AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in London, England
Summer 2017
Course Descriptions

   

Courses are divided by session and then grouped by broad academic discipline. Class timetables are available in April 2017. Please see below for full course descriptions and prerequisites.

Art courses often meet in museums and galleries. Students incur some travel and entrance expenses, which are outlined in the syllabi.

A maximum of 14 students can register for each Art/Art History class. Students are registered in the order of the date their application is received.

3-Week Courses, Session A (May 22 - June 9)

Art History and Art, Design and Media
Course Code and Credits: ADM 3160A (3)
Course Title: Foundations in Photography
Course Description:
This course concentrates on developing the student’s visual intelligence via photography. Technically, students will learn to use digital Single Lens Reflex cameras and Photoshop for image workflow and editing. By looking at the work of a range of artists, students will be introduced to some of the theories that underpin photographic practice and consider photography’s place and role in contemporary culture. Throughout the course students make images which finally result in an edited portfolio of photographic prints.
Course Code and Credits: AVC 5200A (3)
Course Title: Museums and Galleries of London: The Cultures of Display
Course Description:
Considers the nature of museums and art galleries and their role and function in our society. Studies the workings of the art market, conservation, restoration, the investment potential of art and art world crime. Students visit many of the great London collections as part of this course. Suitable for students majoring in Art History or for those interested in careers in museum or gallery work. Visits require some travel and entrance costs.
Course Code and Credits: AVC 5400A (3)
Course Title: British Art and Architecture
Course Description:
Considers British painting, sculpture, architecture and interior design of the 18th and 19th centuries in their cultural, social and political context. Includes Georgian architecture, gender and representation; art and the Industrial Revolution, travel and the expansion of empire; the country and the city. Supported by regular visits to museums, galleries and buildings to discuss works. Visits require some travel and entrance costs.

Business Administration and Economics
Course Code and Credits: ECN 5105A (3)
Course Title: Economic Problems of Developing Countries
Course Description:
This course discusses questions such as: Why does the level of economic prosperity vary between countries? How is the difference itself to be measured? What is the range of measures available to improve the lot of the world’s poorest inhabitants? What role can organizations such as the IMF and the World Bank take in this process? On this course you will be exposed to a range of material designed to encourage you to link theory to the practical implications faced by policy makers and the policy choices they make.
Course Code and Credits: MGT 5400A (3)
Course Title: Organizational Behavior
Course Description:
This course explores the structure and nature of organizations and the contribution that communication and human behavior makes to organizational performance. The course will address not only macro level issues relating to the environment and context within which organizations operate, but also the micro level influences of people as individuals and groups, their motivations and operating styles. The management of people for successful organizational performance will be emphasized by considering work environmental factors that facilitate or impede organizational success.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 5410A (3)
Course Title: Psychology of Fashion and Luxury Goods
Course Description:
Consumer psychology within the context of the consumption of fashion and luxury products and services is complex and is influenced by many factors. A thorough analysis and understanding of these factors allows organizations to plan effective marketing activities suitable to their target markets. This course enables students to understand the importance of consumer behavior in the process of marketing fashion and luxury goods and services.

Environmental Studies
Course Code and Credits: ENV 3135A (3)
Course Title: Endangered Species: Ecology and Conservation
Course Description:
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of the science of ecology through a study of ecosystems, conservation, biodiversity and selected endangered or threatened species. It will address natural and anthropogenic causes of species decline and extinction and possible conservation techniques that are, could be or could have been used to reverse the extinction or decline. As well as some typical “poster species” other less well known, but equally important species will be discussed.

