The Open Lecture Scheme

(Access to Undergraduate Lectures via the Open Lecture Scheme - 2017/2018)


Lancaster University continues to offer a selection of “Open Lectures”. Giving the general public the opportunity to attend a complete first year module in selected subjects.

People are invited to attend as “observers” to these selected undergraduate first year lectures, where spare seats are identified as available. (see the list of available lectures below)

If you would like further details about the lecture content please refer to the Lancaster University website Undergraduate Year 1 courses/modules.

If you are interested in attending any of the lectures please contact: or phone Nigel Cole on 01524 381783 – who will liaise with the University to confirm requested places if available. Closing date for applications is 6th October 2017.

Term times:

6th October 2017 - 16th December 2017 (weeks 1-10)

13th January 2018 - 24th March 2018 (weeks 11-20)

20th April 2018 - 39th June 2018 (weeks 21-30)

There is a nominal registration charge of £20 for each course per academic year and attenders must follow some basic rules:

Attenders are invited to 'sit in' on first year lectures.

Attenders are not permitted:

  • to ask questions

  • interrupt the lecture

  • receive written notes/handouts

Attenders must:

  • give up their seat should the lecture theatre be full and fee paying students require a seat.

Venues and further details will be given out individually once attenders have been confirmed. There are only limited places offered by agreement with the University. No-one can just “turn up” without being accepted and confirmed.

Courses Offered 2017-18 are as follows...

1st Lecture
2nd Lecture
3rd Lecture

LING 102 English Language

These lectures aim to introduce you to the English language – how to describe it, how it varies and how it functions in a variety of contexts. You will not only study the traditional linguistic areas of English (e.g. lexis, grammar, phonetics), but also areas that are often overlooked (e.g. letters, spellings) and areas that have more recently come to the fore, such as pragmatics or conversation analysis.

You will learn about linguistic frameworks in the analysis and explanation of variation in English, both present-day and, to a lesser extent, historical.
Mon 2-3 pm
Thur 3-4 pm

Weeks 1-25

SOCL101 Introduction to Sociology

These lectures aim to introduce you to sociological issues, ideas, concepts, evidence and argument by examining some key aspects of living in the contemporary world.

You will be introduced to debates and issues related to various aspects of contemporary societies and encouraged to explore ideas and undertake analysis. In this respect, it is perhaps better to think of sociology as an interpretative scientific endeavour rather than producing definitive findings or laws, although it may do this too.
Mon 3-4 pm
Tues 1-2 pm

Weeks 1-25

GWS101 Introduction to Gender and Womens Studies

Gender and Women's Studies considers the kinds of power that women and men have developed, the forms of organisations and institutions in which they participate and the ways in which women have resisted marginalisation.

You will be introduced to crucial categories of difference and forms of inequality such as race, gender, class, disability and sexuality and we will explore how gender identities are constructed.
Mon 10-11 am
Tues 10-11 am

Weeks 1-25

Phil100 Introduction to Philosophy

How should we live? Is there a God? Are we free to act as we wish if everything is determined by prior causes? Why should we obey the law? Can science discover all the facts that can be known?

These are some of the many challenging questions you will engage with. We approach these questions through the history of Philosophy – studying figures such as Plato, Descartes, Kant and Nietzsche amongst others.
Mon 4-5 pm
Wed 10-11 am

Weeks 1-25

CREW103 Introduction to Creative Writing

These lectures aim to offer insight into issues such as plot construction, character development, and the use of poetic form. We also value the opportunity to expose you to writers talking about their practice.
Thurs 1-2 pm
Fri 1-2 pm

Weeks 1-25

POLI 100 Understanding Politics and Governance

These lectures aim to be accessible to those who have studied Politics before, but also to those who have not. They will provide an introduction and a foundation for future study.

