Our cultural studies courses are City are an opportunity to make the most of your time in London. Whether this is your first time in London or you are a frequent visitor the courses are designed to broaden your knowledge about the history, culture, and doing business in the UK and Europe.
All the courses are offered in Autumn and Spring.
|LA2017 Performing Arts in London|
|LA2018 Historic London|
|BS2111/LA2277 European Business Culture|
|MU2999 Popular Music in Britain|
More information about the course content is below. Although the courses are 7.5 ECTS students should check how the credit will be accepted by their home institution.
LA2017 Performing Arts in London
Performing Arts in London looks at the array of arts offered in London, during the semester you will visit a variety of performances and examining the policy surrounding their development and funding.
By the end of this module, a successful student will be able to:
- Understand the fundamentals of how arts provision works: the influence of views on art of funding bodies on what is produced.
- Evaluate a production
- Understand diverse reasons for creation of a work of art
- Understand varying aims of a creator of a work of arts
LA2018 Historic London
Studying 2000 years of history in 11 weeks this course will give students an understanding how London has grown and developed over the years.
The first half of the course will concentrate on the City of London from the time of the Romans. It will touch on the two major disasters which befell the City (the Fire of London and the Blitz) and will trace its growing autonomy as a self-governing area from the Guildhall, and its development as a major financial centre.
The second half of the course will explore London's historical buildings and institutions outside the City. This will include a lecture on the government of this country and a visit to the Houses of Parliament and "legal" London.
BS2111/LA2277 European Business Culture
European Business Culture is designed for those who are considering a business career across borders and wish to develop their understanding of business culture in the context of Europe and the European Union.
Students will study:
- Business, economy, values and ethics;
- Political structures and the European Union;
- Case studies related to business and regulations in the context of European Culture;
- Education and career opportunity;
- Business and social culture.
MU2999 Popular Music in Britain
This module provides an overview of Popular Music in Britain since the 1950s, particularly in relation to London, one of the world's most important musical cities. You will examine not only the history and development of the music but also the social and economic contexts in which particular genres arose.
You will learn about London performance venues - large and small - and will visit some of them to experience live music in context. You will be brought up to date with current trends and genres in popular music, and will need to reflect on your experience of one or more gigs in relation to these more recent developments.