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20th Century British History

LNDN 3757

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

An understanding of the history of the UK is vital to make sense of current events. From the loss of Empire, to wars, through immigration—Britain’s history is a fascinating, and richly complex subject to study in country. This course examines how Britain has responded to political, economic, social, and cultural forces during the 20th Century and how it is developing in the 21st Century. Topics analyzed and discussed will include: changing perceptions about the role of the state; the decline of empire; the effect of 2 world wars; economic strategies; multiculturalism, and gender. Using interdisciplinary examinations of social, economic, and political history, the course will evaluate how the lives of ordinary British people have changed during the past century.

Syllabus for 20th Century British History (PDF)

Approved for the Historical Perspectives core and Global Perspectives theme.

Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: London, Modernity, Empire, and Globalization

LNDN 3613

Fall, Spring, Summer 1, & Summer 2

3 Credits

This course focuses on the development of one of the greatest of these global cities, London, from the 19th through to 21st Century and investigates the nature and implications of its "globality" for its built environment and social geography. Examine how the city has been transformed by the forces of industrialization, imperialism, and globalization and consider the ways in which London and its inhabitants have been shaped by their relationships with the rest of the world. Students gain insight into London’s changing identity as a world city, with a particular emphasis on comparing the city’s imperial, post-imperial, and transatlantic connections and the ways in which past and present, local and global intertwine in the capital.

Syllabus for Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: London (PDF)

Approved for the Social Sciences core and the Global Perspectives theme.

Arts Administration: The Creative Industries in a Digital World

LNDN 3240



Arts and culture are rapidly growing sectors of the economy in the UK and worldwide. This course will focus on the ways in which the Creative industries are structured, and how arts administrators successfully share creativity with the public and lever-age the commercial opportunities of creative production. Key topics to be explored will include the arts as a business; managing financial imperatives and the artistic process; promoting and presenting cultural products. Case studies will be drawn from a variety of fields such as film, digital media, gaming, theatre, museums, and publishing, and students will have the opportunity to engage directly with practitioners successfully working in various fields of arts and culture and those managing the interface between creativity and business in London. It is an industry that is growing year on year, but it can be a difficult market to navigate and capture economical value, as ‘cultural goods’ are less fixed, or less concrete than other measurable areas of ex-change.

Students will examine the history of the Creative Industries to understand the current environment in an historical context. They will focus specifically on the shifting creative industries in a digital world with the advent of social media, streaming services, revolutionary marketing techniques, crowd-sourcing, and audience creation. Students will explore key concepts and theories, but they will also explore the practical applications of the industries in action. They will gain a deeper understanding of the media they consume via interaction with professionals, venues, and event opportunities highlighted in this module. Throughout this course, students will be encouraged to explore their own interests of the Creative Industries. By bringing personal experience and interest into an analytical environment, this module will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of media artifacts, and provide them with the tools and skills to expand their understanding and engagement with their chosen sectors.

Syllabus for Arts Administration: The Creative Industries in a Digital World (PDF)

Approved for Global Perspectives and Technology and Society.

Campaigners, Activists, and Radicals: Citizenship and Gender in Modern Europe

LNDN 3614

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

This course analyses women’s claims for citizenship throughout the twentieth century from a variety of European perspectives. This course charts the ways in which women have adapted to and attempted to challenge the ideological, political, and material conditions of citizenship in 20th Century Europe. Topics examined include: citizenship and warfare, women and the welfare state, the feminist movements of the 1960s and 1970s, sexuality and reproductive rights, prostitution and labor movements, the effect of Communist regimes in Eastern and Central Europe, the impact of Thatcher upon women in Britain, and the effects of multiculturalism upon citizenship.

Syllabus for Citizenship and Gender in Modern Europe (PDF)

Approved for the Social Sciences core and the Global Perspectives theme.

