- Summer: February 15
About Birkbeck, University of London Partnership
London will be your classroom, your muse, and your lens during your summer study at Birkbeck, University of London. Whether you're studying British Art and Architecture in London, International Business, or doing an internship, you will immerse yourself in England's global city and examine your areas of study through their relationship to the city.
Birkbeck, University of London Partnership Benefits
- Gain valuable experience taking advantage of hands-on internships
- Academically challenging courses that focus on London and the U.K.
- Students are taught in Gordon Square, once occupied by the novelist Virginia Woolf and the economist John Maynard Keynes
- Part of the University of London, so students can use the University of London Union's excellent facilities
- Set in the Bloomsbury area of central London, the hub of the University of London federation and famous for its literary, intellectual and artistic history
- Close to Covent Garden shopping and Soho's great nightlife
- Lecturers are Birkbeck faculty members or drawn from other colleges of the University of London
- Most courses take advantage of London as a "living laboratory"
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Academics at Birkbeck, University of London Partnership
Birkbeck, University of London Summer Courses
British Art and Architecture in London: This course aims to give students a thorough understanding of the changing nature of the patronage of arts in and around London through a study of some of the buildings and works of art produced between 1600 and 1830. The English cult of classicism in architecture is discussed through a study of the importance of the Grand Tour and the introduction and revivals of styles based on antiquity and their application to religious, domestic and public buildings. The importance of collections of works of art and the transmission of European styles in painting is considered, together with the emergence of a British school of painting and the establishment of the Royal Academy.
International Business: An introduction to the environment of international business, the nature and determinants of basic international business strategies and the structural arrangements that foster the successful operations of international business. The course includes: the conception, theories and practices of international management, multinational corporate structures, a survey of the increasingly interdependent nature of business, business environments other than the U.S., and the impact of the European Union on international business strategies.
London in Literature: This course aims to give students an awareness of the variety of ways in which 19th and 20th century writers have responded to the subject of London. Students will explore a number of themes that link early Victorian reflections of the city to the work of a writer including: alienation, cultural change, loss of spiritual faith, class, and the "primitive" beneath the "civilized" city. The course also includes field trips to the east end of London to explore Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper territory, and to link this with contemporary popular culture.
Shakespeare in London: This course introduces students to the plays of William Shakespeare and to the culture of theatrical performance, both now and in the Renaissance past. The course encourages students to read the plays in their contemporary context, considering the political and social circumstances in which these plays were produced. As well as looking closely at a number of Shakespeare's plays, this course will also introduce one comparative play from another Renaissance playwright, allowing students to make connections and contrasts between the work of Shakespeare and one his contemporaries. One of the opportunities offered on this course is to visit the reconstructed Globe theatre on the South Bank and to consider the differences between modern and Renaissance theatre space and experience.
London: Growth of a Modern World City: This class looks at the history of London through the growth of its population, buildings and government. The course considers London's efforts to maintain order and prevent disease in the city in the face of an explosion in its population and the existence of great wealth beside unremitting poverty. The role of the court and parliament in the city is explored, as well as the dependence of London society on the poor for its industrial and domestic labour and for the supply of food, drink, and consumer goods and services.
Media Forms and Institutions in Britain: Using television as a focus, this course examines a range of media forms and institutions in Britain, their inter-relationships, their European context, and their relationship with U.S. forms and institutions. The course also investigates the British print media, music industry and popular culture in national and global context. Organized around screenings, lectures, seminars, workshops, a student-led debate and a visit to the Museum of Moving Image, the course examines the institutional history of British broadcasting, representations and genres.
Birkbeck offers an opportunity for students to participate in an intensive internship option. Some of the most common internships are in arts management, business, media and communications, and politics. Past interns have earned placements at top U.S. companies, Parliament, British financial institutions, fashion designers, theatres and concert halls and prestigious media outlets. The minimum GPA required for participating in an internship is a 3.0. The internship replaces one of your courses at Birkbeck.
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The IFSA-Butler Team
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