AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in London, England
Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
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, Imperial War 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

Course codes that begin with a “3” are typically equivalent to 100-level courses, those that begin with a “4” to 200-level courses and those beginning with a “5” to 300-level.

London Core Courses

A sample and abbreviated summary of the 900 plus courses offered at Richmond are listed 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 *.

ART, DESIGN AND MEDIA
Course Code and Credits: ADM 5200 (3) Spring only
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) Spring only
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) Spring only
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) Spring only
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) Spring only
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) Spring only
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)  Fall and Spring
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) Spring only
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) Fall and Spring
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)* Fall and Spring
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)  Fall and Spring
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) Fall and Spring
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) Spring only
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) Fall and Spring
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) Fall and Spring
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.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 6215 (3) Fall and Spring
Course Title: Global Marketing Strategy
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) Fall and Spring
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 5115 (3) Spring only
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 5218 (3) Spring only
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) Spring only
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)* Fall and Spring
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) Spring only
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) Spring only
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 Fall and Spring
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) Fall and Spring
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) Spring only
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) Fall and Spring
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) Spring only
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) Spring only
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) Spring only
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. 
Course Code and Credits: HST 6225 (3) Fall and Spring
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.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND POLITICS
Course Code and Credits: INR 5100 (3) Fall and Spring
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) Fall and Spring
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 5400 (3) Spring only
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) Spring only
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.

THEATER ARTS
Course Code and Credits: THR 5210 (3) Spring only
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 (3) (fall)/ THR 5410 (3) spring
Course Title: Shakespeare and His World I/Shakespeare and His World II
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) Spring only
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) Spring only
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) Spring only
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) Fall and Spring
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) Spring only
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. 
Course Code and Credits: AVC 4210 (3)  Fall only
Course Title: History of Photography
Course Description:
This course explores the relationship between photographs and the social, artistic and historical currents existing during their time of production. It also traces the evolution of the camera and the chemical and technological progress which enabled photography to advance. The course consists of lectures, discussions, visits to museums, galleries and collections which together will allow the student to explore the photographic image in terms of its style, subject, medium and authorship and to place it within its visual and social context.
Course Code and Credits: AVC 6405 (3)  Fall only
Course Title: New Media and Visual Power Themes in Contemporary Visual Culture
Course Description:
This course complements the work undertaken in AVC 6XXX Visualising People and Place. Through theoretical and empirical insights into our image-based culture, this course deals with the multifariousness of contemporary visuality. Integrating traditional elements of visual analysis and visual methodologies with new media and transmedia approaches, the course enables students to develop a conceptual framework within which to evaluate the role of the visual in contemporary society and culture – moving from issues of production, image dissemination, to consumption (reception theory). The course is based around 4 broad themes: Practices of Looking (Research Methods); Reproduction and Commodification of Images; New Media Visions, Interactivity and the Cybermuseum; and Visual Power and Surveillance Culture. In a program of gallery visits and Richmond, the American International University in London December 2014 theoretical discussions, students learn about visual representation and various ways of encountering the complexity of imagery in the twentieth/twenty-first century.

ART HISTORY
Course Code and Credits: GEP 3140 (3) Spring only
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) Spring only
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) Spring only
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: ACC 4200 (3)  Fall only
Course Title: Financial Accounting
Course Description:
An introduction to the accounting model, the measurement and classification of data and terminology essential to effective interpretation and use of financial statements, balance sheets and income statements. Underlying concepts are stressed and they are made concrete with illustrations. While mechanical and procedural details are explored, measurement and communication of data to external parties are emphasized. This course provides a conceptual and applied foundation for future professional study and qualifications.
Course Code and Credits: ACC 4205 (3)  Fall only
Course Title: Managerial Accounting
Course Description:
This course introduces students to the generation of cost data for the preparation of proper, representative financial statements, and for optimal planning and control of routine operations and long range organizational goals. It focuses on the uses of formal cost accounting systems and quantitative techniques to make managerial decisions. Topics include: direct absorption income statements, job and process costing, allocation and proration, pro-forma and capital budgeting. This course provides a conceptual and applied foundation for future professional study and qualifications.
