BISC

at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

The BADER INTERNATIONAL

STUDY CENTRE

at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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BISC Courses: Upper Year Program, Fall Term

Term dates: 4 September to 10 December 2014

All courses offered in the Upper Year Program at the Bader International Study Centre are accredited by Queen's University. Each course is comprised of at least 36 learning hours, including course-specific field study excursions. With class sizes limited in enrollment, students receive individual attention. These features contribute to the enriching academic experience at the BISC. The course offerings outlined below have been categorized according to thematic blocks: Music, Art and Drama; Humanities; Media Communication and Film; Social Sciences; Science; Cultural Studies; Business and Economics.

There are a very limited number of independent study (primary research) course options available at the BISC in this term. Third or Fourth year students interested in pursuing an independent study while at the BISC should contact Dr. Christian Lloyd, well in advance of their arrival, at academic@bisc.queensu.ac.uk for further details.

Queen's University students should consult their Faculty or Faculty Academic Calendar to ensure that they meet prerequisites. Undergraduate Admission representatives 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 in the CUSAP Program or from other universities should consult the relevant faculty in their home universities to ensure that they meet all requirements for their academic program.

See below for courses. Amended August 2014.

Music, Art and Drama Offerings

Term-long Courses

Course Code Description
ARTH 116/3.0

Art & Architecture in Britain from the Classical Period to c. 1700

A chronological survey of painting, sculpture and architecture in western culture from Greece and Rome through to the early modern period. The art works will be studied at British galleries, museums and architectural monuments.

NOTE: Only offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux

ARTH 223/3.0

Art in Europe c 1800-1850

A comparative study of English and Continental European art in the first half of the 19th century. Topics will include landscape as an expression of class and power, art and politics in French Romanticism, gender roles in Pre-Raphaelite painting and the rhetoric of Realism.

NOTE: Only offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux

MUSC 102/3.0

Introduction to the History of Western Art Music II

The History of Western art music from 1750 to the present. The course focuses on musical styles, genres, and composers, as well as historical and social contextual considerations.

MUSC 171/3.0

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.

Media, Communication and Film

Term-long Courses

Course Code Description
FILM 104/3.0

Film Form & Modern Culture to 1970

Introduction to tools and methods of visual and aural analysis and to historical and social methods, with examples primarily from the history of cinema and other moving-image media to 1970.

NOTE: Only offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux

Humanities Offerings

Year-long Language Courses

Course Code Description
ARAB 100/6.0

Introductory Arabic (Modern Standard)

Introduction to the basic structures of Modern Standard Arabic. This course gives intensive training equally in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In addition to three hours of classroom work and one hour tutorial, extensive use of audio-visual materials on CD-ROM is expected.

NOTE: This is a year-long program and only available to students attending for the full year (fall and winter term).

PREREQUISITE Permission of the Instructor.

Term-long Language Courses

Course Code Description
FREN 101/3.0

Français intermédiaire I

Practice in speaking,reading, writing, grammar review and literary analysis.

NOTE: Only offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux

SPAN P10/3.0

Beginning Spanish I

Offers a basic level of Spanish understanding, speaking, reading and writing for students who have no knowledge of Spanish whatsoever.

Year-long Courses

Course Code Description
RELS 131/6.0

World Religions/Religious Worlds

Introduces religion in India, China and Japan; also the movements of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Humanism.

NOTE: This is a year-long program and only available to students attending for the full year (fall and winter term).

PHIL 111/6.0

Great Works of Philosophy

An introduction to philosophy through the examination of a number of classic philosophical works, with an evaluation of the positions and arguments offered in each.

NOTE: This is a year-long program and only available to students attending for the full year (fall and winter term).

ENGL 100/6.0

Introduction to the Study of Literature in English

An introduction to literary study, with an emphasis on the formal analysis of a diverse range of poetry and prose. Specific content and approach vary from section to section, but all sections share the goals of developing sensitivity to genre, cultivating writing skills, and providing students with a set of literary terms and critical techniques as a foundation for further literary study.

NOTE: This is a year-long program and only available to students attending for the full year (fall and winter term).

Term-long Courses

Course Code Description
ENGL 257/3.0

Elizabethan Shakespeare

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. 

ENGL 278

Literature and Place

A study of English-language literature emphasizing or relating to its sense of place. Course content may vary from year to year. 

PREREQUISITE: A grade of C in ENGL 100/6.0.

 

HIST 287/3.0

Early Modern England

A survey of English history during the early modern period (16th- and 17th-centuries), with a thematic focus on the formative political, religious, and intellectual upheavals of the age.

INTS 301/3.0

Special Studies in Britain and Europe in a Global Context II: The Norman World

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.​

NOTE: Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.

​PREREQUISITE: Level 2 or permission of the instructor.

 

 

INTS 312/3.0

Seminar in Modern European Studies I: Journalism in the 21st Century 

This course will offer a unique opportunity to study a special topic in Modern European Studies. Topics will vary each term, and the course may not be offered every year. A detailed course description will be available soon. 

NOTE: Only offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux 

PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the instructor.

