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BISC Courses: Upper-Year Program, Summer 2015

Term Dates: 8 May - 20 June

All courses offered in the Upper-Year Program 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 demanding and enriching academic experience at the BISC. Course offerings are categorized according to thematic blocks: Music, Art and Drama; Humanities; Medieval Studies; Media Communication and Film; Social Sciences; Science; Cultural Studies; Business and Economics.

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

See below for courses. Amended June 2014.

Music, Art and Drama 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.

NOTE: This course is being offered, subject to final approval. 


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.

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.

Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.

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.

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

An introduction to the theory and formation of cultural identity with some reference to cross-cultural issues.

Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.

Media, Communication and Film
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.

Social Sciences 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.

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.

PHYS P15/3.0

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.

British Cultural Studies
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.

Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.

PREREQUISITE: Level 2 or permission of the instructor.

Business and Economics Offerings
Course Code Description

COMM 328/3.0

International Finance

This course focuses on the financial issues that managers confront in an international setting and develops a framework for evaluating the many opportunities, costs, and risks associated with multinational operations. The course employs cases extensively to provide students with a detailed and analytic look at investment and financial decisions undertaken by multinational firms. Topics covered include: determination of exchange rates; foreign exchange market; relationships among inflation rates, interest rates & exchange rates; currency futures, options & swaps; international investing; foreign exchange exposure; hedging exchange risk; and cross-border valuation.
Queen's Prerequisite: COMM-121* or COMM-221* or permission of the instructor.

Admission restricted to third- and fourth year students.
COMM 339/3.0

Channels and Internet Marketing

Marketing using the Internet channel, has forever changed how businesses, public sector agencies, and not-for-profit organizations can interact with their various stakeholders and channel players. This course exposes students to materials and issues including Internet retailing, B2C marketing tactics, Internet consumer behavior, site design and management, integrating Internet channel tactics into the overall strategic marketing plan, international Internet marketing issues, and Internet promotion and advertising.


Queen's Prerequisite:
This course is restricted to students enrolled in the 3rd or 4th year of the Commerce Program

Amended June 2014