AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in London, England
Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
Course Descriptions

   

Traditional Academic Program

In addition to over 900 courses from a wide range of academic areas, the program at Richmond provides the opportunity for students to select from a core of courses—the London Core—that make special use of the resources available in London. These courses offer students an exciting opportunity to learn about the history, art, architecture, culture, economics and politics of Britain while studying in the very country they are learning about. Many of these classes also satisfy major or general education requirements. To capitalize on opportunities at this unique multicultural University, study abroad students are encouraged to choose at least three of their five courses from the following London Core courses and select the remainder from Richmond’s regular degree course offerings. However this is not required and students are free to select any classes they want from Richmond’s regular degree course offerings, subject to meeting any prerequisites.

Individual faculty members determine the content of their own courses. However, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are usually offered (sometimes for a nominal additional fee) to complement students’ classroom experiences, enhance their academic understanding and increase their cultural awareness. Typical activities, designed to complement the London Core courses, may include:

  • Tour of Parliament and meeting with a Member of Parliament
  • Visits to local art galleries, including the Tate Modern and Tate Britain
  • Theater performances
  • Visits to London museums including the British Museum, National Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Tour of the Bank of England
  • Visits to multinational companies
  • Visiting lecture series—previous speakers have included representatives from world politics, international businesses, pressure groups and the theater/arts industry

London Core Courses

A sample and abbreviated summary of the 900 plus courses offered at Richmond are below. For a full list of courses, including prerequisites, please see https://selfservice.richmond.ac.uk/selfservice/search/catalogsearch.aspx

ART, DESIGN AND MEDIA
Course Code and Credits: ADM 5200 (3)
Course Title: Video Production
Course Description:
A ‘hands-on’ video course involving most aspects of production from camera work and sound recording to editing and audio dubbing. A studio fee is levied on this course.
Course Code and Credits: ADM 5405 (3)
Course Title: Photography: Theory and Practice
Course Description:
This course is designed to familiarize students with skills which combine visual research, photographic composition, analogue camera operation and printing. Students provide their own film and photographic paper. The University has cameras for student use, although it is recommended that students provide their own manual 35mm SLR camera.

ART HISTORY
Course Code and Credits: AVC 5200 (3)
Course Title: Museums and Galleries of London
Course Description:
Students study the workings of the art market and a variety of other topics that impinge upon it, such as conservation, restoration, the investment potential of art, and art world crime. Students visit many of the great London galleries and museums.
Course Code and Credits: AVC 5400 (3)
Course Title: British Art and Architecture
Course Description:
Considers British painting, sculpture, architecture, and interior design since the 1500s, in their historical, cultural, social and political contexts. Students make regular visits to buildings and museums with their rich intercultural collections, to discuss works on site.
Course Code and Credits: AVC 5415 (3)
Course Title: Art of Prehistoric Europe
Course Description:
Examines the art of prehistoric Europe in its social context, the history of archaeological thinking on the subject, and the representation of prehistoric art and society in museums, galleries and site-based heritage displays. The museums and galleries of London with their world-class collections will be used as a learning resource and the course will involve field trips.
Course Code and Credits: AVC 5450 (3)
Course Title: Art in Context
Course Description:
This course gives students the opportunity to critically engage with some of the major themes, methods, and approaches in contemporary art. Weekly visits to museums, galleries, and exhibitions provide an opportunity for students to test theories put forward in class in front of original art works.

