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Summer School students can choose three courses of instruction. 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. Students who do not meet stated prerequisites for a preferred course, but who think they have the appropriate background to take the course, should seek permission from the relevant Queen’s Department offering the course. 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.

Art and Music

Course CodeDescription

ARTH 222/3.0

Impressionism & Post-Impressionism

An investigation into the sources of impressionism, its diffusion in Europe, reactions to impressionism and alternate traditions up to 1900.

PREREQUISITE    Level 2 or above or permission of the Department.

ARTH 399/3.0

ARTH 399/3.0 The English Country House

Selected studies of the English Country house, its architecture, landscape gardens, interior design, and contents.

Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.

PREREQUISITE    Level 2 or above.

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.

British Cultural Studies

Course CodeDescription

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.

PREREQUISITE    Level 2 or above.

Humanities

Course CodeDescription

ENGL 281/3.0

Legends of King Arthur: Medieval to Modern

This course investigates the enduring popularity of the legend of Arthur, with an emphasis on its adaptability to the changing values and viewpoints of different cultural moments (Celtic, Medieval, Victorian, Modern). Themes to be investigated may include chivalry, courtly love, the grail quest, national identity, politics and gender relationships. 

PREREQUISITE    A grade of C in ENGL 100/6.0 or (registration in a MDVL Plan).

ENGL 291/3.0

Literature on Screen and Stage - A Study in Sherlock

A study of the relationships between literary texts written in English, from classics to contemporary popular fiction, and their adaptations in a range of media, comprising close analysis, historical and cultural investigation into national and transnational formulations of adaptation, and discussion of the processes and theories of adaptation.

PREREQUISITE     A grade of C in ENGL 100/6.0.

FILM 337/3.0

FILM 337/3.0 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    (Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC or COCA Specialization and 12.0 units in FILM) or (Level 3 and registration in a GPHY Plan and GPHY 101/3.0, GPHY 227/3.0, GPHY 229/3.0). Or permission of the instructor.

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     Third year standing or permission of the Department

HIST 273/3.0

New Imperialism

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’.

PREREQUISITE    Level 2 or above.

INTS 306/3.0

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.

PREREQUISITE    Level 2 or above.

Sciences

Course CodeDescription

ASTR 101/3.0

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.

GEOL 106/3.0

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.

Social Sciences

Course CodeDescription

POLS 263/3.0

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.

PREREQUISITE    POLS 110/6.0.

POLS 338/3.0

European Integration

An examination of the European union and the forces towards integration: origin, politics and future.

PREREQUISITE    (12 units in POLS at the 200 level or above) and (a GPA of 2.0 on all units in POLS), or permission of the Department.

Specialized Programs

Our specialized programs are pre-packaged modules, designed to allow students to immerse themselves deeply in course material that includes extensive research and practical ‘in the field’ learning experiences. Five to six weeks in duration, satisfying 6.0 to 9.0 units, these programs run between May and June. Start and end dates vary according to program, so please refer to the individual program pages.

Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Health and Disability

Global Project Management in the 21st Century

Field School in Medieval Theatre Studies (two weeks in August)

Queen's University students should consult their Faculty or Faculty Academic Calendar to ensure that they meet prerequisites. Students can seek permission to enroll in preferred courses, if they do not meet stated prerequisites. However, 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.

*Please note that these specialized programs are offered as a package and course codes are subject to change. Enrollment is limited so do apply early.

Bader International Study Centre
Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham, East Sussex
United Kingdom, BN27 1RN
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