3 Week Classes: Session A
Each class runs for 180 minutes, five days/week and is worth 3 US CREDITS/12 UK CATS/6 ECTS.
A maximum of ONE three week class can be taken during this three week period; however, it can be taken alongside another 6-week option.
ADM 3160 Foundations in Photography
This course concentrates on developing the student’s visual intelligence via photography. Technically, students will learn to use digital Single Lens Reflex cameras and Photoshop for image workflow and editing. By looking at the work of a range of artists, students will be introduced to some of the theories that underpin photographic practice and consider photography’s place and role in contemporary culture. Throughout the course students make images which finally result in an edited portfolio of photographic prints. A studio fee is levied on this course.
AVC 5200 Museums and Galleries of London
Considers the nature of museums and art galleries and their role and function in our society and culture. Students study the workings of the art market and a variety of other topics that impinge upon it, such as conservation, restoration, the investment potential of art, and art world crime. Students visit many of the great London galleries and museums with their rich intercultural collections, as part of this course. A university-level survey of the history of international art is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.
COM 6400 Fashion and Media
This course traces the multiple connections between the fashion and media industries. It emphasises the material realities, pragmatic and creative dynamisms, fantasy components, and essential visuality of fashion. It also highlights how cities in general function as creative agencies for fermenting style and fashion ideas and attitudes.
ECN 5105 Economic Problems of Developing Countries
This course discusses questions such as: ‘Why does the level of economic prosperity vary between countries? How is the difference itself to be measured? What is the range of measures available to improve the lot of the world’s poorest inhabitants? What role can organizations such as the IMF and the World Bank take in this process? On this course you will be exposed to a range of material designed to encourage you to link theory to the practical implications faced by policy makers and the policy choices they make.
GEP 3160 Creative Expression
This core course explores the ways we can interpret and appreciate different types of art across cultures. How can we make sense of an art installation that consists of a pile of stones on a gallery floor? How can we understand music and the creative expression behind it? Through examples from the fine arts, film, theatre, music and fashion, this class engages with broad themes concerning the value of artistic thinking and the role it plays in education, social relations, urbanism and the creative economy.
HST 5405 U.S. and U.K. Comparative History
Focuses on shared themes from the 1880’s to the present day, using a variety of approaches to enable students from different disciplines to participate in the course. Issues around popular culture, gender and ethnicity will be looked at, as well as peoples’ responses to major events like the Depression and wars. Concepts from economic history will be used to analyze the booms and slumps that have occurred and the changes to the US/UK that have taken place as a result. The decline of Britain as a world power and the parallel rise of the US will be studied, and this will help put into context the current debates on the post Cold War world order and globalization.
HST 5425 Historical London
This course surveys the history of London from its Roman origins to the modern cosmopolitan metropolis that it is today. Through a variety of themes, students will explore social, political and architectural developments of this urban centre throughout the ages. Students will both read about and visit significant sites within London which illustrate aspects of the history of this great metropolis.
MGT 5400 Organizational Behaviour
This course explores the structure and nature of organisations and the contribution that communication and human behaviour makes to organisational performance. The course will address not only macro level issues relating to the environment and context within which organisations operate, but also the micro level influences of people as individuals and groups, their motivations and operating styles. The management of people for successful organisational performance will be emphasised by considering work environmental factors that facilitate or impede organisational success.
MKT 5410 Psychology of Fashion and Luxury Goods
Consumer psychology within the context of the consumption of fashion and luxury products and services is complex and is influenced by many factors. A thorough analysis and understanding of these factors allows organizations to plan effective marketing activities suitable to their target markets. This course enables students to understand the importance of consumer behaviour in the process of marketing fashion and luxury goods and services.
PLT 5410 Islam and the West
The aim of this course is to focus on the historical, political and religious relationships between “Islam” and the “West”. Islam has for centuries been Europe’s neighbour and cultural contestant with a history of conflict and co-existence. Since September 11 there has been increasing talk of a “clash of civilizations”, but globalization has also created an interdependency of faiths which requires greater co-operation, understanding, and dialogue. A recurrent theme of this course will be whether it is possible to separate the world into monolithic entities called “Islam” and the “West”. Why is one defined in terms of religion and the other a geographical designation? Further, we are increasingly witnessing “Islam in the West”. Muslims are not confined to the Middle East but have spread in large numbers to Europe and the United States and there have been Islamic communities living in the Balkans and in parts of southern Europe for centuries. Another theme will be the relations between religion and state in Islam and Christianity. Is Islam inherently resistant to secularization as some scholars believe?
PSY 4215 Biological Basis of Human Behaviour
Exposes students to the relationship between biology and behavior. Students are expected to assess critically the extent to which biological explanations can be used to understand or explain human behavior. Topics covered are: motivational behavior; social behavior; sleep; perception; learning; and memory. Special discussion topics include: sexual behavior; eating disorders; emotions; and consciousness. In addition, the course also looks at perceptual and memory disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 3100 Foundations in Psychology and at least one other lower-division psychology course
SCL 5450 Contemporary British Culture
Aimed primarily at students participating in the International Internship Programme, this course provides students with a comprehensive and detailed overview of contemporary British culture. The course provides students with a comprehensive overview of contemporary British culture; an overview that engages with many aspects of current debate regarding national and cultural identity and questions how citizens interact with the modern state. The course will cover the historical processes that have helped shape UK society and now govern the social attitude and outlook of modern Britons. The course will also address issues that have become central to political and cultural reporting by the media. These will include differences between English, Scottish and Welsh identities; the role of Monarchy; UK Parliamentary Democracy; multiculturalism and religious faith in Britain. In the context of British culture, the course will also focus on practical assistance to International Internship Programme students, to help them adapt to the context of “working-life”. Students will be introduced to the social issues that are likely to influence the behaviour of their workplace colleagues.