Join our School of English and Drama for innovative suite programmesthat help you explore London and learn about the rich culture that isavailable to you. Each programme has classes (modules) amounting to 30 or 45 Queen Mary credits that you will study on, plus an additional one or two 'free choice' modules worth the remaining 15 or 30 Queen Mary credits. Our programme flyer can be found here: SED thematic programme flyer [PDF 533KB]
The following programmes will be open for our 2023/24 academic year:
1. Shakespeare in the World: Then and Now London in Shakespeare's time was, then as now, a global city. Study the period and the work of William Shakespeare in the city where he made his name; learn about how his plays have been received and interpreted around the world; and immerse yourself in them on the page and on the stage.
2. London and the WorldLondon has long been a crossroads — and home to multiple worlds. Walk the city and learn about its history as a space of literary and artistic encounters, while engaging with its representation on the page, on stage, and in museum and gallery spaces.
3. Writing in the Twentieth CenturyHow did writers and artists, in Britain and the US, respond to the events of the twentieth century in radical new ways? Study the literary and artistic experiments of Modernism while exploring the global city where it took shape; and learn how writers of the 1960s, on both sides of the Atlantic, harnessed the power of writing to effect social and political change.
The following programmes are open for applications in the 2023/24 academic year, depending on the semester to which you apply:
1. Introduction to the London Scene For students new to drama but eager to make the most of a study abroad opportunity in London to explore its world famous theatre scene, we offer the following introductory suites. These suites afford greater flexibility where students need to fulfil study requirements in other subjects whilst guaranteeing students a place on these popular and frequently oversubscribed modules. Note that these modules additionally fulfil broad requirements for “history” and “communication”. Semester 1 • DRA114: London/Culture/Performance • DRA261: London Performance Now (Cost of theatre tickets not included - max. £50) • Free choice (2 x 15 credit or 1 x 30 credit module excluding Level 6 Drama)Semester 2 • DRA122: Spectatorship: Time, Place, Performance • DRA261: London Performance Now (Cost of theatre tickets not included- max £50) • Free choice (2 x 15 credit or 1 x 30 Credit module excluding Level 6 Drama)
2. London and the ArtsImmerse yourself in performance and art history in London, a global capital of performance culture, where theatre, carnival, art, intervention and protest are central to understanding the vital scene of historical and contemporary London life. Be introduced to vibrant work, performance practices and their histories and learn about a range of writing practices in the Arts on the following modules.
Semester 1 • DRA114: London/Culture/Performance • ESH249: Art Histories: An introduction to the Visual Arts in London • Free choice (2 x 15 credit or 1 x 30 credit module excluding Level 6 Drama)
Semester 2 • DRA351: Writing the Arts • ESH249: Art Histories: An Introduction the Visual Arts in London • Free choice (2 x 15 credit or 1 x 30 credit module excluding Level 6 Drama)
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