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND ECONOMICS
Course Code and Credits: FNN 5200 (3)
Course Title: Corporate Finance
Course Description:
Examines the financial needs of corporations and the range of mechanisms available to meet them. Covers topics such as capital budgeting, cost of capital, dividend policy, capital structure, current asset management and portfolio theory.
Course Code and Credits: MGT 5220 (3)
Course Title: Legal and Ethical Concepts in Management
Course Description:
Concentrates on the legal framework within which most business takes place. Topics include corporate problems of raising and maintaining capital by shares; relationships of board of directors to shareholders; respective rights and obligations; relationships of companies to third parties; control and the principle of majority rule.
Course Code and Credits: MGT 5400 (3)
Course Title: Organizational Behavior
Course Description:
This course explores the structure and nature of organizations and the contribution that communication and human behavior makes to organizational performance.
Course Code and Credits: MGT 5405 (3)
Course Title: Operations Management
Course Description:
Provides a theoretical and practical understanding of operations management, together with the ability to apply some of its major techniques to practical business problems.
Course Code and Credits: MGT 6200 (3)
Course Title: Competition and Strategy
Course Description:
Focuses on strategic analysis and evaluation, long-range planning and policy implementation. It outlines the basic strategic analysis models and uses case study analysis to relate to both the firm’s internal operations and the environment in which it operates.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 5200 (3)
Course Title: Principles of Marketing
Course Description:
The course introduces students to the principles and operations of marketing. Course work includes an in-depth analysis of the strategic role marketing plays in contemporary business from new product development, marketing research and target marketing to consumer behavior analysis, advertising and promotion and personal selling activities.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 5205 (3)
Course Title: Consumer Behavior
Course Description:
The course will focus on the study of consumers and their behavioral patterns in the consumption and purchase of product/services as well as the impact of information technology (social media, digital media) on consumer behavior.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 5405 (3)
Course Title: Fashion Marketing and Retail
Course Description:
This course covers the fundamentals of fashion and the basic principles that govern all fashion movement and change. It examines the history, development, organization and operation of merchandising and marketing activities, trends in industries engaged in producing fashion, purchasing of fashion merchandise, foreign and domestic markets, and the distribution and promotion of fashion.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 5410 (3)
Course Title: Psychology of Fashion & Luxury Goods
Course Description:
This course enables students to understand the importance of consumer behavior in the process of marketing fashion and luxury goods and services.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 6215 (3)
Course Title: Global Marketing Strategy (core courses)
Course Description:
Considers problems and issues encountered in market entry and standardization, contextualization and adaptation strategies. It assesses the appropriateness to new market situations.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 6220 (3)
Course Title: Digital Marketing and Social Media
Course Description:
The course will provide insights into new marketing concepts, tools, technologies and business models to enhance the consumer value creation process.

COMMUNICATION
Course Code and Credits: COM 5105 (3)
Course Title: Modern Popular Music
Course Description:
An interdisciplinary course examining the historical, sociological, aesthetic, technological, and commercial elements of contemporary popular music. Audio-visual resources are combined with lectures, and where appropriate, field trips to concerts in London.
Course Code and Credits: COM 5115 (3)
Course Title: Sociology of Culture and Sub Culture
Course Description:
Introduces the field of cultural studies by examining various concepts of culture, the positions taken in cultural criticism, and the relationship between social and cultural transformation.
Course Code and Credits: COM 5200 (3)
Course Title: Mass Communications and Society
Course Description:
In this course, “mass communications” is taken in its broadest sense to include cinema, television, newspapers, magazines, comics, and the Internet, as well as fashion and merchandising. The course examines the relationship between texts and the people at various points during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from various cultural and national perspectives.
Course Code and Credits: COM 5218 (3)
Course Title: Celebrity and Fan Culture
Course Description:
Charts the development and critical context of contemporary celebrity and fan cultures. Outlines key theoretical approaches. Explores the topic through a variety of media, from artists like Andy Warhol, Lady Gaga, Eminem, and Alison Jackson, to fanfic and other fan culture artifacts. Considers the creation and reception of celebrity texts: for example, around Harry Potter, and fanhood as a performative critique of celebrity.
Course Code and Credits: COM 6200 (3)
Course Title: New Media
Course Description:
This course traces the historical development of new media, emphasizing the social, political and cultural context of new media technologies. It introduces students to a number of contemporary theoretical debates for understanding the role of new media in contemporary democracies and their impact on identity formation processes
Course Code and Credits: COM 6400 (3)
Course Title: Fashion And Media
Course Description:
This course traces the multiple connections between the fashion and media industries. Study Abroad students may take this course with the permission of the Richmond faculty advisor.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Course Code and Credits: ENV 5100 (3)
Course Title: Environmental Ethics: Green Principles
Course Description:
This course explores how we relate to the world around us and the things we do, through topics such as Conservation, Climate Change, Ecofeminism and Animal Rights.

