This course examines selective themes from the British past and the traces they have left in present day Britain. Students explore how events, people, and ideas from the past are remembered, forgotten, and misremembered in literature, politics, philosophy, religion, art and architecture, and the material landscape, and investigate the meaning, use, and abuse of the past. 

Students attend lectures, viewings, and field trips, but spend most of their time doing independent study to produce detailed essays. 


Academic Credit Options

The course is taught by specialists in each of SCIO’s major academic concentrations. Students may receive credit in one of 11 disciplines by submitting work in that discipline.

  • Classics
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • History of Art
  • History of Science
  • Literature
  • Musicology
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Theology

Alternatively, students may have a free choice of case studies, in which case the course will appear on their transcript as:

  •  Selected topics in British culture

Second term students may take further studies in this course.

Credits: 4 semester credits