Child Development in a British Context

LNDN 3536

Fall, Spring, Summer 1, & Summer 2

3 Credits

This course takes a sociocultural approach to contemporary issues of child development. Develop an understanding of life in the UK and explore how it shapes children’s development. Issues such as children’s early attachments, the development of the self, the emergence of consciousness, the role of play, and the origins of disturbing behavior are examined.

Syllabus for Child Development in a British Context (PDF)

Approved for the Social Science core and the Global Perspectives theme.

Contemporary British Film

LNDN 3218

Fall, Spring, & Summer 1

3 Credits

The course will chart the development of British film during the period 1994-2012 through the critical study of key films, and will examine the way that these films both emerge from and transform the earlier British cinema tradition. Readings will focus on the critical reception of the films and the manner in which they have been absorbed into the canon. There will also be particular focus on the political and social context of the films.  

Syllabus for Contemporary British Film (PDF)

Approved for the Arts and Humanities core and the Global Perspectives theme.

Contemporary Issues through Service-Learning: The Social Dynamics of London

LNDN 3975

Fall & Spring

6 Credits

This is a multidisciplinary course with a sociological focus. It is designed to engage students in critical thought and reflection on urban inequalities in London. It will explore the historical, sociological, and political context of community and service in the UK. It will examine in-depth certain groups’ exclusion from access to health care, education, finance, language, and political representation and combine classroom learning with practical exposure in placements to knowledge and understanding of community service. Three key interrelated themes will be followed throughout the semester in order to provide a structured reflection on questions that affect society today:

  • Urban life—social landscapes and city issues
  • Multiculturalism and Immigration—population, changing cultures, identities, alienation
  • Inequalities and Welfare—marginalized groups, poverty, housing, and homelessness

Syllabus for Contemporary Issues through Service Learning (PDF)

Approved for Social Sciences core and Civic Life and Ethics theme.

Contemporary World Architecture

LNDN 3220W


3 Credits

In this course students will not just learn about recent building in the classroom, but will experience some of London’s most notable buildings first hand. Students will analyze Central London’s skyline from atop the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, investigate how cinematic motion may be captured through writing about architecture by traveling the River Thames by boat, whizzing past London icons like The London Eye, The National Theatre and The Tate Modern, and we will debate the tensions between preservation, development and sustainability through field studies to sites such as The Battersea Power Station. By learning about an architectural industry that champions star architects who design and build in world cities across the globe, students will gain the tools to analyze buildings across the world’s network of global cities.

Syllabus for Contemporary World Architecture (PDF)

Approved for the Arts and Humanities core, the Global Perspectives theme, and the Writing Intensive requirement.

Creative Connections: Advertising and Marketing in Britain

LNDN 3531

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

This course will introduce students to the knowledge and skills required to create and implement integrated advertising and public relations activities. This course analyses the main forms of advertising and public relations techniques used by organizations to communicate with the various stakeholders of a business. It seeks to develop the theoretical constructs of the discipline and to develop analytical skills and managerial competencies that are needed to plan and control an integrated program of communications within an organization. Topics include consumer motivation and appeal, media structures and effectiveness, target audiences, print and broadcast production, budgeting, and promotion mix planning. Students are required to design, cost, and implement their own advertising campaign and to project the likely success rates of their efforts.

Syllabus Advertising and Marketing in Britain (PDF)

Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

Dateline London: Reporting and News Writing in a European Context

LNDN 3229


3 Credits

The course is a practical and conceptual study of journalism within a U.K. and European context. Students will learn techniques for gathering and writing news, feature articles, blogs and tweets geared toward publication in print and online media. Classes covering themes such as culture, business and finance, government and politics, and changing professional media environment will be accompanied with regular news-gathering assignments.

Students will work toward a final project that assembles their portfolio of work built up during the semester. The portfolio, to be published in a cohesive online format, will include writing assignments ranging from 140 character tweets, to 250-word spot news stories, to a 800-1,000 word feature article. Students will also be expected to read London’s main freely-distributed newspapers on a daily basis, as well as a different Sunday newspaper each week, with retention geared toward weekly in-class quizzes.

