Cursos en el extranjero

Situada al oeste de la ciudad de Londres, esta prestigiosa Universidad ofrece cada año un completo programa de cursos especializados durante el verano.

Londres, una de las ciudades más cosmopolitas del mundo, con infinitas distracciones y vida social, es una excelente ciudad para realizar un curso de Summer Sessions. Bares, clubs y musicales de todos los tipos inundan las calles, ofreciendo, a su vez, actividades como teatros, cines, ópera, Covent Garden, British Museum, National Gallery, Buckingham Palace, así como los mejores centros comerciales del mundo. Realizar un curso especializado de verano en la University of Westminster ofrece la oportunidad de aprovechar al máximo los recursos de la prestigiosa universidad y su excelente situación en la ciudad de Londres y da la oportunidad de conocer estudiantes ingleses e internacionales. Ver información del Centro de Estudios

Fechas:

  • Session 1: 3 semanas. Fechas: 16 de Junio al 7 de Julio de 2018
  • Session 2: 3 semanas. Fechas: del  7 al 28 de Julio de 2018

Requisitos:

Nivel de Inglés Avanzado.

Más abajo puedes ver los cursos que se imparten de cada una de estas áreas, así como su descripción y contenido.

Alojamiento

En residencia S.C.: Habitación individual. Self-catering (posibilidad de prepararse las comidas en las cocinas de la residencia). Ver información del Alojamiento

Precios y fechas

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Elije la duración: de 3 a 3 semanas

Semanas
3

Summer Sessions

Residencia self-catering, Barbican
3.915 €
Fechas de inicio: 16 de Junio. 7 de Julio.

Los cursos de verano de la University of Westminster ofrecen la oportunidad de escoger entre una gran variedad de cursos, algunos son innovadores, otros suponen un reto, pero todos ellos proveen una excelente oportunidad para ganar un gran valor académico a nivel internacional, así como una gran experiencia, que completa la formación.

Se imparten clases en innumerables áreas de estudio, para satisfacer los intereses de la gran mayoría de estudiantes: Arquitectura, moda, International Business, Periodismo, Derecho, Música, Museum Studies, Fotografía, Ciencias Sociales y Televisión. Los profesores tienen una gran experiencia y son profesionales que imparten clase en la Universidad, que imparten sus clases con el ánimo de profundizar en sus materias.

Sea cual sea tu motivación, inicia una experiencia que cambiará tu vida en Londres, una ciudad cosmopolita y vibrante.

Por qué elegir University of Westminster

Porque es una universidad, y podrás disfrutar de las instalaciones y ventajas disponibles para todos los estudiantes de la universidad. Muchos de sus estudiantes realizan carreras o postgrados.

Porque está en Westminster, en el corazón de Londres: las clases se imparten en el histórico edificio central de Regent Street y otros edificios cercanos, todos a cinco minutos a pie.

Clases optativas a la hora de comer: Todos los días a la hora de comer se imparten clases opcionales a las que se puede asistir de manera gratuita, lo cual añade al total del programa cinco horas semanales.

Profesorado: Profesores con excelente formación y experiencia, muchos de ellos son autores de libros de texto o examinadores de Cambridge con acceso a numerosos materiales como libros, vídeos, etc.

Aprendizaje ameno: Además de las clases de idioma, puedes utilizar los laboratorios de informática, varias bibliotecas especializadas y el Self-Access Learning Centre con acceso a ordenadores, TV y audios.

Cualificaciones: University of Westminster es un centro presencial oficial para los exámenes de Cambridge y para el IELTS.

Calidad: Acreditada por el British Council, lleva enseñando inglés desde hace más de 70 años.

Residencia self-catering, zona Barbican, habitación individual

El alojamiento es en una residencia de la University of Westminster. El alojamiento es en Apartamentos de 4 a 8 habitaciones individuales. Se comparte la cocina y el salón con los demás estudiantes del apartamento.
La residencia dispone de seguridad 24-horas, y funciona con carnet de estudiante. También dispone de Internet. Está convenientemente situada con fácil acceso al centro de Londres, así como de las clases, y modernos lugares de Londres, cerca de modernos estudios.
La residencia es moderna, urbana y “Arty”, ubicada en un lugar de moda, junto a Galerías de Arte y vida nocturna vibrante, cerca de Barbican, Brick Lane y City of London.

El mapa muestra la zona, no la ubicación exacta.

Residencia self-catering, zona High street, habitación individual

Algo más costosa que la residencia anterior, es la que está situada más céntrica. Está situada muy cerca de las clases, junto a las tiendas de moda de High street y London’s West End, cafés y restaurantes, con su excitante vida nocturna. También está situada a pocos minutos andando del famoso Regent’s Park para poderse relajar después de las clases o de un día de compras o excursión. También está justo delante de Madame Tussaud's.
La residencia es moderna. Dispone de habitaciones privadas superiores, todas ellas con baño privado, armario, mesas de estudio y conexión a Internet. Las cocinas se comparten entre un máximo de 6 estudiantes. También disponen de TV con pantalla plana, y mobiliario moderno.

El mapa muestra la zona, no la ubicación exacta.

Áreas de estudio

Los cursos de verano de la University of Westminster, ofrecen la oportunidad de escoger entre una gran variedad de cursos, algunos son innovadores, otros suponen un reto, pero todos ellos proveen una excelente oportunidad para ganar un gran valor académico a nivel internacional, así como una gran experiencia, que completa la formación.

Se imparten clases en innumerables áreas de estudio., para satisfacer los intereses de la gran mayoría de estudiantes: Arquitectura, moda, Itennational Business, Periodismo, Derecho, Música, Museum Studies, Fotografía, Ciéncias Sociales y Televisión. Los profesores tienen una gran experiencia y son profesionales que imparten clase en la Universidad, que imparten sus clases con el ánimo de profundizar en sus materias.

Sea cual sea tu motivación, inicia una experiencia que cambiará tu vida en Londres, una ciudad cosmopolita y vibrante.

