Study Abroad in London, England

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Study Abroad in London: Courses

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Courses are grouped by broad academic discipline. Class timetables are available in April.

The program fee includes one 3 credit course chosen from those listed. For a supplemental fee of approximately $825 you can take two courses for a total of 6 credits. Bear in mind that taking two courses in 3 weeks is a heavy workload should you be considering this option. Courses taken for transfer credit should be approved by your advisor or appropriate person at your home school prior to registration.


ANTH/ARTH 335 (3) | Londonís Museums and Galleries

London is famous for the richness and diversity of its museums and galleries - there are over 250 registered art institutions in London. Through hands on experiential visits, this course will introduce students to the range and breadth of the museums and galleries in London. It will aim to build an appreciation of the variety of museums and galleries available, while offering firsthand visual experience of the different art forms including visual art and media. Students will be asked to explore concepts such as the role of philanthropy in establishing museum and galleries, debates around repatriation of objects; public funding for the arts; different curating styles and the marketing of the arts, including the role of social media and innovation in order to gain a better understanding of the development of the museum and galleries in London over time and the challenges they face today. The course will be heavily based on experiential learning with visits to world-famous museums and galleries such as the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate Modern, along with lesser-known examples such as Sir John Soaneís House, Leighton House Museum and Whitechapel Gallery.


ENGL 320 (3) | Creative Writing

This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop their creative writing within the context of contemporary British fiction. Students will be introduced to the approaches taken by various British novelists and short story writers along with exploring those very areas that have inspired a variety of British writing. The course will employ London as a resource and inspiration for creative writing. Londonís own literary scene will be explored to offer the perfect context for students to explore their own creative powers. A key part of the course will involve students sharing new and revised writing with one another and exploring strategies to deal with potential problems. Textual analysis will be used to help students to better understand and manipulate different forms and techniques adopted by a variety of diverse British writers and improve their own writing.


SOCI 338 (3) | Diversity in London: Minority Ethnicities, Immigration and Integration

London, home to nearly 9 million people, is arguably one of the most diverse cities in the world, with 40% of its population born abroad and 300 different languages spoken in the capital. Through reading, discussion and fieldwork, this course will focus on the character of ethnic, national and religious diversity in London and how different transnational communities have dealt with arriving, settling and living life as an immigrant in London. Starting with the post-war period and the 1948 British Nationality Act, the course will explore the experiences of minority ethnicities living in London and cover the period right up to the present day, exploring political and cultural responses within London to different groups (the South Asian community, Windrush generation, EU community etc.) and exploring how these have changed over time. The course will introduce students to the distinctive form and nature of Britainís multiculturalism and critically analyze the legacy of the British Empire. Through classroom teaching and field trip-based research, students will assess the way in which London has experienced the process of immigration and integration and explore the creation of complex communities whose cultures shape the modern city today.

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