Syllabus for Reporting and News Writing in a European Context (PDF)

Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

Detective Fiction: Crime and the City

LNDN 3222

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

This course addresses the development of the modern detective novel, British and American, from the late 19th the most popular forms of narrative, appealing to writers and readers with widely diverse interests and ideologies. It can offer intense action, intellectual challenge, access to criminal underworlds, political and social critique, and exploration of the psyche. The focus in this version of the course will be on cities (London and Los Angeles) as sites of criminal imagination, and on detectives as explorers of the city’s hidden connections.  Whether or not they bring about “justice” will be an open question. Our approach will be broadly historical, from the British amateur sleuths of Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie, through the American “hard-boiled” private eye, to the contemporary “police procedural” in television and film as well as fiction century into the 21st

Syllabus for Detective Fiction (PDF)

Approved for the Literature core and Global Perspectives theme.

Ethics in the Media

LNDN 3530

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

This course will address the principal ethical issues facing print and broadcast journalism. It will consider the practical dilemmas reporters and editors have to deal with and relate them to a moral framework. The focus will be on the real-time arguments that arise almost daily in media coverage of matters of public controversy—crime, war, privacy, and the like. The course objectives are to learn how to evaluate the performance of the media and to help students develop their own ethical philosophy. Problems of regulation and codes of practice will also be examined. Students will be able to take advantage of London’s global importance as a media hub and the distinctive media culture of the UK through a program of case studies, visits, and guest lectures by practitioners.

Syllabus for Ethics in the Media (PDF)

Approved for Civic Life and Ethics theme and the Global Perspectives theme.

European Government and Politics

LNDN 3432

Fall, Spring & Summer 1, & Summer 2

3 Credits

Study the political systems and processes of the West European democracies. This course introduces students to the history, concepts, and structures of politics and government in Western Europe. Students will gain knowledge on the debates, disagreements, problems, and changes in Western European government and politics and will be able to think critically on these issues as well as defend their ideas on them.

Syllabus for European Government and Politics (PDF)

Approved for the Social Science core and the Global Perspectives theme.

Global Internship Program

LNDN 3375

Fall, Spring, Summer 1, & Summer 2

3 or 6 Credits

The Global Internship Program (GIP) is a unique and innovative opportunity for students to combine their internship placement (and living abroad) experience with a weekly in-class educational and mentoring experience (session), which aims to develop students' personal and professional skills while earning academic credit. The GIP fits in with CAPA's philosophy and practice of Globally Networked Learning (GNL), whereby students can learn about the social and cultural context of their internship placement and the host region and country, as well as other GIP themes, through comparative global analysis. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through a selection of CAPA Master classes given by leading professionals from a diverse range of fields. Thus, the weekly discussion-based sessions with their active learning approach, gives students the opportunity to discuss and analyze theories and models of work, critical thinking and organizational behavior and management in a cross-cultural context.

A variety of teaching and learning activities will be used, for example: lecture, workshop, discussion, informal and formal presentations, and mock (recorded) interviews. The assessment mechanisms are all designed to support learning, using the internship and living abroad experience as a vehicle. Above all, the on-site CAPA sessions give students the opportunity to listen to individual experiences, compare and contrast activities with others, and consider the experience in terms of their personal and professional development - at the beginning we focus on self-reflection and at the end of this process we challenge each student to focus on self-projection. The 6-credit internship class has a specialized focus on the latter by engaging students in an internship/industry related research project to develop each student's connection between their internship and time abroad with possible postgraduate study and career opportunities. It is, therefore, our intention that students will treat these on-site sessions with the same dedication and professionalism that we expect the students to display at their internships. Students will undertake an intensive orientation session to help them prepare for and integrate into their placements. Additional resources and readings to aid students' personal and professional development will be provided.

