Access to Undergraduate Lectures via the Open Lecture Scheme - 2015-2016.

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As part of the CLG Senior Education Programme, we offer the chance for older learners to sit in on a number of first year undergraduate lectures which take place in and around the university.This is a popular part of the programme with senior learners, undergraduates and lecturers too.

It began life as a scheme instigated by Professor Keith Percy in the Department of Continuing Education around 40 years ago. The Steering Group feel it is an important and valuable link between the University and the people of Lancaster and Morecambe, so continue to champion the scheme and run it voluntarily.


There is a charge of £20 for the academic year if you wish to take part in this section of the programme. This goes to the University to cover admin costs. Open Lecture attendees are not students and therefore are requested not to ask questions or take part in discussions as this can interrupt the flow between the lecturers and the undergraduate students.That said, it is a great way to be involved in the undergraduate programmes on campus and an ideal way to springboard your interest in contemporary topics. If you are interested in any of the lectures please email: seniorlearners@lancaster.ac.uk or telephone Nigel: (01524) 381783

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Protocol for attendance at open lectures...


  • Older Learners are not permitted to attend seminars.
  • Older Learners must give up seats to fee paying students should there be overcrowding.
  • Older Learners must not ask questions during the lecture.
  • Older Learners are not given hand-outs or any pre-written accompanying notes.
  • Older Learners will not be able to attend a particular lecture should it already be over subscribed by fee paying students.

These stipulations reflect the fact that the undergraduate lectures are focussed on the undergraduate students.
Full time students currently pay large fees for their courses and CLG attendees are invited in for a minimal admin fee.
Lectures usually last for 25 weeks and are held twice a week.
Timetables are not available until August. If you express interest in attending any of the lectures offered, we will contact you with the lecture timetables when we receive them.
Please note: There is a maximum of four older learners allowed to attend each selected lecture, should space be available.


This coming academic year we are pleased to announce that we can offer Open Lectures in the following areas...



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LING 102
English Language
These lectures aim to introduce students to the English language – how to describe it, how it varies and how it functions in a variety of contexts. Students 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.


Students will learn about linguistic frameworks in the analysis and explanation of variation in English, both present-day and, to a lesser extent, historical.
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SOCL 101
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.


Students 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.
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GWS 101
Introduction to Gender and Women’s 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.

Students 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.
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PHIL 100
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 students will engage with. We approach these questions through the history of Philosophy – studying figures such as Plato, Descartes, Kant and Nietzsche amongst others.
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CREW 103
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 students to writers talking about their practice.
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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.

Students 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.
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EPR 100
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?
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These lectures aim to offer students 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.
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RST 100
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.
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BIOL 133
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 students with a broad overview of subject disciplines and includes Molecules of Life, Biomedicine and Society, Organic Chemistry, and Anatomy and Tissue Structure.
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BIOL 135
Introduction to Epidemiology: Global Health and Disease
These lectures aim to give students a basic understanding of some of the key concepts and debates within epidemiology, including the methodological approaches used to measure health, illness and disease in human populations.
Students are given the tools to develop an awareness of the processes of demographic transition and global ageing and a broad understanding of the effects of climate change on health.
LAW 103 R
Law of Torts
These lectures introduce students to the law of torts, covering topics such as negligence, trespass, nuisance, Rylandsv Fletcher, breach of statutory duty, defamation and privacy. Students 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.
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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.
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LAW 240
Family Law
These lectures aim to introduce students 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 students 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.
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LAW 343
Health Care Law and Ethics
These lectures aim to introduce students to the underlying conceptual framework and basic principles of health care law. Students may then utilise their 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.
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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.
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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.
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If you have any further questions regarding this part of the programme please email:

seniorlearners@lancaster.ac.uk .