United Kingdom, Brighton

English Folklore

when 22 June 2019 - 17 July 2019
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 15 EC
fee GBP 2110

Ancient traditions flourish in England, a land rich in folklore. We assess the cultural significance of superstitions such as the ‘magic power’ of iron and thriving customs such parading a fearsome beast, the Padstow ‘Oss’, on May Day. We discuss legends of King Arthur and of Robin Hood, ‘superheroes’ of their eras. We visit sites of world significance including a mysterious valley, explained as a creation of the devil, Devil’s Dyke, and the enormous Long Man of Wilmington, said to commemorate a giant, both near Brighton. Finally, we journey westwards to the awesome prehistoric monument of Stonehenge, the inspiration of many legends, including the stones’ power to heal.

Course leader

Colin Manton

Target group

The University of Sussex International Summer School welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Although most of you will be currently enrolled at a university or college, we also welcome applicants who have been away from education for some years, as well as highly committed senior high school students - for some courses a good general education, an open mind and lots of enthusiasm are the main qualifications. For some other courses you will see that prerequisites are listed - applicants for these courses are expected to submit transcripts to demonstrate that they have taken, or are currently taking, the necessary precursors.

Course aim

The International Summer School provides an opportunity to meet and study with people from different countries and cultures, on a cosmopolitan campus. The large range of courses on offer allows you to get ahead with credit in core courses, or simply to experiment with something new.

Credits info

15 EC
Summer School courses carry 15 credits and last for four weeks. Since the standard annual load for a Sussex student is 120 credits, this means that each course is equivalent to 4 semester hours or 7.5 ECTS credits. Students can take only one course per session, as the courses are intensive. You can expect to spend 30 to 45 hours each week on your course between attending classes, labs and workshops, as well as time spent outside class preparing the readings and assignments. You can find information about the courses offered by the International Summer School through our course directory or courses by subject pages of our website.

Fee info

GBP 2110: Tuition (one four week session) + module field trip only.
GBP 4110: Tuition only (both four week ISS sessions) + English Folklore Module field trip.