Syllabus for Global Internship Program (PDF)

Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

Global Workforce Management

LNDN 3227

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

This course provides an integrative framework for understanding the business and legal challenges that are associated with effective workforce management around the world. As more and more companies try to leverage the benefits of a global labour market, it is critical to understand the challenges that managers must deal with as they try to coordinate work practices across country settings and prepare individuals for global assignments. Toward that end, we will examine how international labour markets compare in terms of labour costs, labour supply, workplace culture, and employment law. High-profile news events from developed and emerging economies will be used to illustrate the complex cultural and regulatory environment that multinational firms face in such areas as talent management, performance management, offshore outsourcing, downsizing and industrial relations. The last segment will focus on the individual and organizational factors that promote successful global assignments.

Syllabus for Global Workforce Management (PDF)

Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

Integrating Character Through Voice and Movement

LNDN 3241

Summer I Only


In this performance-based theatre course, students will engage in acting techniques that utilize psycho-physical training, inte-grating their voice and body as they create characters from modern and contemporary texts. Students will begin by examining and building awareness of their own vocal and physical apparatus through solo and ensemble exercises. Students will learn the anatomy, physiology and physicality of the voice and build healthy and effective methods of vocal projection through a progression of exercises developed by Kristin Linklater and Patsy Rodenburg. Students will be concurrently introduced to various physical theatre training techniques such Michael Chekhov, Jacques Lecoq, and Vvesyold Meyerhold. For the final project, students will integrate these vocal and physical techniques through creating characters from selected scenes. Throughout the course, the actor-student’s journey will be focused on mind-body connection, self-awareness, relaxation, presence, emotional vulnerability, and clarity in verbal and non-verbal communication.

Syllabus for Integrating Character Through Voice and Movement (PDF)

Approved for the Arts and Humanities core and the Global Perspectives theme.

International Comparative Studies of Issues Impacting Education Systems

LNDN 3237


3 Credits

The course provides students with an introduction to the school system in their study location and that of the other CAPA study locations. There will then be opportunities to compare it to the American system and to other learning communities in the world to better understand how they reflect and perpetuate the cultural values and identity of a country. Students will explore current educational issues from an intercultural perspective and develop their own informed views. At the end of the course students are expected to have acquired a basic knowledge and understanding about the structure and content of contemporary school systems and a capacity to use this knowledge for cross-national comparisons. The insights gained will allow students to consider a key question: how can we all contribute to the school of the future? This course is designed as a CAPA Globally Networked Programme (GNL) connecting CAPA students in different study locations in order to examine issues from a transnational perspective. It will provide a unique opportunity to broaden critical understanding of the role of school system in the identity building process at an individual, social, political and national level. Through collaborative and comparative learning processes in both local environments and transnational communities, students will develop a deeper understanding of the role of school system in shaping values, societies, and cultures.

Syllabus for International Comparative Studies of Issues Impacting Education Systems (PDF)

Approved for Social Sciences core and the Global Perspectives theme.

International Dimensions of Organizational Behaviour

LNDN 3224

Fall, Spring, & Summer 1

3 Credits

Through this course, students will study how theories, research, and current issues in the field of organizational behavior apply in the context of international workspaces. This course will focus on the international application of core management theories (and strategies), and will depend on a broad base of interdisciplinary research, from fields including psychology, sociology, economics, political science and anthropology. Students will be expected to increase their understanding of human behavior within the setting of a global work environment, and across a variety of historical, as well as current issues. Students will also be expected to reflect critically on how theoretical frameworks can be applied and developed within the organizational setting.

Syllabus for International Dimensions of Organizational Behaviour (PDF)

Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

International Economics

LNDN 3753

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the theoretical analysis of international trade and commercial policy. Students look at the pure theory of international trade as exemplified by comparative advantage and gains from trade in the classical and neoclassical models and explore alternative explanations of trade and development. The theory of customs unions and modern-day explanations of preferential trading arrangements are explored, and some of the principal unresolved theoretical and practical problems of free trade are examined.

Syllabus for International Economics (PDF)

Approved for the Social Science core and the Global Perspectives theme.

