Course Information

All students enroll in four courses, which is equivalent to a full semester of Brandeis credit. One of these is a required Cornerstone Course about their London experience and one can be at City, University of London or Queen Mary University of London, if appropriate qualifications are met. Students will have the option of selecting the remainder of their courses from a wide variety on offer. Students must earn a C- or better for the credit to transfer to Brandeis University.

Examples of course selections for the Academic Preferences Form:

3 Arcadia London Center courses + Cornerstone Course

OR

2 Arcadia London Center Courses + 1 City Course + Cornerstone Course

LONS HSSN 112 Showcasing The Nation: First Year Cornerstone Course - 4 credits

In this cornerstone course, first-year students will reflect on notions of national identity in the context of Britain’s history from the last 100 years. Students will navigate London’s complicated narratives, think critically about how Britain presents itself to the rest of the world, and analyze unfamiliar aspects of what it means to be British. This course will foster community engagement through site visits, required readings and personal interviews, and will assess student learning outcomes through various short essays, presentations, classroom discussion, and a final paper. This course fulfills Brandeis University’s first year writing course so students can keep on track for their arrival at Brandeis in January.

Arcadia University London Center Courses

Arcadia courses focus on London and cover topics ranging from art and theater to law, politics and history. Each course is worth 4 credits.

Note about transfer credit to Brandeis University: Individual courses may not count towards specific majors/minors. Please see below for a list of Brandeis Equivalencies and contact Brandeis Study Abroad with any course transfer questions.

Registration for Arcadia taught courses will take place online in the summer prior to the start of your program. Courses will be filled on a first come first serve basis, so please be flexible, as we cannot guarantee placement on certain courses.

Course ID Title Credits Semester Syllabus
LONS ARDP 290 Contemporary Photography Practice 4 Fall PDF
LONS AREC 280 Environment, Communities and the Arts in Britain (video) 4 Fall PDF
LONS ARLC 103 London: City of Art 4 Fall PDF
LONS ECON 109 Introduction to Microeconomics 4 Fall PDF
LONS ENCW 210 Creative Writing 4 Fall PDF
LONS DTPC 181 The London Stage in Text and Performance 4 Fall PDF
LONS DTSH 280 Introduction to Shakespeare in Text and Performance 4 Fall PDF
LONS HIEC 173 Issues in British Imperialism: 1800 to the Present Day 4 Fall PDF
LONS LIUK 120 The London Novel 4 Fall PDF
LONS MSHP 142 Introduction to British Media: Media, History and Public Policy 4 Fall PDF
LONS PSUK 130 Introduction to British Politics 4 Fall PDF
LONS SOGL 212 The Making of Global London 4 Fall PDF
LONS SOSC 143 Introduction to Sociology 4 Fall PDF

City, University of London

City, University of London was founded in 1894 as the Northampton Institute on its present site and awarded full university status in 1966. It has special links with the City of London and plays an active role in the business and professional life of the capital.

If you are interested in taking a City, University of London course, please list your first choice and one alternate on your Academic Preferences Form. The following 4-credit courses are available to Brandeis students:

Course ID Title Credits Semester Course Description
IP1014 Myths and Mysteries in World Politics 4 Fall This module provides a basic introduction to a range of questions and debates that define contemporary global politics and the study thereof. It adopts a thematic approach, using key terms, events, and concepts as a means through which to begin thinking critically about the myths, mysteries, and puzzles that shape and shake our understandings of global politics today.
IP1016 Introduction to Political Economy 4 Fall This module provides an introduction to the great tradition of political economy. It begins with classical thinkers such as Smith, Ricardo, and Marx. It then focuses on the revolutions in economic thought that took place in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, culminating in the rise of neoclassical economics and American institutionalism. These competing traditions are then used to explore the debate over state and market in the twentieth century.
IP1018 Politics and Power in World History 4 Fall This module aims to introduce you to the dynamics of global politics and power, with a focus on developments in the twentieth century. It will consider transformations in the major actors of international politics including states, international governmental and non-governmental organizations. It will also consider significant political issues in the twentieth century such as the World Wars and Cold War, decolonization, and globalization. Theoretical insights will be drawn from a diverse range of perspectives, including the levels of analysis, liberalism, realism, and critical approaches.
PS1004 History & Theory in Psychology 4 Fall To introduce students to the major historical and theoretical issues in Psychology. Students will learn about the philosophical origins of Psychology, behaviourism, introspection, cognitivism and postmodernism. Students will be introduced to major figures in the history of Psychology, including Wundt, James, Watson, Skinner and Piaget. (Please note that this course counts as general Social Science credit only and cannot be applied to a psychology major/minor.)

Queen Mary University of London

Students have the option to enroll in the select science course below at Queen Mary University of London (4 credits). If you are interested in taking this course at Queen Mary University of London, please list this course on your Academic Preferences Form. 

Course ID Title Credits Semester Course Description
BIO113 Evolution 4 Fall This module covers essential topics of whole-organism biology, introducing the theory and mechanisms of evolution and speciation, the fossil record and human evolution.


Brandeis Equivalents

Students at Brandeis are required to complete a one-semester course during their four years of study in each of the four schools of thought: Creative Arts, Humanities, Science and Social Science. Fulfillment of these requirements can begin in London or later when students are on the Brandeis campus.

Below is a list of the approved courses and their equivalent at Brandeis. If you have any further questions about this, please contact Ari Massefski in the Brandeis University Office of Study Abroad at arim@brandeis.edu or by telephone at 781-736-3483.

Creative Arts (CA)
Course ID Title
LONS ARDP 290 Contemporary Photography Practice
LONS AREC 280 Environment, Communities and the Arts in Britain
LONS ARLC 103 London: City of Art
LONS DTPC 181 The London Stage in Text and Performance
LONS DTSH 280 Introduction to Shakespeare in Text and Performance
LONS ENCW 210 Creative Writing
Humanities (HUM)
Course ID Title
LONS LIUK 120 The London Novel
Science (SN)
Course ID Title
BIO113 Evolution
(This course will transfer to Brandeis as equivalent to BIOL16.)
Social Science (SS)
Course ID Title
LONS ECON 109 Introduction to Microeconomics
(This course will transfer to Brandeis as equivalent to ECON 10A and fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning (QR) requirement.)
LONS HIEC 173 Issues in British Imperialism: 1800 to the Present Day
(This course will fulfill the Difference and Justice in the World (DJW) requirement.)
LONS MSHP 142 Introduction to British Media: Media, History and Public Policy
LONS PSUK 130 Introduction to British Politics
LONS SOSC 143 Introduction to Sociology
(Please note that this course counts as general Social Science credit only and cannot be applied to a sociology major/minor.)
LONS SOGL 212 The Making of Global London
IP1014 Myths and Mysteries in World Politics
IP1016 Introduction to Political Economy
IP1018 Politics and Power in the Twentieth Century
PS1004 History & Theory in Psychology
(Please note that this course counts as general Social Science credit only and cannot be applied to a psychology major/minor.)

Enrollment Process

Online course registration for Arcadia London Center courses will take place several weeks before your program begins. You will select your courses based on the timetable provided at that time and you should use the Academic Preferences Form you submitted as a guide. Your Program Manager will advise you as needed about the different processes for registering in partner university courses.