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BISC 101/3.0 Acting Globally

Course applicable to the following Majors / Medials/ Minors:    CODR (core) / DRAM (core) / HIST (core) / LLCU (option) / SOCY (core) / GNDS (option) / STSC (core) / BTEC (other core) / Con-Ed Teaching Subject (Dramatic Arts; History)
Course Instructors: Dr Robert Hyland - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr Emily Montford - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This course is available in:   Winter term at the BISC
Course Prerequisites / Exclusions:   PREREQUISITE: None

BISC 101 allows students to explore major issues that shape our world, via a critical, interdisciplinary learning environment at the BISC. All the while, our students will develop academic and intercultural skills, that will set them up for success in their degrees and beyond!


Course Highlights:

Applicable to a wide variety of academic plans, including History, Sociology, Drama, Languages, Literatures and Con-Ed.

Explore concepts of location, identity and boundaries that are at the heart of all academic inquiry across the Humanities and Social Sciences..

Develop academic and intercultural skills that will set you on the path to success in your degree and beyond.

A truly unique learning experience! BISC 100 is structured to anticipate a changing employment landscape, that asks for inventiveness, flexibility and adaptability.

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BISC 101/3.0 Acting Globally

This is an introductory course that complements and extends BISC 100, focusing on skills and approaches from a variety of disciplines (Film and Media, Geography, History, and Sociology). Academic skills will be honed by centring on the forces of mobility, exchange, and action.

BISC 100/101 are our flagship first year courses, and their primary aim is to give students all the critical skills and basic thinking frameworks that will allow them to move confidently through the rest of their studies. Working effectively with students of other academic disciplines is its core value, and its ‘Thinking Locally – Acting Globally’ framework reflects the castle’s position: a close-knit community, in idyllic Sussex, next to London, just across the channel from Continental Europe.  

BISC 101 continues from the ‘thinking locally’ framework of BISC 100 (though BISC 100 is not a prerequisite), and centres on ‘acting globally,' focusing on a selection of the most important processes through which localities interact: (1) WARRING, (2) COLONISING, (3) TRADING, and (4) CONNECTING. At the end it asks students to reflect on how they can see themselves (5) LEADING within this wider global scale.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes are attained through: (1) lectures, seminars and guests in the classroom; (2) independent blended learning in each student’s own time and space; and (3) experiential learning off and on campus. By the end of the course students will know: 

  • the key principles and methods of a wide range of disciplines (History, Sociology, Geography, Gender Studies, Film and Media) 
  • how to conduct primary and secondary research, from exploring archives and databases to analysing and understanding their findings 
  • the interdisciplinary way of thinking and learning – something that will allow them to make informed and intelligent choices in the next steps of their studies.
  • how to be citizens, travellers, and students in our contemporary globalised environment with confidence, intelligence and ambition.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Examples of previous Experiential Learning Opportunities for this course include: a visit to Mass Observation – Britain’s largest archive on modern popular opinion and everyday life. We looked at diaries of ‘ordinary’ British people, from the 1930s to today, on a range of topics, from food and music, to foreign affairs and race relations. And a midterm trip to Paris, where student visited different neighbourhoods of the French capital in small groups, exploring how global identities are constructed and how communities interact

The Bader International Study Centre (Queen’s University, Canada) is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment that is fair, positive, and supportive for all members of our community.
We strive to ensure all members’ views are valued and shared in a secure environment through a commitment to upholding equity*, diversity**, inclusion***, and advancing indigenous initiatives.
The BISC supports the fair treatment and opportunity for all by asserting the importance of non-discriminatory treatment either directly or indirectly on the ground of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.   

*Equity: Substantive fairness for everyone thereby ensuring that members of equity-seeking groups are able to achieve full participation in the university (BISC). 

**Diversity: The representation of the population with respect to designated groups. 

***Inclusion: The climate and acceptance of differences that comes with diversity i.e. different ways of living and working. 

Land acknowledgement: Queen’s University, Canada is situated on Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.

Bader International Study Centre
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