Group Travel Available, Independent Travel Available
3 Credit Hours
London Experience March 01, 2021 – June 03, 2021
Program Base Price: $2,749 - $2,949*
Estimated Airfare: $999 – $1199 (estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)
Dates: Mar 01, 2021 – Jun 03, 2021 *Onsite: May 25- June 3, 2021
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)
Anyone “who is tired of London…is tired of life,” to update Samuel Johnson’s famous statement about one of the world’s most exciting cities. A center of theater and business, of history and the avant garde, London offers the perfect setting to experience everything from art and literature to science and commerce. If, in the words of another famous Londoner, “All the world’s a stage,” then London is certainly the perfect theater to study the world. From your home base in central London, explore all the city has to offer!
*Cancel for any reason prior to February 1, 2021, and receive a Full Refund.
** The London Experience is part of a new multimodal global learning program. The hybrid program incorporates virtual learning content and online discussions with an intense on-site experience. A combination of faculty-guided and student-developed activities will explore the similarities and differences of a particular discipline in each student’s home community with that of people in and around London. **
The price of this CCSA program includes:
Students will stay at The Washington Mayfair Hotel in one of London’s finest locations, Curzon Street.
This 4 star deluxe accredited Mayfair hotel is superbly placed in the Capital’s premier commercial and cultural centre. Park Lane, Piccadilly, The Royal Academy of Arts, Buckingham Palace, Bond Street, Green Park and Hyde Park are a few minutes walk. Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street and Knightsbridge are within a 10-15 minute walk. From Green Park Underground nearby, there is easy access to the City, Canary Wharf, the O2, Wembley Stadium, all London mainline stations and a direct link straight to Heathrow.
Course Description: Explore the history of graphic design and typography in the city famous for its role in creating modern art and design. We will trace how the tools of typography and graphic design evolved in commercial and entertainment enterprises in visiting the Design Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Cartoon Museum, in addition to visiting contemporary design studios. Students will map their experience through journaling, writing, and sketching of studio, gallery, and museum visits, while also collecting material in order to create a typeface or style to express their design journey within London.
Course Description: Science and medicine are driving forces advancing society in hopeful ways. But they also raise fears that good discoveries can sometimes be abused. In this class we will explore the darker side of science and consider the ethical dilemmas that confront scientists, physicians, and society as science and medicine have evolved. Sites where we will explore these issues include Fleming's Lab at St. Mary's Hospital London (drug discovery and testing), and the Freud Museum in London (interpretive vs. empirical science).
Course Description: You've read the books and seen the movies. Now explore the Harry Potter phenomenon in contemporary British culture on site in London. In our course, we will analyze and write about the film adaptations of Harry Potter and how they illustrate the issues involved when literature is converted into movies. We’ll also explore sites in Oxford and London that inspired the books and provided unforgettable locations for the movies, such as the London Zoo and Hampton Court Palace, in addition to touring the Harry Potter exhibit at Warner Brothers London studios. Muggles and wizards welcome!
Prerequisite: students will also be expected to read the Harry Potter novels and watch the Harry Potter movies before the class begins
Course Description: Re-live the drama, romance, and theatrics of Victorian London in this musical history course, which explores the rich musical and theatrical culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You'll visit museums and historical sites focusing on course themes, such as the Theatre and Performance Department of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Westminster Abbey and the Royal College of Music, as well as attend a variety of live performances in such musical genres as art song, opera, choral, orchestral and chamber music. This course is simple enough for people new to music and history, and deep enough to engage more experienced learners!
Course Description: London is considered to be one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world and offers a unique balance of old and new ways to conduct business. We will explore concepts of management and organizational behavior by visiting historic landmarks such as the Churchill War Rooms and the Tower of London. We will visit established businesses that continue to thrive such as Fuller's Brewery and Lloyds. We will also uncover new start-up businesses in this dynamic, ever-changing city. All locations are designed to provide students with a well-rounded perspective of the global community and a greater understanding of cultural differences.
Prerequisite: an introductory or survey course in business
Course Description: Discover the differences between consumer behavior and practices in America and London! We’ll visit world-renowned museums and historic sites throughput London. We’ll visit Harrods and attend a London theater production. We will enjoy a choral evensong service at St. Paul’s in London [religion]. Along the way, students will calculate dollars to pounds [value] as we explore the city [perception] and experience first-hand consumer behavior “across the pond!”
Prerequisite: an introductory marketing class (or equivalent)
Course Description: London offers unique opportunities to experience popular cultures different from ours. In this course we will observe in many settings and events the social, cultural and historical contexts for the popular culture of Londonerss. Among likely observation sites are London’s Westminster Abbey, Wimbledon and Wembley stadiums, and Buckingham Palace. Through video projects, cultural inventories, and interviews, you will interact with the people of London and increase your cultural awareness and ability to function in the diverse workplaces of the future.
Prerequisite: an introductory communication course
The Psychology of Dracula: Science, Literature and the Supernatural
Course Description: At last, a course you can sink your teeth into--the Psychology of Dracula! Bram Stoker's novel Dracula relied on new ideas in scientific psychology. In this class, we will explore developing ideas about hypnosis, sexuality, paranoia, hysteria, masochism, spirituality, and evolutionary continuity, while examining how they were employed in Dracula. Field trips that will enhance understanding of the course themes are planned to include such sites as London’s Highgate Cemetery, Jack Straw's Castle, and the British Museum, as well as the play, The Woman in Black.
Beyond the Footlights: Theatrical Tradition in Britain
Course Description: This course examines the rich heritage of theatrical production in Britain from the medieval to the current West End stage. Included will be backstage tours of British theatre and concert halls, as well as discussions with London theatre critic Matt Wolf. Emphasis will be placed on the difference between British and American theatre practice and production. This exploration will culminate in the viewing of selected theatre productions. In addition students will have the opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of London, which will provide inspiration for future artistic endeavors.