History
Course Code and Credits: HST 5425A (3)
Course Title: Historical London
Course Description:
From the creation of Londinium by the Romans to the great modern metropolis, this course traces the growth and the changing functions, institutions and architecture of London. Readings from contemporary writers, describing the London they knew and visits to selected monuments are an integral part of this course. Visits require some travel and entrance costs.
Course Code and Credits: HST 5405A (3)
Course Title: U.S. and U.K. Comparative History
Course Description:
Focuses on shared themes from the 1880s to the present day, using a variety of approaches to enable students from different disciplines to participate in the course. Examines issues around popular culture, gender and ethnicity, as well as peoples’ responses to major events like the Depression and wars. Concepts from economic history are used to analyze booms and slumps, along with the resulting changes to both the U.S. and the U.K. The decline of Britain as a world power and the parallel rise of the U.S. is studied, putting into context the current debates on the post Cold War world order and globalization.
Course Code and Credits: HST 5500A (3)
Course Title: James Bond: An International Cultural History
Course Description:
James Bond (007) is a global brand: for sixty years a hugely popular cultural icon, with around half of the planet having seen a Bond film. Bond is a quintessentially British creation; yet his adventures are set on a global stage and reflect the contemporary political milieu – from fighting communists with his American cousins to today’s battles with terrorists, media barons and assorted megalomaniacs. This course is therefore also a study of the second half of the twentieth century – particularly the special relationship between the U.S. and the U.K. Equally relevant are issues related to branding, class, race, gender, product placement and popular music. Students will visit key historical sites related to the history of Bond, using locations (particularly in London) as well as both the books and films as a means to study international history, as well as cultural and political change.

Literature and Communications
Course Code and Credits: COM 5115A (3)
Course Title: Sociology of Culture and Subculture
Course Description:
Introduces the field of cultural studies by examining various concepts of culture, the positions taken in cultural criticism, and the relationship between social and cultural transformation. Emphasis is placed on differences between U.S. and U.K. culture and the theory of subcultures.
Course Code and Credits: COM 5218A (3)
Course Title: Celebrity and Fan Culture
Course Description:
Charts the development and critical context of contemporary celebrity and fan cultures. Outlines key theoretical approaches. Explores the topic through a variety of media, from artists like Andy Warhol, Lady Gaga, Eminem, and Alison Jackson, to fanfic and other fan culture artifacts. Considers the creation and reception of celebrity texts: for example, around Harry Potter, and fanhood as a performative critique of celebrity. Examines relevant PR and media strategies.

Psychology
Course Code and Credits: PSY 4215A (3)
Course Title: Biological Basis of Human Behavior
Course Description:
Exposes students to the relationship between biology and behavior. Students are expected to assess critically the extent to which biological explanations can be used to understand or explain human behavior. Topics covered are: motivational behavior; social behavior; sleep; perception; learning and memory. Special discussion topics include: sexual behavior; eating disorders; emotions and consciousness. In addition, the course looks at perceptual and memory disorders.

Social Sciences/International Relations
Course Code and Credits: RLG 5100A (3)
Course Title: Comparative World Religions
Course Description:
Explores the monotheistic religions of the Near East (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), those of India and the Far East (Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism) and the “new age” faiths. The history and practice of each is studied. Special emphasis is laid on the philosophical and psychological basis of each religion and common themes such as the “self” and suffering.
Course Code and Credits: SCL 5400A (3)
Course Title: Modern Britain: A Social Analysis
Course Description:
A general presentation of British society for students who arrive in the country and are keen to know about its way of life, patterns of thought, and socio-cultural background. Topics include: the growth of urban and industrial Britain; British class structure and social mobility; the welfare state, race, politics; and the position of women. This course also examines Britain’s changing status in the world and the effect this has had on socio-political attitudes and behavior.

