The Bloomsbury Summer Programme 2017

The London Semester Programme at Birkbeck is delighted to introduce Birkbeck’s Summer Programme 2017. Drawing on the historical and intellectual legacy of our location in Bloomsbury in particular and London in general, this programme offers the unique opportunity to engage with an exciting and academically rigorous set of courses.

London in Literature

  • Together, we will focus on London and the literature it has inspired. Beginning with a a consideration of Dickens’ exploration of the dark aspects of early-Victorian London, we will then move through to the multicultural and post-9/11 city of writers like Martin Amis and Hanif Kureishi.

Media forms and institutions in Britain

  • Here we look at British media (television, cinema, the press, the pop music industry), in the age of digitalisation and the Internet.

London: growth of a modern world city

  • Together, we will explore how London-based institutions and individuals have been crucial in the creation and unmaking of a worldwide empire and how, in turn, the physical fabric, demographic makeup, economy and culture of London have been shaped by this experience.

British art and architecture in London

  • On this course, we aim to familiarise you with the history of British art and architecture from the Stuarts to the end of the Georgian era.

Shakespeare in London

  • We'll introduce you to the plays of William Shakespeare and to the culture of theatrical performance today as well as in the time of the Renaissance.

International business

  • We will explore the strategy of international business, the analysis of international entry modes, including export and import strategies, foreign direct investment and cross-border collaboration.

Internship placement

  • You will have access to some of the most prestigious companies in London. The placement includes participation in an academic seminar.

Programme calendar

  • Registration: Monday 5 June 2017, 10am (Location TBC)
  • Orientation: w/c Monday 5 June 2017 (Location TBC)
  • Teaching: Monday 5 June to Thursday 27 July 2017 (Location TBC)
  • Welcome reception: Thursday 15 June 2017 from 6pm-7.30pm (Location TBC)
  • Examinations: Monday 24 July-Thursday 27 July 2017 (Location TBC)