You are introduced to the principles, practice and institutions of ‘liberal democracy’, the foundations of the liberal state, liberty and democracy, and examine their meaning, value and compatibility
Mon 3-4 pm
Thurs 11-12 am

Weeks 1-24

EPR100 Ethics Philosophy and Religion

What is the meaning of life? What does it mean to be human? What do we owe to other people? How can we understand our relationship with the divine? What does it mean to talk about the divine or the infinite? Can we have decent and meaningful human relationships without the presence of something greater? Are these questions universal, or culturally specific?
These lectures aim to offer you the knowledge and skills to approach fundamental questions about the meaning of life and the human condition with confidence and, crucially, to consider what is at stake in ethical reasoning with self-assurance and maturity.

The perspectives offered include the philosophical, theological, religious, western, Asian, the cross-cultural, ancient and modern.
Mon 5-6 pm
Tues11-12 am

Weeks 1-24

RST100 World Religions

These lectures aim to provide an outline of the growth and development of the world’s major religious traditions, their primary characteristics, and subsequently consider some of the various forms they take in the contemporary world.

The lectures aim to reflect on four religious traditions – Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. They will set each religion in context and set out the varieties of its beliefs. Students will explore religious ethics and practice, and examine some of the contemporary issues facing these religions today.
Thurs 2-4 pm

Weeks 1-24

Biol 134 Ethics and Biomedicine

These lectures are suitable for those with a broad interest in the biochemical processes of life and how these are altered by disease. We have extensive links with local hospitals, both in research activities and in the teaching on our biomedical-based courses.

These lectures are designed to provide you with a broad overview of subject disciplines and includes Molecules of Life, Biomedicine and Society, Organic Chemistry, and Anatomy and Tissue Structure.
Mon 10-11 am
Tues 11-12 am

Weeks 16-19

Law 103 R Law of Torts

These lectures introduce you to the law of torts, covering topics such as negligence, trespass, nuisance, Rylandsv Fletcher, breach of statutory duty, defamation and privacy. you will engage with theoretical perspectives and academic critique as well as the substantive law in order to gain an informed and critical overview of the subject.
To be confirmed

Law 264 Lawyers and Society

The legal profession and legal services are currently experiencing major changes as a result of commercialisation, inter and intra professional competition, globalisation, the culture of human rights, pressure to improve access to justice, the intensification of conflicts of interest, the impact of information technology, the changing character of legal work, and the growing number of lawyers who were long excluded - women and racial minorities.

These lectures aim to provide a critical examination of the development, current state and likely future shape of the legal profession.
Mon 2-3 pm
Tues 5-6pm

Weeks 1-10

Law 240 Family Law

These lectures aim to introduce you to a collection of laws as they impact upon the family as a unit and upon the individuals within a familial group. They seek to inform you to develop a critical approach to the law in this area, and to take law as an object of study and examine how family relationships are understood in that context.
Tues 9-10 am

Weeks 1-10

Law 300 Health Care Law and Ethics

These lectures aim to introduce you to the underlying conceptual framework and basic principles of health care law. You may then utilise your understanding of these foundational issues through exploring specific and complex areas of health care law and practice, from a medico-legal and ethical perspective. The chosen areas will reflect current medical advances and the developing nature of medical and ethical practice.
Mon 10-11 am

Weeks 11-20

LEC 103 Environmental Processes and Systems

These lectures aim to provide an introduction to environmental processes and their impacts at a range of spatial scales and in a variety of environments.

Key themes include the study of global climate and associated environmental change, Earth surface materials and the flows which produce distinctive and dynamic landscape forms, and the processes which influence the development of soils and associated ecosystems at the land surface.
Wed 12-1 pm
Fri 12-1 pm

Weeks 1-19

LEC 172 Geological Processes

These lectures aim to convey why it is important for scientists, whatever their discipline, to have a basic understanding of geological processes.

Emphasis is placed on the dynamic way in which the Earth works. Geological processes explored include: formation of minerals, volcanism, metamorphism, sedimentation and deformation.
Mon 9-10 am
Tues 11-12 am
Fri 1-2 pm
Weeks 6-9

Dates and times may be subject to change at a later date.

If you have any further questions regarding this part of the programme please email: