Study Abroad in London, England

Study Abroad in London: Courses

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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. Courses eligible for the certificate in Fashion Management and Marketing Program are marked with an *.

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 click here.

Courses eligible for the certificate in Fashion Management and Marketing Program are marked with an *.


ADM 5200 (3) | Video Production

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.

ADM 5405 (3) | Photography: Theory and Practice

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.


AVC 5200 (3) | Museums and Galleries of London

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.

AVC 5400 (3) | British Art and Architecture

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.

AVC 5415 (3) | Art of Prehistoric Europe

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.

AVC 5450 (3) | Art in Context

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.


FNN 5200 (3) | Corporate Finance

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.

MGT 5220 (3) | Legal and Ethical Concepts in Management

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.

MGT 5400 (3) | Organizational Behavior

This course explores the structure and nature of organizations and the contribution that communication and human behavior makes to organizational performance.

MGT 5405 (3) | Operations Management

Provides a theoretical and practical understanding of operations management, together with the ability to apply some of its major techniques to practical business problems.

MGT 6200 (3) | Competition and Strategy

Competition and Strategy 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.

MKT 5200 (3) | Principles of Marketing

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.

MKT 5205 (3) | Consumer Behavior

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.

MKT 5405 (3) | Fashion Marketing and Retail

See Fashion section for course description.

MKT 5410 (3) | Psychology of Fashion and Luxury Goods

See Fashion section for course description.

MKT 6215 (3) | Global Marketing Strategy

Considers problems and issues encountered in market entry and standardization, contextualization and adaptation strategies. It assesses the appropriateness to new market situations.

MKT 6220 (3) | Digital Marketing and Social Media

The course will provide insights into new marketing concepts, tools, technologies and business models to enhance the consumer value creation process.


COM 5105 (3) | Modern Popular Music

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.

COM 5115 (3) | Sociology of Culture and Sub Culture

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.

COM 5200 (3) | Mass Communications and Society

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.

COM 5218 (3) | Celebrity and Fan Culture

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.

COM 6200 (3) | New Media

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.

COM 6400 (3)* | Fashion And Media

See Fashion section for course description.


ENV 5100 (3) | Environmental Ethics: Green Principles

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.


COM 6400 (3) | Fashion and Media

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.

MKT 5405 (3)* | Fashion Marketing and Retail

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.

MKT 5410 (3) | Psychology of Fashion and Luxury Goods

This course enables students to understand the importance of consumer behavior in the process of marketing fashion and luxury goods and services.


FLM 5200 (3) | Mainstream Cinema: Studies in Genre

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.

FLM 5410 (3) | Gender in Film

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.

FLM 6230 (3) | International Cinema

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.


HST 5105 (3) | Rise of the Right: History of Fascisms

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’.

HST 5400 (3) | History of London

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.

HST 5405 (3) | U.S. and U.K. Comparative History

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.

HST 5440 (3) | Saxon and Viking Culture in England

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.

HST 6215 (3) | History on Film

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.

HST 6225 (3) | Culture, Power and Empire

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.


INR 5100 (3) | Critical Globalization Studies

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.

PLT 5205 (3) | British Politics: Inside Parliament

British Politics: Inside Parliament 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.


LIT 5400 (3) | Contemporary London Literature

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.

LIT 5405 (3) | British Fantasy Writing

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.


RLG 5810 (3) | Comparative World Religions

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.


SCL 5105 (3) | Religion, Magic and Witchcraft

See London Core Courses section for course description.


THR 5210 (3) | Acting Skills

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.

THR 5405 (3) | Shakespeare and His World I fall only


THR 5410 (3) | Shakespeare and His World II spring only

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.


ADM 6400 (3) | Drawing on London

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.

ADM 6405 (3) | Printmaking Workshop

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.

ADM 6430 (3) | Communication Design: Type

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.

ADM 6435 (3) | Web Design

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.

ADM 6440 (3) | Communication Design: Image

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.


GEP 3140 (3) | Creative Expression

This core course explores the ways we can interpret and appreciate different types of art across cultures.

AVC 5210 (3) | History of Design

This course examines the history of designed objects of all types and their place in material and visual culture studies.

AVC 5400 (3) | British Art and Architecture

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.


ECN 5205 (3) | Economic Problems of Developing Countries

This course discusses issues of varied economic prosperity, its measurement and policies that can help improve living standards of the world’s poorest inhabitants.

ENT 5200 (3) | Entrepreneurial Theory and Practice

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.

FNN 5205 (3) | Principles of Investment

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.

FNN 6200 (3) | Money and Banking

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.

FNN 6410 (3) | International Finance

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.

INB 6200 (3) | Country Risk Analysis

This course provides students with an overview of the history, methods, strengths, and limitations of economic and political risk forecasting.

INB 6215 (3) | Managing the Multinational Corporation

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.

INB 6220 (3) | International Business Law

The course provides an overview of the legal issues underpinning commercial transactions with a strong international component.

