Museums. Galleries. Concert Halls. Film Studios. Cultural Centers. Explore the variety and abundance of arts and activities. Imagine what twelve days can offer! On the CCSA London Arts & Literature Program, you will have the opportunity to experience
all London has to offer. From your home base in a four-star central London hotel, explore London’s vibrant arts scene and make an excursion beyond the capital city to one of the other jewels in England’s cultural crown.
Included are several class-specific activities plus a day trip to such locations as Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury, Canterbury & Dover or Stratford & Warwick.
The price of this CCSA program includes:
accommodations in twin rooms with the occasional use of multi-bedded rooms
local transport passes in London
All required program excursions
Course-related activities and entrances
Ground transportation for course activities
Daily breakfast and some additional meals
Health and emergency evacuation insurance
Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
Optional Group Travel:
A GROUP TRAVEL OPTION through CCSA is available at additional cost and includes:
Round trip shuttle service between the destination/departure airport(s) and the accommodation sites.
Travel with friends and other participants on this program as a group all the way to your destination! If this is your first time abroad (or even flying!) we highly recommend you travel as part of the group. Round-trip air transportation from cities otherthan
CCSA-designated airports may be considered on a case-by-case basis at an additional cost.
Comparative Literature / English Language and Literature
London Gothic: From White Witches to Madwomen in the Attic
Course Description: From witches and ghosts to the mentally ill, this course will explore Gothic novels and short stories on location in London! We’ll begin by reading works from the British
Gothic tradition to help us define the genre, and investigate what makes a novel “Gothic.” Then we’ll read the contemporary British novels Her Fearful Symmetry and White is for Witching, while using London as our classroom. We’ll visit
Victorian spiritualist homes, explore Highgate Cemetery, and tour Gothic museums and places that inspired the works we’re reading. Our ultimate aim will be to consider whether contemporary novels fit within Britain’s Gothic tradition.
Prerequisite: Students should have completed their college’s basic writing / composition or introduction to literature requirement.
Professor Sarah Blackwell | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U
Education / English Language and Literature
Willy Wonka, Harry Potter and Mary Poppins: Exploring Adolescent Literature
Course Description: Great Britain is the home of many authors of literature for young people. Board a train like WWII child evacuees, walk the London streets like Mary Poppins, and try to find
Platform 9 and 3 / 4 like Harry Potter. Read British children’s literature, walk in the footsteps of your favorite characters, and visit the settings of your favorite books. You will see original transcripts and drawings from classic books
at the British Library, experience the making of the Harry Potter movies at The Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio tour AND encounter literary history at Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace.
Dr. Eileen Shanahan | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/GR
English Language and Literature / Film and Media Studies / Pop Culture
Harry Potter on the Page and on the Screen
Course Description: You’ve read the books and seen the movies. Now explore the process of turning novels into films and the place of the Harry Potter phenomenon in contemporary British culture.
In our course, we will discuss the film adaptations of Harry Potter while experiencing the places that inspired the books and provided unforgettable locations for the movies. We will visit Harry Potter sites in London and Oxford, visit
the London Zoo, and tour the Harry Potter exhibit at Warner Brothers London Studios. Muggles and wizards welcome! Available for credit as a lower division or upper division course.
Prerequisite: For Upper Division credit, students must have completed the minimum composition requirements at his / her home institution. Students will also be expected to read the Harry Potter novels and watch
the Harry Potter movies before the class begins. There are no prerequisites for Lower Division credit.
Dr. John Alberti | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U
English Language and Literature
Global London: Literature in the World’s Cultural Capital
Course Description: With an influx of immigrants from former British colonies, London has become one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. In this course, we will explore London
through literature of England and its former colonies. As we read these works, we will experience multicultural London firsthand, connecting the literature we are reading to the geographic locations and the cultural communities within
London it represents. Along the way, we’ll take a backstage tour of the Globe Theatre, climb to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and take a portkey to the Harry Potter Studio Tour.
Prerequisite: First-year composition requirements. If students wish to register for the upper-level option, they must have completed at least one lower-level literature course.
Dr. Jane Wessel | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U
Film and Media Studies / Communication / Creative Writing / Pop Culture
Beyond the Selfie: Exploring London via Multimedia Storytelling
Course Description: Traverse the world in one setting by exploring art and culture in London. From the historic paintings and photographs of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait
Gallery to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio tour, we will consider how media producers throughout history have documented their cultural interactions. By examining and using photography, journals, video, essays and documentaries,
we will learn to record our own travel experiences for both private growth and public consumption. This travel writing class challenges students to critically investigate culture and find the best tools to communicate their inward and
outward experiences beyond selfies.
Prerequisite: An introductory writing course such as media writing, technical writing or creative writing.