PHIL 259/3.0

Critical Thinking

A discussion of the general principles of reasonable discourse, with a focus on persuasive and cogent writing.

Offerings in French

Term-long Courses

Course Code Description
FREN 101/3.0

Français intermédiaire I

Practice in speaking,reading, writing, grammar review and literary analysis.

NOTE: Only offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux

Social Sciences Offerings

Year-long Courses

Course Code Description
DEVS 100/6.0

Canada and the "Third World"

Introduces basic theoretical concepts of development studies, the history of global inequality, and short histories of alternative development strategies. Case studies of Canada’s ties to the so-called third world will include missionaries, military, business, and aid. Canadian colonialism over First Nations peoples will introduce basic issues in Aboriginal Studies.

NOTE: This is a year-long program and only available to students attending for the full year (fall and winter term).

POLS 110/6.0

Introduction to Politics and Government

An introduction to political science that provides both a framework for thinking about politics and the institutions of governance, and some of the vocabulary necessary for political analysis.

NOTE: This is a year-long program and only available to students attending for the full year (fall and winter term).

PSYC 100/6.0

Principles of Psychology

An introductory survey of basic areas of psychology including perception, cognition, learning and motivation and their biological substrata. Also reviewed are child development, individual differences, social psychology and abnormal psychology. Research participation experience is provided for students on an individual voluntary basis. Students are encouraged to participate in up to five hours of research experimentation. The course is based on a blended model where on-line learning is supplemented with weekly lecture and small-group tutorial.

NOTE: This is a year-long program and only available to students attending for the full year (fall and winter term).

Term-long Courses

Course Code Description
ECON 111/3.0

Introductory Microeconomics

An introduction to microeconomic analysis of a modern mixed economy. The course analyzes the behaviour of individual consumers and producers, the determination of market prices for commodities and resources, and the role of government policy in the functioning of the market system.

ECON 111/3.0 and ECON 112/3.0 are together equivalent to ECON 110/6.0.

GNDS 350/3.0

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.

Science Offerings

Year-long Courses

Course Code Description
MATH 121/6.0

Differential and Integral Calculus

Differentiation and integration of the elementary functions, with applications to physical and social sciences; Taylor polynomials; multivariable differential calculus.

NOTE: This is a year-long program and only available to students attending for the full year (fall and winter term).

Term-long Courses

Course Code Description
GEOL 104/3.0

The Dynamic Earth

Introduction to the internal structure of the Earth and the processes that have shaped its surface. Global tectonics and continental movement, rock genesis, mountain building, glaciations and geological time. Laboratories include rock and mineral identification, and problem solving in historical geology, earthquakes, groundwater flow and coastal erosion.

British Cultural Studies

Term-long Courses

Course Code Description
IDIS 304/3.0

British Studies I

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.

NOTE: Only offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux

Business and Economics Offerings

Term-long Courses

Course Code Description
ECON 111/3.0

Introductory Microeconomics 

An introduction to microeconomic analysis of a modern mixed economy. The course analyzes the behaviour of individual consumers and producers, the determination of market prices for commodities and resources, and the role of government policy in the functioning of the market system. ECON 111 and ECON 112 are together equivalent for ECON 110

INTS 221/3.0

Global Issues of the 21st Century: Challenges in Global Finance

A variety of intellectual approaches will be integrated in an interdisciplinary exploration of some of the major challenges facing the world community. Examination of such issues as the environment, poverty, disease, human rights, cultural identity or armed conflict will be used to stimulate discovery of what constitutes ‘global 
engagement’. Topics will vary and the course may not be offered in every term.

NOTE: Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux. 

PREREQUISITE: Level 2 or permission of the instructor. 

COMM 328/3.0

International Finance

This course focuses on the financial issues that managers confront in an international setting and develops a framework for evaluating the many opportunities, costs, and risks associated with multinational operations. The course employs cases extensively to provide students with a detailed and analytic look at investment and financial decisions undertaken by multinational firms. Topics covered include: determination of exchange rates; foreign exchange market; relationships among inflation rates, interest rates & exchange rates; currency futures, options & swaps; international investing; foreign exchange exposure; hedging exchange risk; and cross-border valuation.

COMM 339/3.0

Channels and Internet Marketing

Marketing using the Internet channel has forever changed how businesses, public sector agencies, and not-for-profit organizations can interact with their various stakeholders and channel players. This course exposes students to materials and issues including Internet retailing, B2C marketing tactics, Internet consumer behavior, site design and management, integrating Internet channel tactics into the overall strategic marketing plan, international Internet marketing issues, and Internet promotion and advertising.

PREREQUISITE COMM-132*

This course is restricted to students enrolled in the 3rd or 4th year of the Commerce Program.

COMM 374/3.0

International Business Strategy

International Business Strategy explores some of the central strategic questions firms face in a globally integrated economy, and the organizational and managerial challenges of implementing different international strategies. We will focus on both how globalization affects the strategic management of organizations, and what you as managers need to do to compete successfully in the international environment. This course combines theory and practical cases, using a wide range of international business situations across a variety of regions and industrial sectors to stimulate discussion.

*Please note that these course offerings are subject to change. Please check the website for updates to the teaching plan.