Session B (June 12 – June 30)

Art History and Art, Design and Media
Course Code and Credits: ADM 3160B (3)
Course Title: Foundations in Photography
Course Description:
This course concentrates on developing the student’s visual intelligence via photography. Technically, students will learn to use digital Single Lens Reflex cameras and Photoshop for image workflow and editing. By looking at the work of a range of artists, students will be introduced to some of the theories that underpin photographic practice and consider photography’s place and role in contemporary culture. Throughout the course students make images which finally result in an edited portfolio of photographic prints.
Course Code and Credits: ADM 5200B (3)
Course Title: Video Production
Course Description:
A “hands on” course for students new to video, involving most aspects of production from camera work and sound recording to editing and audio dubbing. The theory and practice of video technology are taught through a series of group exercises and out of class assignments. Students also study a range of classic videos and films as a means of understanding the language of the medium.
Course Code and Credits: AVC 5200B (3)
Course Title: Museums and Galleries of London: The Cultures of Display
Course Description:
Considers the nature of museums and art galleries and their role and function in our society. Studies the workings of the art market, conservation, restoration, the investment potential of art and art world crime. Students visit many of the great London collections as part of this course. Suitable for students majoring in Art History or for those interested in careers in museum or gallery work. Visits require some travel and entrance costs.

Business Administration and Economics
Course Code and Credits: FNN 5205B (3)
Course Title: Managerial Economics
Course Description:
This course involves the application of microeconomic decision tools to managerial problems of the firm. Objectives and the determinants of those objectives are studied, including profit, demand, production and cost analysis. Specific topics include managerial decision-making, decision theory, break-even analysis, and price determination.
Course Code and Credits: FNN 5205 (3)
Course Title: Principles of Investment
Course Description:
Focusing on financial investment, the course familiarizes the student with a range of financial instruments and capital market operations, including new issues, trading, and the role of financial intermediaries in the investment market. Investment companies are investigated. Fundamentals of portfolio theory are introduced and applied to investment management. Valuation of fixed-income securities, equity instruments, and common stock is discussed on the basis of modern capital market theory. The course introduces financial derivatives, including options, futures, forward rate agreements, and interest rate swaps, and relates the use of derivatives to fixed-income investment, portfolio analysis, and interest rate risk management.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 5205B (3)
Course Title: Consumer Behavior
Course Description:
Focuses on the study of what it means to be a consumer in a global, information-oriented culture. Examines behavioral science concepts, processes, and approaches that inform marketing strategy as to what, how, when, where and why people consume. Provides a managerial-oriented understanding of the ubiquity of consumption in post-modern life. Examines the influences upon and the behavior of consumers, both in groups and as individuals.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 6220B (3)
Course Title: Digital Marketing and Social Media
Course Description:
Provides students with an insight into the techniques and processes involved in creating and maintaining a marketing presence on the Internet. New technologies have created some radical changes in the way companies reach their markets. Students have the opportunity to learn about electronic commerce in action; the interplay between the technology and marketing applications; the changing scope and uses of the Internet; and current management issues facing businesses attempting to use the World Wide Web.

History
Course Code and Credits: HST 5425B (3)
Course Title: Historical London
Course Description:
From the creation of Londinium by the Romans to the great modern metropolis, this course traces the growth and the changing functions, institutions and architecture of London. Readings from contemporary writers, describing the London they knew and visits to selected monuments are an integral part of this course. Visits require some travel and entrance costs.
Course Code and Credits: HST 5500B (3)
Course Title: James Bond: An International Cultural History
Course Description:
James Bond (007) is a global brand: for sixty years a hugely popular cultural icon, with around half of the planet having seen a Bond film. Bond is a quintessentially British creation; yet his adventures are set on a global stage and reflect the contemporary political milieu – from fighting communists with his American cousins to today’s battles with terrorists, media barons and assorted megalomaniacs. This course is therefore also a study of the second half of the twentieth century – particularly the special relationship between the U.S. and the U.K. Equally relevant are issues related to branding, class, race, gender, product placement and popular music. Students will visit key historical sites related to the history of Bond, using locations (particularly in London) as well as both the books and films as a means to study international history, as well as cultural and political change.

