United Kingdom, London

The European Character of London

when 24 July 2017 - 11 August 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1850

This module will enable students to investigate London’s European identity, through examples of people, language, objects, sites and activities that have enriched London as a European capital city.

Teaching will combine case studies – ranging from the histories of European settlers to the current shaping of London's multicultural identity – with visits to heritage sites. European encounters with London in a variety of modes, from literature and fine art, through politics to commerce, will be discussed, and influences of European languages on London will be scrutinized – from place names to gastronomy.

The module will extend students' understanding of London and Europe, evaluating how culture from Irish to Italian, from Portuguese to Polish, is accommodated.

Course leader

Dr Thomas Wilks is a linguist (German and French) and a specialist in comparative literature. He designs and delivers courses in European identity at UCL's School of European Languages, Culture and Society.

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Have gained an increased knowledge of London's historical and recent cultural development as a European capital;

Have developed their skills in textual analysis, through close reading and contextualisation of written representations of London in a variety of genres;

Have engaged in research-based and experiential modes of learning at key locations in London, to consolidate and apply their understanding of sites and cultural artefacts;

Have enhanced and applied their intercultural awareness by considering the challenges of integration and language use;

Have boosted their written and oral presentation skills through assessed coursework based on authentic case studies.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 1850: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition discount of £500.
GBP 1000: Students may select a room in our designated Summer School residence for a fee of £1000 for one three-week session. The residence is within 20 minutes walk of UCL and comprises of single occupancy bedrooms with private bathroom and shared, fully-equipped kitchen. Bedding, wifi, coin operated laundry and 24 hour security are provided.

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