Mentorship Program in England students will take 16.5 credits, studying in an accelerated semester schedule over twelve weeks – with most classes starting in mid-September and ending in mid-December. Since this is a living learning community, the curriculum is cohort based, with students taking most of their courses with the AU Mentorship group.
The following courses are required for the Mentorship Program in England:
Enhance your ability to think critically and creatively about cultural challenges. Learn about intercultural relations and gain perspectives on personal and social responsibility. This course begins after arrival in England. The course is exclusively for program students and taught by the in-country AU professor.
Course counts as an AU elective
Introduction to College Inquiry (3 credits)
Develop questioning, research, and problem-solving skills. In collaboration with peers, you will use the practice of inquiry to examine intellectual endeavors that influence society. This course begins after arrival in England. The course is exclusively for program students and taught by the in-country AU professor.
Course counts as an AU elective.
College Writing (online - 3 credits)
Develop essential writing skills for your academic career. This online course is taught by an AU college writing professor based in DC and starts the week of August 27.
Course counts toward the Written Communication and Information Literacy I requirement.
The American University Experience
The American University Experience (AUx) is a full-year course for students transitioning into their first year of college at AU. You will complete AUx1 in the fall semester. In this course, you will establish short- and long-term goals and build academic skills for college success.
Students will also take a BSU economics module and one BSU elective module. Note, in the UK, a “course” is referred to as a “module.”
Economics and Globalisation(3 credits)
This module is an introduction to a range of skills, principles and concepts as applied by economists to understand issues of relevance to business and management. This knowledge will guide you towards a better understanding of the economic environment and develop an appreciation of the opportunities available to, and limitations imposed upon, business strategies in this environment.
This module begins after arrival in England. This module is exclusively for program students and taught by a BSU professor.
Equivalent to AU ECON-100, this course also meets requirements for certain AU majors.
BSU Elective(3 credits)
To allow you to set a foundation to become an engaged participant in the great conversations that will define the future, the BSU elective course options have been purposefully selected to allow you to learn new topics, alongside other BSU students and under the guidance of a BSU professor. Elective modules begins after arrival in England.
For your BSU elective, you will select one module from the following BSU modules:
OMO4100-20 - Digital Citizenship
This course transfers to AU as COMM-365.
Digital Citizenship refers to a set of ideas that describe how a person uses computing to participate in society, culture and politics. A digital citizen is not only computer literate, but also capable of communication and collaborating effectively via digital technologies such as the web. They are in tune with the etiquette and laws of mediated communication, and understand how to manage their digital footprint as they negotiate a life online. In short, digital citizenship is about living responsibility in a digital world – a world that is always on, and immeasurably connected. This module uncovers what it means to be a digital citizen. You learn about the safe, legal and ethical use of computing, while assembling a ‘digital toolkit’ that improves your ability to be productive, creative and critical of information presented online.
HIS4000-20 - Europe and the World 1
This course transfers to AU as a HIST-2xx course. This course will satisfy the “Europe” requirement for History majors and minors.
This module introduces you to the study of history at undergraduate level by investigating the history of Europe and its relationship with the rest of the world. It encourages you to ask how we define Europe, whether it is a geographical expression (and if so, what is included) or represents a shared set of ideals, also examining how it has often been defined in opposition to an outside ‘other’ throughout history. It challenges notions of European exceptionalism, exploring instead Europe’s porous and shifting boundaries and the bi-directional influences, as well as conflicts, within and between it and the rest of the world. It introduces you to a broad chronology, from ancient Greece to the eighteenth century, examining key periods that form a framework for further study, also showcasing the specialisms / modules of members of staff. It assumes little or no prior knowledge and aims to offer stimulating and challenging topics that should appeal across a wide range of disciplines, irrespective of prior learning. It also aims to introduce you to a range of historical genres, from political to cultural, social and economic history. Weekly topics are thus partly chronological, but also thematic. Finally, it aims to equip you with the basic transferable analytical, research, writing and presentational skills that you will continue to develop throughout your course.
E4011-20 - Global Development
This course transfers to AU as SISU-240.
A significant proportion of the world’s population live in poverty, population growth rates remain high in developing regions, girls are still less likely to enroll in primary education, over tens of millions of people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, and annual emissions of carbon dioxide continue to increase. This module will help you to understand why these challenges remain a feature of the 21st century.
The module explores and critiques models and theories of development, the wider goals of development and the role of development organisations (such as World Bank and NGOs) at different scales. Also considered are the ways in which global economic structures and flows (e.g. of people, money, goods, resources) impact on peoples in developing countries in economic, socio-cultural and environmental terms.
Processes of capitalism and globalisation will be considered, with reference to population characteristics and migration, communications and other new technologies, trade and aid. Sustainable development is explored in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly issues of resource depletion, social contexts and livelihoods. The module also critiques the historical trends which have resulted in ongoing global inequalities and examines the ways in which individuals and organisations have acted to resist dominant forms of global economy and culture.
Through study and discussion of case-study examples you will gain a greater understanding of the realities of life in developing areas, and an understanding of temporal and spatial differences in poverty and development.
SRE4001-20 - Global Religions
This course transfers to AU as RELG-1xx.
This module gives you an introduction to global religious and spiritual traditions together with associated cultures and civilizations. These traditions will be selected from Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism and Indigenous traditions. Each tradition selected will be examined in historical terms with a brief overview of major beliefs and practices. There will be a focus on the contemporary manifestations of the tradition and its impact and influence on people’s lives, institutions and cultures today. It aims to: introduce a selection of major religious and spiritual traditions; locate these traditions in their historical and cultural contexts; explore some of their important concepts and observances; demonstrate the relevance of these traditions to the global citizen.
HIS4103-20 - Heritage and Public History
This course transfers to AU as a HIST-2xx course.
Heritage and Public History will introduce you to ideas about the relationship between history and heritage, and encourage you to ask questions about what we mean by ‘public history’. The module explores topics including: definitions of heritage; heritage and public history; the development of ‘heritage protection’ and what this reveals about changing attitudes towards the past and its place in the present; collections, collecting and the origins of the museum; identity, belong, heritage: who is missing; preserving the past and its challenges; heritage, politics and governments: heritage matters; natural heritage, conservation and access; the future of heritage.
BSU Module Selection Process
For the BSU elective, enrollment will be based on available seats in the module. In the summer, students will submit a list of 3 course selections – ranked in order of preference. BSU will enroll students on a first-come-first-served basis and after BSU degree students are enrolled.
Students who enroll in the Mentorship Program in England must abide by the policies, regulations, and codes relating to student behavior at American University and Bath Spa University. Any student who violates the American University Academic Integrity Code or Student Code of Conduct or the Bath Spa University student policies will have their spring admission offer reevaluated, and they may be removed from the program.
Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA to meet the standard for satisfactory academic progress. Your fall semester GPA will be your starting GPA for spring semester.
Bath Spa University offers pre-degree study, undergraduate degrees and postgraduate degrees, focusing primarily on arts and humanities subjects, supported by a strong outcomes-based provision. Whatever path students wish to follow -- research, enterprise and teaching -- they provide the full range to ensure students can tailor their learning to support their future career direction.