Study Abroad in London, England

Study Abroad in London: Courses

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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 20 - June 7)

Art History and Art, Design and Media

ADM 3160A (3) | Foundations in Photography

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.

AVC 5200A (3) | Museums and Galleries of London: The Cultures of Display

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

MGT 5400A (3) | Organizational Behavior

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.

MKT 5410A (3) | Psychology of Fashion and Luxury Goods

This course enables students to understand the importance of consumer behavior in the process of marketing fashion and luxury goods and services.

MKT 6220A (3) | Digital Marketing and Social Media

Provides students with an insight into the techniques and processes involved in creating and maintaining a marketing presence on the Internet.

Communications and Film

COM 4415A (3) | Contemporary London Performance

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.

COM 6400A (3) | Fashion and Media

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.

Environmental Studies

ENV 5100A (3) | Environmental Ethics: Green Principles

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

HST 5425A (3) | Historical London

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.

Psychology

PSY 4215A (3) | Biological Basis of Human Behavior

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.

Session B (June 10 – June 28)

Art History and Art, Design and Media

AVC 5200B (3) | Museums and Galleries of London: The Cultures of Display

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

MKT4200B (3) | Introduction to the Business of Fashion

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.

MKT 6220B (3) | Digital Marketing and Social Media

Provides students with an insight into the techniques and processes involved in creating and maintaining a marketing presence on the Internet.

Communications, Film and Literature

COM 5105B (3) | Modern Popular Music

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.

COM 5218B (3) | Celebrity and Fan Culture

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.

LIT 5100B (3) | British Fantasy Writing: Magic Memory

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

PSY 5215B (3) | Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence

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.

PSY 5405B (3) | Psychopathology

Combines lectures, case studies, and audiovisual sessions to introduce students to the field of clinical psychology, psychiatry, and mental health work. An examination of the symptoms and treatment options for a range of mental and emotional disorders, including anxiety, depression, mania, and the schizophrenias, raising a number of important issues for discussion. These include: cultural variations in the definition and diagnosis of disordered states; the social psychological problems of the move from asylums to community care; and criticisms of the medical model of abnormality.

Social Sciences/International Relations

PLT 5205B (3) | British Politics: Inside Parliament

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 (June 30 - July 19)

Art History and Art, Design and Media

ADM 3160C (3) | Foundations in Photography

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.

AVC 5200C (3) | Museums and Galleries of London: The Cultures of Display

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

MKT 5405C (3) | Fashion, Marketing and Retail

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.

Criminal Justice

CRM 5400C (3) | Terrorism and Counterterrorism

In the wake of 9-11 Islamist attack and the 22 July 2011 Norway ‘lone wolf’ radical right massacre, terrorism and counterterrorism have come to dominate political agendas and media discourse across the US and Europe. Through a comparative analysis of the history of US and EU responses to 21st century terrorism this class studies the nature of the threats to Western security by examining types of terrorism and the development, strategies and theories surrounding terrorism. Given special attention in this class are: victims and perpetrators; processes of violent radicalization; typologies of terror (religious extremism, political violence, regional separatism, state-sponsored terror and animal rights/ecological activism); and what can be done to counter and/or limit terrorism (surveillance/policing/de-radicalization/education/social media); as well as how effective such practices are.

History

HST 5425C (3) | Historical London

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.

Social Sciences/International Relations

SOC 5710C (3) | LGBTQ+ in the UK: Pride and Prejudice

Examines the history, culture, politics, relationships and images of queer peoples in the U.K. Students explore LGBTQ+ history and society from the 18th century to the present day, considering stories of oppression and liberation, stigmatization and assimilation, as well as studying the ways the LGBTQ+ story has been written and understood. Covering everything from Molly Houses to Oscar Wilde, and the Gay Liberation Front to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, this course invites students to consider the ways that queer people have suffused the political and the cultural life of the UK despite, paradoxically, also being the target of discrimination and exclusion by the state and wider society. (This course is also available as a London/Berlin multi-location program. See page 250 for details)

Theater Arts

THR 5405C (3) | Shakespeare and His World

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 28)

Business Administration and Economics

ACC 4205AB (3) | Managerial Accounting

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.

ENT 4200AB (3) | Introduction to Entrepreneurship

This course provides an introduction to the concept and practice of entrepreneurship.

Film

FLM 5410A (3) | Gender in Film

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.

Mathematics

MTH 4120AB (3) | Probability & Statistics I

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

PLT 5415AB (3) | Politics of sub-Saharan Africa

Follows the attempt to promote stability, economic development, and democratic systems of government in sub-Saharan Africa, and engages with the core issue of the relationship between the state, civil society, and external interests in the region. The many social, political, economic and security problems that hamper the development project are addressed, by following a historical trajectory from the colonial era through to modern times.

Undergraduate Research Program Only

GEP 4180AB (3) | Research and Writing

How do you train your critical research and writing skills to be effective in the academic and professional arenas? How do you design and structure an argument that is convincing? This core course focuses on the principles of good scholarship and academic practice that will be required throughout the students’ studies and in the workplace. These skills are developed throughout the course so that students may, with increasing confidence, produce well-researched writing that demonstrates critical engagement with a self-selected academic topic.