English, Communication and Philosophy

A-level Philosophy Teaching Materials


Cardiff University School of Philosophy have created a booklet of teaching materials for A-level Philosophy. The Nietzsche's Critique of Morality resource booklet contains six short essays with comprehension questions and puzzles for discussion. It is designed to facilitate work that meets the criterion of independent critical engagement. This is intended for the 'Why Should I Be Moral?' module of the AS-level as well as the 'Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil' module of the A2-level.


Cardiff BookTalk


Cardiff BookTalk is a University book group with a difference: we discuss expert perspectives and readers’ views about the big ideas in a range of classic and contemporary fiction.
Open to teachers and students Cardiff BookTalk is managed the School of English, Communication and Philosophy. BookTalkers listen to diverse interdisciplinary research topics which expand on themes in the very best classic and contemporary literature. Each speaker addresses the books from their own specialism, and this can lead to fascinating insights about the literary, social and cultural implications of the novels we read. The talks, given by University academics who are specialists in their field, as well as other expert speakers, will be followed by an open discussion session with the audience, and we want as many people to share their perspectives as possible. If you’re interested in discussing the big ideas behind great books, and want to discover new ways of looking at novels, then join us for our next session!


Cardiff BookTalk: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 4th December @ 18:30 – 20:30


This December at Cardiff BookTalk we’re taking a look back at Philip K. Dick’s classic vision of the future in the 1968 science fiction novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? This event comes on the eve of the 50 year anniversary of the book’s publication and also coincides with the recent release of Blade Runner 2049, the newest iteration of Dick’s post-apocalyptic world on film—as well as the new Channel 4 TV series, Electric Dreams, which is based on Dick’s short fiction. We are thrilled to have a panel of experts from three different universities discussing the book and its film adaptations. They will give short talks, followed by a Q&A discussion with the audience. This event is suited to all ages, and would be particularly suitable for A level students with an interest in English Literature, Philosophy, or Media Studies.

Creative Writing at St Fagans For Schools


Staff and Postgraduate students in the School of English run an annual creative writing session for Albany Primary School, Cardiff High School and Glantaf school at St Fagans Folk museum in March. It is aimed at Key Stage 2 & 3 (yrs 6, 7 and 8) children and teachers of creative writing helping to stimulate imaginative work and develop confidence, literacy and innovative thought. Pupils gain independent writing skills, a sharper awareness of self and the ambient world, and learn to make connections between their own experience and the wider geographic, social and material world (especially that of Wales). The event fosters creative engagement with both the known and the unknown, with place, home, past and with diverse, and unusual, artefacts. The Creative Writing session is led by published writers/lecturers in Creative Writing: Clare Potter, Shelagh Weeks, Bob Walton, Uschi Turoczy and Christina Thatcher, and is supported by postgraduate students at the University.


Creative Writing lunch-time Club


The Creative Writing lunch-time club is run by a small group of Creative Writing Masters students from the School of English, Communication and Philosophy. The sessions are informal and designed to encourage pupils to write imaginatively, to gain confidence, to develop language and critical skills and to see themselves as potential university material.


Creative Writing Workshops for 6th form


Creative Writing Masters students from the School of English Communication and Philosophy work with A-level English students to develop their creative-writing skills. They work in small groups helping sixth-form students peer workshop and edit their A-level creative pieces. Through these workshops, the students encourage pupils to write imaginatively, to gain confidence, to develop language and critical skills and to see themselves as potential university material.


Creative Writing Workshops for year 6


The Creative Writing department in the School of English Communication and Philosophy runs a range of events helping pupils with their writing. Creative Writing Masters students visit primary schools to run year 6 poetry sessions with poets from the university to inspire pupils and develop their creative-writing skills.


Global Citizenship Challenge- The Welsh Pacifist Tradition


‘Global Citizenship Challenge’ forms part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. The Schools Partnership Project supported this pilot event which offered an understanding of the Welsh pacifist traditions, and the arguments for different forms of pacifism in the context of contemporary examples of war.
It is designed to encourage the ability to think critically about the concept of global citizenship and to understand its permutations. The school group made a visit to the Temple of Peace and then had an afternoon session finding out about the Wales Peace Project. The day, whilst providing them with invaluable knowledge on the theme of ‘war and peace’, hopefully inspired the pupils to research the subject further.


Harvard Referencing – Tutorial


This tutorial will help you understand how to:
•cite sources in your written work
•include quotations in your written work
•write your references list

using the Cardiff University Harvard referencing style.

The Illustration Archive

Foundation KS1 KS2 KS3 KS4 KS5

The Illustration Archive is the world's largest searchable online database of historic book illustrations. The images span the eighteenth to the twentieth century and cover works of literature, history, geography, philosophy and science. The Archive can be searched in multiple ways, and provides full access to the books in which the images appeared. The illustrations are copyright free and can be tagged as well as searched. The 'In the Classroom' part of the site includes a guide for teachers on how these historic illustrations can be used in school projects.