Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.
Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.
Michael Grossman received his received his PhD in International Studies from the University of South Carolina. His major fields of study are in international relations, Russian foreign policy and foreign policy analysis. He has published and presented on Russian, Ukrainian, US and European foreign policy.
Art and Social Change
London Imperial Summer (Art, Sociology; 300-level; 3 credits)
Taking advantage of London’s museums and galleries, the course covers a broad spectrum of British art with a focus on eras in which changes in artistic production overlapped with significant philosophical or societal change. While exploring art from the past to the present day, the aim is to provide a stimulating and enjoyable introduction to some of the most significant themes and movements in British art, while also considering questions about the dialogues between cultural forms and ideology.
Belfast Field Study
London Imperial Summer (Anthropology, History; 300-level; 1 credit)
As part of this one-credit course, you will travel to Northern Ireland for a three-day field study. You will explore The Troubles, a conflict that included an explosion of violence between the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the peace process of the 1990s. On-site activities include a Belfast walking tour with stops along the peace wall, Shankhill Road, and Falls Road; a day in Derry/Londonderry to examine the city’s connections to The Troubles; and a tour of the Giant’s Causeway to see where many of Game of Thrones’ iconic scenes came to life.
This course has an additional fee.
British Politics, Brexit, and Political Transformation
London Imperial Summer (Political Science; 300-level; 3 credits)
In this course, students will explore Brexit, the UK’s decision to leave the European Union after over forty years of membership. It considers key debates around Brexit and evaluates what the process of seeking to implement Brexit since 2016 has revealed about British society and political institutions.
By the end of the course, students will be better equipped to identify and analyse some of the most significant characteristics of British politics. They will have a developed a greater awareness of the nature of Britain’s relationship with the EU and be able to evaluate the arguments surrounding Brexit.
Students will be able to discuss what the attempt to implement Brexit since 2016 has demonstrated about the strengths and weaknesses of key British political institutions and processes – Cabinet, Parliament, courts, devolved governments, political parties, voters, and also the role of the national media in shaping political debate and agendas.
History of Identity and Conflict
London Imperial Summer (Gender, Race, and Identity, History; 300-level; 3 credits)
This interdisciplinary module offers students a chance to study conflict and its reconciliation throughout time, with a particular focus on the historical role played by identity (e.g. national, ethnic, religious) in confrontation and resolution. You will analyse the topic from a variety of angles, including history, war studies, international relations, politics, philosophy and sociology, enabling you to understand better concepts such as war, peace, reconciliation, nationalism, and identity. At all times students will be encouraged to come to their own independent conclusions through engagement with a variety of sources and texts, to engage in academic debate, and to develop their key skills of critical analysis.
Students will develop key study skills on this course via the evaluation, analysis, and use of primary sources; study of secondary sources; critical appraisal of scholarly debate, and engagement in academic discourse. At all times students will be encouraged to think critically and come to their own independent judgements.
Strongly recommended to be taken concurrently with the Belfast Field Study.
London Imperial Summer (Gender, Race, and Identity, Sociology; 300-level; 3 credits)
Through film, memoir, fiction and theory, this course will address the history and experiences of LGBTQ+ people in London’s past and present. The course will be divided into two interlinking sections: Sam Dolbear will first approach the historical record of London’s queer life: from various places and spaces of the city to histories of care, community, law, language and resistance. D Mortimer will then address questions pertaining to the present. Through creative exercises, gallery visits and participatory excursions, the group will creatively enquire as to how disability and queerness intersect in the city and how capitalism unimagines and un-ables queer futures. This portion of the course introduces Crip theory, feminist theory and contemporary QTPOC artist collectives in order to map a landscape of a contemporary queer London.
Literary London From Dickens to Huxley
London Imperial Summer (English; 400-level; 3 credits)
This course focuses upon London life and culture from the 19th-century world of Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and William Morris’s Utopian vision of London, through to writers allied to the modern-thinking Bloomsbury Group, including Virginia Woolf, the Anglo-American poet, T.S. Eliot and Aldous Huxley. The texts to be studied will enable students to understand the transition, in literary terms, from "Victorian" to “ modern”, as well as exploring ideas of Dystopia and Utopia. The cultural impact of the First World War (1914-1918), and issues of class and gender will also be addressed throughout the course.
The famous Bloomsbury Group will be explored as a social and creative force, and emphasis will be given to its interest in the connections between the visual arts and literature. Relevant paintings and sculpture will be viewed in the National Portrait Gallery and elsewhere.
Students will also have the opportunity, physically, to trace and record London's topography as reflected in the course texts. They will be able to support this aspect of their studies on walking tours around London and by visits to museums, galleries and other places of interest.
Sustainable City: London
London Imperial Summer (Environmental Science, Geography, Sociology; 300-level; 3 credits)
Global trends show an increase in urban populations, which is projected to rise in the near future. Faced with the uncertainty due to climate change and its consequences, urban sustainability is a topic that needs eminent examination; the main question becomes, can cities be made sustainable for human populations to thrive in? The concept of urban sustainability will be examined using London as a case study. Environmental, social, and economic sustainability will be discussed both theoretically and using examples from the city. This course will give students the opportunity to reflect on their own lifestyles in terms of sustainability, write an essay that researches and discusses aspects of urban sustainability and proposes futuristic solutions, and make an oral presentation before their peers on this topic.
Theatre in London
London Imperial Summer (English, Theater; 400-level; 3 credits)
In this course students are introduced to the huge variety of performances staged in London in venues including the National Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe, traditional West End theatres, and smaller scale, fringe and off-West-End theatres. The course examines the relationship between text and performance in theory and in practice, and, as appropriate, relates performance to changing social and cultural contexts. Theatre visits and performance analysis will be underpinned by class discussion, reading, examination of filmed performances, and individual research. Group visits include a backstage tour of the National Theatre in addition to attending performances.
This course has an additional fee for admission to plays.
U.S.-European Relations Since the Cold War
London Imperial Summer (Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)
An examination of relations between the United States and Europe. The first part of the course will focus on the most important developments that have shaped trans-Atlantic relations since the end of World War II, focusing on political, economic, social and military relations. The second part of the course will examine relations since the Cold War, including EU US relations and the continued relevance of NATO. The course will conclude with an examination of the future of US-European relations.
Prerequisite: introductory course in international relations or political science.