mandarin Chinese for General Purposes (pre-intermediate) LANG21047 20
Marine Ecology and Physiology BIOL21403 10
Markets, Government and Public Policy SPOL30021 20
Markets, Government and Public Policy SPOL20017 20
Marx's Political Writings PHIL10018 10
Mathematics 1A20 MATH11004 20
Mathematics 1EM MATH10600 40
Medieval English Lifestyles (Lecture Response Unit) HIST20028 20
Melodrama DRAM20054 20
Memory and History in the Twentieth Century MODL20010 20
Migration Policy in the UK and European Union SPOL30030 20
Migration Policy in the UK and European Union SPOL20030 20
Modern Art in the USA 1900-1939 (Lecture Response Unit) HART20005 20
Modern Girls and New Women (Level I Lecture Response Unit) HIST20079 20
Modern Italy ITAL10029 20
Modern Latin American Revolutions HIST20042 20
Modern Latin American Revolutions (Level H Lecture Response) HIST39011 20
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
Neurophysiology PHPH20009 20
Neuroscience PHPHM0006 20
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
Pagan Religions of the Roman Empire CLAS27003 20
Pagan Religions of the Roman Empire CLAS17003 20
Performance Forms and Analysis DRAM11004 20
Performance Histories DRAM23125 20
Personal Welfare Services SPOL20053 20
Personal Welfare Services SPOL30053 20
Pharmacology PHPHM0007 20
Philosophical Text 3: Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics PHIL10008 10
Philosophical Texts 1: Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion PHIL10003 10
Philosophical Texts: Plato PHIL10024 10
Pirates (Level H Lecture Response Unit) HIST30032 20
Planet Earth EASC10003 20
Political Concepts POLI11101 20
Political Systems of Modern Europe MODL20008 20
Politics and Society in Contemporary Britain (Level I Lecture Response) HIST25007 20
Popular Performance: Cabaret, Music Hall, Musicals and Revue DRAM23124 20
Precursors of Modernism: Heine, Buchner, Kleist GERM30057 20
Principles of Economics EFIM10050 20
Principles of Quantitative Social Science SPAI20013 20
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
Realism (Level H Lecture Response Unit) HART30044 20
Religious and Cultural Change in India: from Indus to Islam THRS20101 20
Religious and Cultural Change in India: from Indus to Islam THRS10033 20
Researching Child and Family Welfare SPOLM0011 20
Researching Health and Social Care SPOLM5004 20
Rethinking History HIST23101 20
Romano-British Archaeology ARCH10009 20
Russian Orthodox Culture RUSS20044 20
Russian for General Purposes Level 1 Grade 1 LANG10006 20
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
Sculpture and the Body (Level I Lecture Response Unit) HART20026 20
Segregation and inequality in the UK (measurement and debate) SPOL10017 20
Self Portraiture HART30037 20
Sex, Marriage, and Deviance in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras THRS30077 20
Sex, Marriage, and Deviance in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras THRSM0109 20
Sixties America and its Aftermath (Level I Lecture Response Unit) HIST20052 20
Slavery and the Modern World (Level I Lecture Response) HIST25003 20
Social Identities and Divisions SOCI10007 20
Social Policy and The Lifecourse SPOL22031 20
Social Policy and The Lifecourse SPOL32026 20
Social Policy and the European Union SPOL20051 20
Social Policy and the European Union SPOL30051 20
Social Policy and the Welfare State: Historical Perspectives SPOL10011 20
Social Policy and the Welfare State: Key Concepts and Contemporary Ideas SPOL10013 20
Social Policy and the Welfare State: Theoretical Perspectives SPOL10012 20
Social Research Methods SOAD20004 20
Social and Legal Theory LAWDM0083 20
Socio-legal Research Methods LAWDM1007 10
Spanish and Business Studies HISP30039 20
Spanish for General Purposes Level 1 Grade 1 (ab-initio) LANG11045 20
Spanish for General Purposes Level 1 Grade 2 (post GCSE) LANG12025 20
Spanish for General Purposes Level 1 Grade 3 (post A'Level) LANG13025 20
Spanish for Specific Purposes Level 2 Grade 1 LANG21025 20
Spanish for Specific Purposes Level 2 Grade 2 LANG22025 20
Spotlights on Anglo-German Relations: Literature, Media, Film GERM20031 20
Stars and Planets 106 PHYS10600 20
Sustainable Development UNIV10001 20
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
Technocracy (Level H Lecture Response Unit) HIST30039 20
Texts in Modern Political Philosophy PHIL10027 10
The Archaeology and Topography of Ancient Greece ARCH20021 20
The Archaeology and Topography of Ancient Rome ARCH20024 20
The Camera Eye: Inter-war Photographic Culture (Level I Lecture Response Unit) HART25000 20
The Development of the Modern Mass Media: Disciplining Democracy (Level H Lecture Response Unit) HIST30012 20
The Dynamic Cell BIOCM0007 20
The Early Reformation (Level I Lecture Response) HIST25009 20
The Foundations of Buddhist Thought and Practice THRS10045 20
The Great Outdoors (Level I Lecture Response Unit) HIST20080 20
The Italian City: Medieval and Early Modern Cultures ITAL30051 20
The Origins of the Old Regime, 1550-1750 (Level H Lecture Response Unit) HIST30037 20
The Persian Empire CLASM0048 20
The Religious World of Dante THRS10050 20
The Religious World of Dante THRS20090 20
The Senses CLASM0049 20
The South African War (Level I Lecture Response Unit) HIST20023 20
The Struggle for Russia: 19th-century Debates on Self and Society RUSS20012 20
The Thought of John Calvin THRS10048 20
The Thought of John Calvin THRS20197 20
The True, the Good, and the Beautiful: Neoplatonism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam THRS30078 20
The True, the Good, and the Beautiful: Neoplatonism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam THRSM0108 20
Theorising Social Welfare 1 SPOL31001 20
Theravada Buddhist Practice in Asia THRS30019 20
Thinking Sociologically SOCI10004 20
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
Understanding Public Policy SPOL20054 20
Understanding Urban Society SPOL30023 20
Understanding Urban Society SPOL20023 20
Utopia (Level I Lecture Response Unit) HIST20075 20
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
War and Society HIST20035 20
Well-being and Society ARCH10008 20
World in Crisis? GEOG16001 20
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Other Top
'Talking to Tyrants' Politics, Thought and Drama in 1780s Germany GERM20030 20
‘Hedgehogs and Foxes’: The Nineteenth-Century Russian Novel 2019 RUSS20013 20

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