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!
The classes on offer for 2015 are as follows:
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.
Download the syllabus for British Art and Architecture (PDF).
This class gives you the opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of:
The course covers key topics such as:
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 fieldtrips, subject to space and your timetable, on a fee-per-trip basis.
Download the syllabus for British Culture and Society (PDF)
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:
Download the syllabus for Creative Writing in London (PDF).
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:
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).
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 2014 the shows included:
We will also:
Download the syllabus for Live Theatre (PDF)
The City of London is a premier centre for international finance and trade – delivering 20% of the UK's Gross National Product, it is a vital element of the national economy. This course looks at the history, growth, current status and future prospects of the City of London in terms of its role as a global financial centre.
The objective is not only to learn about finance, but also to experience the history, culture and dynamics of the City at work. We therefore include lecturer-led tours of the City of London and its institutions, such as the Bank of England, Lloyds of London and the Stock Exchange, plus the historical infrastructure accommodating financial agencies.
We will also look at:
Download the syllabus for Financial London (PDF).
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).
This class will provide an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of the cultural, economic, historical and sociological dimensions that constitute London as a multicultural city.
It will also allow students to:
Download the syllabus for Multicultural London (PDF).
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).
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:
Guided field trips will reinforce your understanding of these contexts and are likely to include:
Download the syllabus for Shakespeare: Reading and Performance (PDF).
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 Doctor Who experience, 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).
Kingston University reserves the right to cancel a class due to insufficient student enrolments.