Queen Mary University of London

United Kingdom

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This module will begin by looking at the historical development of museums from the random gathering of natural and man-made objects found in the cabinet of curiosities of the Renaissance to the institutional role played by modern and contemporary museums. We will have the opportunity to explore London’s collections for the purpose of contextualizing and critically evaluating the cultural and historical value, purpose, educational role and key public function of different types of exhibiting space and exhibitions. Along with developing knowledge of the contents of collections, the module will focus on ideas of collecting, curatorial knowledge and theories of display, with the aim of deconstructing the cultural narratives and ideological representations provided by each exhibiting space. The entirety of this module will take place outside of the university campus as each week will see the class visiting a different museum. In weekly visits to museums and galleries in London, students will consider history in a broader perspective, evaluate museum space and exhibition experiences, and demonstrate how historical research can be applied in the environment of museum studies, public engagement, and art analysis.

Are some languages harder to learn than others? Are double negatives illogical? Do children lack grammar? Do dialects lack grammar? Did your parents teach you your mother tongue? In this module we explore commonly held views on human language from a contemporary, comparative perspective. The module is of interest to anyone studying for a language degree.

This module provides an introduction to the study of international relations. The module is quite distinct amongst other similar introductory modules that students of international relations study in other universities – in the UK and elsewhere – and reflects the distinct perspective on the study of politics and international relations offered in the School. The module aims to familiarise students to the distinction between IR as an academic field of study and the multiple forms of the day-to-day reality that make up international relations (ir) between peoples, communities, states, and a many other international actors. It also aims to provide students with a knowledge of some of the most important aspects of contemporary international relations and a basic historical understanding of how the modern international system came to be established.

The period c. 1547-1660 is known as the ‘early modern’: it is the beginning of modern philosophical, political and scientific thought and conceptions of the individual and society. It includes the Renaissance, a term which refers to the rebirth of classical civilization and the flourishing of arts and literature. This module will introduce this time of extraordinary cultural change and conflict through close reading of important authors including Marlowe, Middleton, Sidney, Spenser, Jonson, Donne, Herbert, Philips, and Milton. It also offers the foundations for advanced study of early modern literature.

This module will introduce students to a range of Victorian fiction. It addresses the content, form, and significance of the Victorian novel (famously nicknamed a ‘loose baggy monster’) and how it develops amid the cultural, historical, and intellectual contexts of nineteenth-century Britain. It also examines the alternative form of the short story and considers what specific kinds of narrative and narrative effects this form enables. Authors to be studied may include Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Lewis Carroll, Wilkie Collins, Dinah Mulock Craik, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Vernon Lee, Margaret Oliphant, Bram Stoker, and William Thackeray.

The movement and flow that might produce “city” is the movement of people; the proposition of highways and alleyways, green spaces and social housing; the configuration and scheduling of transport; the regulation and timetabled glow of light; the whiffs and breezes and pockets of air pollution. It is also the circulation of ideas and the pulse of affect. From the Rock Against Racism festival in 1978 in Victoria Park to the 1920s West End of the female flaneuse; from the site of riotous Bartholomew Fair in early modern Farringdon to the Victorian East End music hall to the Roman city that lingers in the strata of the present city’s infrastructure, this module curates a series of weekly encounters with the literary and performative city. Students will walk London, and travel along its transport connections, listening to guides, looking around them and engaging self-reflexively with the meanings and imperatives found in the ¿city”. The module will include walking lectures, seminars and workshops and will develop skills of close reading, observation, critical thinking and effective communication.

This module presents a mix of different sorts of representation of one great historical moment, that of Civil Rights in the US from the mid 1950s to the mid 1960s. The movement for Civil Rights marked a decisive moment in the making of our contemporary world; although the situation of blacks in the USA was not formally a colonial one, the social determination to break the bonds of racial subjugation was part and parcel of the world becoming ‘postcolonial’; and it is an unfinished history, which still reverberates. The first few weeks focus on the novels, short stories and autobiographical reportage of one writer, James Baldwin. Baldwin was pretty much (though not quite) the first non-white American author. Thereafter we branch out to explore different writings and different forms of representation.

London is one of Europe’s most exciting theatrical cities with a range of productions on offer at any given time. This module will examine a range of live productions to explore strategies for reading live performance that recognize the importance of where performances take place. As a group we will visit the National Theatre, the Barbican, and the Royal Court as well as ‘fringe’ or alternative venues in examining how we read the performance event. You will be expected to engage with critical reviews of performances, examine the role of press and marketing and explore the targeting of specific productions to particular audience groups

The study of global supply chains is vital to understand the global dimension of business. This module investigates firms` outsourcing strategies and their management, i.e. their growing practice to parcel out some activities from foreign suppliers. The module critically examines what value creating activities firms tend to outsource, how, why and to whom they outsource, and with what implications. Outsourcing is understood in a broad context characterised by multiple players, e.g. global institutions, states, consumers, trade unions and social movements.