Escoge un área de estudio

  • Westminster Business School - Session 1

    • Online Entertainment Management
    • Principles of Marketing
    • International Strategic Project Management
    • The Role of the Manager
  • Westminster Business School - Session 2

    • The Business of Sport
    • The Power of Brands
    • International Business
    • Entertaining London
  • Law - Session 1

    • Cinematic Justice
  • Law - Session 2

    • Cinematic Justice
  • Architecture & the Build Environment, Tourism - Session 1

    • Destination London
  • Media, Art & Design - Session 1

    • Print Journalism: The London Experience
    • Television in London
    • Photographing the City: London
  • Media, Art & Design - Session 2

    • Television in London
    • Photographing the City: London
    • London: Culture Capital of the World
    • Multimedia Journalism: The London Experience
  • Science & Technology - Session 1

    • Exploring Mind and Body through Yoga
    • Myth and Method in Psychology
  • Science & Technology - Session 1

    • Exploring Mind and Body through Yoga
    • Psychology of City Life
  • Liberal Arts - Session 1

    • Shakespeare: Themes and Presentations
    • The Cult of Celebrity: Mass Media & Idolatry in the Digital Age
    • Jack the Ripper’s London: Myth, Reality & the Victorian Metropolis
    • World City: London Since 1960
    • Art and Society
    • London Theatre Studies
    • Monarchy: A Royal History of London
    • Writing for Children
    • Londonium to the Blitz: London through its Museums
  • Liberal Arts - Session 2

    • Creative Writing
    • Literary London
    • Art and Society
    • Jane Austen: from the Page to the Screen
    • Monarchy: A Royal History of London
    • Londonium to the Blitz: London through its Museums
    • Jack the Ripper’s London: Myth, Reality & the Victorian Metropolis

Online Entertainment Management

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

There is an increase in the use of online entertainment content in the entertainment industry (for example, YouTube, BBC iPlayer, iTunes etc.). This module investigates why there is an increase of online entertainment content, how online content is changing the business environment of the entertainment industry and how organizations in other industries can use this technology to gain competitive advantage.

The module provides a lively and entertaining look at this exciting area.

CLASS AIMS

This module aims to provide a student with:

  • An understanding of the online content provided by the entertainment industry;
  • An understanding about why the entertainment industry is using online content;
  • An understanding of how the entertainment industry monitors and controls its online content;
  • Skills to analyse the benefits and disadvantages of using online content as a communication and distribution channel for the entertainment industry.

Principles of Marketing

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

This module provides an essential introduction and prepares you to build on this at later stages, academically and professionally. In addition, it is core to several business degrees and the marketing pathway. With our teaching team, we hope that you will find this module inspiring and that it will provide you with a good foundation for recognising marketing and its positive and negative impact in your everyday world.

CLASS AIMS

The class aims to:

  • Enable you to recognise, describe and relate your experience of marketing activities
  • Enable you to identify the principal concepts and techniques of marketing and apply them to business

problems

  • Develop transferable skills necessary for marketing practice
  • Critically understand the impact of marketing and the criticisms it faces

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • On completion of this class, the successful student should be able to:
  • Identify and explain the use of marketing tools and techniques
  • Apply marketing tools and techniques to business situations
  • Construct and present ideas in a coherent manner
  • Understand marketing beyond its immediate business implications

International Strategic Project Management

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

Effective project management is fundamental to the success of projects in all areas of business. This class aims to provide students with an understanding of the theory that underpins modern project management practice, together with experience of applying techniques through individual and group work. The content of this class covers the common needs of projects in all areas of business, together with the specific needs of business systems projects.

CLASS AIMS

The class aims to:

  • enable students to understand the need for and importance of project management
  • provide students with an understanding of modern project management theory and practice
  • develop team working skills
  • develop an understanding of how to structure, organise and plan a small project

LEARNING OUTCOMES

On completion of this class, the successful student should be able to:

  • critically examine the need for project management techniques and roles.
  • plan, monitor and control a project.
  • manage a project budget.
  • evaluate the success of a project.
  • analyse and manage risk factors within a business project.
  • debate techniques for managing supplier and client relationships.
  • critically examine strategies for managing, developing and working within a team environment.

The Role of the Manager

This module is intended to prepare students for supervisory and managerial roles
and, as such, deals with the core skills involved in management. These include
delegation, managerial & leadership styles, motivation; chairing meetings, workplace
counselling, staff development, identifying and managing conflict and negotiating
skills.
The module aims to help students identify how people become managers, what the
role of the manager is and how to maximise their effectiveness in that role. Real-life
examples are offered throughout, with the variations in styles of management and
leadership required by different organisations and different cultures taken into
consideration.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the module the successful student will be able to:
• Explain the role of the manager
• Identify routes into management and the managerial roles that they are likely
to occupy in the future
• Explain the strategies that organisations can adopt to ensure that managers
are effectively selected, developed and monitored with organisations
• Identify and apply in appropriate situations general line management skills
e.g. problem diagnosis & resolution, delegation, managerial style, staff
motivation, chairing meetings, staff counselling, staff development,
grievance and disciplinary handling, identifying and managing conflict
and negotiating skills
• Explain how managerial skills can be integrated with organisational activity
as a whole.
Course outcomes the module contributes to: not applicable; cross-course
offering. An elective does not contribute directly to course outcomes but helps
contextualise these.
Indicative syllabus content
• Managers and their backgrounds – The nature of management. How people
become managers. The conflict between specialist and managerial activity.
• Research techniques – collecting information about management.
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Communication
• The manager’s job: activity versus effectiveness. Delegation. The nature of
delegation. Skills of delegation. Obstacles to effective delegation.
Empowerment.
• Communication and Organisational Structures: The factors that determine
organisational structure; consequences of poor structures; the extent to which
these structures work as intended. General developments in the public and
private sector.
• Managerial style: Trends in managerial style. Options in managerial style.
Organisational factors. The impact of national culture on managerial style and
communication. Evaluation of managerial style. The contingency approach to
management.
• Conflict at Work: Identifying and Managing Conflict Stress – the skills of
negotiation.
• Recruitment and Selection: establishing appropriate selection criteria;
assembling relevant and appropriate information about candidates; structuring
and conducting an effective selection interview; equal opportunities and
diversity policies.
• Workplace Counselling Skills: The role of the manager and the nature of and
need for counselling. Specific skills including referral to specialist agencies.
Handing Grievances using workplace counselling skills for both customers
and employees.
• Handling Disciplinary situations: the objectives of disciplinary policies in an
organisation; preventing disciplinary problems; responsibilities of the line
manager; handling disciplinary and performance issues informally when
appropriate.