Course Code and Credits: ECN 4100 (3)  Fall only
Course Title: Intro to Econ of Development
Course Description:
Both global in its emphasis and multicultural in its outlook, the course addresses issues of developing countries from the perspective of elementary economics. The course introduces you to reasons for a lack of economic development. This could for example be the type of product that low income countries export, the climate or geography of the nation or its political situation. We will investigate indicators for economic development and look at the distribution of wealth across the globe. The course intends to teach students to critically appraise means by which the less well off countries could improve their living standards. We draw heavily on country cases to exemplify situations; the material used is current and draws on an interactive study approach for its dissemination to students.
Course Code and Credits: ECN 4105 (3)  Fall only
Course Title: Intro to Microeconomics
Course Description:
An introduction to basic economic methodology. Within a framework of supply and demand analysis, the behaviour of producers and consumers is examined in the context of the efficient allocation of scarce resources in society.
Course Code and Credits: ECN 4110 (3)  Fall only
Course Title: Intro to Macroeconomics
Course Description:
This Course introduces students to a theoretical treatment of national income and its key component parts. Macroeconomic models are used to examine policy issues and contemporary problems relating to output, income, spending and employment as well as inflation and growth.
Course Code and Credits: ECN 5400 (3)  Fall only
Course Title: Managerial Economics
Course Description:
This Course involves the application of microeconomic decision tools to managerial problems of the firm. Objectives and the determinants of those objectives are studied, including profit, demand, production and cost analysis. Specific topics include managerial decision-making, decision theory, break-even analysis, and price determination.
Course Code and Credits: ECN 5405 (3)  Fall only
Course Title: Economic Policy Analysis
Course Description:
To provide students with the opportunity to explore the way in which economic theory and evidence can be used to analyse important policy issues on the national, regional or global level.
Course Code and Credits: ECN 5205 (3) Spring only
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 4200 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Course Description:
This course provides an introduction to the concept and practice of entrepreneurship. The course intends to provide the ‘big picture’ on entrepreneurship, but to also cover a number of key micro issues relating to the more numerous small businesses that make up the majority of all business activity in societies everywhere. The course readily acknowledges that there is no single theory or model of entrepreneurship; but this lack of a distinct theoretical spine provides the course with its strongest advantage as this provides for an opportunity to present a multiplicity of case work and concepts. The emphasis is on comparing the diversity of approaches found within the world of the entrepreneur.  
Course Code and Credits: ENT 5200 (3) Fall and Spring
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) Fall and Spring
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) Fall and Spring
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) Spring only
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: FNN 6210 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Financial Institutions and Markets
Course Description:
This course introduces the student to the spectrum of financial institutions that operate in the global economy—depository, contractual and investment institutions—and the wide array of markets in which they trade. The economic roles of the financial institutions and major trends in the financial system are analyzed within the existing regulatory environment. Significant focus is devoted to operational issues in the financial system, particularly regarding risk: interest rate risk, liquidity risk, market risk, credit risk, operations risk, technology risk, as well as foreign exchange, political and sovereign risks. The course discusses key regulatory issues, as well as introducing Islamic finance.
Course Code and Credits: INB 6200 (3) Spring only
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 6210 (3) Fall only
Course Title: European Business Environment
Course Description:
Focuses on the economic, political, social environment for business in Europe within this field, it examines the institutional interplay with the European Union, the dynamics between the different Member States and the different policies with direct relevance to businesses operating in the European Union.
Course Code and Credits: INB 6215 (3) Fall and Spring
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: INB 6220 (3) Spring only
Course Title: International Business Law
Course Description:
The course provides an overview of the legal issues underpinning commercial transactions with a strong international component.
