Academic Environment at the BISC
Teaching at the BISC takes place in small seminar classes which combine lecture content and moderated class discussion.
In advance of each class, students undertake readings which are selected by the instructor and designed to introduce them to key concepts and approaches in their subject. The instructor then develops these in a seminar environment, suggesting resources for independent learning outside of the class and encouraging students to engage further with the issues and material under discussion.
Field studies are designed to enhance the material studied in class and to enable students to broaden their experience of the subject.
Assignments may take different forms, depending on the class: students may be asked to compose research essays and field study response papers, or may give presentations on material to other class members.
Faculty hold regular office hours for individual discussion with students, and can offer more specific advice on assignments in a tutorial form.
On account of the institution’s size, the academic structure of the BISC enables the motivated student keen to develop as an independent learner to engage with a range of material in an intellectually supportive and dedicated environment.