FASHION
Course Code and Credits: COM 6400 (3)
Course Title: Fashion And Media
Course Description:
This course traces the multiple connections between the fashion and media industries. Study Abroad students may take this course with the permission of the Richmond faculty advisor.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 5405 (3)
Course Title: Fashion Marketing and Retail
Course Description:
This course covers the fundamentals of fashion and the basic principles that govern all fashion movement and change. It examines the history, development, organization and operation of merchandising and marketing activities, trends in industries engaged in producing fashion, purchasing of fashion merchandise, foreign and domestic markets, and the distribution and promotion of fashion.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 5410 (3)
Course Title: Psychology of Fashion and Luxury Goods
Course Description:
This course enables students to understand the importance of consumer behavior in the process of marketing fashion and luxury goods and services.

FILM
Course Code and Credits: FLM 5200 (3)
Course Title: Mainstream Cinema: Studies In Genre
Course Description:
This course investigates the development of genre films over a historical period. Specifically, through a study of film criticism and theory, students examine distinct genres from the 1920s to the present. In addition, the course provides an opportunity for students to examine and compare the perspectives of Hollywood and non-Hollywood genre films. Study abroad students may take this course with the permission of the Richmond faculty advisor.
Course Code and Credits: FLM 5410 (3)
Course Title: Gender in Film
Course Description:
This course explores key concepts that have shaped the study of gender in film in the past 50 years. It considers different spectators’ viewing positions and analyzes how historical and social changes in the construction of masculinities and femininities have shaped specific film genres. A variety of issues related to sexuality, race/ethnicity and non-western representations are also considered.
Course Code and Credits: FLM 6230 (3)
Course Title: International Cinema
Course Description:
This course examines global cinema while considering the extent to which cultural, political, and historical contexts have influenced the form and grammar of film during the last century. During the semester, many international film “movements” are covered, which can include the French New Wave, the Chinese Sixth Generation, and Italian Neo-Realism. In addition, the representations of non-Western cultures from an “insider” and a “Hollywood” perspective are compared.

HISTORY
Course Code and Credits: HST 5105 (3)
Course Title: Rise of the Right: History of Fascisms
Course Description:
This course is a comparative study of various forms of fascisms from the end of the 19th century through to the modern period. The course concludes with a discussion about the ‘return’ of fascism under ‘other names’.
Course Code and Credits: HST 5400 (3)
Course Title: History of London
Course Description:
This course surveys the history of London from its early prehistoric origins to the modern cosmopolitan metropolis that it is today. Together with lectures, the students will visit important sites throughout the city that are perfect examples of the development of London. Note: Visits require some travel and entrance costs.
Course Code and Credits: HST 5405 (3)
Course Title: U.S. and U.K. Comparative History
Course Description:
Focuses on shared themes from the 1880s to the present day, using a variety of approaches to enable students from different disciplines to participate in the course. Issues around popular culture, gender and ethnicity will be looked at, as well as peoples’ responses to major events like the Depression and wars.
Course Code and Credits: HST 5440 (3)
Course Title: Saxon and Viking Culture in England
Course Description:
The aim of this course is to examine Saxon and Viking Society in England following the first Saxon invasions and settlement after the Fall of Rome. It concludes with the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Where possible classes will be supported by field trips.
Course Code and Credits: HST 6215 (3)
Course Title: History on Film
Course Description:
This course examines the history of international film, its proactive role in society and its usefulness as a historical resource, with a focus on key moments and themes made important for aesthetic, economic, cultural, political, social and technological reasons.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND POLITICS
Course Code and Credits: INR 5100 (3)
Course Title: Critical Globalization Studies
Course Description:
This interdisciplinary course addresses the vitally important and complex phenomenon of contemporary globalization. Political, social, economic and cultural aspects of globalization are discussed, and core themes of globalization debates are addressed, such as convergence, nationalism, and inequality.
Course Code and Credits: PLT 5205 (3)
Course Title: British Politics: Inside Parliament
Course Description:
This course will introduce students to the main political institutions in the United Kingdom (the monarchy, the executive, parliament, political parties and electoral systems) and to important debates in contemporary British society. Classes are supplemented by 10 sessions in the House of Commons with a Member of Parliament.