International Finance

LNDN 3733

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

Examine the theory and practice of corporate financial decision-making. This course focuses on corporate finance from an international perspective and allows the student to discover the financial challenges faced by businesses at an operational and strategic level.

Syllabus for International Finance (PDF)

Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

International Marketing

LNDN 3752

Fall, Spring, Summer 1, & Summer 2

3 Credits

Explore the international marketing strategies of European companies. Begin by examining why organizations wish to expand beyond national boundaries. By the end of the course, students can identify which markets to enter, methods of market entry, and management and control implications.

Syllabus for International Marketing (PDF)

Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

Internet 2.0

LNDN 3231

Fall & Spring


The adoption of the Internet has taken place at an astonishing rate. Yet what are the effects of this technology on our personal and political lives? Through the lens of communications studies, this course will examine the history, effects, uses, problems, and hopes for the technology. Also examined is the problem of the digital divide and current trends in Internet research, including research on social media.

Syllabus for Internet 2.0 (PDF)

Approved for Global Perspectives and Technology and Society.

Islam, Politics, and Britain: A Case Study of London's East End

LNDN 3759

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

This course develops an in-depth understanding of democratic citizenship, identity, gender, and religion among young Muslims in London’s East End. It first examines the foundations of participatory democracy and their adaptation to an increasingly de-territorialized world. The course then illustrates the subsequent conflicts with an examination of Muslim migrant communities’ confrontation with Western democratic polities. We consider a range of explanations for sociopolitical alienation and introduce the concept of Apartism. Comparisons will be drawn with Muslim communities and identity in the US, in the light of events and attitudes in the 21st Century.

Syllabus for Islam, Politics, and Britain (PDF)

Approved for the Social Sciences core, the Civic Life and Ethics theme, and the Global Perspectives theme.

Literature and the Environment

LNDN 3238



This course examines the ways in which writers in English have engaged with the natural environment. We will read a range of authors, from the advent of industrialization in the late eighteenth century up to the present age of climate change, to consider how they have celebrated the “natural world,” and looked critically at human effects on ecosystems. Throughout, we will be attentive both to the literary qualities of writings about the environment and to their historical and political contexts. We will be studying a range of genres, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, websites and photographic texts. The course will be organized chronologically, with units on key ideas in the study of literature in relation to the environment: pastoral, wilderness, pollution, apocalypse, and ecosystems. Since the course will be set in London, we will also consider the design and representation of “urban nature,” including parks, gardens, zoos, riverbanks, and art exhibits. There will be some out-of-class visits and walks (with attention to accessibility, as needed).

Syllabus for Literature and the Environment (PDF)

Approved for Literature cores, the Environment theme, and the Global Perspectives theme.

London Across History, Literature, and Film

LNDN 3219



The course is designed to introduce students both to canonical literary texts from Johnson to Conan Doyle and to contemporary representations of multi-cultural London. In the first half of the course we visit the places where famous literary projects were first conceived. In the second half of the course the class will be visited by an author or director working in contemporary London. This course takes its students on a historical tour of the capital with great writers and film-makers as our guides. We start with a boat trip from Westminster to Tower Bridge: a view of the city from the river on which it was built. Our first stop back on land is Samuel Johnson and the world of eighteenth century literary London. We look at some of the variety of Johnson’s writing and also visit the house in which he wrote his dictionary and the pub (The Cheshire Cheese) where he entertained his friends. We then move onto the Romantic poets and read poems about London by Blake, Wordsworth and Keats before visiting the Elgin Marbles at the British Museum. We then pass into the nineteenth century world of detective fiction and some of the stories of Sherlock Holmes. The second half of the course focuses on contemporary London and questions of class, race and culture. We read Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia and Zadie Smith’s NW and watch a series of films which show the changing face of London over the last fifty years.

Syllabus for London Across History, Literature, and Film (PDF)

Approved for Global Perspectives.


