Choosing Core Courses Level 3

The following courses are listed by academic area. Students are required to take one course outside the area which includes their major.

Business Administration and Economics

ECN 5100 (3.000 CREDITS) Economics of Transition
This course takes a case study approach to the examination of the challenges of economic transition in its broadest sense. The progression of material covered on the course is from economic theory to the study of policy options adopted by the global multi-lateral lending agencies in the 1980s, 1990s and to the present day. The case studies used are intended to illustrate the theory and the policy framework discussed. Questions such as what priorities led to the changes in Eastern Europe and whether trade and price liberalization schemes can work and at what cost, will be studied.
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.
INB 6210 (3.000 CREDITS) European Business Environment
Focuses on the economic, political, social environment for business in Europe within this field, it examines the institutional interplay with the European Union, the dynamics between the different Member States and the different policies with direct relevance to businesses operating in the European Union.


COM 5100 (3.000 CREDITS) Language And Society
The course examines the way language works in relation to communication and culture. Students study the systematic and structural aspects of language as a base for the exploration of broader questions, such as language and social class, identity, gender, technology, and bilingualism. The variety of languages spoken by students in the classroom provides a unique opportunity to explore language from international and intercultural perspectives.
COM 5105 (3.000 CREDITS) Modern Popular Music
An interdisciplinary course examining the historical, sociological, aesthetic, technological, and commercial elements of contemporary popular music. It deals specifically with the origins and development of contemporary popular music; the relationship between culture, subculture, style and popular music; and the production and marketing of the music. Audio-visual resources are combined with lectures, and where appropriate, field trips to concerts in London.
COM 5110 (3.000 CREDITS) Masculinities and Feminisms
This course familiarizes students with current debates in cultural and media studies related to the social construction and enactment of gendered identities. The first part of the course explores the impact of feminist politics and postfeminist culture on the spectrum of masculinities. The second part adopts a cross- cultural perspective and considers the influence of global media on consumption practices and social change.
COM 5115 (3.000 CREDITS) Soc Of Culture & Sub Culture
Introduces the field of cultural studies by examining various concepts of culture, the positions taken in cultural criticism, and the relationship between social and cultural transformation. Emphasis is placed on differences between US and UK culture and the theory of subcultures.
COM 5120 (3.000 CREDITS) Adaptations: Lit And Cinema
This course deals with adaptations from literary texts, in the broad sense – novels, plays and comic books – to cinema and television. It engages with issues around the transition from one medium to another, debating questions of authorship and the relative advantages of different forms. Adaptations are discussed in terms of their historical and cultural contexts, and ‘faithful’ versions contrasted with ‘free’ adaptations which retain the tone and spirit of the original while deviating from the letter of the text. Prerequisite: At least one 4000-level COM course.
COM 5125 (3.000 CREDITS) Gender In Film
This course explores key concepts that have shaped the study of gender in film in the past 50 years. It considers different spectators’ viewing positions and analyses how historical and social changes in the construction of masculinities and femininities have shaped specific film genres. A variety of issues related to sexuality, race/ethnicity and non-western representations are also considered as students are encouraged to study film texts closely to make their own readings based on the semiotics of the film and the ideology behind it.