MGT 5415 (3) | Governance and Sustainability

Provides students with an understanding of the concepts and key issues of corporate governance, corporate accountability, corporate social responsibility and corporate sustainability.

MKT 6200 (3) | Advertising Management

The course provides an in depth study and application of advertising and its role in marketing strategies.

MKT 6210 (3) | Distribution and Retailing Management

The course addresses the roles and processes of physical distribution, channel management, and retailing.

MKT 6225 (3) | Ethical Fashion and Sustainability

This course focuses on analyzing ethical considerations within the fashion industry, whilst also exploring changes in practice, communication and consumerism and the diversity of stakeholders in the supply-chain of this industry toward sustainability movements.

MKT 6300 (3)* | Fashion Buying and Merchandising

Seeks to produce creative learners who have a strong industry focus and awareness of contemporary issues, who can offer insight to the local, national and global marketplaces with an entrepreneurial outlook and considered critical perspective. Emphasises the practical relationship between creative ideas and commercial practice that is central to successful fashion retailing. Addresses the complexity of this subject and aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the fashion industry, providing an exposition of the principles of the buying and merchandising functions within a retail organization. It will also focus on the sourcing and range planning aspects in order to achieve the company’s positioning and budget objectives.

MKT 6305 (3)* | Fashion Product Development

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.

MKT 6310 (3)* | Luxury Brand Management

Students will gain an insight into the structure of the luxury goods market and the impact that market change may have upon future prospects and opportunities. Considers the nature of the luxury product and the competitive advantage that it provides to the delivery of quality, design, image and distinctiveness. The luxury brand concept and definitions are critically examined in full and the various conceptual frameworks that link the luxury brand market to the market for normal goods is explored.

MKT 6415 (3)* | Fashion Marketing and Management

Examines the fundamentals of fashion and the basic principles that govern all fashion movement and change. Also covers the history, development, organization and operation of merchandising and marketing activities, trends in merchandise, foreign and domestic markets and the distribution and promotion of fashion.


COM 4400 (3) | Introduction to Advertising Practice

This course explores the fundamental principles and tools involved in the professional practice of advertising.

COM 4405 (3) | Advertising, PR and the Media

The course explores public relations, advertising and journalism.

COM 5205 (3) | Cultural Theory

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.

COM 5220 (3) | Communications for PR and Advertising

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.

COM 6205 (3)* | PR and Self-Presentation in Media

Examines the theory and practice of contemporary public relations. Topics include: planning, the selection and use of appropriate public relations tactics, evaluation, how to handle media interviews and self-presentation skills. Students will examine and evaluate a real PR campaign and develop, budget, propose tactics for, evaluate and present a theoretical public relations campaign.

CRW 5200 (3) | Script Writing

Students are guided through the creative processes of writing scenes for the stage, T.V., and film.

JRN 6205 (3) | Media Ethics

See Journalism section for course description.

LIT 5400 (3) | Contemporary London Literature

See London Core Courses section for course description.


FLM 5405 (3) | Adaptations: Literature and Cinema

Deals with adaptations from literary texts, in the broad sense – novels, plays and comic books – to cinema and television.

FLM 6230 (3) | International Cinema

See London Core Courses section for course description.

FLM 6400 (3) | From Script to Screen

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.


HST 4405 (3)* | History of Fashion

Analyzes the history of fashion from a sociological perspective – covering the period from the beginning of the modern period to the present. Relationships between dress, fashion, class, political power, ethnicity and gender are investigated. While the primary focus is upon the historical development of western fashion global interconnections are investigated throughout the course.

HST 5110 (3) | Nationalism and Conflict

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).

HST 5205 (3) | Rome and the East: Culture and Faith in late Antiquity

See Religion courses.

HST 6205 (3) | Pictures of Power: History, Image and Propaganda

The course aims to introduce students, by way of specific case-studies 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.

HST 6225 (3) | Culture, Power and Empire

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.

HST 6400 (3) | Island to Empire: British History Since 1800

Surveys the history of modern Britain during its formative period of industrialization and empire building.


JRN 5200 (3) | Feature Writing

This course focuses in consolidating and developing journalistic writing skills.

JRN 5400 (3) | Entertainment, Arts and the Media

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.

JRN 6205 (3) | Media Ethics and Law

This course examines the main legal and ethical issues which media practitioners of the digital age encounter in their working lives.


INR 5400 (3) | U.S. Grand Strategy

This course examines the major issues that underlie the development of United States’ foreign policy.

INR 6405 (3) | International Human Rights

This course will cover the evolution of international human rights and of the various regional and international treaties and institutions designed for their protection.

INR 6410 (3) | Diplomatic Studies

This course offers an overview of the history and practice of contemporary diplomacy.

INR 6415 (3) | Foreign Policy Analysis

Foreign Policy Analysis considers the manner in which a state arrives at its foreign policy decisions.

PLT 5405 (3) | The EU in New International System

Examines the historical beginnings of the European Union, its institutions and its economic performance.

