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Summer 2018 classes

Our classes are open to all current university students and are specifically designed for the Summer School study experience.

These classes focus on experiential learning in and around the London area. Our classes are fully accredited and worth 3 U.S. / 6 ECTS credits each.

The classes aim to minimise the amount of time spent in a classroom and maximise the amount of experiential learning in and around the London area. All classes require a lot of walking as they are all field trip based, so please only apply if you are happy to be on your feet a lot!

If you are taking two classes then you need to select one from group A, and one from group B (due to timetabling).

The classes on offer for 2018 are as follows:

Art and Architecture in Britain (3 US credits)

This class enables you to appreciate the rich material resources in Britain, developing a critical understanding of the historical, social and political circumstances that have shaped art and architecture. 

In addition to lectures, there will be visits to the National Gallery, Banqueting House, Chiswick House, Kenwood House, Tate Britain and Sir John Soane's Museum.

Download the syllabus for Art and Architecture in Britain (PDF).

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British Culture and Society (3 US credits)

This class gives you the opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of:

  • contemporary British culture and society; and
  • the differences between Britain and your home culture and lifestyle.

The course covers key topics such as:

  • the British system of government;
  • the monarchy;
  • media;
  • theatre;
  • sports;
  • multicultural Britain;
  • Britain's changing world role; and
  • national identity.

Guided field trips re-enforce your learning and support the classroom discussions. These might include visits to:

We also encourage you to make independent visits to different sites in the London area. London has some of the best museums and galleries in the world and they are mostly open free of charge.

Students not taking the British Culture and Society course can also participate in field trips, subject to space and your timetable, on a fee-per-trip basis. 

Download the syllabus for British Culture and Society (PDF).

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Creative Writing in London (3 US credits)

This class explores the act and culture of creative writing in London and the surrounding area.  You discuss your creative writing – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays and more – in regular workshops with a group of peers and professional writers associated with Kingston University's thriving creative writing field. 

These workshops will be combined with:

  • a programme of readings, both on campus and in venues across the city, by well-known writers; and
  • visits to literary events and festivals.

Download the syllabus for Creative Writing in London (PDF).

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Exploring Cultural London (3 US credits)

This class provides you with the opportunity to explore the cultural sites and spaces of London. Based primarily upon London walks and visits, it considers the historical development of London as a world city. In particular, it looks at:

  • the changing cultural geography of the city; and
  • the impact artistic and cultural innovation has had on this.

Visits will include St Paul's, Museum of London, St James's Park, Wallace Collection, the City, Festival Hall and Bond Street.

Download the syllabus for Exploring Cultural London (PDF).

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Live Theatre (3 US credits)

This course is aimed at both students studying theatre and those with little or no knowledge of it. We will see five or six shows in the West End, the National Theatre and the fringe, encompassing a cross-section of Shakespeare, classic, modern and experimental plays.

In 2015 the shows included:

  • Alice's Adventures Underground, The Vaults
  • Bend it like Beckham, Delfont Mackintosh Theatre
  • Death of a Salesman, Noel Coward Theatre
  • Everyman at the National Theatre and
  • Lampedusa at the Soho Theatre

We will also:

  • meet actors, writers or directors working in the theatre – to understand how a play evolves from the page to the stage;
  • attend a workshop at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre; and
  • go on backstage tours at the National Theatre and elsewhere.

Download the syllabus for Live Theatre (PDF)

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London Global City of Enterprise (3 US credits)

The aims of the module are to:

  1. To explore the nature of enterprise, the characteristics of entrepreneurs and identify the factors involved in starting and growing businesses.
  2. To identify what makes London a global city and why this is important for enterprise activity and why it attracts entrepreneurs.
  3. To demonstrate how London has supported and encouraged enterprise and innovation for 2,000 years and has developed into one of the world's top global enterprise cities.

The course will include lecture led tours to:

Download the syllabus for London Global City of Enterprise (PDF).

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London and its Literature (3 US credits)

This class explores the contribution of London to English literary life since the middle of the 18th century and its representation in literary texts.

You will consider selected texts within the specific historical, political and cultural context of London and its impact on the imaginations of writers since 1750, a time when London as we know it was taking shape. After looking at mid-18th century 'neoclassical' and fashionable texts, and the more radical Blake and Dickens, we will focus on the London-based fiction of the Modernist (early 20th century) and post-colonial (early 21st century) eras.

Guided field trips re-enforce your learning and support the classroom discussions. These might include:

Download the syllabus for London and its Literature (PDF).

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Museums and Galleries (3 US credits)

This class introduces the role and function of museums and galleries. You will explore the cultural, economic, historical and sociological dimensions of display as they relate to critical and theoretical contexts. It includes visits to the:

The University of Kingston's partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) aims to provide opportunities for creative exchange, investigation and discussion between students and staff at the University and the ICA, its network and audiences.

Download the syllabus for Museums and Galleries (PDF).

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Shakespeare: Reading and Performance (3 US credits)

This class gives you the chance to read and attend performances of three of Shakespeare's plays being performed in London at the time. We will:

  • compare the reading and performance of these;
  • situate them alongside their historical and cultural context in Elizabethan/ Jacobean London; and
  • take into account the theatrical conditions affecting their production and the changing interpretations they have attracted through the ages.

Guided field trips will reinforce your understanding of these contexts and are likely to include:

Download the syllabus for Shakespeare: Reading and Performance (PDF).

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Muggle Madness: Harry Potter and other popular British icons (3 US credits)

This class will celebrate not only the popular and internationally successful creations of J K Rowling but also place the Harry Potter stories in a lineage of heroic British fiction – from Sherlock Holmes to James Bond, Frodo Baggins to Doctor Who. We will study a range of these stories and also read them in terms of politics and gender. In doing so, we will seek to understand how these narratives can provide us with an alternative cultural history.

Field trips will include expeditions to the Harry Potter Studios, the Covent Garden James Bond exhibition and the Harry Potter walking tour.

Download the syllabus for Muggle Madness: Harry Potter and other popular British icons (PDF).

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Kingston University reserves the right to cancel a class due to insufficient student enrolments.

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