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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 18 - June 5)

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 5455A (3) | Stately Homes and Palaces

This course looks at London’s historic past through the architecture, design and art of the area’s palatial and stately residences. Where relevant, gardens will also be considered. Drawing upon London’s reputation as a ‘museum metropolis’, the course uses a series of case-study houses and palaces to trace developments particularly in architectural styles and interior design over the past 500 years, exploring how buildings may be understood and interpreted. Visits are made to key locations, providing students with valuable opportunities to practice analytic and connoisseurship skills and gain a sense of the ‘genius of the place’.

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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.

FLM 5400A (3) | Science Fiction Film: Cowboys and Aliens

Examines the important role that U.S. science fiction (SF) film has played in the development of the genre as well as its wider significance politically, socially and culturally. It also recognizes the influence that other cultures have had on the evolution of U.S. SF film as well as the U.S.’s impact globally. Begins by looking at SF’s origins, defining features and some key theoretical concepts. It then examines SF’s significance in the U.S. and globally by focusing upon the genre’s economic importance as well as a number of important themes, such as: (i) how SF film can be read as a means to analyze the social, cultural and political concerns of the day, including class/gender, Cold War/xenophobic anxieties and environmental threats; (ii) how SF film can be interpreted as a critique (and sometimes a champion) of American imperial hegemony; and (iii) finally the trans-national connections between American SF and other world SF literature and visual culture (including cinema and television). The course concludes by studying the role of the internet in marketing and re-shaping the genre. Where possible the class makes use of museum and archive collections in London as well as relevant film screenings.

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.

Social Sciences/International Relations

PLT 5205A (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.

Sports Management

SPT 5215A (3) | Sports Management

This course explores the diverse and expanding practice of sport management in an international context. Alongside the underpinning theoretical concepts, students will explore international sport management theory and practice within functional areas such as finance, human resource management, and marketing, as well as from historical, cultural, political, and business perspectives. Contemporary issues related to the management of international sports, such as risk management, the media and sponsorship are also examined.

Theater Arts

THR 5215A (3) | Screen Acting Techniques

Develops acting skills specifically relating to the camera - i.e., for film and television. In a series of practical workshops and lectures, students are introduced to the disciplines of acting for the camera, and discover the basic differences between acting for television and for film (as opposed to the theatre) as well as various styles of performance. Students learn how to develop realistic, sincere, and believable performances. They also become practiced in dealing with the maintenance of performance under adverse technical conditions. Students gain experience in the rehearsal process, the development of a character, and shooting procedures. They are also given exercises in interviewing for screen work and screen testing.

Session B (June 8 – June 26)

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

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.

MKT5205B (3) | Consumer Behavior

Focuses on the study of consumers and their behavioral patterns in the consumption and purchase of product/services as well as the impact of information technology (social media, digital media) on consumer behavior. It examines behavioral and cognitive psychology and their application in order to measure and interpreting consumers’ formation of attitudes and beliefs. Provides a psychoanalytic perspective in order to inform the development of marketing strategy as well as to what motivates individuals to purchase a specific branded products. It provides an in depth understanding of the consumption culture in modern and postmodern life and how marketers develop lifestyle branding strategies to attract different group of consumer market segments. 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.

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.

History

HST 5425B (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 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.

SCL 5445B (3) | Black London

Examines the history of the African Diaspora in London over approximately the last 300 years, paying particular attention to changes in the demographic background to this Diaspora and the ensuing debates around the various notions of Blackness. The context to the course is the growth of London as the hub of an imperial system underscored by notions of race, and the subsequent changes to the metropolis in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. A theoretical underpinning of the course is that London is one of the centres of a Black Atlantic, as understood through the works of Paul Gilroy. The course will open up social relations at the heart of Black London’s history, including class, gender and sexuality. London has a long history of ideological movements driven by the conditions of the Black Atlantic, such as: Abolitionism, anti-colonialism, Pan Africanism and anti-racist struggles within Britain; all of these will be within the parameters of the course. Finally, the cultural impact of the Black Atlantic on London will be looked at in all its diversity, including, but not restricted to: literature, religion, music, fashion, language, cuisine, etc.

Theater Arts

THR 4215B (3) | British Comedy

This course will introduce students to the components and unique traits of British Comedy. From theatre and musicals to TV, Film and Stand-Up, students will explore how British Comedy has developed over the centuries and decades to reflect the ever-shifting landscape of British society. In particular, this course will examine how Class plays a significant role in the distinctions and dynamics that define British comedy. The course will explore the elements of satire, absurdity, wit and self- deprecation, in line with the consistent puns, innuendos and intellectual jokes that are at the heart of British humour.

THR 4415B (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.

Session C (June 29 - July 17)

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) | London: A History

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.

SCL 5445B (3) | Black London

Examines the history of the African Diaspora in London over approximately the last 300 years, paying particular attention to changes in the demographic background to this Diaspora and the ensuing debates around the various notions of Blackness. The context to the course is the growth of London as the hub of an imperial system underscored by notions of race, and the subsequent changes to the metropolis in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. A theoretical underpinning of the course is that London is one of the centres of a Black Atlantic, as understood through the works of Paul Gilroy. The course will open up social relations at the heart of Black London’s history, including class, gender and sexuality. London has a long history of ideological movements driven by the conditions of the Black Atlantic, such as: Abolitionism, anti-colonialism, Pan Africanism and anti-racist struggles within Britain; all of these will be within the parameters of the course. Finally, the cultural impact of the Black Atlantic on London will be looked at in all its diversity, including, but not restricted to: literature, religion, music, fashion, language, cuisine, etc.

Literature and Communications

COM 4420C (3) | Writing Fantasy and 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.

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.)

Theater Arts

THR 4415B (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.

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.

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

PHL 4100AB (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 & Russell.

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.