Literature and Communications
Course Code and Credits: COM 6400B (3)
Course Title: Fashion and Media
Course Description:
This course traces the multiple connections between the fashion and media industries. It emphasizes the material realities, pragmatic and creative dynamisms, fantasy components, and essential visuality of fashion. It also highlights how London and cities in general function as creative agencies for fermenting style and fashion ideas and attitudes.
Course Code and Credits: LIT 5100B (3)
Course Title: Travel Writing
Course Description:
Exposes students to the scope and the power of modern travel writing. It provides an intellectual framework for the understanding and analysis of this genre and will introduce students to many of the critical texts which will be drawn from Bryson, Raban and Naipaul, among others.
Course Code and Credits: LIT 5405B (3)
Course Title: British Fantasy Writing: Magic Memory
Course Description:
This course explores the long-standing, unique and vibrant tradition of Fantasy literature in Britain. It will focus on the major fantasies from the past 120 years and their filmed adaptations, including works by Bram Stoker, J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling. It will look at how these texts and their filmic counterparts revisit older ideas for novel purposes. Where possible, field trips to sites such as Strawberry Hill (first gothic home) or Harry Potter London tours will be arranged to supplement this course. Students should budget $50 for these field trips.

Psychology
Course Code and Credits: PSY 5215B (3)
Course Title: Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence
Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to increase students’ awareness of the variety of theoretical viewpoints that exist regarding the nature of human individual differences and the factors that influence human behavior. We will examine the different theoretical viewpoints about intelligence, personality structure and its development, emotion, motivation, cognitive styles, the development of psychopathology, and clinical applications for personality change. Students will evaluate prominent theoretical perspectives critically and consider cultural variations in individual differences.

Social Sciences/International Relations
Course Code and Credits: PLT 5205B (3)
Course Title: British Politics: Inside Parliament
Course Description:
An introduction to the political system of the United Kingdom, employing both theoretical and comparative approaches, particularly with reference to the political system of the USA. Topics include: the constitution; concepts of democracy; the role of the legislature; the Cabinet; the Head of State/Head of Government; the electoral system, pressure and interest groups and party political programs. Includes meetings at the House of Commons, conducted by a Member of Parliament. Limited to 20 students.

Session C (July 2 - July 21)

Art History and Art, Design and Media
Course Code and Credits: ADM 3160C (3)
Course Title: Foundations in Photography
Course Description:
This course concentrates on developing the student’s visual intelligence via photography. Technically, students will learn to use digital Single Lens Reflex cameras and Photoshop for image workflow and editing. By looking at the work of a range of artists, students will be introduced to some of the theories that underpin photographic practice and consider photography’s place and role in contemporary culture. Throughout the course students make images which finally result in an edited portfolio of photographic prints.
Course Code and Credits: AVC 5200C (3)
Course Title: Museums and Galleries of London: The Cultures of Display
Course Description:
Considers the nature of museums and art galleries and their role and function in our society. Studies the workings of the art market, conservation, restoration, the investment potential of art and art world crime. Students visit many of the great London collections as part of this course. Suitable for students majoring in Art History or for those interested in careers in museum or gallery work. Visits require some travel and entrance costs.

Business Administration and Economics
Course Code and Credits: INB 6210C (3)
Course Title: European Business Environment
Course Description:
Focuses on the economic, political, social environment for business in Europe within this field, it examines the institutional interplay with the European Union, the dynamics between the different Member States and the different policies with direct relevance to businesses operating in the European Union.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 5405C (3)
Course Title: Fashion, Marketing and Retail
Course Description:
This course covers the fundamentals of fashion and the basic principles that govern all fashion movement and change. It examines the history, development, organization and operation of merchandising and marketing activities, trends in industries engaged in producing fashion, purchasing of fashion merchandise, foreign and domestic markets, and the distribution and promotion of fashion.