The Business of Sport

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

Worldwide, the sports industry is estimated to be worth well over US$500 billion; in the UK, alone, it may be worth in excess of £15 billion. On any measure – whether in terms of turnover, profitability, employment, participation or media profile – sports business is big business. Using a blend of theory and practice, and case studies from a variety of competitive sports, this module examines the distinctive nature and context of sport and sport business. It draws on various functional areas in business – economics, finance, marketing, and law among others and practitioner knowledge– to build a profile of the sports industry.

Finally, it considers contemporary issues of importance in the sports industry such as sponsorship and the media.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to basic business concepts that are relevant to all areas of work activity, not just business and commerce, via a medium having a wide interest; Sport.

On successful completion of this class, the student will be able to:

  • Describe, in informed way, the evolution of sport as business and identify its key dimensions and dynamics;
  • Apply a range of business disciplines and approaches in the analysis of sporting organisations, events and governance structures;

• Evaluate the wider context in which sport business operates and identify emerging issues and concerns.

The Power of Brands

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

Creating and managing successful brands is a source of competitive advantage to modern organizations.

This module provides students with the fundamental understanding of brands, brand positioning and brand portfolio management. It engages students by practical demonstration of the effective use of marketing and branding tools. At the heart of an effective brand strategy, is its seamless integration with the marketing mix.

A successful brand plan, does not only address how the brand will be communicated but also how it will be protected.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of branding as a marketing tool and its evolution in business practice.
  • Develop an understanding of brands and brand value over time through the development of brand planning and equity.
  • Evaluate basic strategies required to develop and communicate a strong brand and to evaluate its performance
  • Develop the ability to present and debate brand issues within given scenarios and case studies

International Business

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

The class explores the wider business environment and the significance of major global trends. The impact upon international businesses of the global trade institutions and of governments is studied for companies of various sizes and types. Major topics include, foreign direct investment; culture and management practice, assessing the attractiveness of markets, ethics and the management of risk internationally. The decisions and issues faced by international managers are studied from the perspective of various functions including Finance, HRM, Marketing and Operations.

CLASS AIMS

This class aims to:

  • Provide an overview of trends in the global trading environment.
  • Examine the issues arising for businesses operating across several countries.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Debate trends in the global business environment and their relevance both to trading relations between countries and to business decisions within organisations.
  • Monitor a current issue in world trade; evaluate various facets of it and the implications of possible developments or outcomes.
  • Critically evaluate the factors relevant to an organisation entering a new country and assess their relative significance in a given situation.
  • Cite the major research on how cultural differences manifest themselves in behaviour and evaluate the implications of this for business conduct.
  • Identify and assess the relevance of issues arising for an organisation, in both the strategic and the functional areas of management as a consequence of it operating across several countries.

Entertaining London

London is one of the entertainment centres of the world. It is home to world-class
theatres, music venues, museums, galleries, festivals and much else. A varied
‘cultural’ sector is essential for a world city; it generates income, builds creativity and
attracts tourists and other visitors. This module covers the business of entertainment
– its funding, management and marketing, and the role played by private, non-profit
organisations and government in its provision.
Learning outcomes
By the end of the module the successful student will be able to:
1. Compare and contrast the position of London as a centre of culture and
entertainment with that of other world cities, using secondary data
2. Demonstrate awareness of the importance of the creative industries for
London’s economy
3. Demonstrate knowledge of London entertainment and cultural institutions
(theatre, music venue, museum, gallery etc.) from a business point of view,
including their sources of funding, business models and performance
4. Present, orally and in writing, as part of a group, an effective and convincing
briefing report on an entertainment venue or cultural institution in London
5. Utilise and interpret primary data gathered from fieldwork (interviews or
surveys), recognising their reliability and limitations.
Course outcomes the module contributes to: an elective does not contribute
directly to course outcomes but helps contextualise these.
Indicative syllabus content
• Introduction: the importance of culture, entertainment and the creative
industries for the London economy
• The business of culture and entertainment: ownership structures and
management ‘models’
• The ‘market’ for culture and entertainment: supply, demand and pricing;
• The Royal Opera House: the contested role of government in the
entertainment industry
• London’s Theatres: from the South Bank to the West End
• Museums: the British Museum and the Museum of London
• Galleries: the Tate Modern and the National Gallery
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• Tourist London: Madame Tussauds and the London Eye
• The Notting Hill Carnival: managing a cultural event.

Cinematic Justice

Criminal justice has historically proved a valuable source for filmmakers. From I am a
Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) to contemporary films such as Conviction (2011)
various aspects of criminal justice have been portrayed. In addition to pure fiction
real life events such as the imprisonment of the Guildford 4 (In the Name of the
Father) have formed the basis for dramatic works. This module analyses films
illustrating the criminal justice system of the UK and abroad to discover what these
portrayals tell the viewer about criminal justice. The module uses the films
themselves as the primary source of material coupled with academic commentary.
NOTE: this module may include additional costs for museum tickets.
Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated:
• The ability to work under direction and take responsibility for their own work in
an adaptable, and reflective manner
• A broad knowledge and understanding of how aspects of criminal justice are
portrayed in film
• A research strategy that encompasses the identification and selection of a
range of authoritative and reliable materials
• Effective interpersonal and communication skills, specifically with regard to
written and digital competencies.
Course outcomes the module contributes to: None
Indicative syllabus content
The exact content of the syllabus will be determined by the material selected for
viewing. Topics may include the following with these and other films.

Cinematic Justice

Criminal justice has historically proved a valuable source for filmmakers. From I am a
Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) to contemporary films such as Conviction (2011)
various aspects of criminal justice have been portrayed. In addition to pure fiction
real life events such as the imprisonment of the Guildford 4 (In the Name of the
Father) have formed the basis for dramatic works. This module analyses films
illustrating the criminal justice system of the UK and abroad to discover what these
portrayals tell the viewer about criminal justice. The module uses the films
themselves as the primary source of material coupled with academic commentary.
NOTE: this module may include additional costs for museum tickets.
Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated:
• The ability to work under direction and take responsibility for their own work in
an adaptable, and reflective manner
• A broad knowledge and understanding of how aspects of criminal justice are
portrayed in film
• A research strategy that encompasses the identification and selection of a
range of authoritative and reliable materials
• Effective interpersonal and communication skills, specifically with regard to
written and digital competencies.
Course outcomes the module contributes to: None
Indicative syllabus content
The exact content of the syllabus will be determined by the material selected for
viewing. Topics may include the following with these and other films.

