BISC 100: Thinking Locally and BISC 101: Acting Globally are offered exclusively at the BISC. The two courses are mandatory for all First Year students and are purposefully designed to build on the unique aspects of the BISC learning environment.
BISC 100 and BISC 101 focus on basic themes that are essential to any subject area and draw links across your disciplinary specializations. The courses are delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, group work and one-on-one sessions. And the skills and knowledge developed in these courses will allow you to engage with your further studies and your role in a globalized environment with confidence, intelligence and ambition.
BISC 100: Thinking Locally
BISC 100 explores concepts of location, identity and boundaries that are at the heart of all academic inquiry across the Humanities and Social Sciences. It does this by looking at case studies related to the BISC's British setting, like the idea of a unique British national identity, the debates on what constitutes English heritage, or the more recent controversies on immigration.
BISC 101: Acting Globally
BISC 101 takes the concepts introduced in BISC 100 and expands them to a global scale. You will engage in an analysis of the ways in which people interact globally, focusing on basic patterns of international interaction, such as trade, imperialism, war and peace-making. Current global issues will be a focal point for discussion and problem-solving activities.
Your Pathway to Second Year
Several Queen’s departments accept BISC 100 and BISC 101 as entry into their major plan. By taking BISC 100 and BISC 101 you will be thoroughly prepared to continue studies in these fields in your second year.
Partial entry (requires the relevant disciplinary course):
- Film and Media Studies