Princeton Program: Princeton in London
Students will receive assistance in selecting and registering for courses from the Tutor for Affiliate Students in the Department of English Language and Literature, Professor Bas Aarts.
Students participating in this fall-term program will be part of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. All students will participate in the Junior Seminar in Critical Writing, taught by Professor Nigel Smith and entitled "London: Mind of the Writer; Body of the City" (see syllabus), an intensive study of the way in which the city, its landscape, its building, spaces and climate has shaped and been shaped by the creative imagination of generations of great writers. Study of some literary texts will be accompanied by the chance for students to do their own creative writing, while there will be much opportunity to see plays, concerts, museums and other aspects of the city and the country.
English concentrators will also take two English courses and Comparative Literature majors will apply to a "major," in which they will take two courses.
The fourth course will be chosen from one of the following areas: Anthropology, Architecture, Archaeology, Art, History of Art, Astronomy, Chemistry, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, European Cultural Studies, European Social and Political Studies, French, Geography, Geological Sciences, German, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, History, Italian, Law, Linguistics, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Scandinavian Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Spanish and Latin American Studies.
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UCL offers a wide range of modern and ancient languages and cultures, including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Hebrew, Yiddish, Latin and Ancient Greek. The School of Slavonic and East European Studies covers all the major languages, literatures and cultures of Central and Eastern Europe. In all, UCL offers undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as research expertise in more than 20 European languages and literatures, with library resources to match.
For specific course offerings in these departments, please consult the Study Abroad Guide, published by UCL (also available in hard copy in the Office of International Programs).
Fall-term students take the first half of the yearlong course. Each course has one or more "convenors." The course convenor is responsible for designing and managing the course. Almost all courses consist of lectures and seminars, though the proportion between these, and their distribution over the period of the courses, is at the convenor's discretion.
It should be noted that all lectures in the English department (and, indeed, in other UCL departments) are open to all students of UCL, unless specifically designated otherwise. Seminars, however, are restricted to those taking the particular course to which the seminar belongs. Credit for the course is given only to those who have attended the complete program of lectures and seminars.
Courses usually consist of weekly lectures that cover key texts. Lectures do not necessarily follow one consecutive theme. Instead, each lecture is a complete entity, covering one topic of the course, which is usually one literary period, e.g., Victorian, or one major author, e.g. Chaucer. Each lecture is usually given by a different lecturer who is a specialist in his/her topic. There is no set reading list, so students should be prepared to read relevant texts. (For example, if a lecture is on the early novels of Henry James, then you should read as many of these as possible.) Each lecture course is intended to give a series of critical perspectives, rather than complete coverage of a period or an author.
Lecture courses normally include a seminar, which meets every two weeks for two hours. Topics for discussion do not depend on the lecture topic but are chosen to provide for more detailed textual work on representative authors or areas within the course. For these seminars, a bibliography or handouts of required reading are provided in advance. For example, one seminar in the Renaissance course, which follows a lecture on “Pastoral” might require students to read selected texts by Sidney, Spenser, and Drayton, while another might set texts by Virgil, Spenser, and Ben Jonson.
Each student is assigned a personal tutor in the course, whom s/he sees for one hour usually twice a month. At these tutorials, a topic for an essay is chosen by joint consultation between tutor and student. It is then marked by the tutor and discussed at the ensuing tutorial, at which time the next topic is selected. Two papers are normally required for each English literature course per term.