Over the last two centuries, Britain has changed beyond recognition. From the industrial revolution to the sexual revolution, new forces have transformed the lives of ordinary men and women. The rise and fall of the British Empire, a series of global wars and migration to and from Britain challenged what it meant to be British, while political institutions became increasingly democratic. In the sciences, the theory of evolution, the invention of television and the coming of the atom bomb offered exciting and sometimes terrifying possibilities, with far-reaching effects on British society. New forms of leisure emerged, while attitudes towards homosexuality, race, religion and the rights of women have been redrawn. This module provides a rich introduction to modern British history, from 1801 to the present day. By the end of the module, students will have developed new skills in source analysis while challenging your preconceptions about modern Britain. Above all, we hope to enthuse you with the richness and diversity of British history, and the possibilities it offers for further study.

British Politics is not just about the institutions like cabinet, parliament, parties and pressure groups. Nor is it simply about voting and elections. It’s also an ongoing attempt by more or less self-interested actors to cope with the issues, conflicts, opportunities and threats thrown up by time and chance, as well as by underlying economic and social developments. Using a thematic rather than a chronological approach, this module delves back decades and brings things bang-up-to-date in order to provide you with an academic understanding of why, politically, we are as we are today. This module is compulsory for all single honours BA Politics and BA Politics with Business Management students.

This module will introduce students to a range of Victorian fiction. It addresses the content, form, and significance of the Victorian novel (famously nicknamed a ‘loose baggy monster’) and how it develops amid the cultural, historical, and intellectual contexts of nineteenth-century Britain. It also examines the alternative form of the short story and considers what specific kinds of narrative and narrative effects this form enables. Authors to be studied may include Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Lewis Carroll, Wilkie Collins, Dinah Mulock Craik, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Vernon Lee, Margaret Oliphant, Bram Stoker, and William Thackeray.

Power, Race, Sex, and Violence in Global Adaptations of Shakespeare. How and why are Shakespeare’s tragedies performed, filmed, read and taught from China to Chile, from Singapore to South Africa? What makes Shakespeare a “global” force? Shakespeare’s plays display the vast panoply of human desires and emotions: from passionate love to bewildering fear, from unswerving loyalty to basest envy, from the noblest instances of self-sacrifice to the desire to inflict unspeakable pain. His depictions of these emotions are often shocking in their vividness, yet always recognizable as fundamental facets of human experience. This course focuses on four plays: Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Othello, and Titus Andronicus, asking two main questions about each.

This module is based around the rich visual resources of London. Through lectures and visits to monuments and national museums such as Westminster Abbey, the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The British Museum and the Tate Galleries, as well as to local collections such as the Whitechapel Gallery and contemporary art galleries in the East End, we will explore the histories of art from the medieval period to the present day by focusing on a selected group of objects, images or buildings. This will allow you to develop skills of visual analysis and provide an understanding of the historical context in which the object or building in question was originally made. At the same time we will examine issues of how these objects are presented today, considering the questions of museology, curatorial practice, and the contemporary art market. Topics covered may vary according to exhibitions and temporary displays that are open to the public during the Semester.

This module introduces you to the style, history, politics and controversies of modernism. We will read central modernist texts such as Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’, Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’, and Woolf’s ‘To the Lighthouse’, alongside a selection of modernist and modern writers, critics, journalists and intellectuals. In the first semester, we will see how modernism developed in the 1910s and 20s, and examine a range of contexts for its stylistic experiments in narrative and point of view, in urban life, war, sexual emancipation, and psychology. In the second semester, we will focus on the novel and its relation to time, history and new technologies of film and recording. We will then look at some examples of modernism in America including modernism’s presence in African American culture.

London/Culture/Performance has four key aims: 1. To equip you with skills for analysing performance (as distinct from written text) (keyword: performance); 2. To facilitate your critical and productive engagement with London and the vast cultural resources, history and global connections it has to offer (keyword: London); 3. To introduce you to some current issues in cultural politics and critical ways of approaching them (keyword: culture); 4. To develop your critical skills in reading, research, writing, referencing, fieldwork and presentations. This module provides opportunities for you to explore the performance resources available in London and to develop your skills in using, understanding and responding critically to them.

What makes planet Earth so remarkable? Our planet is shaped by many interacting environmental systems operating from atomic through to global scales. Understanding the science of these systems is central to developing an advanced knowledge of the physical environment. This module explores fundamental Earth surface systems (e.g. tectonics, atmosphere & oceans, landscape development, climate change), focusing on core concepts, processes, their significance within a broader environmental context and their relevance to the human species.

This module provides an introduction to the field of cultural geography. It draws on examples both historical and contemporary, in the UK and beyond, to demonstrate how spaces, places and landscapes are laden with meaning. It shows that culture is not something that is fixed, but rather constructed through relations with different people, places, ideas, objects and practices. The module therefore helps student understand and interpret matters of culture critically, with careful attention to plurality, complexity and power. Taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, topics include: an introduction to cultural geography; landscape: meaning, power and identity; interpreting cultural representations; more-than-representational geographies; geographies of embodiment and mobility; cultural geographies of food; emerging cultural landscapes and politics; tensions and new directions in cultural geography.

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