Destination London

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

This programme provides an in-depth exploration of London as one of the world’s leading tourism and event destinations. The module focuses on the development of London as a destination, its resources for tourism and events, the type of tourism and events that London attracts, their impacts and how they are managed. The module combines learning sessions with visits to relevant sites and talks from industry practitioners, giving students a detailed and holistic understanding of London as a tourism destination.

CLASS AIMS

The module aims to provide students with detailed understanding of the development of London as a successful tourism and event destination, the impacts of tourism and events on the city and how they are managed.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the key resources for tourism and events in a destination and their prevalence in London
  • Explain London’s development as a tourism and event destination
  • Identify the main impacts of tourism and events in destinations and evaluate their impacts in London
  • Explain how the impacts of tourism and events can be managed and the methods that are used in London
  •  Collaborate effectively to present research findings

Print Journalism: The London Experience

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

An opportunity to learn the basics of news reporting and feature writing plus the skills required for specialist journalism. Students will learn basic content management and demonstrate their skills by producing a magazine.

CLASS AIMS

The class aims to use London as the focus for a journalism project that explores one of the world’s great capital cities from the perspective of an international student.

Students will be taught interview and research techniques to enable them to produce compelling content for print and how to write accurately and quickly in journalistic style.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the class the successful student will be able to

  • Research and write publishable material on a range of topics
  • Distinguish between news, feature and comment
  • Work as a competent member of a team producing a magazine

Television in London

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

Production of one or two magazine programmes (depending on student numbers). Introductory tour of facilities. Introduction to camera work and sound recording. Discussion of ideas for inserts. Production of location inserts. Editing tuition. Studio practice. Production of studio programme.

CLASS AIMS

The course is designed to give students an understanding of the production process in making a short magazine programme. Making full use of the course being based in London, students will be encouraged to visualise what is around them and use the medium to capture an image of their time in the capital.

During the course students will use video cameras, sound recording and editing; studio operations including cameras and vision mixing; and the editorial aspects of production including writing.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this class students will be able to:

  • Jointly conceive on and agree a programme idea
  • Plan, shoot and edit insert material
  • Work in teams of different sizes
  • Understand the editorial processes of programme making
  • Schedule a studio programme with regard to the requirements of the different roles on production (floor managing, vision mixing, directing etc.)

TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS

  • Classroom tuition, demonstration, studio practice and workshops. The classroom work will also include the showing of examples of current British television and possibly visits to see television shows being recorded.
  • The opening lecture given to both television and radio students will outline the structure of British broadcasting, the role of the BBC and the development of satellite television and digital radio in the UK.

Photographing the City: London

Please note that it is advisable for students to bring their own digital or digital SLR camera for this class. If students do not have a digital or digital SLR camera one can be hired out free of charge from the Photography department based at the Harrow Campus.

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

This class is concerned with an investigation of the city as represented through historical and contemporary photography. Through a series of lectures and workshops, students gain a critical perspective on the city as a social, cultural, architectural and artistic phenomenon. Through image and text based research they focus on an aspect of the city to represent through their own photographic project.

CLASS AIMS

  • To enable students to produce a coherent photographic project based on the theme of the city.
  • To inform the work with an historical overview of the city, its development and its inhabitants based on photographic representations from the 1860’s to the present day.
  • To consider ways that the city and its social conditions, (housing, work, poverty, war), cultural trends music film fashion and artistic production can be represented through photography based media (illustrated press, Film, Television)
  • To develop photographic production techniques and methodology through the production of the body of photographic work in response to the briefing on the city.
  • To introduce the practice of constructive appraisal and self-appraisal of performance.
  • To evaluate the genres of documentary, urban landscape, street photography, fashion, the tableau and photojournalism and paparazzi, in representing city themes.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the class the successful student will be able to:

  • Construct a coherent body of photographs representing a key aspect of the city.
  • Demonstrate an historical understanding of the city its development, as depicted in photography and photography-based media from 1860 to the present day.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of cameras and photographic images.
  • Critically evaluate own performance and that of their peers.The opening lecture given to both television and radio students will outline the structure of British broadcasting, the role of the BBC and the development of satellite television and digital radio in the UK.

Television in London

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

Production of one or two magazine programmes (depending on student numbers). Introductory tour of facilities. Introduction to camera work and sound recording. Discussion of ideas for inserts. Production of location inserts. Editing tuition. Studio practice. Production of studio programme.

CLASS AIMS

The course is designed to give students an understanding of the production process in making a short magazine programme. Making full use of the course being based in London, students will be encouraged to visualise what is around them and use the medium to capture an image of their time in the capital.

During the course students will use video cameras, sound recording and editing; studio operations including cameras and vision mixing; and the editorial aspects of production including writing.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this class students will be able to:

  • Jointly conceive on and agree a programme idea
  • Plan, shoot and edit insert material
  • Work in teams of different sizes
  • Understand the editorial processes of programme making
  • Schedule a studio programme with regard to the requirements of the different roles on production (floor managing, vision mixing, directing etc.)

TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS

  • Classroom tuition, demonstration, studio practice and workshops. The classroom work will also include the showing of examples of current British television and possibly visits to see television shows being recorded.
  • The opening lecture given to both television and radio students will outline the structure of British broadcasting, the role of the BBC and the development of satellite television and digital radio in the UK.

Photographing the City: London

Please note that it is advisable for students to bring their own digital or digital SLR camera for this class. If students do not have a digital or digital SLR camera one can be hired out free of charge from the Photography department based at the Harrow Campus.

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

This class is concerned with an investigation of the city as represented through historical and contemporary photography. Through a series of lectures and workshops, students gain a critical perspective on the city as a social, cultural, architectural and artistic phenomenon. Through image and text based research they focus on an aspect of the city to represent through their own photographic project.

CLASS AIMS

  • To enable students to produce a coherent photographic project based on the theme of the city.
  • To inform the work with an historical overview of the city, its development and its inhabitants based on photographic representations from the 1860’s to the present day.
  • To consider ways that the city and its social conditions, (housing, work, poverty, war), cultural trends music film fashion and artistic production can be represented through photography based media (illustrated press, Film, Television)
  • To develop photographic production techniques and methodology through the production of the body of photographic work in response to the briefing on the city.
  • To introduce the practice of constructive appraisal and self-appraisal of performance.
  • To evaluate the genres of documentary, urban landscape, street photography, fashion, the tableau and photojournalism and paparazzi, in representing city themes.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the class the successful student will be able to:

  • Construct a coherent body of photographs representing a key aspect of the city.
  • Demonstrate an historical understanding of the city its development, as depicted in photography and photography-based media from 1860 to the present day.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of cameras and photographic images.
  • Critically evaluate own performance and that of their peers.The opening lecture given to both television and radio students will outline the structure of British broadcasting, the role of the BBC and the development of satellite television and digital radio in the UK.

