AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in London, England
Summer 2018
Course Descriptions

   

Courses are divided by session and then grouped by broad academic discipline. Class timetables are available in April.

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 21 - June 8)

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. Visits require some travel and entrance costs.

Business
Course Code and Credits: FNN 6200A (3)
Course Title: Money and Banking
Course Description:
Focuses on the role of money and other financial instruments within the macro economy. The operations and behavior of commercial banks and other financial institutions is examined from a strategic viewpoint, along with the role of central banks and regulators. Some of the controversies about the effectiveness of regulatory and monetary policies are also discussed.
Course Code and Credits: MGT 3200A (3)
Course Title: Foundations of Business
Course Description:
An introductory survey course designed to introduce students to the principles and functions of a business. The various functional areas of business will be discussed, including economic systems, small business, management, human relations, marketing, accounting and finance. The course will also review the role of businesses in society and business ethics.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 5410A (3)
Course Title: Psychology of Fashion and Luxury Goods
Course Description:
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 5100A (3)
Course Title: Environmental Ethics: Green Principles
Course Description:
Develops students’ understanding of the concepts of environmental ethics through an analysis of historical and modern issues. The role of humans within nature and anthropogenic effects upon nature will be discussed along with typical environmental issues such as climate change, pollution, population issues, energy issues, conservation, women in the environment and animal rights.

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.

Literature and Communications
Course Code and Credits: COM 4XXXA (3) Course code to be confirmed
Course Title: Contemporary London Performance
Course Description:
This course aims to introduce students to the contemporary performance scene in London – focusing upon music, dance, performance art, installation art and fringe theater. Themed, in-class sessions will be supplemented by frequent field trips to performance venues in the London area. Students should budget for an additional £75 course fee for tickets to events.
Course Code and Credits: COM 5200A (3)
Course Title: Mass Communication and Society
Course Description:
“Mass communications” is taken in its broadest sense to include cinema, television, newspapers, magazines, comics, and the Internet, as well as fashion and merchandising. “Society” involves the people who engage with those texts, from critical theorists to fans, censors to consumers. The course examines the relationship between texts and the people at various points during the 20th and 21st centuries, from various cultural and national perspectives.
Course Code and Credits: COM 6400A (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 3100A (3)
Course Title: The City: Experience and Imagination
Course Description:
Explores a variety of city experiences as reflected in fiction and film. These representations are placed in two contexts, the historical and the imaginative. Particular stress is laid on the city as a site of intercultural experience as well as on the cultural contrasts and comparisons between particular cities.

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. 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
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.

Session B (June 11 – June 29)

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: 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. Visits require some travel and entrance costs.

Business
Course Code and Credits: FNN 5200B (3)
Course Title: Corporate Finance
Course Description:
Examines the financial needs of corporations and the range of mechanisms available to meet them. The key concept of the time value of money is studied and applied to several decision models in capital budgeting and investment valuation. Other basic theories examined include risk versus return, modern portfolio theory, and basic financial statement analysis. Different financial requirements are considered with some emphasis in comparing internal and external sources of funds, their relative availability, and costs.
Course Code and Credits: MKT4200B (3)
Course Title: Introduction to the Business of Fashion
Course Description:
An introduction to the world of fashion from a business point of view. The course investigates the notion of what a customer is and separates this out from customers within the context of business-to-business relationships. The course further investigates notions of market segmentation, positioning, promotion and branding and ends with discussions on the role of business strategy within the fashion business.
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.

History
Course Code and Credits: HST 5405B (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 5500B (3)
Course Title: James Bond: An International Cultural History
Course Description:
Course description coming soon

Literature and Communications
Course Code and Credits: COM 5218B (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.
Course Code and Credits: LIT 5100B (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 (the first gothic home) or Harry Potter London tours will be arranged to supplement this course. Students should budget $50 for these field trips. Please note that this course is also available as a U.K. traveling program.

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.

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. 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 1 - July 20)

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.

Business
Course Code and Credits: MGT 5400C (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.
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.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 6200C (3)
Course Title: Advertising Management
Course Description:
Provides an in depth study and application of advertising and its role in marketing strategies. Topics include: identification of relevant data to analyze the marketing situation; development of product/brand positioning; marketing and advertising objectives and strategies; creative strategy; media planning and evaluation; consumer motivation and advertising appeals; consumer buying behavior; promotional communication opportunity analysis, branding and corporate image; target audiences; print and broadcast production; budgeting.

History
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.

Literature and Communications
Course Code and Credits: COM 5105C (3)
Course Title: Modern Popular Music
Course Description:
An interdisciplinary course examining the historical, sociological, aesthetic, technological, and commercial elements of contemporary popular music. It deals specifically with the origins and development of contemporary popular music; the relationship between culture, subculture, style and popular music; and the production and marketing of the music. Audio-visual resources are combined with lectures, and where appropriate, field trips to concerts in London.
Course Code and Credits: CRW 4420C (3)
Course Title: Writing Science Fiction
Course Description:
Science Fiction inspires writers in all kinds of narrative formats (short stories, traditional novels, the film industry, gaming and comics). By exploring different types of writers and media, students will be able to develop their creative writing skills as they learn about the historical and cultural evolution of science fiction. There will be field trips and guest lectures with this course.

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 20 - June 29)

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.

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.

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. Class visits are scheduled to relevant exhibitions in London.

Mathematics
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.