London Museums: Introduction to British Museology, Society and Culture

LNDN 3243



In the early twenty-first century, museums are becoming increasingly more relevant to all parts of society, exhibition displays are often controversial and politically charged. This course is an introduction to both British society, culture and museology. The course considers museums as reflections of the British psyche, unique cultural constructs that help us understand ‘Britishness’. We will also be looking at museums as institutions of “global” heritage in the context of a global city, with a unique British perspective. As an introduction to museology, the course will look at the development of the modern museum and its operation, as well as interrogate the different types of museums. We will look at the impact British history, society and politics have had on London museums, their creation and their day to day operations and audiences. Taking advantage of our location, we will do field work in eight different museums, from the famous and vast ‘global’ British Museum to the small and privately-owned Saatchi Gallery.

Students will analyze the ways in which imperialism and its legacy, as well as Britain’s global relationships have influenced museum development and how this gives rise to the politics of patrimony. We will look at questions of cultural appropriation and the political debate on repatriation versus protection. This debate has recently been energized by the depredations of IS on what many would call the global heritage of Iraq and Syria. We will also be looking at material culture and what it says about individuals and society. Students will examine the choices, ethics and political and social meanings of both creating material culture and collecting it, and the ethics of preservation and restoration. While the creation of material culture has specific psychological, social and often political meanings; collecting, preserving and displaying one particular object involves a very complex decision-making process which is influenced by the cultural values of the decision maker. We will examine, for example, the impact of the Classical period on British society in the past and present, its importance to class and education in Britain, and how this is reflected in museum collections. Students will also look at the complex decision making of conservators and restorers. These decisions have social and political impact, choosing to emphasize one period and use over another. The course will also look closely at decision makers and their role in the museum industry, the origins of museums from individuals to trade exhibitions and current museum professionals, as well as the impact museum audiences have on the work of museums. Students will also examine the impact of communities on museum development, on exhibition creation, how engaged museums are with their communities, and how the unique diversity of London is reflected (or not) in its museums.

Syllabus for London Museums: Introduction to British Museology, Society and Culture (PDF)

Approved for the Arts and Humanities core, the Civic Life and Ethics theme and the Global Perspectives theme.

Managing Global Supply Chains

LNDN 3228

Fall & Spring 

3 Credits

The focus of this course will be on key issues within operations that are of relevance in a firm’s ability to remain competitive in a global economy.  Examples of companies collaborating across the globe will be used in the teaching and learning of SCM.  We focus mainly on the operational and tactical aspects of managing the network of multiple facilities, but we will also investigate their strategic implications.  Factors such as legal, ethical, operational, venture risk and reliability will be considered in addition to specialized topics in supply chain management within a global environment.

Syllabus for Managing Global Supply Chains (PDF)

Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

Modern Art in London: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous?

LNDN 3232

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

This course examines modern works of art from the late nineteenth century through to the present. The course begins by analyzing the ways in which the seeds of Modern Art were sown at the end of the nineteenth century, before moving on to work made during the twentieth century - particularly art produced in response to the First and Second World Wars; and culminates with reference to contemporary practice.

Syllabus for Modern Art in London (PDF) 

Post-War British Popular Culture

LNDN 3343

Fall, Spring, Summer 1, & Summer 2

3 Credits

London is an important center for international popular culture from World War II to the present. This course compares British and American experiences of popular culture. Students draw on their previous educational and life experiences to examine the culture and history of the 2 countries. Topics of interest include oral cultures, popular and ethnic cultures, and social and religious movements.

Syllabus for Post-War British Popular Culture (PDF)

Approved for Historical Perspectives core and the Global Perspectives theme.

Queer Studies and LGBTQ Life in London and the Global World

LNDN 3233


3 Credits

This course analyses the relationship between sexuality and London’s history since the late nineteenth century to the present day. As a Queer Studies course, a central theme will be how understandings of sexuality have changed over the last one hundred years. We will particularly consider how western identity terms, such as bisexual, gay, lesbian, straight and transgender are relatively recent inventions and are largely the creation of colonial trajectories and the late nineteenth century western medical gaze. But we will also acknowledge how the terms LGBTQ have been reclaimed in the twentieth century as a result of the American civil rights movements, LGBTQ movements, Women’s movements as well as anti-colonial struggles. Most importantly, we will ask what is distinctive about Queer Studies in the London context and we will readily engage with contemporary Queer life and culture in London via an interdisciplinary approach to sexuality; the latter approach is characteristic of Queer Studies.

