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All students will complete the required British Studies course, and then may chose the remainder of their courses from the general studies offerings.
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Courses are available in a wide variety of subjects, including fine and studio arts, natural sciences (chemistry, astronomy, environmental science), English literature, history, international business, international relations, music, psychology, and creative writing.
Required British Studies Course
The British Studies course is unique to Harlaxton College. It is specifically designed for Harlaxton students and is taught by Harlaxton’s permanent British faculty.
British Studies is available at three levels:
Worth six credits, the British Studies Course provides the centerpiece for the college’s rigorous academic curriculum.
The course offers an interdisciplinary survey of British history and culture from earliest times to the present day. It explains the development of the various countries that make up the United Kingdom and the changing nature of the often fractious relationship between those countries. The course’s central theme is national identity, it explains Britain’s identity historically, culturally, and intellectually; it explores fundamental questions about Britishness. The course help students understand what they see, hear, read, and experience while living in a new nation.
British Studies is a challenging course. Students are asked to engage consistently throughout the semester and, in the best liberal arts tradition, there are plenty of chances to shine. Seminar discussions and group and individual presentations offer opportunities to research, debate, and analyze. Term papers and essays help develop research and writing skills. In examinations and tests, students will synthesize then apply what they have learned. These fundamental transferable skills will help not only at Harlaxton, but also in the future, in academic study, and in a wide range of careers.
The British Studies faculty are committed to helping every student develop as a scholar.
The British Studies course includes class travel and field trips, which take full advantage of the very rich historical and cultural resources found in the Harlaxton area. Each section of the course has an associated field trip which takes students to some remarkable sites, including:
Roman and Medieval Lincoln
The city of Lincoln dates from c.50 A.D. and has extensive Roman remains; Lincoln’s castle dates from 1068, two years after the Norman victory at the battle of Hastings; and the cathedral at Lincoln (begun 1072) is one of the finest in the country.
Southwell Workhouse and Harlaxton Manor
The course will compare Southwell, England’s, earliest Workhouse (built in 1824) with the neo-Elizabethan manor at Harlaxton in order to explore Victorian attitudes to gender, class, and poverty.
London: St Paul’s Cathedral, the National Gallery, and National Portrait Gallery
The final field trip takes us to London to consider the importance of the capital in creating a sense of national identity through a consideration of some of its most iconic architectural and artistic examples.
Local Field Trips
The program also offers a range of optional trips to fascinating locations very close to Harlaxton Manor. In recent semesters students have explored Tattershall Castle, built in c. 1440 by a veteran of the battle of Agincourt, seen wonderful medieval and Georgian architecture at the market town of Stamford, visited the Tudor splendor of Burghley House, home to Queen Elizabeth I’s chief minister, and studied Isaac Newton’s boyhood home at Woolsthorpe Manor.