LITERATURE
Course Code and Credits: LIT 5100 (3)
Course Title: Travel Writing
Course Description:
The course exposes students to the scope and the power of modern travel writing. Students explore works taken mostly from within the parameters of literature, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Time is also spent on journalism, new media writing and film. Critical and theoretical responses to travel writing are explored, and an integral part of the students’ responses to the works they encounter will be the production of their own creative writing.
Course Code and Credits: LIT 5400 (3)
Course Title: Contemporary London Literature
Course Description:
Beginning with an overview of London’s historical myths and fictions, this class exposes students to a variety of writers committed to exploring the many lives of a city undergoing complex transformations. From postmodern obsessions to multicultural landscapes and post 9/11 anxieties, different voices and visions, provide insights into our understanding of contemporary London.
Course Code and Credits: LIT 5405 (3)
Course Title: British Fantasy Writing
Course Description:
The first half of the course will survey some of the major texts on which modern Fantasy literature draws, including Beowulf, Arthurian texts and selections from works by Shakespeare, Milton, Jane Austen and Lewis Carroll. The second half will focus more intensively on a few major fantasies from the past 120 years and their filmed adaptations, including works by Bram Stoker, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J.K. Rowling.

RELIGION
Course Code and Credits: RLG 5810 (3)
Course Title: Comparative World Religions
Course Description:
This course explores the monotheistic religions of the Near East (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), those of India and the Far East (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism) and the ‘new-age’ faiths.

SOCIOLOGY
Course Code and Credits: SCL 5105 (3)
Course Title: Religion, Magic and Witchcraft
Course Description:
This course focuses on sociological and anthropological perspectives on religious practice and experience. Classical theorists Marx, Weber and Durkheim will be examined. Notions of Magic, Witchcraft and the Supernatural will be addressed in relation to Myth and Symbolism. ‘New Age’ spirituality will be analysed in relation to Altered States of Consciousness and Counterculture and alternative versions of ‘Faith’.

THEATER ARTS
Course Code and Credits: THR 5210 (3)
Course Title: Acting Skills
Course Description:
An intermediate performance skills course that focuses on developing the voice and body through group work consisting of improvisational exercises, the use of stage space, basic blocking, and the interpretation of character and text.
Course Code and Credits: THR 5405/THR 5410 (3)
Course Title: Shakespeare and His World I fall only (3)/ II spring only (3)
Course Description:
This course provides historical and theoretical contexts to Shakespeare’s plays and approaches them with a variety of different critical methods. Shakespeare in performance is an integral part of the course and students are expected to see productions of most texts studied. An additional fee is required for outside trips.

Other Courses

Richmond offers a wide variety of courses, many more than can be listed here. For a full list of courses available in your chosen semester, please visit the Richmond website. You can also use the website to ensure that you have the required prerequisites or their equivalents.

ART, DESIGN AND MEDIA
Course Code and Credits: ADM 6400 (3)
Course Title: Drawing on London
Course Description:
Drawing is used as a basic exploratory tool to examine London as the site for both subject – in particular, the River Thames - and as a research resource for the practice of drawing, especially the specialist departments at the Victoria and Albert and the British Museum. A studio fee is levied on this course.
Course Code and Credits: ADM 6405 (3)
Course Title: Printmaking Workshop
Course Description:
Intended for students who have acquired graphic skills in drawing, illustration, and computer graphics or who have experience of photographic printing. It aims not so much to give in-depth knowledge of particular printmaking processes as to stimulate a creative response to all areas of image making that involve printing. A studio fee is levied on this course.
Course Code and Credits: ADM 6430 (3)
Course Title: Communication Design: Type
Course Description:
This course focuses on the theory and practice of communication design, with emphasis on type-based solutions. It introduces students to the concept of graphic design as a social activity and projects include book design, grid systems and poster design.
Course Code and Credits: ADM 6435 (3)
Course Title: Web Design
Course Description:
The course provides students with the core foundations and practical skills required to design a fully functional and interactive website. It offers a snapshot of the brief history and current status of the medium, and practitioners working within it.
Course Code and Credits: ADM 6440 (3)
Course Title: Communication Design: Image
Course Description:
This course focuses on the study and application of image within the practice of communication design. Typical works include identity and logo design, pictograms/signage and poster design.

