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European Languages, Culture and Society

Whether you're interested in literature, film or history, studying at the School of European Languages, Culture & Society (SELCS) allows a flexible choice of interdisciplinary options for students interested in the vibrantly rich cultural life of modern Europe.

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European Languages, Culture and Society

Why study European Languages, Culture and Society at UCL?

Our teachers are subject specialists, drawn from across the six departments that make up SELCS (Dutch, French, German, Italian, Scandinavian Studies and Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies) in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities. Our aim is to strengthen your skills of analysis and critical interpretation, honing your ability to present convincing and well-structured arguments in writing and through oral presentations. Combining comparative and contextual perspectives from a range of national cultures, you will gain an enriched view of Europe's complex cultural life.

What you will gain from study at UCL

Our central London location provides access to a rich variety of cultural events and to world-class library facilities: the British Library and the libraries of Senate House and of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes are nearby; the UCL Library includes the most comprehensive Dutch and Scandinavian libraries outside the Netherlands and Scandinavia; the British Film Institute and its library as well as world-famous art collections are within walking distance.

Teaching and assessment

Our modules offer depth of analysis within a broad syllabus covering a wide range of historical periods and provide ample opportunity to participate in class discussions and debates. We use a mixture of lectures and seminars in all our modules, which are usually examined by assessed essay(s), by a desk examination, or by a combination of both.

Modules in European Languages, Culture and Society

Please note that this guide lists a wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

The most up-to-date list of SELCS module options, including restrictions, compulsory modules and links to module descriptions can be found here.

Affiliate students from other UCL departments are welcome to request SELCS modules. More information and relevant contact details can be found here.

European Languages, Culture & Society modules (taught and assessed in English)

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
ELCS6027A Nationalism and Ethnicity in Contemporary Europe 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS6041A Utopias and Dystopias in 20th-Century Literature 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS6085A European Theatre in Translation 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS6100A Topics in Film Studies 1 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS6101 Topics in Film Studies 2 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS6102A Aspects of European Thought 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS6103 Cultures of Conflict 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS6104 Post-1945 European Literature 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS6105A Travel Writing 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS6106A Topics in Linguistics 1 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS6107 Topics in Linguistics 2 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS6108 Translation and Intercultural Communication 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS6109 Topics in History 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS6110 Of, On and In London 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS6111A Topics in Visual Representation 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Comparative Literature modules (taught and assessed in English)

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
LITC2004A Urban Tales: the City in East Asian Literature 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
LITC2005A Consumer Culture: Literature, History, Theory 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Dutch modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
DUTC4502A Advanced Translation from Dutch into English 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

French modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
FREN4005 Translation in English (I) 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
FREN4006 Translation in English (II) 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

German modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
GERM4001A Modern German Language A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
GERM4001B Modern German Language B 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Scandinavian Studies modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
SCAN1001 Basic Danish 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
SCAN1002 Basic Swedish 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
SCAN1003 Basic Norwegian 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
SCAN1004 Basic Modern Icelandic 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
SCAN1102 Introduction to Linguistics and the Scandinavian Languages 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
SCAN1401 Introduction to Old Norse 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
SCAN4007 Translation from the Scandinavian Languages 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
PORT2010 Intermediate Portuguese 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
PORT4010 Advanced Portuguese 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)

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