module specification

SS6085 - Diverse London (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Diverse London
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
114 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 20%   Caption for souvenir
Other 80%   Alternative souvenir
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Thursday Morning

Module summary

This module celebrates the super-diversity of the capital city. Students will explore London’s diversity through their own lived experience, and the experience of their families and local communities. London is a ‘city without walls’, welcoming people from all backgrounds looking for a better future and to increased freedom to realise their hopes and ambitions. The module will place individual experience within the varied experiences of minoritized communities- for example in terms of ethnicity, faith and sexuality.


The aims of the module are to:

  • celebrate the history of London in relation to diverse communities
  • place the lived experience of diversity within the wider process of economic, cultural and socio-economic change
  • identify the challenges faced by minoritized communities and celebrate their achievement
  • develop research skills in relation to the diverse communities of London

Prior learning requirements



  • why London is “different” (LO1, LO3)
  • long term economic and socio-economic change in London (LO1, LO2)
  • historical roots of change in London’s population (LO1, LO3)
  • reflection on individual histories linking to development of communities (LO2, LO3, LO3)
  • the current pattern of settlement of communities in London (LO1, LO2)
  • Guided walk(s) (LO2, LO3, LO3, LO4)
  • Research skills and developing oral accounts of living in London (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Teaching and learning will encourage a deeper engagement with London’s long history of change. Lectures will provide the context of changes in population, economy, housing and other key aspects of urban living. The teaching methods will fully utilise the opportunities that only London can offer, with guest lectures, guided tours and visits to destinations that reflect the diversity of the capital.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will:


1.     Analyse long term changes in London’s population, economy, housing and other key aspects of urban living (LO1)

2.     Be able to place their own experience, and the experience of their families and communities in the context of wider social and economic changes (LO2)

3.     Identify the challenges of minoritized communities in London, and celebrate the achievements of these groups and their contribution to London. (LO3)

4.     Develop research skills, including the analysis of data sources and carrying out secondary research methods (LO4)

5.     Present oral histories of diversity in London, identifying key processes that have influenced people’s experiences (LO5)

Assessment strategy

The summative assessment will be in two parts. Students will create an ‘alternative souvenir’ of London that reflects and communicates their experience of London as a diverse city (80%). They will also create a caption of 500 words that places the souvenir in the wider historical and social contexts covered during the semester


This module has opportunities for formative assessment, and draft work is considered and commented on. Comments on draft work are provided a week before the final hand in date, so that students have opportunities to amend their work