3 Week Classes: Session B (8 June – 26 June )

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.

A ‘hands-on’ video course involving most aspects of production from camera work and sound recording to editing and audio dubbing. The theory and practice of video technology are taught through a series of group exercises and out of class assignments. Students also study a range of classic videos and film as a means of understanding the language of the medium. A studio fee* is levied on this course.

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.

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.

Charts the development and critical context of contemporary celebrity and fan cultures. Outlines key theoretical approaches. Explores the topic through a variety of media, from artists like Andy Warhol, Lady Gaga, Eminem, and Alison Jackson, to fanfic and other fan culture artifacts. Considers the creation and reception of celebrity texts: for example, around Harry Potter, and fanhood as a performative critique of celebrity. Examines relevant PR and media strategies.

Provides students with an introduction to development studies, seeking to explain both the existence of and persistence of a Poor World from a political, sociological, historical and economic perspective. The course addresses numerous issues as they affect the Poor World, and studies relations both within and between Poor World and Rich World. Topics include colonialism and post-colonialism, processes of industrialization, food security, inequality, nationalism, aid, democratization, and conflict, as well as an introduction to theories of development.

This course examines the financial needs of corporations and the range of mechanisms available to meet them. A review of basic financial statement analysis leads into consideration of working capital management. The key concept of the time value of money is applied to bond and equity valuation as well as capital budgeting. The basic Capital Asset Pricing Model is examined, as a key component of WACC calculation. Varying corporate financial requirements are considered including comparison of internal and external sources of funds, their relative availability, and costs. Final topics include capital structure and dividend policy, and ideas of Modigliani and Miller.

The course provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the evolution of the international financial system since the 19th century. It covers the development of international monetary systems, the rise and fall of international financial centres and the relationship between finance, industry and economics. The course pays particular attention to financial crises, a phenomenon that represents an endemic feature of capitalist history. The course makes use of students’ analytical and data interpretation skills and allows an evidence based reflection with a direct relevance to the latest financial crisis and the current financial and economic developments.

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.

The course examines the history of the African Diaspora in London over approximately the last 300 years, paying particular attention to changes in the demographic background to this Diaspora and the ensuing debates around the various notions of Blackness. The context to the course is the growth of London as the hub of an imperial system underscored by notions of race, and the subsequent changes to the metropolis in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. A theoretical underpinning of the course is that London is one of the centres of a Black Atlantic, as understood through the works of Paul Gilroy. The course will open up social relations at the heart of Black London’s history, including class, gender and sexuality. London has a long history of ideological movements driven by the conditions of the Black Atlantic, such as: Abolitionism, anti-colonialism, Pan Africanism and anti-racist struggles within Britain; all of these will be within the parameters of the course. Finally, the cultural impact of the Black Atlantic on London will be looked at in all its diversity, including, but not restricted to: literature, religion, music, fashion, language, cuisine, etc.

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 casestudies 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.

This course investigates cooperation and discord in international organisation. While evaluating theoretical debates and examining a selection of inter-governmental organisation, the focus is on broader questions of how the global system is organised. Students interrogate the role that power and coercion play, the inequalities and marginalisations in the international system, the nature and role of non-state actors, and the content of the global political agenda. The course critically evaluates different forms of governance from grassroots to regional governance, from global multilateral negotiations to economic crisis management. Questions about the continuity and change of global governance are addressed both holistically and in the case of specific institutions.

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.

This course will explore the vibrant genre tradition of fantastic and non-realist writing using a range of critical approaches. The first half of the course will survey some of the major texts on which modern Fantasy literature draws, including Beowulf, Arthurian texts and selections from works by Shakespeare, Milton, Jane Austen and Lewis Carroll. The second half of the course will focus more intensively on a few major fantasies from the past 120 years and their filmed adaptations, including works by Bram Stoker, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J.K. Rowling, and will look at how these texts and their filmic counterparts repurpose and revision older ideas for novel purposes.

This course act as an introduction to the world of fashion from a business point of view. The course investigates the notion of what a customer is and separates this out from customers within the context of business-to-business relationships. The course further investigates notions of market segmentation, positioning, promotion and branding. The course ends with some introductory discussions on the role of business strategy within the fashion business.

The course will focus on the study of consumers and their behavioural patterns in the consumption and purchase of product/services as well as the impact of information technology (social media, digital media) on consumer behaviour. It examines behavioural and cognitive psychology and their application in order to measure and interpreting consumers’ formation of attitudes and beliefs. The course provides a psychoanalytic perspective in order to inform the development of marketing strategy as well as to what motivates individual to purchase a specific branded products. It provides an in depth understanding of the consumption culture in modern and postmodern life and how marketers develop life style branding strategies to attract different group of consumers market segments.

The Digital Marketing and Social Media course will provide insights into new marketing concepts, tools, technologies and business models to enhance the consumer value creation process. New technologies have created some radical changes in the way companies reach their markets and in particular the emerging phenomenon of social media. This course integrates ideas from the process of gaining traffic or attention the rapidly emerging and influential social networks including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. It will provide an understanding of techniques and tools to understand and harness the opportunities provided by best practice social media marketing Students will have the opportunity to learn about electronic commerce in action; the interplay between the technology and marketing applications; the changing scope and uses of the Internet, along with current management issues facing businesses attempting to use the World Wide Web.

This course will introduce students to the main political institutions in the United Kingdom (the monarchy, the executive, parliament, political parties and electoral systems) and to important debates in contemporary British society, such as constitutional reform, Britain’s relations with Europe, the power of the media, gender debates and multiculturalism. The class combines theoretical and empirical approaches. Classes are supplemented by 10 sessions in the House of Commons with a Member of Parliament.

The purpose of this course is to increase students’ awareness of the variety of theoretical viewpoints that exist regarding the nature of human individual differences and the factors that influence human behaviour. We will examine the different theoretical viewpoints about intelligence, personality structure and its development, emotion, motivation, cognitive styles, the development of psychopathology, and clinical applications for personality change. Students will evaluate prominent theoretical perspectives critically and consider cultural variations in individual differences.

This course will introduce students to the components and unique traits of British Comedy. From theatre and musicals to TV, Film and Stand-Up, students will explore how British Comedy has developed over the centuries and decades to reflect the ever-shifting landscape of British society. In particular, this course will examine how Class plays a significant role in the distinctions and dynamics that define British comedy. The course will explore the elements of satire, absurdity, wit and self- deprecation, in line with the consistent puns, innuendos and intellectual jokes that are at the heart of British humour

This course aims to introduce students to the contemporary performance scene in London – focusing upon music, dance, performance art, and installation art and fringe theatre. Themed in-class sessions will be supplemented by frequent field trips to performance venues in the London area. Students should budget for an additional £75 for tickets to events.