Course Code and Credits: MGT 3200 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Foundations of Business
Course Description:
An introductory survey course designed to introduce students to the principles and functions of a business. The various functional areas of business will be discussed, including economic systems, small business, management, human relations, marketing, accounting and finance. The course will also review the role of businesses in society and business ethics. 
Course Code and Credits: MGT 5415 (3) Fall and Spring
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 4100 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Introduction to Marketing
Course Description:
The course focuses on Marketing as a core of an operating business. Marketing will be covered as an organizational philosophy and a set of guiding principles for interfacing with customers, competitors, collaborators, and the environment. This course covers concepts of Marketing that entail planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion, and distribution of ideas, goods, and services. It covers mechanisms such as the observation of the market and identifying and measuring consumers' needs and wants, and gaps in the market. Marketing identifies the competitors and substitutions in the market and selects the most appropriate customer targets. The course also provides an introduction to the importance of negotiations and relationships and the development and implementation of marketing strategies.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 6200 (3) Spring only
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) Spring only
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 6225 (3)*
Course Title: Ethical Fashion and Sustainability
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 6300 (3)*
Course Title: Fashion Buying and Merchandising
Course Description:
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 market places with an entrepreneurial outlook and considered critical perspective. Emphasizes 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.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 6305 (3)* Fall and Spring
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.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 6310 (3)*
Course Title: Luxury Brand Management
Course Description:
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. 
Course Code and Credits: MKT 6415 (3)*
Course Title: Fashion Marketing and Management
Course Description:
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.

COMMUNICATIONS AND LITERATURE
Course Code and Credits: COM 3100 (3)  Fall only
Course Title: Foundations Mass Media Comm
Course Description:
This course provides an introduction to the study of mass media in contemporary modern societies. The course will pay particular attention to the production and consumption of mass media, including newspapers and magazines, television, film, radio, and the internet. Thus the course will encourage students to critically analyse the strategies of media giants, the impact of media ownership over democracy, the effects of media over culture, identities and public opinion. Each topic of the course will be examined with reference to contemporary examples of mass media.
Course Code and Credits: COM 4115 (3) Spring only
Course Title: Digital Society 
Course Description:
Introduces students to critical studies of the digital society, and how it effects institutions, media, and audiences socially, culturally, and politically.
Course Code and Credits: COM 4400 (3) Spring only
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) Spring only
Course Title: Advertising, PR and the Media
Course Description:
The course explores public relations, advertising and journalism.
Course Code and Credits: COM 5105 (3)  Fall only
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 5200 (3) Fall only
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 20th and 21st centuries, from various cultural and national perspectives. 
Course Code and Credits: COM 5205 (3) Fall and Spring
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) Spring only
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: COM 6205 (3)*
Course Title: PR and Self-Presentation in Media
Course Description:
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. 
Course Code and Credits: CRW 5200 (3) Spring only
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) Spring only
Course Title: Media Ethics and Law
Course Description:
This course examines the main legal and ethical issues which media practitioners of the digital age encounter in their working lives. 
Course Code and Credits: LIT 4200 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Introduction to World Literature
Course Description:
This course explores the ways in which we experience the literature of our time. Fiction, poetry and drama from a variety of different cultures are studied as we chart the intertextual connections of texts across languages, territories and histories. We will consider how texts circulate in print, in electronic forms and through audiovisual adaptations and develop a broad awareness of how contemporary literature moves across cultural and linguistic boundaries.
Course Code and Credits: LIT 5400 (3) Spring only
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.

