In the foundation cycle of the B.A. programme, the Department teaches three courses which are compulsory for all students:
- Introduction to Cultural Studies [1st year],
- History of England [1st year],
- History of the United States [2nd year].
Beginning with the second year of the degree course, students design their own programme of study by selecting specialist classes or “courses” from a wide range offered by the Department, on the basis of their individual interests, or their further educational and career plans.
The specialist classes or “courses” offered by the department are designed by members of staff in line with their own academic interests. They place great stress on introducing students to the latest trends in research and providing them with a theoretical framework for understanding cultural phenomena; they also show students ways in which their knowledge and skills can be used in practice.
There is a wide and varied range of “courses” of this kind, covering topics like inter-cultural communication, ethnic and gender issues or media studies from the early modern period (colonial America) through to the contemporary.
In the M.A. programme we run an innovatory course of study in which students themselves choose classes linked with the theme of their seminar. We offer seminars dealing with political, social or cultural issues in an historical or contemporary context.