CCSA Winter 2016/17: London Sports & Media
APPLICATION DEADLINES: Scroll to Course Info
Priority Deadline: September 16, 2016
Final Deadline: September 30, 2016
Credit: 3 credit hours
Sport, culture and media converge in this unique academic experience. Examine the myriad elements of British popular culture and counter culture with a critical lens, and seek to uncover the meaning in the messages we encounter on a daily basis. Delve into the English obsession for football as we study the international and domestic political dimensions of this hugely popular sport in the birthplace of the modern game and the home to the strongest domestic league in the world.
You may also view the role of sports media in British culture by examining its history and current state while comparing it to the sports media in the United States. Tour historical sporting venues, examine the use of social media and the popularity of fantasy sports, investigate the NFL's grassroots campaign to expand American football in London.
For something more personal, explore the spiritual and psychological impact of preparing for and taking a journey, then document your experiences “beyond the selfie” through photography, journals, video, essays and documentaries, while reflecting on global communities and how those communities converge in London.
Includes several class-specific activities plus a day trip to such locations as Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury, Canterbury & Dover, or Stratford & Warwick.
A GROUP FLIGHT OPTION is available at additional cost and includes:
- roundtrip air transportation from one of CCSA’s designated US departure cities
- roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site
The following courses are offered on this CCSA program. For more information regarding academic content of individual courses, visit our website or email faculty at the address listed below each course description.
Before applying for any course, please make note of course prerequisites, which must be completed, or waived by the course instructor, prior to the program's departure date. By combining this intensive study abroad experience with directed study activities preceding and/or following the travel portion of the program, students may earn three semester hours of college credit.
Communication / Broadcasting
Sports Broadcasting in London: The Americans are Coming!
Course Description: This course will examine the ever-changing sports media landscape in London as American sports gain more traction and fans in the U.K.. Can the NFL become the “premier” league in London? We will find out as we visit the NFL’s headquarters and discuss possible expansion. Compare the fandom in the U.S. to the U.K. by attending a Barclays Premier League match.
How popular are fantasy sports in London? Have broadcast rights soared into the billions in the U.K. like in the U.S.? Gain a historical perspective as we visit some of the world’s most historic venues, such as Wimbledon, Wembley Stadium and Olympic Park. Visit with sports journalists while touring the BBC and Sky Sports (tentative).
(Prof. Barry Gresham | 3 Cr. Hrs. | LD/UD) Email
Communication / Pop Culture
Exploring Visual Culture: British Popular Culture and Counter-Cultures
Course Description: From crown jewels to punk rock, Harry Potter to Banksy, London represents the epicenter of British popular culture and counter-culture. This class will explore the wideranging influence of British popular culture(s) on the world. Students will encounter and engage British culture with an eye toward critical analysis. Applying concepts of visual rhetorical analysis, students will examine and argue the merits of myriad British pop cultural artifacts. Through museum visits, street art walking tours, visits to historic sites, and visits to pop culture landmarks, students will gain a fuller understanding of the influence of British popular culture and counter-culture.
Prerequisite: One semester of composition.
(Dr. Troy B. Cooper | 3 Cr. Hrs. | LD/UD) Email
English / Mass Communication / Media Studies
Course Description: Get to know the Doctor! On location in his favorite country, become “the companion” of an ageless, extraterrestrial time-lord, the last of his race, who travels the universe in his spaceship/time machine, the TARDIS.
“The Doctor” has always exhibited a profound interest in the U.K., in need of frequent rescue from a wide variety of cosmic threats, and we will follow his very British adventures, tracking the series’ themes, visiting locations, translating Who’s Englishness into an American idiom. Become a scholar/fan of the 21st Century reboot of the longest-running cult television series in history (BBC, 1963-present).
Prerequisite: Preferably, undergraduate students should have completed general education requirements. Graduate students must have completed a bachelor’s degree.
( Dr. David Lavery | 3 Cr. Hrs. | UD/GR ) Email
Journalism / Mass Communication / English / Creative Writing
Beyond the Selfie: Exploring London to Communicate Inward and Outward Journeys via Multimedia Storytelling
Course Description: Travel writing in London is a unique opportunity to traverse the world in one setting. Exploring historical sites, cultural centers, new media settings and some of the world’s best international cuisine will challenge students to critically examine how travel and encountering other cultures impact how we relate to ourselves and others. We will investigate how travelers throughout history have documented their experiences using photography, journals, video, essays and documentaries and in turn learn how to document your own for both private growth and public consumption. The class challenges students to find the best tools to communicate their inward and outward experiences beyond selfies.
Prerequisite: An introduction to media writing, technical writing or creative writing.
(Dr. Marcie Hinton | 3 Cr. Hrs. | UD) Email
Political Science / Government
The Politics of Soccer
Course Description: Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. But, soccer isn’t just a sport: wars have been fought over it, governments have been toppled, officials have been bribed, people have been jailed, blatant discrimination has been displayed, and taxpayers have been forced to support soccer.
We will explore international and domestic political dimensions of soccer in the birthplace of the modern game, England. By attending matches and training sessions, visiting stadiums and museums, and talking with officials and supporters, we will see firsthand how soccer fuels the very spirit and leads to the best and worst in human behavior.
( Dr. Joe Gershtenson | 3 Cr. Hrs. | UD/GR ) Email
Applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline, as priority is given to early applications.