London: Culture Capital of the World

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

An introduction to the arts, entertainment, fashion, architecture and history that have made London the world’s most influential and vital cultural hub. Why see Paris and die when you can see London and live?

How did London become the world capital of music, art, fashion, design, theatre, film, architecture and so much else? From rock legends to the Royal Opera, Shakespeare to shock art and cathedrals to Canary Wharf, this module describes how London emerged from the ashes of war to become the most vibrant and culturally rich city on earth.

CLASS AIMS

  • To give students an overall appreciation of London culture, including its theatre, dance, music, art, architecture and history
  • To enable students to write fluent, confident and relevant reviews across a variety of arts and entertainment genres
  • To provide students with a basic appreciation of the various ways the arts are covered across all media platforms
  • To introduce students to artists, designers and performers able to explain their work

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the class students will:

  • Have a comprehensive appreciation of London’s rich cultural heritage and activity
  • Be able to write attractive and relevant reviews and features about London’s arts and entertainment

Multimedia Journalism: The London Experience

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

This class offers an opportunity to extend and consolidate core journalistic skills – researching, interview and writing news, features and comment – and then develop an understanding of how to apply those skills to create accurate and compelling content for the web.

Students are taught the more technically complex skills required for working online. They learn net research, publishing online, audio and video newsgathering and the basics of multimedia journalism. They are also introduced to basic web content management techniques and get a chance to demonstrate their skills by producing an individual and a group weblog.

CLASS AIMS

The class aims to use London as the focus for a journalistic project that explores one of the world’s great capital cities from the perspective of an international student and introduces students to the different ways interactive technologies are changing journalism.

Students will be taught techniques for researching, interviewing and writing news, features and comment.

They will then adapt and extend those techniques so that they are able to create compelling multimedia content for the web.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the class the successful student will be able to:

  • Write news, features, comment and listings, with a developing understanding of profesional standards
  • Research, write, create and publish material on a range of topics on an individual blog
  • Effectively combine different types of multimedia content in to create newsworthy, compelling stories
  • Demonstrate a developing understanding the distinctive features of online and multimedia journalism
  • Work as a competent member of a team producing an online weblog
  • Critically evaluate their own journalistic performance and that of others.

Exploring Mind and Body through Yoga

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

Yoga is the study and practice of various techniques that foster health and wellbeing. The practice of yoga is about joining or bringing together different entities such as the body, breath and mind. Originating in the east, yoga has expanded in the west and has come to be recognised as a means of promoting health, fitness, deep relaxation and a calm mind and breath.

MODULE AIMS

This module aims to provide an introduction to the theoretical and conceptual framework for exploring the physical, mental, spiritual and social dimensions of yoga. Students are given the opportunity to personally experience the effects of yoga postures, breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques. The principles underlying the practices of yoga are considered and students are encouraged to develop an awareness of safety in their practice.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a range of yoga postures and describe the underlying anatomical and physiological principles of alignment and safe practice.
  • Demonstrate a range of yogic breathing techniques and list salient factors of optimal breathing.
  • Describe and explain effects of the application of specific relaxation techniques and practice.
  • Undertake and describe the process, technique, and personal effects of meditation practice.
  • Demonstrate appropriate self-care during application of specific practices.
  • Apply appropriate reflective approaches to identify and assess the personal effects of yoga.

Myth and Method in Psychology

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

Evidence and belief, probability and coincidence, paranormal cognition, astrology, dreaming, meditation, and hypnotism.

CLASS AIMS

To provide students with an understanding of the approaches and methods involved in the scientific investigation of psychological phenomena.

To evaluate the scientific evidence for beliefs which are widely accepted by the general public, such as beliefs in paranormal phenomena.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the class, it is intended that students should be able to:

  • Evaluate critically the evidence for a range of popular beliefs in psychological phenomena;
  • Discuss some of the issues surrounding the area of psychological phenomena and demonstrate an awareness of the key concepts and research findings;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the factors that lead to popular acceptance of unsubstantiated phenomena.

Exploring Mind and Body through Yoga

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

Yoga is the study and practice of various techniques that foster health and wellbeing. The practice of yoga is about joining or bringing together different entities such as the body, breath and mind. Originating in the east, yoga has expanded in the west and has come to be recognised as a means of promoting health, fitness, deep relaxation and a calm mind and breath.

MODULE AIMS

This module aims to provide an introduction to the theoretical and conceptual framework for exploring the physical, mental, spiritual and social dimensions of yoga. Students are given the opportunity to personally experience the effects of yoga postures, breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques. The principles underlying the practices of yoga are considered and students are encouraged to develop an awareness of safety in their practice.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a range of yoga postures and describe the underlying anatomical and physiological principles of alignment and safe practice.
  • Demonstrate a range of yogic breathing techniques and list salient factors of optimal breathing.
  • Describe and explain effects of the application of specific relaxation techniques and practice.
  • Undertake and describe the process, technique, and personal effects of meditation practice.
  • Demonstrate appropriate self-care during application of specific practices.
  • Apply appropriate reflective approaches to identify and assess the personal effects of yoga.

Psychology of City Life

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

This class aims to provide students with the opportunity to engage with a range of topics and issues in psychology that relate to living in or visiting a large urban city such as London. It will bring together research and theory from a number of areas of psychology including social psychology, health psychology and forensic psychology. Lectures will discuss recent research and seminars will provide students with practical activities and discussions related to each topic.

CLASS AIMS

  • To introduce students to a range of perspectives and issues in psychology that can throw light on the experience of city living.
  • To encourage students to discuss and evaluate psychological research methods that have been applied in this area.
  • To develop further students’ academic writing and presentation skills for psychology.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of the class students should be able to demonstrate that they can:

  • Discuss and critically evaluate psychological perspectives and issues relevant to the experience of city life.
  • Demonstrate skills in researching, summarising and reviewing relevant literature and employ an appropriate style for academic writing in psychology.
  • Research and summarise a relevant area of the literature as a group undertaking, and present findings to peers.