ENV 5200 (3.000 CREDITS) Environmental Ethics: Green Principles
This course is designed to develop students’ understanding of the concepts of environmental ethics through an analysis of historical and modern issues. The role of humans within nature and anthropogenic effects upon nature will be discussed along with typical environmental issues such as climate change, pollution, population issues, energy issues, conservation, women in the environment, and animal rights.
HST 5100 (3.000 CREDITS) Cultures Of Imperial Power
This course examines the causes and consequences of empires throughout history from a broad range of comparative perspectives, including the economic, political, social and (by way of postcolonial theory) the cultural. It investigates why empires are historically significant, how and why they rise and fall, whether they are good or bad, how they are defined, and how they can be resisted. The subject matter ranges from the earliest land superpowers of the ancient world to the ‘New Rome’ - the United States. It finishes by suggesting other potential contenders for imperial hegemony, including Multi National Corporations. It examines the question as to whether or not all history is essentially a history of empire, with the legacies of this imperial past (if not some of the empires themselves) still alive and well despite decolonisation. Where possible the course will make use of museums and collections within London.
HST 5105 (3.000 CREDITS) Rise Of The Right: History of Fascisms
This course is intended to be a comparative study of various forms of fascisms from the end of the nineteenth century through to the modern period. It explores the fundamental interpretative questions concerning the nature of fascism, namely: whether there is such a thing as ‘generic’ fascism; the characteristics of fascist regimes; and how useful the term fascism is for historical analysis. This is followed by a study of the historical origins of fascism as well as an examination of late nineteenth/early twentieth century proto-fascist movements. The focus then moves to the individual fascist movements themselves, including Italy (where the fascist prototype evolved), Germany (where it was taken to its extreme), and Spain (where a variant persisted until 1975). Where appropriate other fascist movements and regimes will also be discussed, both western and non western. The course concludes with a discussion about the ‘return’ of fascism, examining Neo-Nazi violence, immigration, ‘ethnic cleansing’ and the return of fascism under ‘other names’. The course is intended to be interactive with guest speakers, class visits, films, and regular seminar sessions.
HST 5110 (3.000 CREDITS) Nationalism And Conflict
This course is intended to be a comparative study of the various forms of nationalism, dictatorship and democracy that evolved and emerged across Central/Eastern Europe (CEE) during the ‘short’ twentieth century (1914-1990). It seeks to identify how CEE has been defined and how it came to take its present form. The main focus of this course will be on the various ideological currents that have shaped the region’s history – in particular nationalism, democracy and Communism. In addition, it will explore the conflicting arguments and different historical interpretations with regard to the key events of the period, including the development of nationalism, the emergence of fascism and Communism, the causes and courses of the two world wars and the Cold War, and finally, the causes behind the ‘reunification’ of Europe after 1989.
HST 5405 (3.000 CREDITS) US and UK 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 6205 (3.000 CREDITS) Pictures Of Power
The course aims to introduce students, by way of specific case-studies ranging from the ancient world to the modern day, to innovative methods of studying the past that utilise popular forms of visual culture and propaganda. While recognising the complexity of the propaganda process and the various influences that form and shape images, the course will focus on the historical relationship between propaganda (in architecture, cartoons, film, painting, pamphlets, photography, posters, sculpture, and television) and politics. The focus on the theme of propaganda and its relationship with various forms of media through the ages allows for the opportunity to compare and contrast particular case-studies over time and geographical space and therefore to distinguish elements of continuity and change, which will help students to ‘read’ historic images critically, both as vehicles for understanding the past and in order to identify the relationship between propaganda and power.
HST 6210 (3.000 CREDITS) Of Myths & Monsters: History of History
The aim of this course is to engage students directly in the study of historiography – how history is written, by whom, when – by studying key issues, ideas, practitioners, methodologies, theories and texts which have shaped the history of history, from its earliest origins in Antiquity through to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A chronological survey of this kind will enable students the opportunity to read key historians while emphasizing a comparative approach which highlights both continuity and change.
Surveys the history of modern Britain during its formative period of industrialization and empire building. An agrarian society ruled by a powerful aristocracy made way, not without moments of crisis, for an industrial society with a democratic franchise and organized political parties. The interaction between the old order and the new provides this course with its basic theme. This course is replaced by HST 6415 Island To Empire: Brit History 1707-1922
LIT 5100 (3.000 CREDITS) Travel Writing
The course exposes students to the scope and the power of modern travel writing. It endeavours to provide an intellectual framework for the understanding and analysis of this genre and introduces students to important critical texts. Students explore works taken mostly from within the parameters of literature, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Time is also spent on journalism, new media writing and film. Critical and theoretical responses to travel writing are explored, and an integral part of the students’ responses to the works they encounter will be the production of their own creative writing.
LIT 5105 (3.000 CREDITS) Post Colonial Women's Writing
This course exposes students to the area of postcolonial literature that concentrates on writings by women whose lives and creative imaginations have been shaped by British colonialism. These contemporary writers use the richness of the English language from their different cultural vantage points to illuminate the cross-cultural dilemmas affecting women’s and men’s lives in the late 20th/early 21st centuries. Works are read within their historical and transcultural contexts, and analyzed in relation to the political and global issues raised.
RLG 5100 (3.000 CREDITS) Comparative World Religions
This course explores the monotheistic religions of the Near East (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), those of India and the Far East (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism) and the ‘new-age’ faiths. The history and practice of each is studied. Special emphasis is laid on the philosophical and psychological basis of each religion and common themes such as the self, suffering, free will and ethics. Primary and secondary sources are studied along with an examination of methodology in comparative religion.