CRIMINOLOGY
Course Code and Credits: CRM 5400 (3) Spring only
Course Title: Terrorism and Counterterrorism 
Course Description:
In the wake of 9-11 Islamist attack and the 22 July, 2011 Norway “lone wolf” radical right massacre, terrorism and counterterrorism have come to dominate political agendas and media discourse across the U.S. and Europe. Through a comparative analysis of the history of U.S. and EU responses to 21st-century terrorism this class studies the nature of the threats to Western security by examining types of terrorism and the development, strategies and theories surrounding terrorism. Given special attention in this class are: victims and perpetrators; processes of violent radicalization; typologies of terror (religious extremism, political violence, regional separatism, state-sponsored terror and animal rights/ecological activism); and what can be done to counter and/or limit terrorism (surveillance/policing/de-radicalization/education/social media); as well as how effective such practices are.
Course Code and Credits: PSY 6215 (3) Spring only
Course Title: Research in Criminology
Course Description:
Examines the psychological, biological, sociological, and environmental factors that are proposed to play a role in crime involvement. Using a developmental framework, the theoretical viewpoints to be covered will be arranged into individual vs. setting-level explanations of crime, and ultimately, be integrated. Thus psychological and biological factors will be examined as individual-level factors, while environmental and sociological factors will be studied in the context of setting-level factors. Other topics include: research methods in criminological research, longitudinal research in criminology, the roles of empathy, shame, and guilt in violence, as well as neurocriminology and crime intervention and prevention. Students will have the opportunity to do in-depth research on a topic of their choice and to think critically about criminological research and current topical criminological controversies.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Course Code and Credits: ENV 3125 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Foundations in Environmental Studies
Course Description:
A basic introduction to the major themes of Environmental Studies, this course covers basic ecology, environmental ethics, and environmental science. Well known environmental issues such as global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain, pollution, and population issues are addressed from scientific, economic, politico-sociological and ethical standpoints. An awareness and appreciation of global, local, and personal environmental problems are developed, together with the implications of possible solutions. The concept of interrelatedness is a unifying theme throughout the course.

FILM
Course Code and Credits: FLM 4200 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Introduction to Film Studies 
Course Description:
This course explores film as a medium across cultural and historical contexts. It covers films in its varied form, from the first projections in the late 19th century to online distribution today. Using examples of noteworthy films, it takes an introductory examination of the most important film theories and concepts, in the process examining how ideologies and meanings are imbedded in this vibrant medium.  
Course Code and Credits: FLM 5405 (3) Spring only
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) Spring only
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) Spring only
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: AMS 6210 (3) Spring only
Course Title: The Caribbean: Creoles, Conflicts and Conflict 
Course Description:
This multidisciplinary and comparative course examines the development of Caribbean economies, politics and societies from 1492 up until the present day. 
Course Code and Credits: HST 3200 (3) Fall only
Course Title: World Cultural History
Course Description:
This is a survey course that examines a variety ancient cultures of the Bronze and Iron ages, across the world. It aims to introduce students to the diversity and parallels that exist in human history. Students will learn about the interaction of politics, arts, ideologies and the economy in shaping the various cultures under study. Material culture and textual evidence will be used to explore how we can know about the past and begin to understand how to read secondary sources in a critical manner. Key areas of focus will be the development of early states, trade and economic development, war and diplomacy, the diverse role and status of women in the ancient world. We will explore the ideologies that acted as glue for these cultures and how they represented themselves.
Course Code and Credits: HST 3205 (3) Fall only
Course Title: The Global Cold War
Course Description:
This course introduces students to the major events and themes of the Cold War, demonstrating how it shaped the modern world system. In addition to providing students with a foundational understanding of the major themes and events of the Cold War, this course explores the interpretive controversies surrounding them. Students are encouraged to engage the changing historiography of the multifaceted, multi-polar Cold War from a variety of challenging perspectives, with particular emphasis given to its global context. Students will examine the period in the light of changing historiographical interpretations and with reference to its economic, cultural, ideological, military, political and social dimensions.
Course Code and Credits: HST 3706 (3) Fall only
Course Title: London A History
Course Description:
From the creation of Londinium by the Romans to the great modern metropolis, this course traces the growth and the changing functions, institutions and architecture of London. Readings from contemporary writers, describing the London they knew and visits to selected monuments are an integral part of this course. Visits require some travel and entrance costs.