Shakespeare: Themes and Presentations

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

This module provides a detailed examination of a range of the dramatic works of William Shakespeare and of other poetry and drama of the English Renaissance. It will consider the context of Shakespearean drama from the sixteenth century to its interpretation and dissemination in the present day, from theatrical practice, the playhouses, acting companies and royal patronage of the Renaissance through to twentiethfirst century film and television adaptations. It will include close study of content and language and it will also develop a broad understanding of themes, forms and issues (political, historical, theoretical and religious) characteristic of English culture during the Renaissance. There will also be a study visit to the Globe theatre and other relevant sites.

CLASS AIMS

This class aims to:

  • introduce students to the variety of styles and themes in the work of Shakespeare.
  • introduce students to the broad intellectual and dramatic contexts within which Shakespeare’s work was produced.
  • locate Shakespeare’s work in relation to that of his contemporaries
  • consider in detail the form and language of some Renaissance texts
  • analyse Renaissance theatrical practice
  • analyse the position and authority Shakespeare holds within the canon of English Literature and to consider the means by which his work has come to occupy this central space in English culture and literary criticism

LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of this class students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries
  • describe the theatrical practices of the Shakespearean stage and the cultural climate in which it operated.
  • analyse the means by which Shakespeare has historically come to occupy a position of centrality in English Literature.
  • identify key literary movements in the English Renaissance.
  • analyse the literature of the period in relation to cultural, philosophical and theoretical debates.
  • analyse the generic and stylistic features of a range of prose, poetic and dramatic texts.
  • utilise secondary sources in written discussion
  • communicate effectively in good written English using recognised academic apparatus

The Cult of Celebrity: Mass Media & Idolatry in the Digital Age

CLASS AIMS

The class aims to provide students with the understanding that the current media obsession with ‘celebrities’ is not a 21st century phenomenon but a social need that has occurred throughout the ages.

Students will explore the role of the celebrity from Helen of Troy via Lord Byron and Lillie Langtry to Oscar Wilde and, more recently, Princess Diana, and the Beckhams. They will understand when and why the cult of celebrity flourishes as well as being able to analyse how and why publications with different target audiences report on the same celebrity (in word and images) to appeal to their readership. Students will be able to identify news or features that are generated by public relations offices/press agent hacks. They will learn how to conduct successful interviews as well as analyse how and why journalists use interviews to manipulate public opinion about public figures.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the class, students are expected to be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the history of ‘celebrity’ and the role it has played in shaping cultural values;
  • explore and dismantle the social construct of ‘celebrity’ and analyse its interrelation (in Britain or America) with the media and wider society in the past century;
  • analyse the ways in which various media publications project the idea of ‘celebrity’ in light of their target audiences;
  • draft and assess celebrity interviews and features for a specified target audience.

Jack the Ripper’s London: Myth, Reality & the Victorian Metropolis

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

The Ripper murders; social history of the East End; London in the late Victorian era; the representation of the killings in the media, in film and literature; the historiography of the Ripper murders.

CLASS AIMS

The class aims to provide the student with an informed understanding of the social, cultural and economic context of the Whitechapel murders that occurred in the 1880s.

Assessing the wider history of Victorian London, and focusing upon the 1880s in particular, students will learn about class, poverty, wealth, religion and culture in late Victorian London. Students will also learn about the Ripper murders and their effects in the metropolis, and consider why the murders continue to exercise fascination to this day.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the class students are expected to be able to:

  • show knowledge and understanding of the main social, cultural and economic characteristics of late Victorian London ;
  • demonstrate awareness of the immediate myths and representations attaching to the Jack the Ripper murders;
  • begin to recognise the complexity of historical processes and relationships at work in interpretations of historical events;
  • make use of theoretical concepts as tools of historical understanding;
  • utilise and interpret primary historical sources, considering their reliability, value and significance;
  • use historical evidence and argument, to reach and support reasonable conclusions;
  • communicate effectively in written English, using recognised academic apparatus.

World City: London Since 1960

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

Post-war London; economic, social, cultural change since the 1960s; the London economy; local government from London County Council (LCC) to the Greater London Authority (GLA); housing, transport, crime, class and ethnicity. Field walks around central and other areas of London demonstrating material delivered in lectures.

CLASS AIMS

The module aims to allow students to explore the development of modern London from the perspective of the main social science disciplines. It aims to provide an overview of the history of London from the 1960s and enables students to gain an understanding of the economic, cultural and socio-geographical factors which have made the modern metropolis. In addition, it aims to engage with the contemporary issues of crime, class, ethnicity, transport, housing and cultural life, and what is now truly a world city. London is, in effect, a Cosmopolis.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the module students are expected to be able to:

  • show knowledge and understanding of the main economic, political and societal trends in London since the 1960s;
  • make use of concepts as aids to understanding and communication;
  • utilise and interpret simple statistical data;
  • use evidence and argument to reach and support reasonable conclusions;
  • communicate effectively in written English, using recognised academic apparatus;
  • demonstrate the ability to work as part of a small team by producing a group presentation, using electronic communication tools, to a good standard.

Art and Society

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

This module is an introduction to the visual culture of London, including painting, architecture, photography and contemporary media. Students will visit the major art galleries to examine how art works and cultural practices can be understood within wider social and cultural contexts. The sessions also include a study of museum displays and historical sites, such as the British Museum and St Paul’s Cathedral. The classes will explore how these institutions reveal the complex cultural identity and history of London. The module develops students’ skills in visual analysis and critical thinking about culture. [£40 required to cover the cost of special exhibitions.]

MODULE AIMS

The module is designed to:

  • Examine how London can be explored though its cultural resources
  • Examine some of the main periods and movements in the history of fine art that can be seen in London;
  • Examine how museums and galleries can explore the cultural, social and political contexts of London
  • Develop skills in the reading and analysis of visual texts;

LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of the module, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ability to make a visual analysis of works of art
  • Demonstrate an understanding of some of the main movements in the history of the visual arts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which historical displays and sites can be related to a political, social or cultural context
  • Discuss the role of London as a cultural centre.
  • Develop appropriate skills in academic presentation and writing.

London Theatre Studies

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

This module provides an introduction to the institutions and trends of London’s contemporary theatre.

