Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Summer School 2017

Term Dates: 8 May - 16 June

Please see Sessional Dates for travel dates etc.

Apply here for our Summer School 2017

All courses offered at the Bader International Study Centre are accredited by Queen's University. Each course is comprised of at least 36 contact hours, including course-specific field study excursions. With class sizes limited in enrollment, students receive individual attention.

These features contribute to the enriching academic environment at the BISC. Course offerings are categorized according to thematic blocks: Art and Music; British Cultural Studies; Business and Economics; Humanities; Media, Communication and Film; Social Sciences; Science.

Queen's University students should consult their Faculty or Faculty Academic Calendar to ensure that they meet prerequisites. Undergraduate Admission will seek permission on behalf of applicants who do not meet stated prerequisites to enroll in preferred courses. Permission is not guaranteed, and applicants may be asked to select another course.

Students from other universities should consult the relevant faculty in their home universities to ensure that they meet all requirements for their academic program.

Course Offerings

Amended April 2017.

Art and Music Offerings

Course Code Description

ARTH 222/3.0

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

An investigation into the sources of impressionism, its diffusion in Europe, reactions to impressionism and alternate traditions up to 1900.

ARTH 393/3.0

The Portrait

As documents of personal and collective identity, portraits reflect the ideals and concerns of the people they depict and the contexts in which they circulate. This course explores the impact of portraiture as an art form and a social phenomenon. Course content may focus on one or more artists, media, historical periods or cultural traditions.

PREREQUISITE: Level 3 and above.

MUSC 171/3.0

Social History of Popular Music

A survey of important trends in 20th century Western popular music. Topics include genres, individual artists and groups, record labels and stylistic trends, and sociological issues.

British Cultural Studies Offerings

Course Code Description

IDIS 304/3.0

British Studies

An interdisciplinary introduction to the broad development of British life and culture, focusing on British national identity. The course usually combines British art history, history, literature and geography.

INTS 300/3.0

Special Studies in Britain and Europe in a Global Context I: Cultural and Political Exchanges between England and Jamaica

This course will offer a unique opportunity to study a special topic in Britain and Europe in a global context. Topics will vary each term, and the course may not be offered every year.

PREREQUISITE: Level 2 or permission of the instructor.

Humanities Offerings

Course Code Description

ENGL 257/3.0

Elizabethan Shakespeare

A study of eight of Shakespeare’s plays in relation to the social, intellectual, and political climate of the Elizabethan period and with reference to theatrical production.

ENGL 278/3.0

Literature and Place: ‘Mapping the City’

In this class we will consider the ways in which a wide range of writers have ‘mapped’ the territory of the first metropolis of modernity: London.  We will examine the different ways this city has been conceptualized and represented in literature in order to think about the inflection of the urban landscape by issues including gender, class, and race.  We will read and discuss texts written in a variety of genres and from a variety of standpoints.  We will also discuss some key theories of cultural geography in order to understand the ways ‘subjective’ literary representations of urban space can counter ‘objective’ mappings by cartographers and other ‘official’ agents.  This will help us to generate responses to a key issue: in what ways does the built environment of the city produce new subjectivities?  Is there, in reality, a ‘London Breed’ of people uniquely linked to the city?

The course will mix classroom work with experiential learning as we read a range of texts and locations in class and on field studies.  We will think about what certain sites tell us about the city’s capacity to generate literature, and the relationship between the literature produced about the city and the city itself.  The readings will be supplemented with screenings of films relevant to our themes that will enable us to think comparatively about the different representations of the city that have contributed to the city’s cultural identity.

ENGL 291/3.0

Literature on Stage and Screen: A Study in Sherlock

This course will explore the role adaptation has played in the construction of the culturally pervasive and popular Sherlock Holmes myth. Along with identifying how the generic conventions and narrative patterns of detective fiction translate to other media forms, the course will also offer opportunities to think about the way such media forms in turn inform the creation of new fictions. Students will examine key texts from the Conan Doyle ‘canon’ of Sherlock Holmes fiction alongside a range of adaptations including late Victorian theatrical adaptations, twentieth-century silent, and sound films, contemporary fictional reworkings, and twenty-first-century televisual adaptations. Students will also engage with a selection of secondary criticism on adaptation, technology, and neo-Victorian media. 

HIST 273/3.0

New Imperialism

A survey of the ‘New Imperialism’ of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The course examines the origins and course of European expansion in Africa and Asia, justifications for and theories of empire, and the 20th century decolonization process. It will conclude with reflection on the New Imperialism from the vantage point of ‘globalization’.

INTS 306/3.0

Culture, Identity and Self

Our relationship to the culture and state that we live within significantly impacts upon our lives, as does the relationship we have towards others and even ourselves. Consequently, it’s important that we have an opportunity to reflect upon these relationships and ask whether our current attitude towards our social, cultural, and personal identity is justified.

Media, Communication and Film Offerings

Course Code Description

FILM 337/3.0

Cinema and the City

An intermediate study of representations of the city in cinema and visual culture, the social histories from which these representations emerge, and the changing environments in which cinema is viewed.

PREREQUISITE: A GPA of 2.6 in FILM and (a grade of B- in FILM 110/6.0) and 6.0 units in FILM or (GPHY 101/3.0 and GPHY 227/3.0 and GPHY 229/3.0 and Level 3 in a GPHY Plan.)

Science Offerings

Course Code Description

GEOL 106/3.0

Environmental Geology and Natural Hazards

The relationship between human-kind and our ever-changing planet, with a focus on natural geologic hazards (volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, mass movement, floods, extraterrestrial impacts, etc.), and environmental impacts which result from population and land-use expansion and our increased use of water, energy and mineral resources. A study of the sources and impact of pollution and global climate change. Public perception of and response to geological risk.

ASTR 101/3.0

Astronomy I: The Solar System

A non-mathematical introduction to the science of astronomy for non-specialist students. Topics to be covered include the fundamentals of astronomy; an introduction to the tools and techniques of modern observational astronomy; the historical development of our understanding of the Earth, Moon and Solar System; space exploration of Mars, Jupiter, and other planets; the nature of the Sun; and the origin and uniqueness of our Solar System.

Social Science Offerings

Course Code Description

GNDS 350/3.0

Feminism, the Body, and Visual Culture

This course will explore how the visual constructs and/or subverts ‘woman’ as a cultural category. An emphasis will be placed upon the female body as it intersects with class and race. Readings from art history, history, cultural theory and feminist theory will be considered.

PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department.


POLS 263/3.0

Introduction to International Security

This course introduces students to current theoretical and policy debates about the nature of ‘international security.’ In addition to addressing the meaning of this contested concept, we will examine three principal ways in which security has been organized by states, specifically: collective security, collective defence, and security communities.

POLS 338/3.0

European Integration

An examination of the European union and the forces towards integration: origin, politics and future.

PREREQUISITE: 12.0 units in POLS at the 200-level or above and a grade of C in 6.0 units in POLS at the 200-level, or permission of the department.

PSYC 333/3.0

Human Sexuality

An overview of typical sexual behaviour and its variations. Topics include the history of sex research, the sexual response cycle, sexual dysfunction, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Particular attention will be paid to current issues in sex research and theory.

PREREQUISITE: PSYC 235/6.0 or PSYC 251/3.0 or PSYC 271/3.0 or PSYC 370/3.0.

Apply here for our Summer School 2017

Amended October 2016