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London Courses - 2020 London Imperial Summer

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.


Taught in English
You will enroll in at least three and up to six credits. At least one 3-credit course is required in all summer sessions. This list of courses is intended for informational purposes and does not guarantee availability or descriptions. Courses are subject to minor changes resulting from on-going curricular review, faculty assignments, and, program revisions. Course availability is conditional on student interest and enrollment.

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US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Dr. Michael Grossman | University of Mount Union

Course Offered:

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.

Course Descriptions

Art and Social Change

London Imperial Summer (Art, Sociology; 300-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Belfast Field Study

London Imperial Summer (General Humanities And Social Sciences, History; 300-level; 1 credit)

As part of this one-credit course, you will travel to Belfast, 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 at the peace wall, the Irish Republican History Museum, and the Ulster Museum; a day trip in Derry/Londonderry to examine the city’s connections to The Troubles; and a tour of the Giant’s Causeway.

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History of Identity and Conflict

London Imperial Summer (History; 300-level; 3 credits)

This interdisciplinary course 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.

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LGBTQ+ London

London Imperial Summer (Sociology, Women's Studies / Gender Studies; 300-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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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.

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Sustainable City: London

London Imperial Summer (Environmental Science, Geography, Sociology; 300-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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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.

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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.

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