History
Course Code and Credits: HST 4405C (3)
Course Title: History of Fashion
Course Description:
This course analyzes the history of fashion from a sociological perspective – covering the period from the beginning of the modern period to the present. Relationships between dress, fashion, class, political power, ethnicity and gender are investigated. While the primary focus is upon the historical development of western fashion global interconnections are investigated throughout the course.
Course Code and Credits: HST 5425C (3)
Course Title: Historical London
Course Description:
From the creation of Londinium by the Romans to the great modern metropolis, this course traces the growth and the changing functions, institutions and architecture of London. Readings from contemporary writers, describing the London they knew and visits to selected monuments are an integral part of this course. Visits require some travel and entrance costs.
Course Code and Credits: HST 5500C (3)
Course Title: James Bond: An International Cultural History
Course Description:
James Bond (007) is a global brand: for sixty years a hugely popular cultural icon, with around half of the planet having seen a Bond film. Bond is a quintessentially British creation; yet his adventures are set on a global stage and reflect the contemporary political milieu – from fighting communists with his American cousins to today’s battles with terrorists, media barons and assorted megalomaniacs. This course is therefore also a study of the second half of the twentieth century – particularly the special relationship between the U.S. and the U.K. Equally relevant are issues related to branding, class, race, gender, product placement and popular music. Students will visit key historical sites related to the history of Bond, using locations (particularly in London) as well as both the books and films as a means to study international history, as well as cultural and political change.

Literature and Communications
Course Code and Credits: COM 5218C (3)
Course Title: Celebrity and Fan Culture
Course Description:
Charts the development and critical context of contemporary celebrity and fan cultures. Outlines key theoretical approaches. Explores the topic through a variety of media, from artists like Andy Warhol, Lady Gaga, Eminem, and Alison Jackson, to fanfic and other fan culture artifacts. Considers the creation and reception of celebrity texts: for example, around Harry Potter, and fan-hood as a performative critique of celebrity. Examines relevant PR and media strategies.
Course Code and Credits: CRW 5200C (3)
Course Title: Script Writing
Course Description:
Students are guided through the creative processes of writing scenes for the stage, T.V. and film. The building of character and plot is examined as well as the industry standard formats for writing in these media. Group and team work are encouraged as well as discussions, critique and analysis of the narrative techniques used in existing stage plays and films.

Music and Theater Arts
Course Code and Credits: THR 5405C (3)
Course Title: Shakespeare and His World
Course Description:
Aimed at the novice and the experienced reader of Shakespeare, this course provides a historical context to Shakespeare’s writing and closely analyzes the poetic and dramatic aspects in his drama. Shakespeare in performance is an integral part of the course and students are expected to see productions of most texts studied. A performance fee is levied on this course.

6-Week Courses (May 23 - June 30)

Art History and Art, Design and Media
Course Code and Credits: ADM 5210 (3)
Course Title: Pixel Playground
Course Description:
This course focuses on the study of image making – both digital and handmade. Through art and design briefs, students will study and explore color, composition, illustration and visual narratives. This course familiarizes students with two core visual applications: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Course Code and Credits: GEP 3160 (3)
Course Title: Creative Expression
Course Description:
This course explores the ways we can interpret and appreciate different types of art across cultures. How can we make sense of an art installation that consists of a pile of stones on a gallery floor? How can we understand music and the creative expression behind it? Through examples from the fine arts, film, theater, music and fashion, this class engages with broad themes concerning the value of artistic thinking and the role it plays in education, social relations, urbanism and the creative economy.

Business Administration and Economics
Course Code and Credits: ACC 4205 (3)
Course Title: Managerial Accounting
Course Description:
This course introduces students to the generation of cost data for the preparation of proper, representative financial statements, and for optimal planning and control of routine operations and long range organizational goals. It focuses on the uses of formal cost accounting systems and quantitative techniques to make managerial decisions. Topics include: direct absorption income statements, job and process costing, allocation and proration, pro-forma and capital budgeting.
Course Code and Credits: ENT 4200 (3)
Course Title: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Course Description:
This course provides an introduction to the concept and practice of entrepreneurship. It intends to provide the ‘big picture’ on entrepreneurship, but to also cover a number of key micro issues relating to the more numerous small businesses that make up the majority of all business activity in societies everywhere. The course readily acknowledges that there is no single theory or model of entrepreneurship; but this lack of a distinct theoretical spine provides the course with its strongest advantage as this provides for an opportunity to present a multiplicity of case work and concepts. The emphasis is on comparing the diversity of approaches found within the world of the entrepreneur.