ART HISTORY
Course Code and Credits: GEP 3140 (3)
Course Title: Creative Expression
Course Description:
This core course explores the ways we can interpret and appreciate different types of art across cultures.
Course Code and Credits: AVC 5210 (3)
Course Title: History of Design
Course Description:
This course examines the history of designed objects of all types and their place in material and visual culture studies.
Course Code and Credits: AVC 5400 (3)
Course Title: British Art and Architecture
Course Description:
Considers British painting, sculpture, architecture, and interior design, in their cultural, social and political contexts. Students make regular visits to buildings, museums, with their rich intercultural collections, to discuss works on site.

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND ECONOMICS
Course Code and Credits: ECN 5205 (3)
Course Title: Economic Problems of Developing Countries
Course Description:
This course discusses issues of varied economic prosperity, its measurement and policies that can help improve living standards of the world’s poorest inhabitants.
Course Code and Credits: ENT 5200 (3)
Course Title: Entrepreneurial Theory and Practice
Course Description:
The course will enable students to understand theories of entrepreneurial behavior, innovation and wider societal issues and enable them to relate such theories to practice.
Course Code and Credits: FNN 5205 (3)
Course Title: Principles of Investment
Course Description:
Focusing on financial investment, the course familiarizes the student with a range of financial instruments and capital market operations, including new issues, trading, and the role of financial intermediaries in the investment market.
Course Code and Credits: FNN 6200 (3)
Course Title: Money and Banking
Course Description:
This course focuses on the role of money and other financial instruments within the macro economy. The operations and behavior of commercial banks and other financial institutions is examined from a strategic viewpoint, along with the role of central banks and regulators.
Course Code and Credits: FNN 6410 (3)
Course Title: International Finance
Course Description:
Taking a global perspective, the course focuses on the basics of multinational financial management from an international finance perspective. The course also covers foreign exchange markets, multinational accounting, foreign exchange risk, strategies and tools for managing exchange rate exposure, import and export finance, and multinational financial management.
Course Code and Credits: INB 6200 (3)
Course Title: Country Risk Analysis
Course Description:
This course provides students with an overview of the history, methods, strengths, and limitations of economic and political risk forecasting.
Course Code and Credits: INB 6215 (3)
Course Title: Managing the Multinational Corporation
Course Description:
It provides a managerial perspective into managing the structure and operations of multinational corporations (MNCs) in the global business environment. Major managerial issues are studied from the MNC’s perspective and the problems of planning and executing business strategies on a global scale are analyzed.
Course Code and Credits: MGT 5415 (3)
Course Title: Governance and Sustainability
Course Description:
Provides students with an understanding of the concepts and key issues of corporate governance, corporate accountability, corporate social responsibility and corporate sustainability.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 6200 (3)
Course Title: Advertising Management
Course Description:
The course provides an in depth study and application of advertising and its role in marketing strategies.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 6210 (3)
Course Title: Distribution and Retailing Management
Course Description:
The course addresses the roles and processes of physical distribution, channel management, and retailing.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 6305 (3)
Course Title: Fashion Product Development
Course Description:
This course is designed to give students a systematic overview of product development and the trend cycle in fashion, its operation in relation to the industry’s specialist sectors, and to introduce the creative and commercial functions of the fashion forecasting process within the fashion industry.

