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Course Information

Brighton, England | 2017 Spring

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

University of Brighton Course Information

Through our agreement with the University of Brighton, an array of courses will be made available to you. Departments and a sample selection of courses are included below. You may choose from courses offered in the Brighton Business School, School of Applied Social Sciences, School of Environment and Technology, School of Humanities, School of Education, School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, and the School of Arts and Media. Modules are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by the University of Brighton.

  • At the University of Brighton, courses are called “modules.”
  • Modules are quite demanding, with extensive paper writing and work outside of class, so USAC students should limit their registration (at least for the first semester) to four modules.
  • All students are required to take the British History and Culture module.
  • The University of Brighton uses a system equivalent to US credits and grades.
  • Students typically enroll in four or five 3-credit modules.
  • It is not possible for you to pre-register at the University of Brighton, as course schedules are not finalized until right before the semester starts. Prior to departure you will need to choose several modules and alternatives from the University of Brighton website to give the on-site staff an idea of the courses you want and need. They will set up advising meetings for you with the different faculties in order for you to finalize your course enrollment. It is important that you are flexible with your course choices. Be sure to take your home academic advisor's email address with you to Brighton so you can contact him/her regarding your final schedule of modules.

Keep in mind that you must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 US credits per semester (even if host university requirements are lower). Be sure to have plenty of primary and alternate course options in mind as schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred courses is not guaranteed.

Grades may not be ready until one or two months after exams are completed; in some cases it may take longer. Check your Credits, Courses, and Transcripts document in Gateway for details specific to your host university. The transcript evaluation and grade reporting process at your home university will also take time after your overseas transcripts arrives. If you plan to study here during your senior year, review your home university requirements carefully to allow enough time for grades to be posted for graduation. Plan to work ahead with your academic advisor if you will be using your study abroad coursework to meet prerequisites back at home

Required for all Students

  • British History and Culture

Brighton Business School

Recent courses have included:

  • Business Values, Responsibility, and Trust
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Entrepreneurship: New Business Planning
  • Labour Market Analysis
  • Law of International Trade
  • Marketing Across Cultures
  • Marketing Communications
  • Retail Marketing and Distribution

School of Applied Social Sciences

Recent courses have included:

  • Comparative Politics
  • Criminologies of Crime Control
  • Introduction to Applied Psychology
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies
  • Social Policy and Social Welfare
  • What is Politics?—Politics in Brighton

School of Arts and Media

Recent courses have included:

  • Critical Approaches to Media
  • Critical Issues in Political Communication
  • Film Studies
  • Media and Popular Culture
  • Mobile Media
  • New Media and Society
  • Popular Music
  • Visual Culture

School of Education

Recent courses have included:

  • Museums, Galleries, and Heritage Sites
  • On the Move
  • Performance Arts in the Curriculum
  • The Historian and Geographer at Work
  • Unity and Diversity

School of the Environment and Technology

Recent courses have included:

  • Air Quality Management
  • An Introduction to Environmental Hazards
  • Applied Remote Sensing
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Environmental Planning
  • Fundamentals of Geology
  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography
  • Geohazards
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Planetary Geology

School of Humanities

Recent courses have included:

  • Art, Architecture, and Design
  • Creative Writing
  • Early Modern Literature
  • Images of War
  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Literature, Criticism, and Theory
  • Modern Languages
  • Perspectives on Photography
  • Poetry in Cultural History
  • Studying Travel Writing
  • Women's Writing and Feminist Theory

School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

(Fall semester assessments may have to be taken at your home university)

Recent courses have included:

  • Ecological Processes
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Forensic Biology
  • Genes and Inheritance
  • Human Physiology
  • Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Marine Biology and Ecology
  • Physiological Ecology

Module Exceptions

A small number of education modules may be condensed and completed in a shorter time frame. Modules in art and design, specialist education, engineering, and sport science may be arranged in either semester. Fall semester science courses require you to take final exams at your home university once you return home. Tourism and hospitality and sport science courses are held at the Eastbourne campus, which is a 30-mile journey on the train. Some engineering/science courses may need to follow the Brighton semester calendar which ends in February for the Fall term. Many of the business modules are yearlong and may not be available for Spring semester only students.

Modules are timetabled at the beginning of each semester; classes run in one semester are not normally then offered in the next (most modules are only offered once per year). However, a full and comprehensive range of modules across faculties are available. Some modules may require you to travel a short distance to one of the other campuses; however, public transportation is frequent and convenient.

Course Descriptions

To obtain course syllabi, click on the link(s) below and follow the prompts to specific course information. Please contact the USAC Student Information department if you have difficulty finding the information.