Diverse performance types and genres in different kinds of venues/institutions are examined, with a focus on reviewing theatre productions from an informed perspective. Visits to the theatre, tours of relevant sites, review sessions, workshops and talks with theatre practitioners outline the processes of producing and staging theatre, with particular reference to current productions in London.

MODULE AIMS:

The module is designed to:

  • introduce London’s diverse theatre institutions from an artistic and organisational/financial viewpoint;
  • introduce types of productions, performances, genres and trends current to London’s theatre scene;
  • introduce students to London’s musical theatre including its historical background and contemporary productions and styles
  • provide a current as well as historical context for the above;
  • provide theoretical tools in evaluating, reviewing and discussing theatre performances;
  • provide opportunities for dialogue with relevant theatre practitioners in diverse fields and institutions;
  • provide a closer look at theatre institutions and their functions through visits and tours;
  • discuss processes of staging, including the transition from dramatic text to performance;
  • develop skills in articulating orally and in writing views on theatre performances and aspects of London theatre;
  • provide guidance to allow students to develop independent skills in research.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon successful completion of the module, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of London theatre from an institutional and artistic point of view;
  • demonstrate a knowledge of London’s musical theatre
  • discuss the diverse types of theatres, contemporary theatre productions and trends following visits to the theatre and relevant sites;
  • outline some of the socio-historical and contemporary contexts with regard to theatre institutions, their architecture, theatre-going and some of the drama currently performed. (Students will be able to discuss the issues pertaining to the reconstruction of the new Globe as a historicist project and its value to a modern audience);
  • apply theoretical skills in reviewing and critically assessing dramatic performance;
  • identify the various aspects and processes involved in staging a theatre production, based on theory and discussion with theatre practitioners;
  • demonstrate the ability to synthesise and express ideas and information clearly orally and in writing.

Monarchy: A Royal History of London

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

This course examines London as the historical setting for monarchy and national ceremonial. As such the course considers Royalty’s central place in British life and how its purpose and function have changed over the centuries. It also investigates Royalty’s influence on British history and society and its impact on government, culture and science. Finally the course will consider how the monarchy has adapted – and continues to adapt – to changing times and how critics react to it.

CLASS AIMS:

This module aims to:

  • Enable students to identify and understand the impact of key moments in history which have

affected the role of the monarchy with a particular emphasis on London.

  • Enable students to recognize how the monarchy has adapted in order to survive.
  • Enable students to identify the monarchy’s influence on diplomacy, international relations, society, culture and science and the extent to which this has shaped the United Kingdom.
  • Enable students to relate course content directly to places and objects in and around London through visits and walks, thereby developing a sound insight into London as a setting for the British monarchy.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to:

  1. identify how the monarchy has changed and adapted over time in response to national and international issues.
  2. identify the extent to which the monarchy’s influence on diplomacy, international relations, society, cultura and science have shaped the United Kingdom.
  3. relate places and objects in and around London to key moments in the history of the monarchy.

Writing for Children

SUMMARY OF MODULE CONTENT:

This module aims to explore the broad area of children’s writing. As well as allowing students to develop specific writing techniques and experiment with different genres, the module will introduce the theoretical foundations of children’s writing, including relevant narrative concepts and the pedagogical dimension of children’s literature.

MODULE AIMS:

This module is designed to:

  • introduce students to the theoretical and ethical foundations of writing for children;
  • introduce students to distinct forms within children’s literature including the short story, adolescent fiction, and educational children’s books;
  • introduce students to the business of children’s literature;
  • practise the composition and critical discussion of story, dialogue and character in writing for children of different age ranges.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Successful completion of this module will ensure that students:

  • review the theoretical and ethical concerns of children’s writing;
  • analyse and evaluate the creative scope that children’s literature allows;
  • produce and give constructive feedback on writing for children;
  • begin to analyse the market and the business of children’s literature
  • critically evaluate and re-draft their own work to achieve an improved outcome.

Londonium to the Blitz: London through its Museums

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

History of London, Public History, Museums, Archaeology and History, Presenting and re-presenting history.

CLASS AIMS

London is one of Europe’s greatest cities, with a fascinating history stretching back over two thousand years. Originally built by the Romans, it has endured a long history of war and civil war, fire, famine and plague. It has survived aerial bombardment and terrorism, yet remains a fascinating mosaic of distinct villages, which has given shelter to successive generations of those fleeing persecution and poverty in other lands. It is home to the British monarchy and British parliament, and is the cockpit of British life and culture.

This class aims to offer an introduction to a new history of London and to the specialism of ‘public history’, based in part on recent archaeological research and visits to London museums.

The class thus aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to evaluate how and how well the history of London is presented to audiences of non-historians.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the class, students will be able to:

  • produce an effective descriptive and analytical oral report on a specific representation of historical London in a museum or gallery;
  • produce an effective descriptive and analytical written report on the same, demonstrating an awareness of the problems encountered by professional historians in presenting the past to the public;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the history of London providing the backdrop to the case study;
  • communicate effectively in written English, using recognised academic apparatus;

Creative Writing

CLASS AIMS

The class aims to examine through practice and critical analysis of exemplary material the function and process of creative writing. Students will be encouraged by the series of workshops in which they will discuss their own work and that of other students in order to help them become critically reflective practitioners. The emphasis will be on short story writing. Students will need to have produced a draft piece of work by week 2 of the class (this may have been begun before the class started) for workshop discussions.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of the class, students will be able to:

  • Show through both their own creative practice and critical analysis and close reading of exemplary materials a knowledge of several of the functions and processes of creative writing;
  • Show through their creative practice the ability to use and control character, plot, narrative, tone, point of view, voice, mood, tense, description, detail, dialogue, etc. as appropriate;
  • Illustrate the capacity to reflect critically (including historically, contextually, and stylistically) on their own written productions and to show themselves critical practitioners;
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of drafting (and redrafting) as part of the process of textual production and of the ability to annotate / footnote in this redrafting;
  • Indicate through group work discussion of both their work and that of other students, that they can offer and respond with useful and constructive criticism;
  • Produce a completed text (word processed) accompanied by a completed log.

