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 21 - June 8)

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

FNN 6200A (3) | Money and Banking

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.

MGT 3200A (3) | Foundations of Business

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.

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.

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.

Literature and Communications

COM 4XXXA (3) Course code to be confirmed | 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 5200A (3) | Mass Communication and Society

“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.

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

LIT 3100A (3) | The City: Experience and Imagination

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

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.

Social Sciences

SCL 5400A (3) | Modern Britain: A Social Analysis

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

ADM 3160B (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 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

FNN 5200B (3) | Corporate Finance

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.

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 strategy within the fashion 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.

History

HST 5405B (3) | U.S. and U.K. Comparative History

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.

HST 5500B (3) | James Bond: An International Cultural History

Course description coming soon

Literature and Communications

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.

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 (July 1 - July 20)

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.

Business

MGT 5400C (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 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.

MKT 6200C (3) | Advertising Management

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

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.

Literature and Communications

COM 5105C (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.

CRW 4420C (3) | Writing Science Fiction

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

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 29)

Business Administration and Economics

ACC 4205 (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 4200 (3) | Introduction to Entrepreneurship

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

Film and Theater

FLM 5410 (3) | Gender in Film

This course explores key concepts that have shaped the study of gender in film in the past 50 years.

History

HST 3200 (3) | World Cultural History II

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

MTH 4120 (3) | Probability and 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

PHL 4100 (3) | Introduction to Philosophy

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

GEP 3140 (3) | Scientific Reasoning

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.

If you are studying on a customized, faculty-led program through your home institution, please see the AIFS Partnerships website for details.