Study Abroad in London, England - Internship

Intern Abroad in London: Courses

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International Internship 6972 (6) (3)
The internship course offers students an intensive academic experience and the opportunity to study working life in London. In addition to the internship placement, students are required to attend specifically designed classroom-based seminars, submit a weekly journal recording duties and learning, as well as an analysis of specified aspects of the work experience and complete a final research paper describing and analyzing the workplace, the industry and goals achieved. Students will be required to make a presentation on their internship. Six units of credit for the 12-week program and three units of credit for the 9-week program will be awarded for the placement and accompanying classroom-based academic study. Internships are unpaid and supervised and monitored by the workplace supervisor and a Richmond faculty member.

Assessment is based on all the above criteria. Grades of A to F with pluses and minuses in accordance with the University grading policy are assigned and recorded on your Richmond transcript.

Seminars and interviews are conducted throughout the first three weeks to prepare students to:

  • analyze skills, interests and abilities
  • establish appropriate objectives
  • interview in a professional setting
  • respond appropriately to situations in the workplace
  • develop communication skills
  • work in an international environment
  • focus on career options

9-Week Program Only

Students take the required course Contemporary British Culture (SCL 5450) which continues on selected Fridays during the placement, plus 1 x 3-week course from the Session A course list below. The Contemporary British Culture course is taught in the afternoon so students need to select a Session A course that is taught in the morning. Contact your Admissions Officer for an up to date list of available courses. Students must also be available for interviews during these three weeks.

Mandatory Course

SCL 5450 (3) | Contemporary British Culture (3)

This 3-credit course is required and taught intensively during the first three weeks and continues on Fridays and on selected evenings during the placement. It is designed to support integration into the work-place. Students are equipped with a general understanding of salient features of contemporary British society and culture: education, ethnicity, social class, politics, the monarchy, attitudes toward business and welfare and British perceptions of the U.S. Field trips provide further information and prepare students for contact with British colleagues.

Session A

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.

MKT 5400A (3) | Organisational Behaviour

This course explores the structure and nature of organisations and the contribution that communication and human behaviour makes to organisational performance. The objective of the course is to equip students with a critical understanding of how organizations function. It will explore the impact of human and organizational factors on the establishment, development and performance of organizations, using a wide range of management theories. The importance of cross-cultural differences and its consequences for the management of global organizations will be highlighted. This course will draw from different disciplines within the social sciences, including psychology, political science, anthropology and sociology, insisting on the connections between these different fields and theories.

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) | Digitial 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.

HST 5405A (3) | US and UK 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 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.

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

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.

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.

12-Week Program Only

Students take the Internship course plus two 3-credit classroom-based courses of their choice from those listed below. Students can select either:

  • 1 x 3-week course from the Session A course list plus 1 x 3-week course from the Session B course list OR
  • 2 x 6-week courses from the 6-week course list

Students must also be available for interviews during these six weeks.

Session A

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.

MKT 5400A (3) | Organisational Behaviour

This course explores the structure and nature of organisations and the contribution that communication and human behaviour makes to organisational performance. The objective of the course is to equip students with a critical understanding of how organizations function. It will explore the impact of human and organizational factors on the establishment, development and performance of organizations, using a wide range of management theories. The importance of cross-cultural differences and its consequences for the management of global organizations will be highlighted. This course will draw from different disciplines within the social sciences, including psychology, political science, anthropology and sociology, insisting on the connections between these different fields and theories.

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) | Digitial 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.

HST 5405A (3) | US and UK 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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

MKT5205B (3) | Consumer Behaviour

The course will focus on the study of consumers and their behavioural patterns in the consumption and purchase of product/services as well as the impact of information technology (social media, digital media) on consumer behaviour. It examines behavioural and cognitive psychology and their application in order to measure and interpreting consumers’ formation of attitudes and beliefs. The course provides a psychoanalytic perspective in order to inform the development of marketing strategy as well as to what motivates individual 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 life style branding strategies to attract different group of consumer market segments.

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.

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.

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.

PLT 6425B (3) | Religion, Identity, Power

The recent emergence of a number of religious movements in many parts of the world has raised important questions about the role of religion in political and social life. This course explores the relationship between religion, political identity and its expression between and across nation-state borders. By focusing on a number of religious movements, such as various Islamic revivals and the new Christian right, this course will examine the various ways in which religious traditions are used as identity-building vehicles, particularly at times of cultural transition and social change. It examines how the internet and other communication networks serve as mediums for Religious identity formation.

6-Week Courses

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.

COM 4100 (3) | Intro to Intercultural Comunication

This course provides students with a strong sense of their own complex cultural identities before moving on to teach them the theories underlying the study of International Communication. There will be opportunities for practical applications of these theories in case studies, simulations, and project work. The course explores the relationship between culture and communication and the complexity of cultural identities. It encourages students to develop increased self-knowledge, critical thinking and adaptive competence by acquiring skills directly related to sensitive and effective communication in multicultural and international contexts.

COM 5105 (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.

ENT 4200 (3) | Introduction to Entrepreneurship

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

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

This course examines the important role that US science fiction (SF) film has played in the development of the genre as well as its wider significance politically, socially and culturally. It also recognises the influence that other cultures have had on the evolution of US SF film as well as the US’s impact globally.

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.

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.

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.

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.