Social Sciences

DEV 5100 (3.000 CREDITS) Global Development Politics
Examines the global politics of development and of developing states, and various social, economic and environmental themes surrounding post-war attempts to promote development. The course will consider both development theory and practice in the context of globalization, and provide an overview of the history of global development from economic miracles to failed states. A range of contemporary development debates and issues are addressed.
INR 5100 (3.000 CREDITS) Critical Globalization Studies
This interdisciplinary course addresses the vitally important and complex phenomenon of contemporary globalization. The concept of globalization and the history of this phenomenon are interrogated. Political, social, economic and cultural aspects of globalization are discussed, and core themes of globalization debates are addressed, such as convergence, nationalism, and inequality. A range of global actors, agents and institutions are critically engaged with.
INR 6405 (3.000 CREDITS) International Human Rights
This course will cover the evolution of international human rights and of the various regional and international treaties and institutions designed for their protection. It will interrogate the fundamental tension between state sovereignty and individual rights, guaranteed by international law. It will further examine the historic and theoretical foundations of the idea of human rights in various civilizations and cultures, evaluate their legacy within western and non-western traditions, and examine their meaning and relevance in thinking about international human rights in contemporary world politics. The class principally draws on the theories and methodological approaches of the following disciplines: Sociology, International Law and International Relations The course will address the classic debate regarding the universality of international human rights. Students will have an opportunity to critically evaluate a number of specific human rights regimes as illustration of the complex politics of contemporary human rights. The course further evaluates the pressures that developments in the broader field of global politics place on the protection of human rights.
INR 6415 (3.000 CREDITS) Foreign Policy Analysis
Foreign Policy Analysis considers the manner in which a state arrives at its foreign policy decisions. It is, therefore, characterized by a focus on the roles of individuals in the decision-making process. The course considers the important interaction between international and domestic politics and the impact that the latter has on the implementation of foreign policy. The course addresses the manner in which individuals devise and implement policy on an international stage through a variety of comparative and case study driven approaches.
PLT 5100 (3.000 CREDITS) Politics Of The Middle East
Deals primarily with the politics of the Arab world, although Iran and Turkey are discussed where appropriate. Deals with issues of political and economic development in the region, as well as with geo-strategic and international concerns. This course is thematic rather than national in focus, and addresses issues such as nationalism, religion, revolution, democratization, gender politics, the politics of oil, and external influences on the Middle East.
PLT 6205 (3.000 CREDITS) Policy-Making in a Globalized World
This course investigates the process of policy-making in modern states. It explores how in the new globalized world governments “import” and “borrow” policy ideas from each other, while analyzing how the different actors – states, bureaucrats, think-tanks, policy-networks, lobby groups, citizens, etc – participate and influence the policy-making process. Through role-play activities (such as writing a political manifesto, advising a President on a foreign-policy issue, or enacting a policy-network in the policy process) students will understand the complexities of policy-making and the challenges that the modern state faces in the era of globalization.
PLT 6405 (3.000 CREDITS) Citizenship: National and Global
Examines the theoretical, political and sociological conceptions of citizenship. Tracing the development of the concept from ancient societies to the present day, it examines both the theoretical constructs and the concrete political meanings of the term. The course therefore considers the development of the nation state and the establishment of both legal and social citizenship. The course also addresses the notion of global citizenship in the context of international governance as well as the globalization of both economies and environmental issues.
PLT 6410 (3.000 CREDITS) Politics Of Environmentalism