Course Code and Credits: HST 4405 (3)*
Course Title: History of Fashion
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: HST 5110 (3) Fall and Spring
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” 20th-century (1914-1990). 
Course Code and Credits: HST 5205 (3) Spring only
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, polytheism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and the newer religions of Christianity and Islam. 
Course Code and Credits: HST 6205 (3) Spring only
Course Title: Pictures of Power: History, Image and Propaganda
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: HST 6225 (3) Spring only
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) Spring only
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. 
Course Code and Credits: HST 6425 (3) Spring only
Course Title: War and Society: Medieval to Modern 
Course Description:
Explores the changing nature and history of warfare from the medieval era to the end of the twentieth century. The class will involve some visits to local museums and sites of relevance, and where possible/desirable, some overseas visits might be included.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISM AND MEDIA
Course Code and Credits: JRN 5200 (3) Spring only
Course Title: Feature Writing
Course Description:
This course focuses in consolidating and developing journalistic writing skills. 
Course Code and Credits: JRN 5400 (3) Spring only
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) Spring only
Course Title: Media Ethics and Law
Course Description:
This course examines the main legal and ethical issues which media practitioners of the digital age encounter in their working lives. 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, POLITICS AND PHILOSOPHY
Course Code and Credits: INR 4100 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Introduction to International Relations
Course Description:
This course is a broad introductory survey of international relations. It acquaints students with the fundamental concepts and theories used in the discipline that help us make sense of our political world, and are crucial for further analysis of the field. The course gives students a taste of the theoretical debates and practical dynamics of global politics. It further examines some of the major challenges that humanity faces in the 21st century. Students get a chance to learn about and take part in the major debates of the discipline, for example concerning actors in the international system, the sources of insecurity, the relevance of economics to international politics, the importance of fighting poverty and underdevelopment, questions about how best to address environmental challenges, whether the state is still important and if globalization is a phenomena of the 20th century.
Course Code and Credits: INR 4105 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Evolution of International Systems
Course Description:
This course is designed to be a study of the evolution, and gradual development, of the European ‘states’ system. It will provide a comparative cultural, economic, historical, and political analysis of how international systems have evolved and functioned, illustrating the ways in which ‘states’ interact with one another within systems. It will begin with the fall of the Roman Empire in Western Europe, move through to the early European systems of the medieval period, on to the wars of religion of the sixteenth century, the defeat of Napoleon in 1813, and end with the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. This course will analyse the development of European international systems, the methods via which they were spread, and examine the elaborate rules and practices that regulate them.
Course Code and Credits: INR 6200 (3) Fall only
Course Title: International Relations Theory
Course Description:
The theories of international relations are best introduced through a study of the classic texts and debates in the discipline. This course examines most of the theories and approaches to international politics, as well as their historic foundations. It begins with some philosophical debates regarding the purpose of theorising, the importance of understanding ontological and epistemological assumptions and the difference between ‘understanding’ and ‘explaining’ in international relations theory. The course then critically evaluates the grand and middle range theories of IR, followed by a multitude of multidisciplinary approaches to conceptualising global politics and the post-positivist critiques. The course provides students with a set of conceptual and analytical tools in order to acquire a deeper and more nuanced understanding of international relations and global politics.
Course Code and Credits: INR 5400 (3) Spring only
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) Spring only
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) Spring only
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) Fall and Spring
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: PHL 4100 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Introduction to Philosophy
Course Description:
This course introduces students to discipline of philosophy. It examines various branches of philosophy including logic, epistemology, ontology, ethics, political and religious philosophy. It takes a topic-based rather than historical approach, and looks at set of problems such as the mind-body problem, empiricism versus rationalism, and subjectivism versus naturalism. To this end, various important Western philosophers will be considered including Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant and Russell.