PLT 5410 (3) | Islam and the West

The aim of this course is to focus on the historical, political and religious relationships between Islam and the West.

PLT 5415 (3) | Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa

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.

PLT 5425 (3) | Modern China

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.

PLT 6205 (3) | Policy-Making in a Globalized World

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, think-tanks, policy-networks, lobby groups, citizens, etc – participate and influence the policy-making process.

PLT 6425 (3) | Religion, Identity and Power

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.


GEP 3120 (3) | Quantitative Reasoning

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.

MTH 4120 (3) | Probability and Statistics I

An introductory course in probability primarily designed for business economics and psychology majors. The course coverage will include: descriptive statistics, elementary probability theory, random variables and expectations, discrete probability distributions (Binomial and Poisson distributions), continuous probability distribution (Normal distribution), linear regression analysis and correlations, elementary hypothesis testing and Chi-square tests, non-parametric methods and SPSS lab sessions targeting applications of statistical concepts to business, economics and psychology and interpretations of hardcopies. All practical work will be produced using SPSS statistical software.

MTH 5120 (3) | Probability and Statistics 2

Continuing MTH 4120, the course is concerned with inferential statistics. It covers sampling distributions, point estimations, interval estimations and estimating confidence intervals for populations and proportions, hypothesis and significance testing, goodness-of-fit test and Chi-square test, one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), applications of non-parametric statistics, linear regression analysis. All practical work will be done on SPSS statistical software.

MTH 5130 (3) | Game Theory and Decision Making

This course provides an introduction to game theory and its relation to decision methods in business.

MTH 6120 (3) | Financial Mathematics

Covers: Essential mathematics (calculus, differential equations, linear algebra and elementary probability theory), mathematics in finance (Central Limit Theorem and Brownian motion, Stochastic calculus and random behaviour, Markov Processes and Martingales, Wiener process, Monte Carlo simulation of pricing and simple trading models), Binomial and Black-Scholes Models and their significance in asset pricing and analysis of financial derivatives.


PSY 5215 (3) | Theories of Personality

This course examines theoretical viewpoints about intelligence, personality structure and its development, emotion, motivation, and clinical applications for personality change.

PSY 5400 (3) | Mind and Language

This is an interdisciplinary course that introduces students to current research and debates in the areas of language and communication.

PSY 5405 (3) | Psychopathology

Combines lectures, case studies, and audiovisual sessions to introduce students to the field of clinical psychology, psychiatry, and mental health work.

PSY 5430 (3) | Psychology of Education

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.

PSY 6210 (3) | Cognitive Science

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?

PSY 6425 (3) | Cognitive Neuroscience

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.

PSY 6430 (3) | Psychology of Happiness and Wellbeing

This course focuses on the science of happiness and wellbeing, integrating findings from Positive Psychology studies and theories.

PSY 6435 (3) | Clinical Psychology

Modern Clinical Psychology implements evidence-based treatments to improve psychologically-based distress or dysfunction and to promote subjective and behavioral well-being and personal development.


HST 5205 (3) | Rome and the East: Culture and Faith in late Antiquity

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, polytheism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and the newer religions of Christianity and Islam.

PLT 5410 (3) | Islam and the West

See International Relations, Politics and Philosophy section for course description.

PLT 6425 (3) | Religion, Identity and Power

See International Relations, Politics and Philosophy section for course description.

SCL 5105 (3) | Religion, Magic and Witchcraft

See London Core Courses section for course description.


COM 5115 (3) | Sociology of Culture and Sub Culture

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.

SCL 5105 (3) | Religion, Magic and Witchcraft

See London Core Courses section for course description.

SCL 5400 (3) | Modern Britain: A Social Analysis

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.

SCL 5445 (3) | Black London

Examines the history of the African Diaspora in London over approximately the last 300 years, paying particular attention to changes in the demographic background to this Diaspora and the ensuing debates around the various notions of Blackness. The context to the course is the growth of London as the hub of an imperial system underscored by notions of race, and the subsequent changes to the metropolis in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. A theoretical underpinning of the course is that London is one of the centres of a Black Atlantic, as understood through the works of Paul Gilroy. The course will open up social relations at the heart of Black London’s history, including class, gender and sexuality. London has a long history of ideological movements driven by the conditions of the Black Atlantic, such as: Abolitionism, anti-colonialism, Pan Africanism and anti-racist struggles within Britain; all of these will be within the parameters of the course. Finally, the cultural impact of the Black Atlantic on London will be looked at in all its diversity, including, but not restricted to: literature, religion, music, fashion, language, cuisine, etc.


THR 5100 (3) | World Theater

Provides an overview of the theater of European and non European countries.

THR 5215 (3) | Screen Acting Techniques

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.

THR 6200 (3) | Fire Over England

Examines the classical traditions in British theater, as they are perceived today.

Other Courses offered by Richmond

If you have not found the course you want, check the Richmond website.

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.