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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 modules and links to module descriptions can be found here.

Affiliate students from other UCL departments are welcome to request SELCS modules. Click here for instructions and contact details.

European Languages, Culture & Society modules (all affiliates)

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
ELCS0032 Nationalism and Ethnicity in Contemporary Europe 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS0033 Utopias and Dystopias in 20th-Century Literature 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS0035 European Theatre in Translation 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS0036 Topics in Film Studies 1 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS0037 Topics in Film Studies 2 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS0038 Aspects of European Thought 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS0039 Cultures of Conflict 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS0040 Post-1945 European Literature 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS0041 Travel Writing 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS0042 Topics in Linguistics 1 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS0043 Topics in Linguistics 2 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS0044 Translation and Intercultural Communication 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS0045 Topics in History 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS0046 Of, On and In London 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ELCS0047 Topics in Visual Representation 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Comparative Literature modules (SELCS affiliates only)

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
LITC0003 Intimate Strangers: Devils, Monsters, Beasts 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
LITC0004 Literature of Travel 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
LITC0005 Approaches to World Literature 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
LITC0006 Questions of Realism 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
LITC0007 Re-imagining the Self: Reading Chinese Short Fiction 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
LITC0009 Music, Film and Media in Africa 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
LITC0010 Topics in the Modern Novel 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
LITC0013 Twenty-First Century Fiction 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
LITC0014 Urban Tales: the City in East Asian Literature 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
LITC0015 Consumer Culture: Literature, History, Theory 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
LITC0018 Anthropology and Literature 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
LITC0020 Literature and Charisma 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
LITC0021 Posthuman Ecologies: Art, Literature and Philosophy 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
LITC0025 Memory and Literature in a Globalised Culture 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
LITC0026 Imagined Children: The Child in Fiction 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)

Contact details

SELCS Affiliate Officer (for SELCS Affiliates)
+44 (0)20 7679 4339
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