Course Code and Credits: PLT 3100 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Foundations of Politics
Course Description:
Introduces students to the study of politics by defining, exploring and evaluating the basic concepts of politics through the analysis of modern and contemporary ideologies. It outlines some of the central issues in the study of politics such as the nature of the political itself; power and authority in the state; political obligation; the rights and duties of the citizen; liberty and equality; economic systems and modes of production through the scope of central political ideologies such as liberalism, Marxism, conservatism, feminism, multiculturalism and environmentalism.
Course Code and Credits: PLT 3105 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Comparative Political Systems
Course Description:
Examines the political experience, institutions, behavior and processes of the major political systems. Analyses major concepts, approaches and methods of political science in order to produce comparative analyses of different states and governments and provide a critical understanding of political decision-making processes in modern states.
Course Code and Credits: PLT 4100 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Major Political Thinkers
Course Description:
This course provides students with an introduction to political thought and political philosophy, as it has developed in the Western World. The origins of modern political thought and political ideologies are discovered and explored through the study of a range of major political thinkers, such as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, Wollstonecraft, Marx, Mill, and Nietzsche.
Course Code and Credits: PLT 5405 (3) Spring only
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) Spring only
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) Spring only
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) Spring only
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) Fall and Spring
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, think-tanks, policy-networks, lobby groups, citizens, etc – participate and influence the policy-making process. 
Course Code and Credits: PLT 6410 (3) Spring only
Course Title: Politics of Environmentalism
Course Description:
Examines the political, economic, ideological, and social dilemmas associated with environmental issues. The first section of the course addresses the historical roots of environmentalism, its key concepts, and a range of key thinkers and paradigms for understanding environmentalism as an ideology. The second section of the course explores the role of key actors engaged in environmental policy making, and important issues in contemporary environmental politics. Topics addressed include environmental movements and parties, global environmental regimes, the impact of the media on environmental issues, and prospects for green technologies and employment.
Course Code and Credits: PLT 6425 (3) Spring only
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: RLG 5100 (3) Fall only
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.

MATHEMATICS
Course Code and Credits: GEP 3120 (3) Spring only
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.
Course Code and Credits: MTH 4120 (3) Spring only
Course Title: Probability and Statistics I 
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: MTH 5120 (3) Spring only
Course Title: Probability and Statistics 2
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: MTH 5130 (3) Spring only
Course Title: Game Theory and Decision Making
Course Description:
This course provides an introduction to game theory and its relation to decision methods in business.
Course Code and Credits: MTH 6120 (3) Spring only
Course Title: Financial Mathematics
Course Description:
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 behavior, 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.

PSYCHOLOGY
Course Code and Credits: PSY 3100 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Foundations in Psychology
Course Description:
Introduces students to the major areas within the psychology discipline, through current empirical research and theoretical debate. Topics include: scientific methodology; brain functioning; sensation and perception; evolutionary theory; consciousness; development; personality; social psychology; psychopathology; language; and learning. Students discover how psychological research is conducted and how research findings can be applied to understanding human behaviour.
Course Code and Credits: PSY 3200 (3) Fall only
Course Title: History of Childhood
Course Description:
This course investigates the notion of childhood as a historical and social construction. Students will explore how childhood has been portrayed across different societies, at different times, and will also have the opportunity to examine how children are influenced by the cultures in which they live, learn and are cared for. Through the study of historical and social constructions of childhood, students will develop a fuller understanding of how ways of working with children can be shaped by external influences.
Course Code and Credits: PSY 4200 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Beginning Human Science Research
Course Description:
Beginning Human Science Research introduces students to the study and interpretation of lived experience. The course covers a range of qualitative models that govern human science research, with a special emphasis on the common features that distinguish them from natural science and quantitative research frameworks. One of the special features of the course is its practical emphasis, whereby students are encouraged to generate human science research questions, to carry out interviews and to complete a series of writing exercises that stimulate their capacity to interpret lived experience. The course also covers the relationship between writing and reflection, the value of narrative approaches, and research ethics in qualitative research. Students will be expected to reflect deeply about the experiential workshops, and to demonstrate their understanding by means of descriptive interpretations and thematic analyses on key topics.