COMMUNICATIONS AND LITERATURE
Course Code and Credits: COM 4400 (3)
Course Title: Introduction to Advertising Practice
Course Description:
This course explores the fundamental principles and tools involved in the professional practice of advertising.
Course Code and Credits: COM 4405 (3)
Course Title: Advertising, PR and the Media
Course Description:
The course explores public relations, advertising and journalism.
Course Code and Credits: COM 5205 (3)
Course Title: Cultural Theory
Course Description:
This course introduces key thinkers, topics, case studies and theoretical frameworks related to the field of cultural studies. Films, fashion, art, graphic design, video, music and other media objects will be analyzed.
Course Code and Credits: COM 5220 (3)
Course Title: Communications for PR and Advertising
Course Description:
This course examines the theory and practice of writing for PR and advertising. Students will have a variety of assignments where they will try their hand at writing PR materials and advertising copy as well as a persuasive business proposal.
Course Code and Credits: CRW 5200 (3)
Course Title: Script Writing
Course Description:
Students are guided through the creative processes of writing scenes for the stage, T.V., and film.
Course Code and Credits: JRN 6205 (3)
Course Title: Media Ethics
Course Description:
This course examines the main legal and ethical issues which media practioners of the digital age encounter in their working lives.
Course Code and Credits: LIT 5400 (3)
Course Title: Contemporary London Literature
Course Description:
Beginning with an overview of London’s historical myths and fictions, this class exposes students to a variety of writers committed to exploring the many lives of a city undergoing complex transformations. From postmodern obsessions to multicultural landscapes and post 9/11 anxieties, different voices and visions, provide insights into our understanding of contemporary London.

FILM
Course Code and Credits: FLM 5405 (3)
Course Title: Adaptations: Literature and Cinema
Course Description:
Deals with adaptations from literary texts, in the broad sense – novels, plays and comic books – to cinema and television.
Course Code and Credits: FLM 6230 (3)
Course Title: International Cinema
Course Description:
This course examines global cinema while considering the extent to which cultural, political, and historical contexts have influenced the form and grammar of film during the last century. During the semester, many international film “movements” are covered, which can include the French New Wave, the Chinese Sixth Generation, and Italian Neo-Realism. In addition, the representations of non-Western cultures from an “insider” and a “Hollywood” perspective are compared.
Course Code and Credits: FLM 6400 (3)
Course Title: From Script to Screen
Course Description:
Explores the creative and practical aspects of script writing and advanced video production. The course is intended for students who have experience of video production and want to expand their knowledge and skills. Students will create and produce a video, starting from the inception of the idea through to the realization of the idea as a finished film to be screened at the end of the course. A studio fee is levied on this course.

HISTORY
Course Code and Credits: HST 5100 (3)
Course Title: Nationalism and Conflict
Course Description:
This course is intended to be a comparative study of the various forms of nationalism, dictatorship and democracy that evolved and emerged across Central/Eastern Europe (CEE) during the ‘short’ twentieth century (1914-1990).
Course Code and Credits: HST 5205 (3)
Course Title: Rome and the East: Culture and Faith in late Antiquity
Course Description:
The course covers the areas of the Roman and Sasanian Empires, their adjoining regions and that of their successor states from 200 AD until 800 AD. The course looks at religious ideas that were rooted in these societies, polythesisms, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and the newer religions of Christianity and Islam.
Course Code and Credits: HST 6205 (3)
Course Title: Pictures of Power: History, Image and Propaganda
Course Description:
The course aims to introduce students, by way of specific casestudies ranging from the ancient world to the modern day, to innovative methods of studying the past that utilize popular forms of visual culture and propaganda.
Course Code and Credits: HST 6225 (3)
Course Title: Culture, Power and Empire
Course Description:
This course examines the causes, consequences and significance of empires throughout history from a broad range of comparative and international perspectives. Where possible the course will make use of museums and collections within London.
Course Code and Credits: HST 6400 (3)
Course Title: Island To Empire: British History Since 1800
Course Description:
Surveys the history of modern Britain during its formative period of industrialization and empire building.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISM AND MEDIA
Course Code and Credits: JRN 5200 (3)
Course Title: Feature Writing
Course Description:
This course focuses in consolidating and developing journalistic writing skills.
Course Code and Credits: JRN 5400 (3)
Course Title: Entertainment, Arts and the Media
Course Description:
It will outline the essential framework of criticism and the responsibilities and ethics of those who write it, and it will also provide context to help students understand that what they watch, read and listen to now is directly connected to everything that has gone on in the past.
Course Code and Credits: JRN 6205 (3)
Course Title: Media Ethics and Law
Course Description:
This course examines the main legal and ethical issues which media practioners of the digital age encounter in their working lives.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, POLITICS AND PHILOSOPHY
Course Code and Credits: INR 5400 (3)
Course Title: U.S. Grand Strategy
Course Description:
This course examines the major issues that underlie the development of United States’ foreign policy.
Course Code and Credits: INR 6405 (3)
Course Title: International Human Rights
Course Description:
This course will cover the evolution of international human rights and of the various regional and international treaties and institutions designed for their protection.
Course Code and Credits: INR 6410 (3)
Course Title: Diplomatic Studies
Course Description:
This course offers an overview of the history and practice of contemporary diplomacy.
Course Code and Credits: INR 6415 (3)
Course Title: Foreign Policy Analysis
Course Description:
Foreign Policy Analysis considers the manner in which a state arrives at its foreign policy decisions.
Course Code and Credits: PLT 5405 (3)
Course Title: The EU in New International System
Course Description:
Examines the historical beginnings of the European Union, its institutions and its economic performance.
Course Code and Credits: PLT 5410 (3)
Course Title: Islam and the West
Course Description:
The aim of this course is to focus on the historical, political and religious relationships between Islam and the West.
Course Code and Credits: PLT 5415 (3)
Course Title: Politics Of Sub-Saharan Africa
Course Description:
Follows the attempt to promote stability, economic development, and democratic systems of government in sub-Saharan Africa, and engages with the core issue of the relationship between the state, civil society, and external interests in the region.
Course Code and Credits: PLT 5425 (3)
Course Title: Modern China
Course Description:
Examines aspects of China’s history such as the Opium Wars, the downfall of the Empire in 1911, the growth of nationalism and the ensuing civil war, the rise and decline of Maoism and the role of China in world politics, with particular reference to its increasing economic importance.
Course Code and Credits: PLT 6205 (3)
Course Title: Policy-Making in a Globalized World
Course Description:
This course investigates the process of policy-making in modern states. It explores how in the new globalized world governments “import” and “borrow” policy ideas from each other, while analyzing how the different actors – states, bureaucrats, thinktanks, policy-networks, lobby groups, citizens, etc – participate and influence the policy-making process.
Course Code and Credits: PLT 6425 (3)
Course Title: Religion, Identity and Power
Course Description:
This course explores the relationship between religion, political identity and its expression between and across nation-state borders. By focusing on a number of religious movements, such as various Islamic revivals and the new Christian right, this course will examine the various ways in which religious traditions are used as identity-building vehicles.

