International at City

  1. International Students
  2. International Partnerships
  1. City Study Abroad Programme
  2. Academic Programme
  3. Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Our cultural studies courses are designed to give you an opportunity to learn about and experience the history of London and the full range of arts on offer. The courses are taken in addition to the regular load of four courses and are typically credited at two US semester hours credit. The European Business Culture course receives full credit.

Code Course Title Available
LA2017 Performing Arts in London fs
LA2018 Historic London fs
BS2111 European Business Culture fs
MU2999 Popular Music in Britain fs

 LA2017 Performing Arts in London

Performing Arts in London looks at the array of arts offered in London, visiting 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

Indicative Content:

  • What's on in London
  • What is Art?
  • The issue of High and Popular art
  • Funding of the Arts in England and costs to the public
  • Who goes to see what?
  • The way each art form has developed

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LA2018 Historic London

Historic London follows 2,000 years of history in London to its present status as an international financial centre, examining the way in which the past has produced the modern city.

By the end of this module, a successful student will have an understanding of how events influence history.

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, a lecture on the legal system here and a visit to the Royal Courts of Justice, Middle and Inner Temples and the whole area of Legal London.

The last visit will be to the reconstructed Globe Theatre where the students will be given a lecture by a member of the Globe staff on Theatre in the time of Shakespeare.

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BS2111 European Business Culture

European Business Culture is designed for those who consider a business career across borders and cultures and wish to develop their understanding of business culture in the context of Europe and the European Union. To develop knowledge of European business culture from a social economic, business and political perspective. To synthesize the most important information of the European culture and its importance to create and effectively do business with business people from across the EU. To use for business purposes the analysis of the European Union culture with real life examples and case studies.

Indicative Content:
-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.

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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, thus giving you an insight into British culture as experienced through its music. 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.

By the end of the course you should have a good overview of the development of British Popular Music over the past half century, and a good understanding of the popular music scene in London today.

Content outline:

The course looks at the rise of a particularly distinctive form of British pop music that arose from the American influence on particular forms of local musics during and after World War II. It then considers the global impact in the 1960s of groups such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and how these were in turn superseded by the album-led 'supergroup' phenomenon of the 1970s. One lecture will be given over to the rise of punk, and how this genre significantly changed both the styles of music in Britain and the activities of the various companies and media channels through which it was disseminated. The chronological overview continues through the 1980s and 90s, and will end by considering the broad and complex panorama of popular music in Britain today. Visits will be organised to particular sites and venues, and you will also be expected to organise a small number of visits yourself.

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