Course Code and Credits: PSY 4205 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
Course Description:
This course engages students in an overview of the main philosophical, scientific and social ideas that formulated psychology as we know it today. We will cover conceptual and methodological positions underlying different paradigms and research trends in the study of human behaviour. We will examine the following questions: what is science and to what extend is psychology permeated by the characteristics of science; what is the extent of social and cultural construction in psychology; is or can psychology be morally or politically neutral; what can we learn from the history of psychology so far? In addition this course will address the issues involved in acquiring knowledge through various scientific methodologies, the critique of traditional methods in psychology, the relationship between facts and values and the significance of the standpoint from which values are understood. Finally, we will discuss ethical issues in psychology, their origins, the moral underpinnings of theory, research and practice and how psychologists construct ethically responsible practices within a social environment.
Course Code and Credits: PSY 4210 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Developmental Psychology
Course Description:
Developmental Psychology explores the child's developing experience of the world. Major theories and issues in development from conception to adolescence are examined with a particular emphasis on the nature-nurture issue and cross-cultural studies. Topics covered include: fetal development, physical development, cognitive development, social development and personality development. Students are encouraged to actively participate in class discussion and use their own experiences to help understand theoretical issues.
Course Code and Credits: PSY 5100 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Human Development
Course Description:
This course is designed to explore in detail the way in which socio-cultural contexts influence the development of the self in infancy and childhood. Special emphasis will be given to the development of the self-concept and self-esteem, interpersonal processes and the application of psychoanalytic ideas to human development; including the work of Erik Erikson, Anna Freud and D. W. Winnicott. The course will also focus on the role of family processes on socialization, the effects of trauma in childhood, peer group dynamics and children's friendships; as well as a wide variety of theoretical perspectives on adolescence, and contemporary theories of the relationship between insecure attachment and psychopathology. Students will have the opportunity to engage in independent research projects examining a variety of topics, including the effects of parenting styles on the developing child, the long-term effects of solitude, and the effects of inter-parental conflict on the child’s sense of security.
Course Code and Credits: PSY 5215 (3) Fall and Spring
Course Title: Personality Individual Differences and Intelligence
Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to increase students’ awareness of the variety of theoretical viewpoints that exist regarding the nature of human individual differences and the factors that influence human behavior.
Course Code and Credits: PSY 5400 (3) Spring only
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) Spring only
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 5425 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Health Psychology
Course Description:
Although nowadays people live longer and are currently ‘healthier’ than in the past not everyone has a sense of improved health or wellbeing. Health Psychology analyses the biopsychosocial factors which contribute to, and, maintain illness/disease in contemporary society. Health Psychology aims to improve wellbeing by applying psychological theories, methods and research to the promotion of health; prevention and treatment of illness and disability; analysis and improvement of the health care system and; health policy formation.
Course Code and Credits: PSY 5430 (3) Spring only
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 6205 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Developmental Psychopathology
Course Description:
The course examines the psychological forces that divert development from its typical channels and either sustain the deviation or foster a return to typical development. Using a comparative developmental framework, the psychopathologies to be covered will be arranged in chronological order from infancy to childhood and adolescence. Thus autism, insecure attachment and oppositional-defiant disorder will be examined in relation to typical development in infancy and early childhood, while ADHD and learning disabilities will be studied in the context of the preschool years. Other topics include: anxiety disorders in middle childhood, child and adolescent suicide, conduct and eating disorders, as well as the risks incurred by brain damage, child maltreatment and social victimization. The course will also cover alternative models of child psychopathology, assessment procedures and approaches to intervention and prevention. Students will have the opportunity to do in-depth research on a topic of their choice and to think critically about case material.