MATHEMATICS
Course Code and Credits: GEP 3120 (3)
Course Title: Quantitative Reasoning
Course Description:
This core course develops an understanding of basic mathematical concepts and their presence in a range of contexts and applications. Topics such as interest rates, interpreting graphs, probabilities associated with decision making and mathematics in the environment and the creative arts will be covered.

PSYCHOLOGY
Course Code and Credits: PSY 5215 (3)
Course Title: Theories Of Personality
Course Description:
This course examines theoretical viewpoints about intelligence, personality structure and its development, emotion, motivation, and clinical applications for personality change.
Course Code and Credits: PSY 5400 (3)
Course Title: Mind and Language
Course Description:
This is an interdisciplinary course that introduces students to current research and debates in the areas of language and communication.
Course Code and Credits: PSY 5405 (3)
Course Title: Psychopathology
Course Description:
Combines lectures, case studies, and audiovisual sessions to introduce students to the field of clinical psychology, psychiatry, and mental health work.
Course Code and Credits: PSY 5430 (3)
Course Title: Psychology of Education
Course Description:
The aim of this course is to investigate the applications of psychology in educational settings. Students will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the ways psychology theories and research have influenced our understanding of child learning and teaching.
Course Code and Credits: PSY 6210 (3)
Course Title: Cognitive Science
Course Description:
This course focuses on such issues, including: Is the mind a computer? How much of the mind is innate and how much is learned? Is the mind a unitary general purpose mechanism, or is it divided into specialized subsystems or courses? How do we represent the world in thought? Are human beings rational?
Course Code and Credits: PSY 6425 (3)
Course Title: Cognitive Neuroscience
Course Description:
Cognitive neuroscience aims to explain cognitive processes and behavior in terms of their underlying brain mechanisms. It is an exciting and rapidly developing field of research that straddles the traditional disciplines of psychology and biology.
Course Code and Credits: PSY 6430 (3)
Course Title: Psychology of Happiness and Wellbeing
Course Description:
This course focuses on the science of happiness and wellbeing, integrating findings from Positive Psychology studies and theories.
Course Code and Credits: PSY 6435 (3)
Course Title: Clinical Psychology
Course Description:
Modern Clinical Psychology implements evidence-based treatments to improve psychologically-based distress or dysfunction and to promote subjective and behavioral wellbeing and personal development.

