United Kingdom, Brighton

Cool Britannia: How Fashion Shaped British Culture

when 21 July 2019 - 15 August 2019
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 15 EC
fee GBP 2085

This module examines historic inspiration that forms today’s innovative fashion and designers by studying the fascinating social and cultural history of Britain, particularly London.

You examine how the cultural background of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries influenced British fashion then and now; focusing on aspects of cool fashion such as royal costume, 18c dandy, Victorian aestheticism, art deco era, wartime recycling, and subculture of mods, rockers, goths, skinheads and punks.

You will learn how to read fashion, what your clothes say about you and examine key style developments through lectures, seminars and trips to museums and galleries including London's Victoria & Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Museum of London and Brighton & Hove Art Gallery.

Course leader

Sarah Tobias

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 2085: Tuition (one four week session) + module field trips.
GBP 4085: Tuition only (both four week ISS sessions) + Cool Britannia field trips.