Syllabus for Queer Studies and LGBTQ Life in London and the Global World (PDF)

Research Methods: Directed Research Project

LNDN 3650


3 Credits

This course provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to undertake a research project in the context of their international education experience. Students opting for this course will be guided towards opportunities recommended by CAPA and determined by local resources and expertise. In most cases, CAPA will define potential projects generated by senior academic staff and faculty on site and suggest relevant sources: students will apply to do those projects. This would not preclude student proposals or projects suggested by home universities for individual or group study. Students will be introduced to core research concepts and will develop research skills through designing, executing, writing, and presenting their own research project within frameworks designed by CAPA. The topics that students will explore will be consistent with their majors and their own individual interests but will exploit the overseas experience.

A variety of research methods employed in geographical, historical, political, sociological, cultural studies, and digital humanities will be introduced that may be applied to multidisciplinary topics, including qualitative and quantitative methods as well as mixed methods research as appropriate to students’ research themes. In collaboration with their instructor, students will develop appropriate research methodologies that will engage with a range of local sources, as well as online resources. These will include archival documents such as official records, maps, and personal accounts as well as basic ethnographic techniques such as questionnaires, interviews, and oral histories. Students will also be introduced to contemporary social investigation and the use of artistic/fictional representations of place and environment, and the use of photographs and other multimedia sources as tools for analysis.

Syllabus for Research Method (PDF)

Approved for Global Perspectives core.

Shakespeare and London

LNDN 3323

Fall, Spring, Summer 1,  & Summer 2

3 Credits

For a portrayal of the variety and depth of human emotions, Shakespeare has never been equaled. In this course, a selection of plays will be studied in depth, with equal focus on the genres of comedy, history, and tragedy. Through visits to Shakespearean plays in performance, to the Globe theatre workshop, and through guest speakers, the plays will be examined not only textually but also as living plays that tell us as much about modern identity as the development of the early modern identity. Students examine the notion of Shakespeare as "timeless" to understand how vitally he moves from the concerns of his day to ours.

Syllabus for Shakespear and London (PDF)

Approved for the Literature core and the Global Perspectives theme.

Shakespeare at Play: Performing the Bard using Folio and Physical Techniques

LNDN 3244

Summer I Only


In this performance-based theatre course, students will engage in acting techniques that utilize mind/body awareness as well as analyzing acting clues from the First Folio (the first printed collection of plays published in 1623). Using vocal and physical exercises, students will perform hands-on practical activities to playfully engage with their acting partners and the text, immediately putting into practice these clues in a similar style as Shakespeare’s company working at the Globe Theater of the 16th century. In addition to textual analysis, students will engage in physical theatre techniques such as those used by Meyerhold, Lecoq and Boal to engage in story, character and to physicalize the given circumstances of the text. Topics covered in this class include: breathing and phrasing on the line, punctuation, capitalization, rhythm & meter, line endings, rhetoric, antithesis, and caesura. Students will work on one monologue and two scenes, both in verse and in prose, as well as attend performances and events at the Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford.

Syllabus for Shakespeare at Play: Performing the Bard using Folio and Physical Techniques (PDF)

Approved for the Arts and Humanities core and the Global Perspectives theme.

The Aesthetics of Power, Prestige and Social Change: A Survey of Renaissance through Modern Art History

LNDN 3230



This course is an introduction to art—and to the discipline of art history—enlivened through regular field studies at London’s many museums, galleries and heritage sites. Throughout the term, we will study works of art, architecture and design from the 15th century through to the mid-20th century. Through the comparative study and visual analysis of individual works, this survey will investigate material, technical, social, religious and political histories to discover the meaning of these works over time. These investigations will broaden in-class discussions to include the history of patronage, the creation of major art-making and exhibiting institutions, how regional art institutions have historically relied upon larger global networks of power and influence in the formulation of their meanings, the manners in which art history has manifest in the physical construction of major urban centers worldwide.

