BISC 100/3.0 Thinking Locally
The world we exist in is one shaped by particular histories, identities and interests, and structured according to particular systems. As a result, the production of knowledge is not just about considering the world as a detached theoretical object of study. It is about learning to judge it critically in context. BISC 100 explores major themes that shape our world and our knowledge of it in broad and interconnected ways. The course examines landscape, identity, cultural texts, historic documents and artefacts and places them into the real-life context within the UK and globally.
Course content that combines interdisciplinary collaboration explores some of the most challenging issues facing society in the 21st century. Climate change to large-scale conflicts, from migration to democracy and cyber-security, highlighting the inextricable connections across these topics.
BISC 100 crosses disciplines, foregrounding their interconnectedness and offer a truly unique learning experience. The courses are structured to anticipate a changing employment landscape, that ask for inventiveness, flexibility and adaptability, alongside a solid theoretical foundation in a number of different disciplines.
Interdisciplinary expertise and collaboration are at the centre of BISC 100 moving across central themes that shape the future of humanity and remain at the heart of cultural geography, film and media studies, history, drama, language literature and culture, and sociology. This allows for the development of transferable skills, in addition to specialized knowledge. This approach is intended to facilitate cooperation between faculty and students, strengthen the ties between research and lecturing and turn collaborative engagement into the norm.
By the end of this term, students will be able to:
- Identify and describe examples of the key course concepts of location, identity, and boundaries on a regional and national scale
- Distinguish between the different ways academic disciplines address research questions
- Discuss and evaluate the purpose of academic primary and secondary sources
- Recognize and define key terms in cultural theory
- Summarize an argument derived from a critical essay or reading.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Active learning anchors lectures and seminars in BISC 100. Students will have access to exclusive cultural events with experts to bring your learning to life. For instance, you might have an introduction to Academic Entrepreneurship with a Queen's alumnus, or a talk on Queer History followed by a seminar with a dynamic researcher. Take a virtual tour of the Castle gardens and grounds as we incorporate VR technology into BISC 100, using Google Cardboard and Google Expeditions. Will you escape our virtual Castle Escape Room?