Summer School 2017
Term Dates: 8 May - 16 June
Please see Sessional Dates for travel dates etc.
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All courses offered at the Bader International Study Centre are accredited by Queen's University. Each course is comprised of at least 36 contact hours, including course-specific field study excursions. With class sizes limited in enrollment, students receive individual attention.
These features contribute to the enriching academic environment at the BISC. Course offerings are categorized according to thematic blocks: Art and Music; British Cultural Studies; Business and Economics; Humanities; Media, Communication and Film; Social Sciences; Science.
Queen's University students should consult their Faculty or Faculty Academic Calendar to ensure that they meet prerequisites. Undergraduate Admission will seek permission on behalf of applicants who do not meet stated prerequisites to enroll in preferred courses. Permission is not guaranteed, and applicants may be asked to select another course.
Students from other universities should consult the relevant faculty in their home universities to ensure that they meet all requirements for their academic program.
Amended October 2016.
Art and Music Offerings
Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
An investigation into the sources of impressionism, its diffusion in Europe, reactions to impressionism and alternate traditions up to 1900.
As documents of personal and collective identity, portraits reflect the ideals and concerns of the people they depict and the contexts in which they circulate. This course explores the impact of portraiture as an art form and a social phenomenon. Course content may focus on one or more artists, media, historical periods or cultural traditions.
PREREQUISITE: Level 3 and above.
Social History of Popular Music
A survey of important trends in 20th century Western popular music. Topics include genres, individual artists and groups, record labels and stylistic trends, and sociological issues.
British Cultural Studies Offerings
An interdisciplinary introduction to the broad development of British life and culture, focusing on British national identity. The course usually combines British art history, history, literature and geography.
Special Studies in Britain and Europe in a Global Context I: Cultural and Political Exchanges between England and Jamaica
This course will offer a unique opportunity to study a special topic in Britain and Europe in a global context. Topics will vary each term, and the course may not be offered every year.
PREREQUISITE: Level 2 or permission of the instructor.
A study of eight of Shakespeare’s plays in relation to the social, intellectual, and political climate of the Elizabethan period and with reference to theatrical production.
Literature on Stage and Screen: A Study in Sherlock
This course will explore the role adaptation has played in the construction of the culturally pervasive and popular Sherlock Holmes myth. Along with identifying how the generic conventions and narrative patterns of detective fiction translate to other media forms, the course will also offer opportunities to think about the way such media forms in turn inform the creation of new fictions. Students will examine key texts from the Conan Doyle ‘canon’ of Sherlock Holmes fiction alongside a range of adaptations including late Victorian theatrical adaptations, twentieth-century silent, and sound films, contemporary fictional reworkings, and twenty-first-century televisual adaptations. Students will also engage with a selection of secondary criticism on adaptation, technology, and neo-Victorian media.
A survey of the ‘New Imperialism’ of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The course examines the origins and course of European expansion in Africa and Asia, justifications for and theories of empire, and the 20th century decolonization process. It will conclude with reflection on the New Imperialism from the vantage point of ‘globalization’.
Culture, Identity and Self
Our relationship to the culture and state that we live within significantly impacts upon our lives, as does the relationship we have towards others and even ourselves. Consequently, it’s important that we have an opportunity to reflect upon these relationships and ask whether our current attitude towards our social, cultural, and personal identity is justified.
Media, Communication and Film Offerings
Cinema and the City
An intermediate study of representations of the city in cinema and visual culture, the social histories from which these representations emerge, and the changing environments in which cinema is viewed.
PREREQUISITE: A GPA of 2.6 in FILM and (a grade of B- in FILM 110/6.0) and 6.0 units in FILM or (GPHY 101/3.0 and GPHY 227/3.0 and GPHY 229/3.0 and Level 3 in a GPHY Plan.)
Digital Humanities 1: Theorising the Digital User
This is a course that aims to facilitate students’ critical engagement with contemporary digital culture through investigating the history of the Internet and the World Wide Web; the book as technology; the representation of the Internet/WWW in contemporary popular culture; critically assessing online environments and lives. Overall, it’s a course that provides a historical and political investigation of our online lives.
Environmental Geology and Natural Hazards
The relationship between human-kind and our ever-changing planet, with a focus on natural geologic hazards (volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, mass movement, floods, extraterrestrial impacts, etc.), and environmental impacts which result from population and land-use expansion and our increased use of water, energy and mineral resources. A study of the sources and impact of pollution and global climate change. Public perception of and response to geological risk.
Astronomy I: The Solar System
A non-mathematical introduction to the science of astronomy for non-specialist students. Topics to be covered include the fundamentals of astronomy; an introduction to the tools and techniques of modern observational astronomy; the historical development of our understanding of the Earth, Moon and Solar System; space exploration of Mars, Jupiter, and other planets; the nature of the Sun; and the origin and uniqueness of our Solar System.
Social Science Offerings
Feminism, the Body, and Visual Culture
This course will explore how the visual constructs and/or subverts ‘woman’ as a cultural category. An emphasis will be placed upon the female body as it intersects with class and race. Readings from art history, history, cultural theory and feminist theory will be considered.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.
EQUIVALENCY WMNS 350/3.0.
Introduction to International Security
This course introduces students to current theoretical and policy debates about the nature of ‘international security.’ In addition to addressing the meaning of this contested concept, we will examine three principal ways in which security has been organized by states, specifically: collective security, collective defence, and security communities.
An examination of the European union and the forces towards integration: origin, politics and future.
PREREQUISITE: 12.0 units in POLS at the 200-level or above and a grade of C in 6.0 units in POLS at the 200-level, or permission of the department.
An overview of typical sexual behaviour and its variations. Topics include the history of sex research, the sexual response cycle, sexual dysfunction, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Particular attention will be paid to current issues in sex research and theory.
PREREQUISITE: PSYC 235/6.0 or PSYC 251/3.0 or PSYC 271/3.0 or PSYC 370/3.0.
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Amended October 2016