RELIGION
Course Code and Credits: HST 5205 (3)
Course Title: Rome and the East: Culture and Faith in late Antiquity
Course Description:
The course covers the areas of the Roman and Sasanian Empires, their adjoining regions and that of their successor states from 200 AD until 800 AD. The course looks at religious ideas that were rooted in these societies, polythesisms, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and the newer religions of Christianity and Islam.
Course Code and Credits: PLT 5410 (3)
Course Title: Islam and the West
Course Description:
The aim of this course is to focus on the historical, political and religious relationships between Islam and the West.
Course Code and Credits: PLT 6425 (3)
Course Title: Religion, Identity and Power
Course Description:
This course explores the relationship between religion, political identity and its expression between and across nation-state borders. By focusing on a number of religious movements, such as various Islamic revivals and the new Christian right, this course will examine the various ways in which religious traditions are used as identity-building vehicles.
Course Code and Credits: SCL 5105 (3)
Course Title: Religion, Magic and Witchcraft
Course Description:
This course focuses on sociological and anthropological perspectives on religious practice and experience. Classical theorists Marx, Weber and Durkheim will be examined. Notions of Magic, Witchcraft and the Supernatural will be addressed in relation to Myth and Symbolism. ‘New Age’ spirituality will be analysed in relation to Altered States of Consciousness and Counterculture and alternative versions of ‘Faith’.

SERVICE LEARNING
Course Code and Credits: ISL 5000 (3)
Course Title: Service Learning and Active Citizenship
Course Description:
The Service Learning and Active Citizenship course is a student community placement that aims to provide students from all disciplines and majors with the intellectual, professional and personal skills that will enable them to function well in a culturally diverse community in London. In addition to the weeks of field work (typically 9-12 depending on the organization), the student will also produce a written journal of their experience. During the service learning course, the staff of the Internship Office and a faculty supervisor work closely with each student to ensure that the community placement is a successful one.

This course requires a student visa obtained at the British Consulate before departure from the U.S.

SOCIOLOGY
Course Code and Credits: COM 5115 (3)
Course Title: Sociology of Culture and Sub Culture
Course Description:
Introduces the field of cultural studies by examining various concepts of culture, the positions taken in cultural criticism, and the relationship between social and cultural transformation.
Course Code and Credits: SCL 5105 (3)
Course Title: Religion, Magic And Witchcraft
Course Description:
This course focuses on sociological and anthropological perspectives on religious practice and experience. Classical theorists Marx, Weber and Durkheim will be examined. Notions of Magic, Witchcraft and the Supernatural will be addressed in relation to Myth and Symbolism. ‘New Age’ spirituality will be analysed in relation to Altered States of Consciousness and Counterculture and alternative versions of ‘Faith’.
Course Code and Credits: SCL 5400 (3)
Course Title: Modern Britain: A Social Analysis
Course Description:
A general presentation of British society for students who arrive in the country and are keen to know about its way of life, patterns of thought, and socio-cultural background. This course also examines Britain’s changing status in the world and the effect this has had on socio-political attitudes and behavior.

THEATER ARTS
Course Code and Credits: THR 5100 (3)
Course Title: World Theater
Course Description:
Provides an overview of the theater of European and non European countries.
Course Code and Credits: THR 5215 (3)
Course Title: Screen Acting Techniques
Course Description:
Develops acting skills specifically relating to the camera - i.e. for film and television. Students are also given exercises in interviewing for screen work and screen testing.
Course Code and Credits: THR 6200 (3)
Course Title: Fire Over England
Course Description:
Examines the classical traditions in British theater, as they are perceived today.

Other Courses offered by Richmond

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Richmond offers many other courses each semester that AIFS students can take, over 900 each year. Please note that study abroad students are not permitted to take the independent study, senior project/senior essay, graduate level (course numbers starting with a 7) or Foundations Program courses listed on the Richmond website.