Film and Theater
Course Code and Credits: FLM 5410 (3)
Course Title: Gender in Film
Course Description:
This course explores key concepts that have shaped the study of gender in film in the past 50 years. It considers different spectators’ viewing positions and analyzes how historical and social changes in the construction of masculinities and femininities have shaped specific film genres. A variety of issues related to sexuality, race/ethnicity and non-western representations are also considered as students are encouraged to study film texts closely to make their own readings based on the semiotics of the film and the ideology behind it.
Course Code and Credits: THR 5100 (3)
Course Title: World Theater
Course Description:
Provides an overview of the theater of European and non European countries. Mainly issue-driven writing is examined, especially drama as a reaction to oppression. This course identifies styles that are specific to certain cultures in an aim to identify cultural influences from one country to another. Students are encouraged to contribute insights from their own individual cultures.

History
Course Code and Credits: HST 3200 (3)
Course Title: World Cultural History II
Course Description:
This course is designed to study in broad outline the origins of global interdependence, from 1500-1800. The politics, religion, art and architecture of European, Islamic and East Asian cultures will be studied. In world terms, the period is most noteworthy for the impact of European expansionism, sustained by scientific invention and commercial acquisitiveness, underpinned by religion. While the class work focuses on the discussion of broad themes supported by close reading of relevant primary texts, students will practice presenting specific topics in group oral presentations. Class visits are scheduled to relevant exhibitions in London.

Mathematics
Course Code and Credits: MTH 3111 (3)
Course Title: Functions and Applications
Course Description:
This course is designed to provide students with the necessary mathematical background for calculus courses and its applications to some business and economics courses. It covers the fundamentals of real-valued functions, including polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions and introduces students to the concepts of derivative and integral calculus with its applications to specific concepts in micro- and macroeconomics.
Course Code and Credits: MTH 4120 (3)
Course Title: Probability and Statistics I
Course Description:
An introductory course in probability primarily designed for business economics and psychology majors. The course coverage will include: descriptive statistics, elementary probability theory, random variables and expectations, discrete probability distributions (Binomial and Poisson distributions), continuous probability distribution (Normal distribution), linear regression analysis and correlations, elementary hypothesis testing and Chi-square tests, non-parametric methods and SPSS lab sessions targeting applications of statistical concepts to business, economics and psychology and interpretations of hardcopies. All practical work will be produced using SPSS statistical software.

Philosophy
Course Code and Credits: PHL 4100 (3)
Course Title: Introduction to Philosophy
Course Description:
This course introduces students to discipline of philosophy. It examines various branches of philosophy including logic, epistemology, ontology, ethics, political and religious philosophy. It takes a topic-based rather than historical approach, and looks at sets of problems such as the mind-body problem, empiricism versus rationalism, and subjectivism versus naturalism. To this end, various important Western philosophers will be considered including Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant and Russell.

Science
Course Code and Credits: GEP 3140 (3)
Course Title: Scientific Reasoning
Course Description:
What do you consider when you consider your carbon footprint? How do you evaluate the quality and conclusions of a double blind trial? This core course aims to provide a means by which the student can effectively communicate an understanding and appreciation of the impact of science on everyday life and academic enquiry. Scientific areas to be explored range from ethics to evolution, physics to physiology, climate change to conservation, and trials and testing to thinkers and innovators. This core course teaches students to reflect critically on information so that they may make informed personal decisions about matters that involve science and understand the importance of science in other areas of their studies.