Literary London

CLASS AIMS

The aim of this class is to introduce students to some of the many texts – literary and non-literary – that have focused on London. We will be considering the relationship between the literary text and historical contexts, in particular those of geography and economics, and considering the relation between the rise of the city and the rise of new modes of writing and new concepts of subjectivity. We will be concerned with issues of genre and gender.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of the class, students will be able to:

  • Recognise and discuss some of the ways of relating literary and film texts to their historical and social context
  • Explain some of the social, political and spiritual fears, hopes and perceptions that inspired representations of London
  • Demonstrate skills of logical argument and an ability to analyse and synthesise information and critical material
  • Discuss how representations of London are as much fictional constructs as they are factual
  • Communicate effectively in good written English, using recognised academic apparatus, to a high standard

Art and Society

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

This module is an introduction to the visual culture of London, including painting, architecture, photography and contemporary media. Students will visit the major art galleries to examine how art works and cultural practices can be understood within wider social and cultural contexts. The sessions also include a study of museum displays and historical sites, such as the British Museum and St Paul’s Cathedral. The classes will explore how these institutions reveal the complex cultural identity and history of London. The module develops students’ skills in visual analysis and critical thinking about culture. [£40 required to cover the cost of special exhibitions.]

MODULE AIMS

The module is designed to:

  • Examine how London can be explored though its cultural resources
  • Examine some of the main periods and movements in the history of fine art that can be seen in London;
  • Examine how museums and galleries can explore the cultural, social and political contexts of London
  • Develop skills in the reading and analysis of visual texts;

LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of the module, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ability to make a visual analysis of works of art
  • Demonstrate an understanding of some of the main movements in the history of the visual arts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which historical displays and sites can be related to a political, social or cultural context
  • Discuss the role of London as a cultural centre.
  • Develop appropriate skills in academic presentation and writing.

Jane Austen: from the Page to the Screen

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

Jane Austen is one of the most important writers in the history of the novel and she remains extremely popular. This module examines her complex legacy through consideration of her six major novels, with a specific focus on her first three published works and their screen adaptations – Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Northanger Abbey. Students will examine Austen’s place in literary tradition, engaging with debates about her style and the way in which her texts respond to a wide range of social and political issues including class relations, education, gender, the family, ‘improvement’, religion, social mobility, war, revolution and national identity. Informed by an understanding of Austen’s work on the page, and the contexts of its creation, ‘re-writings’ of Austen through screen adaptations and mashup/parody novels will be considered and critiqued, underpinning analysis and discussion of Austen’s continuing relevance to our own time.

CLASS AIMS

The class is designed to:

  • Develop an understanding of some of the main features of Austen’s work;
  • Explore themes in Austen’s writing;
  • Consider the social, policy and historical context of Austen’s work;
  • Examine Austen’s legacy and contemporary relevance through analysis of screen adaptations.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of the class, students will be able to:

  • Identify some of the main features of Austen’s work and explain why they are significant;
  • Carry out an effective critical analysis in relation to specific passages from work studied;
  • Explain the contexts of Austen’s work;
  • Demonstrate understanding of selected adaptations of Austen’s work and their relationship to Austen’s original texts;
  • Demonstrate competence in the following study skills: classroom presentation; planning an essay;
  • constructing a bibliography; summarising and using critical material; group discussion and critical reflection.

Monarchy: A Royal History of London

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

This course examines London as the historical setting for monarchy and national ceremonial. As such the course considers Royalty’s central place in British life and how its purpose and function have changed over the centuries. It also investigates Royalty’s influence on British history and society and its impact on government, culture and science. Finally the course will consider how the monarchy has adapted – and continues to adapt – to changing times and how critics react to it.

CLASS AIMS:

This module aims to:

  • Enable students to identify and understand the impact of key moments in history which have

affected the role of the monarchy with a particular emphasis on London.

  • Enable students to recognize how the monarchy has adapted in order to survive.
  • Enable students to identify the monarchy’s influence on diplomacy, international relations, society, culture and science and the extent to which this has shaped the United Kingdom.
  • Enable students to relate course content directly to places and objects in and around London through visits and walks, thereby developing a sound insight into London as a setting for the British monarchy.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to:

  1. identify how the monarchy has changed and adapted over time in response to national and international issues.
  2. identify the extent to which the monarchy’s influence on diplomacy, international relations, society, cultura and science have shaped the United Kingdom.
  3. relate places and objects in and around London to key moments in the history of the monarchy.

Londonium to the Blitz: London through its Museums

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

History of London, Public History, Museums, Archaeology and History, Presenting and re-presenting history.

CLASS AIMS

London is one of Europe’s greatest cities, with a fascinating history stretching back over two thousand years. Originally built by the Romans, it has endured a long history of war and civil war, fire, famine and plague. It has survived aerial bombardment and terrorism, yet remains a fascinating mosaic of distinct villages, which has given shelter to successive generations of those fleeing persecution and poverty in other lands. It is home to the British monarchy and British parliament, and is the cockpit of British life and culture.

This class aims to offer an introduction to a new history of London and to the specialism of ‘public history’, based in part on recent archaeological research and visits to London museums.

The class thus aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to evaluate how and how well the history of London is presented to audiences of non-historians.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the class, students will be able to:

  • produce an effective descriptive and analytical oral report on a specific representation of historical London in a museum or gallery;
  • produce an effective descriptive and analytical written report on the same, demonstrating an awareness of the problems encountered by professional historians in presenting the past to the public;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the history of London providing the backdrop to the case study;
  • communicate effectively in written English, using recognised academic apparatus;

Jack the Ripper’s London: Myth, Reality & the Victorian Metropolis

SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT

The Ripper murders; social history of the East End; London in the late Victorian era; the representation of the killings in the media, in film and literature; the historiography of the Ripper murders.

CLASS AIMS

The class aims to provide the student with an informed understanding of the social, cultural and economic context of the Whitechapel murders that occurred in the 1880s.

Assessing the wider history of Victorian London, and focusing upon the 1880s in particular, students will learn about class, poverty, wealth, religion and culture in late Victorian London. Students will also learn about the Ripper murders and their effects in the metropolis, and consider why the murders continue to exercise fascination to this day.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the class students are expected to be able to:

  • show knowledge and understanding of the main social, cultural and economic characteristics of late Victorian London ;
  • demonstrate awareness of the immediate myths and representations attaching to the Jack the Ripper murders;
  • begin to recognise the complexity of historical processes and relationships at work in interpretations of historical events;
  • make use of theoretical concepts as tools of historical understanding;
  • utilise and interpret primary historical sources, considering their reliability, value and significance;
  • use historical evidence and argument, to reach and support reasonable conclusions;
  • communicate effectively in written English, using recognised academic apparatus.
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