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Students can choose five courses of instruction in the Fall Term. Choose from our wide range of Upper Year offerings that are applicable to a variety of majors. Each course is comprised of at least 36 learning hours, including course-specific field study excursions. You may opt to study at the BISC for the Fall semester, the Winter semester, or both semesters.

The semester has 12 teaching weeks, with mid-term trip taking place in week 7. Exams take place in weeks 13 and 14.

Please note: Course offerings are subject to be changed or cancelled for reasons including, but not limited to, enrolment numbers. Students will have access to academic advising services if any changes impact their Plans of Study.

Art and Music

Course Code Description

ARTH 116/3.0

Art and 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.

Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.

EXCLUSION    No more than 9.0 units from ARTH 116/3.0; ARTH 117/3.0; ARTH 120/6.0.

MUSC 102/3.0

An Introduction to the History of Western Art Music

he 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. Open to BA MIN MUSC and non-MUSC concentrators only.

EXCLUSION    No more than 3.0 units from MUSC 102/3.0; MUSC 203/3.0; EXCLUSION    No more than 3.0 units from MUSC 102/3.0; MUSC 204/3.0.

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

NOTE: These courses are offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.

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.

Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.

PREREQUISITE    Level 2 or above.

Business and Economics

Course Code Description

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 and exchange rates; currency futures, options and swaps; international investing; foreign exchange exposure; hedging exchange risk; and cross-border valuation.

PREREQUISITE COMM 121 or COMM 221 or permission of the instructor

COMM 373/3.0

International Business Negotiations

This course requires the application of cumulative knowledge of functional areas and international business to negotiation situations. It will introduce: current thinking and research on negotiating; exploring the different aspects of international negotiations, including planning, the effect of culture on negotiating styles, and managing the process. It will concentrate on developing international negotiating awareness and skills through the use of international negotiation exercises, simulations and cases. The focus will be on both the personal level (honing your own negotiating skills and awareness) and the corporate level (analyzing the factors that are important to companies in international negotiations, planning and implementing complex negotiations).

PREREQUISITE This course is restricted to students enrolled in the 3rd or 4th year of the Commerce Program, unless granted permission by the instructor.

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 to ECON 110.

EXCLUSION    No more than 6.0 units from ECON 110/6.0; ECON 111/3.0; ECON 112/3.0.


Course Code Description

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).

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

FILM 340/3.0

Advertising and Consumer Culture

Historical and critical examination of advertising, especially television and related print materials, as cultural, economic, and political practices within a continuously changing consumer society.

PREREQUISITE    (Registration in a FILM Plan, STSC or COCA Specialization and 12.0 units in FILM) or (FILM 236/3.0; FILM 240/3.0; FILM 260/3.0) or (COMM 131/3.0 or COMM 231/3.0 or PSYC 342/3.0).

HIST 241/3.0

Issues in History: Medieval Europe: Castles, Kingdoms, and Religious Conflict

Students are expected to develop a good general knowledge of the medieval period in relation to the key themes being explored i.e., the development of feudal societies and the transformative role of religion in the period. The students will also explore the historiographical debates over concepts such as feudalism, tolerance, and crusade. The course will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminar classes.

PREREQUISITE    Level 2 or above.

HIST 289/3.0

Britain since 1851

This chronological survey of British history looks to understand the relationships between Britain, its empire, and Europe. The course will explore broadly thematic elements within different eras of British history. Industrialization, liberal democracy, commerce, and imperial expansion will be examined in the late nineteenth century. The course then focuses on the World Wars, financial collapse, and internationalism in the early twentieth century. Finally, in the mid- and late-twentieth century, the course surveys national policies, cultural exports, decolonization, and the Cold War. Through these themes, the course examines the rise of fall of Britain as a great power.

PREREQUISITE    Level 2 or above; EXCLUSION    No more than 6.0 units from HIST 289/3.0; HIST 329/6.0

INTS 312/3.0

Journalism in the 21st Century

This course will make sense of contemporary multi-media through a series of workshops and lectures that are focused on the profession of journalism. 

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

PREREQUISITE    Level 2 or permission of the instructor.

LLCU 214/3.0

Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals and Myth

The course will analyze the cinematic representation of the Mafia and other criminal organizations, such as Yakuza, Triads, Vory V Zakone.  The course will focus on how North American cinema (Hollywood) often glorifies the mafiosi's lifestyle. As this characterization of the Mafia and Mafiosi began with the archetypal figures of the bosses, special attention will be given to movies of the 1930s and to Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy.  The goal is the deconstruction of the romantic portrayal of the gangster life style created on the silver screen and analyses of the atrocities committed by organized crime groups.

PREREQUISITE    Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

PHIL 151/3.0

Great Works of Philosophy

An examination of some major milestones in the development of philosophical thought. The course will involve both the exposition of texts and discussion of the philosophical issues which they raise.

EXCLUSION    No more than 1 course from PHIL 111/6.0; PHIL 151/3.0

SPAN 111/3.0

Beginning Spanish

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

ONE‐WAY EXCLUSION    May not be taken with or after SPAN 112/3.0; SPAN 204/3.0; SPAN 205/3.0; SPAN 301/3.0; SPAN 302/3.0; SPAN 303/3.0; SPAN 304/3.0; SPAN 401/3.0; SPAN 402/3.0; SPAN 201/6.0.

Social Sciences

Course Code Description

GPHY 102/3.0

Physical Geography and Natural Resources

This course introduces the major concepts studied in physical geography and natural resources. The processes and interrelationships between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and lithosphere, particularly at, or near the Earth's surface, are investigated to serve as a basis for understanding the nature and distribution of natural resources.


Course Code Description

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.

HLTH 101/3.0

The Social Determinants of Health

This course introduces students to basic concepts in public, population and global health, and introduces social determinants of health, such as poverty, income inequality, and racism, in Canadian and global contexts.

NOTE: Course offerings are subject to change for reasons including, but not limited to, enrolment numbers. Students will have access to academic advising services if changes impact their course selections. 

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