Course Code and Credits: PSY 6210 (3) Spring only
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 6215 (3) Spring only
Course Title: Research in Criminology
Course Description:
Examines the psychological, biological, sociological, and environmental factors that are proposed to play a role in crime involvement. Using a developmental framework, the theoretical viewpoints to be covered will be arranged into individual vs. setting-level explanations of crime, and ultimately, be integrated. Thus psychological and biological factors will be examined as individual-level factors, while environmental and sociological factors will be studied in the context of setting-level factors. Other topics include: research methods in criminological research, longitudinal research in criminology, the roles of empathy, shame, and guilt in violence, as well as neurocriminology and crime intervention and prevention. Students will have the opportunity to do in-depth research on a topic of their choice and to think critically about criminological research and current topical criminological controversies.
Course Code and Credits: PSY PSY 6400 (3) Fall only
Course Title: Psychoanalysis
Course Description:
The course examines the development of psychoanalytic theory and practice from its early beginnings in turn-of-the-century Vienna to contemporary practices. Beginning with Freud’s early studies in hysteria, the course reviews Freud’s seminal ideas on the unconscious, sexuality and the transference; as well as Klein’s contributions to child analysis and psychoanalytic theory. The work of the Neo-Freudians is also covered. In particular, the course examines Horney’s pioneering model of the structure of the neuroses and Sullivan’s interpersonal critique of classical psychoanalysis. Finally, the course considers the work of Fairbairn on the schizoid personality and his unique reformulations of psychoanalytic theory and method. Students will have the opportunity to do in-depth research on a psychoanalytic model of their choice and to think critically about case material. Students will also have the opportunity to apply psychoanalytic concepts to the interpretation of films.
Course Code and Credits: PSY 6425 (3) Fall and Spring
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) Spring only
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) Spring only
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 well-being and personal development.

RELIGION
Course Code and Credits: HST 5205 (3) Spring only
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, polytheism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and the newer religions of Christianity and Islam. 
Course Code and Credits: PLT 5410 (3) Spring only
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) Spring only
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.

SOCIOLOGY
Course Code and Credits: COM 5115 (3) Spring only
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: DEV 4100 (3)  Fall only
Course Title: Rich World Poor World
Course Description:
Provides students with an introduction to development studies, seeking to explain both the existence of and persistence of a Poor World from a political, sociological, historical and economic perspective. The course addresses numerous issues as they affect the Poor World, and studies relations both within and between Poor World and Rich World. Topics include colonialism and post-colonialism, processes of industrialization, food security, inequality, nationalism, aid, democratization, and conflict, as well as an introduction to theories of development.
Course Code and Credits: DEV 5100 (3)  Fall only
Course Title: Global Development Politics
Course Description:
Examines the global politics of development and of developing states, and various social, economic and environmental themes surrounding post-war attempts to promote development. The course will consider both development theory and practice in the context of globalization, and provide an overview of the history of global development from economic miracles to failed states. A range of contemporary development debates and issues are addressed.
Course Code and Credits: DEV 6200 (3)  Fall only
Course Title: Sustainable Development
Course Description:
Examines the theoretical assumptions and practical outcomes of ‘sustainable development’. The course explicitly focuses on the political, social and economic complexity of managing environmental issues in developing states. The tension between developmental and environmental issues is often a determining factor in the formation and implementation of policy at both national and international level, and sustainable development has provided a framework for managing these tensions.
Course Code and Credits: SCL 5400 (3) Spring only
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.
Course Code and Credits: SCL 5445 (3) Spring only
Course Title: Black London
Course Description:
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 centers 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.
Course Code and Credits: SCL 5450 (3) Spring only
Course Title: Contemporary British Culture
Course Description:
Aimed primarily at students participating in the International Internship Programme, this course provides students with a comprehensive and detailed overview of contemporary British culture.

THEATER ARTS
Course Code and Credits: THR 5100 (3)  Spring only
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) Spring only
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) Spring only
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.