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London Courses – 2021 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.

Courses

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. 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.

Click the course title to view course details and description.

  • London Imperial Summer
    Art Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • London Imperial Summer
    Political Science 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

    Objectives:

    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.

  • London Imperial Summer
    Gender, Race, and Identity History 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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 Taught in English

    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.

  • London Imperial Summer
    English 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • London Imperial Summer
    Environmental Science Geography Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • London Imperial Summer
    English Theater 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    **This course is subject to modifications to comply with COVID restrictions in effect during Summer 2021. Attendance at live theater performances is not guaranteed.**

    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, if allowed, and performance analysis will be underpinned by class discussion, reading, examination of filmed performances, and individual research. As safety precautions allow, 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.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Field Studies

Optional field studies are an excellent way to deepen your academic experience abroad. During your 1-credit field study course, you will participate in carefully planned excursions that allow you to explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of England and Northern Ireland. These overnight field experiences, combined with required academic components such as readings, research, and written assignments, will increase your understanding of the sites and locales visited.

As an experiential learning method, optional field studies complement the larger academic program and provide you with opportunities to learn in new ways, to gain hands-on experience, and to connect your classroom learning to the world around you.

Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run.

For more information about field study options, see the London tour and field study page.

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

London Imperial Summer: Open

London Met Fall/Yearlong: Open

London Met Spring: Open

2022-23 App. Cycle

Summer: Opens 9/1
Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1
Spring: Opens 9/1

Eligibility

London Imperial Summer: 2.5 GPA

London Met Summer & Semester: 2.7 GPA and minimum sophomore standing

Yearlong program open to degree-seeking students currently attending a 4-year institution.

Program Type

London Imperial Summer: Specialty

London Met Summer & Semester: Partnership

Credit

London Imperial Summer: US Credit

London Met Summer & Semester: Overseas credit

Program Capacity

60 students

Instruction

English

Member

AASAP/UK -- Association of American Study Abroad Programmes United Kingdom

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