Syllabus for the Aesthetics of Power, Prestige and Social Change (PDF)

Approved for Arts and Humanities and Global Perspectives.

Theater in the City

LNDN 3239

Fall, Spring, Summer I Only


Plays are written to be appreciated in performance, not only to be read; a play does not truly come to life until it appears on a stage. The course will introduce students to the current variety of theatre being produced in London. The course aims to provide multiple levels of theatre appreciation, and is therefore open to students who both have a background in theatre and those who have a general interest in expanding their knowledge.

Syllabus for Theater in the City (PDF)

Approved for the Arts and Humanities core and the Global Perspectives theme.

Travel Writing

LNDN 3212W

Summer 2

3 Credits

This course is designed to offer the the opportunity to study and practice the art of travel writing. There will be a variety of readings, many of them focused on London and its environs, and most, but not all, from contemporary travel writers. And there will be weekly writing assignments, some designed to send the students out into the city to find a story, some designed for them to draw upon their own independent travel schedule. This course can be thought of as providing the occasion for the students to stop, think, reflect, and process all that they will be learning and experiencing as a traveler during their semester abroad. At the end of the term they will have a collection of short essays that will have captured places and moments in time, something that can be shared with family and friends—and set aside for a future bookshelf.

Syllabus for Travel Writing (PDF)

Approved for the Global Perspectives theme and the Writing Intensive requirement.

Understanding Modern Britain

LNDN 3333

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

Gain an understanding of the social and cultural differences between Britain and the US. Students explore various aspects of British life including entertainment, sport, politics, religion, and social problems.

Syllabus for Understanding the Modern Britain (PDF)

Approved for the Social Sciences core and the Global Perspectives theme.

Witchcraft and Magical Performance in London

LNDN 3235

Fall, Spring, & Summer 1


This course will chart the representation of the occult in the city from the Early Modern period to the present day. Focusing particularly on the performance and presentation of occult and magical phenomena and its reception by the general public and social elites during specific time periods, the course will offer students the opportunity to understand why magic has fascinated us and continues to do so. Class study will be combined with site visits to venues such as the Society for Psychical Research or the British Magic Circle, and a live performance of the magical or ghostly in London.

Syllabus for Witchcraft and Magical Performance in London (PDF)

Approved for Global Perspectives

Writing a Play: The Art and Craft of Making Theater

LNDN 3221W


3 Credits

This course will introduce the student to the variety of skills required to write a stage play. Beginning with a range of stimuli from their experience of London—people, places, events and ideas—students will develop their ideas into fully-fledged one-act plays. Focusing on a toolbox approach, and carefully considering the various elements of dialogue, characterization, structure and themes, the course will culminate in the presentation of a reading of each writer’s play at CAPA’s studio facility: The Street. Each play will be read by a group of professional actors.

Syllabus for Writing a Play (PDF)

Approved for Social Sciences core, Civic Life and Ethics theme, the Global Perspectives theme, and the Writiting Intensive requirement.

Writing the City: London

LNDN 3217W

Fall, Spring, & Summer I

3 Credits

This course looks at the impact of the city on the craft of creative writing. It explores how various subjects like the river, urban spaces, solitude, ethnicity, or particular districts function in London narratives and examines the role of memory and experience in literary psychogeographic accounts of the metropolis. The course will provide a theoretical and practical platform to enable participants to develop an understanding of London and utilize the city as a character in their creative writing. Students will explore the urban landscapes and "write the city" for themselves.

Syllabus for Writing the City: London (PDF)

Approved for Global Perspectives theme and the Writing Intensive requirement.

Global Identity

Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in reflecting on multiple layers of cross-cultural experience and marketing your study abroad experience for future goals.

Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

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