BISC

at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

The BADER INTERNATIONAL

STUDY CENTRE

at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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BISC Courses: Upper Year Program, Winter Term

Term dates: 3 January to 9 April 2015

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 learning 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.

There are a very limited number of independent study (primary research) course options available at the BISC in this term. Third or Fourth year students interested in pursuing an independent study while at the BISC should contact Dr. Christian Lloyd, well in advance of their arrival, at academic@bisc.queensu.ac.uk for further details.

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 October 2013.

Music, Art and Drama Offerings

Term-long Courses

Course Code Description
ARTH 117/3.0

Art & Architecture in Britain from the Classical Period from c1700 to Present

A chronological survey of painting, sculpture and architecture in western culture from c.1700 to the present day. The art works will be studied at British galleries, museums and architectural monuments.

NOTE: Only offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux

ARTH 222/3.0

Impressionism & Post-Impressionism

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

NOTE: Only offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux

INTS 324-002/3.0

International Perspectives in the Creative Arts II: Digital Media and the Creative Industries

A study of thematic and stylistic approaches to the representation of selected cultures and to the presentation and evocation of global issues in one or more of the fine, performing or media arts. Topics will vary each year.

PREREQUISITE Level 2 in the relevant arts discipline.

NOTE: Only offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux

MUSC 287/3.0

Opera

An introduction to opera through the study of selected works from the Baroque era to the 20th century. Equal attention will be paid to literary, musical and visual aspect.

Humanities Offerings

Year-long Language Courses

Course Code Description
CHIN 100/6.0

Introductory Mandarin Chinese I

For students with no previous knowledge of Chinese. Students familiar with Cantonese or Mandarin will not be permitted to enrol. Introduction to the basic structural patterns and functional usage of the language including an emphasis on oral communication (both listening and speaking), reading and writing basic Chinese characters, as well as Chinese culture.

NOTE: This is a year-long program and only available to students attending for the full year (fall and winter term).

ARAB 100/6.0

Introductory Arabic (Modern Standard)

Introduction to the basic structures of Modern Standard Arabic. This course gives intensive training equally in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In addition to three hours of classroom work and one hour tutorial, extensive use of audio-visual materials on CD-ROM is expected.

NOTE: This is a year-long program and only available to students attending for the full year (fall and winter term).

PREREQUISITE Permission of the Instructor.

Term-long Language Courses

Course Code Description
FREN 102/3.0

Français intermédiaire II

Practice in speaking,reading, writing, grammar review and literary analysis.

NOTE: Only offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux

SPAN 112/3.0

Beginning Spanish II

The continuation of SPAN P10/3.0. Also for students entering the University who have some knowledge of Spanish but have not completed 4U Spanish or equivalent. For these students an assessment exam or interview with an academic adviser is required before registration. Contact the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures for details.

PREREQUISITE A grade of C in SPAN P10/3.0.

ONE-WAY EXCLUSION May not be taken with or after

SPAN 101/6.0; SPAN 201/6.0 ;SPAN 204/3.0; SPAN 205/3.0; SPAN 301/3.0; SPAN 302/3.0; SPAN 303/3.0; SPAN 304/3.0; SPAN 401/3.0; SPAN 402/3.0.

Year-long Courses

Course Code Description
RELS 131/6.0

World Religions/Religious Worlds

Introduces religion in India, China and Japan; also the movements of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Humanism.

NOTE: This is a year-long program and only available to students attending for the full year (fall and winter term).

PHIL 111/6.0

Great Works of Philosophy

An introduction to philosophy through the examination of a number of classic philosophical works, with an evaluation of the positions and arguments offered in each.

NOTE: This is a year-long program and only available to students attending for the full year (fall and winter term).

ENGL 100/6.0

Introduction to the Study of Literature in English

An introduction to literary study, with an emphasis on the formal analysis of a diverse range of poetry and prose. Specific content and approach vary from section to section, but all sections share the goals of developing sensitivity to genre, cultivating writing skills, and providing students with a set of literary terms and critical techniques as a foundation for further literary study.

NOTE: This is a year-long program and only available to students attending for the full year (fall and winter term).

Term-long Courses

Course Code Description

ENGL 258 /3.0

Jacobean Shakespeare

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

PREREQUISITE A grade of C in ENGL 100/6.0

EXCLUSION No more than 6.0 unites from ENGL 256/6.0 (formerly ENGL 226/6.0); ENGL 257/3.0 (formerly ENGL 227/3.0); ENGL 258/3.0 (formerly ENGL 228/3.0)

EQUIVALENCY ENGL 228/3.0

ENGL 271/3.0

Issues and Themes: Special Topics I

Detailed information to be posted later.

PREREQUISITE A grade of C in ENGL 100/6.0.

ENGL 278/3.0

Literature and Place

A study of English-language literature emphasizing or relating to its sense of place. Course content my vary from year to year.

PREREQUISITE A grade of C in ENGL 100/6.0

EQUIVALENCY ENGL 208/3.0

HIST 241/3.0

Issues in History: Kings, Castle, and the Concept of Chivalry

Lecture course on a selected historical issue. Subject changes from year to year.

PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above

INTS 221-001/3.0

Global Issues in the 21st Century: Commodities, Globalization, and Migration in Comparative Perspectives

A variety of intellectual approaches will be integrated in an interdisciplinary exploration of some of the major challenges facing the world community. Examination of such issues as the environment, poverty, disease, human rights, cultural identity or armed conflict will be used to stimulate discovery of what constitutes ‘global engagement’. Topics will vary and the course may not be offered in every term.

NOTE: Only offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux

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.

PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above

EQUIVALENCY IDIS 306/3.0

NOTE: Only offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux

Offerings in French

Term-long Courses

Course Code Description
FREN 102/3.0

Français intermédiaire II

Practice in reading, writing, grammar review and literary analysis.

NOTE: Only offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux

Media, Communication and Film

Term-long Courses

Course Code Description
FILM 104/3.0

Film Form and Modern Culture to 1970

Introduction to tools and methods of visual and aural analysis and to historical and social methods, with examples primarily from the history of cinema and other moving-image media to 1970. 

NOTE: Only offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux

Social Sciences Offerings

Year-long Courses

Course Code Description
DEVS 100/6.0

Canada and the "Third World"

Introduces basic theoretical concepts of development studies, the history of global inequality, and short histories of alternative development strategies. Case studies of Canada’s ties to the so-called third world will include missionaries, military, business, and aid. Canadian colonialism over First Nations peoples will introduce basic issues in Aboriginal Studies.

NOTE: This is a year-long program and only available to students attending for the full year (fall and winter term).

POLS 110/6.0

Introduction to Politics and Government

An introduction to political science that provides both a framework for thinking about politics and the institutions of governance, and some of the vocabulary necessary for political analysis.

NOTE: This is a year-long program and only available to students attending for the full year (fall and winter term).

PSYC 100/6.0

Principles of Psychology

An introductory survey of basic areas of psychology including perception, cognition, learning and motivation and their biological substrata. Also reviewed are child development, individual differences, social psychology and abnormal psychology. Research participation experience is provided for students on an individual voluntary basis. Students are encouraged to participate in up to five hours of research experimentation. The course is based on a blended model where on-line learning is supplemented with weekly lecture and small-group tutorial.

NOTE: This is a year-long program and only available to students attending for the full year (fall and winter term).

Term-long Courses

Course Code Description
ECON 112/3.0

Introductory Macroeconomics

An introduction to macroeconomic analysis of the economy as a whole, including the determination of national income, the price level, interest rates, the money supply, and the balance of payments. The principles of monetary and fiscal policy are also examined. ECON 111/3.0and ECON 112/3.0 are together equivalent to ECON 110/6.0.

GNDS 215/3.0

Introduction to Sexual and Gender Diversity

This course is an introduction to studies in sexuality and gender diversity. It will survey the field and include topics such as classical inquiries into sexuality, contemporary theories on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer identities, sexual movements, human rights, sexual morality, pornography, global sex trade, and queer cultural production. This course is open to all students but required for students enrolled in the Certificate in Sexual and Gender Diversity. It is designed to introduce SXGD students to the field and prepare them for selecting future courses.

PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department.

GPHY 102/3.0

Earth System Science

This course introduces the major concepts studied in Earth System Science. The fundamental processes and interrelationships between the atmosphere, oceans, biosphere and the lithosphere are investigated to serve as a basis for understanding natural systems, particularly at or near the Earth’s surface

POLS 338/3.0

European Integration

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

POLS 395/3.0

Topics in International Relations 

Issues in global politics, international relations, international diplomacy, or foreign policy will be examined in this course. The focus of this course will vary from year to year; consult the departmental homepage for further details. 

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 a 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

Year-long Courses

Course Code Description
MATH 121/6.0

Differential and Integral Calculus

Differentiation and integration of the elementary functions, with applications to physical and social sciences; Taylor polynomials; multivariable differential calculus.

NOTE: This is a year-long program and only available to students attending for the full year (fall and winter term).

Term-long Courses

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 that 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

Term-long Courses

Course Code Description
IDIS 305/3.0

British Studies II

An interdisciplinary introduction to the broad development of British life and culture, focusing on cultural and political conflicts in British society. The course usually combines British art history, history, literature and geography.

NOTE: Only offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux

Business and Economics Offerings

Term-long Courses

Course Code Description
ECON 112 /3.0

Introductory Macroeconomics

An introduction to macroeconomic analysis of the economy as a whole, including the determination of national income, the price level, interest rates, the money supply, and the balance of payments. The principles of monetary and fiscal policy are also examined. ECON 111/3.0and ECON 112/3.0 are together equivalent to ECON 110/6.0.

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.

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.

PREREQUISITE COMM-132*

This course is restricted to students enrolled in the 3rd or 4th year of the Commerce Program.

COMM 373/3.0

International Business Negotiations

This course requires the application of cumulative knowledge of functional areas and international business to negotiation situations. It will introduce: current thinking and research on negotiating; exploring the different aspects of international negotiations, including planning, the effect of culture on negotiating styles, and managing the process. It will concentrate on developing international negotiating awareness and skills through the use of international negotiation exercises, simulations and cases. The focus will be on both the personal level (honing your own negotiating skills and awareness) and the corporate level (analyzing the factors that are important to companies in international negotiations, planning and implementing complex negotiations).

*Please note that these course offerings are subject to change.

A number of new courses in the areas of film, international law, and business are also possible. Please check the website for updates to the teaching plan.