Examines the political, economic, ideological, and social dilemmas associated with environmental issues. The first section of the course addresses the historical roots of environmentalism, its key concepts, and a range of key thinkers and paradigms for understanding environmentalism as an ideology. The second section of the course explores the role of key actors engaged in environmental policy making, and important issues in contemporary environmental politics. Topics addressed include environmental movements and parties, global environmental regimes, the impact of the media on environmental issues, and prospects for green technologies and employment.
PLT 6415 (3.000 CREDITS) Ethnicity and Identity
Examines the questions of whether ethnicity is a universal phenomenon, and if ethnic conflict is inevitable. Investigates why ethnicity became such an important tool of political organization in the 20th century. This course examines ethnicity, and to a lesser extent religion and nationalism, as bases of social and political belonging and differentiation and sources of both creativity and conflict. Starting with the premise that identity is socially constructed, the ways in which ethnic identity has been formed and used in different societies will be examined. Different theories of ethnicity will be explored during the course, as well as specific case studies. Key contemporary issues in the study of ethnicity and identity, such as immigration and multiculturalism, are also addressed.
PLT 6420 (3.000 CREDITS) Gender, Politics and Intl Relations
Explores the field of gender and politics. It addresses both theoretical and practical concerns. Starting from an analysis of the concept of gender, the course moves on to a discussion of feminist theory, followed by feminist criticisms of political and IR theory. The main body of the course is comprised of the examination of a range of issues from gendered perspectives including: nationalism, democracy, security and war, development and political economy.
PLT 6425 (3.000 CREDITS) Religion, Identity And Power
The recent emergence of a number of religious movements in many parts of the world has raised important questions about the role of religion in political and social life. This course explores the relationship between religion, political identity and its expression between and across nation-state borders. By focusing on a number of religious movements, such as various Islamic revivals and the new Christian right, this course will examine the various ways in which religious traditions are used as identity-building vehicles, particularly at times of cultural transition and social change. It examines how the internet and other communication networks serve as mediums for Religious identity formation.
PSY 5100 (3.000 CREDITS) Human Development
This course is designed to explore in detail the way in which socio-cultural contexts influence the development of the self in infancy and childhood. Special emphasis will be given to the development of the self-concept and self-esteem, interpersonal processes and the application of psychoanalytic ideas to human development; including the work of Erik Erikson, Anna Freud and D. W. Winnicott. The course will also focus on the role of family processes on socialization, the effects of trauma in childhood, peer group dynamics and children's friendships; as well as a wide variety of theoretical perspectives on adolescence, and contemporary theories of the relationship between insecure attachment and psychopathology. Students will have the opportunity to engage in independent research projects examining a variety of topics, including the effects of parenting styles on the developing child, the long-term effects of solitude, and the effects of inter-parental conflict on the child’s sense of security.
SCL 5105 (3.000 CREDITS) Religion, Magic And Witchcraft
This course focuses on sociological and anthropological perspectives on religious practice and experience. Classical theorists Marx, Weber and Durkheim will be examined. Notions of Magic, Witchcraft and the Supernatural will be addressed in relation to Myth and Symbolism. ‘New Age’ spirituality will be analysed in relation to Altered States of Consciousness and Counterculture and alternative versions of ‘Faith’.


THR 5100 (3.000 CREDITS) World Theatre
Provides an overview of the theatre of European and non European countries. Mainly issue-driven writing is examined, especially drama as a reaction to oppression. This course identifies styles that are specific to certain cultures in an aim to identify cultural influences from one country to another. Students are encouraged to contribute insights from their own individual cultures.