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London Courses – 2023 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 may take at least three and up to six credits. At least one 3-credit course is required. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

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

    aking advantage of London’s museums and galleries (e.g., National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Wellcome Collection, Hayward Gallery), 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
    Social Work Sociology 300-level 1 credit Taught in English

    As part of this service-learning course, you will learn more about social justice issues that affect Londoners through engagement with a local community-based organisation. Classroom-based sessions will help you better contextualise these issues and reflect on your experiences. You will also learn more about key frameworks for ethical engagement in a global context, including fair-trade learning, critical service-learning, and decolonising approaches.

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

    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. This course utilises the city as a classroom and includes visits to London’s East End, the Imperial War Museum, war memorials in central London, and Brixton.

  • 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. Engagement with Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Peter Ackroyd’s Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to Present Day will be paired with visits to the Victoria and Albert Museum and Gay’s The Word bookshop and queer walking tours of London’s diverse neighbourhoods. As part of these learning activities, you will learn how to critically evaluate the intersecting oppressions of class, race, and gender within LGBTQ+ cultural production in 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
    English Theater 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course introduces London theatre based on the study of six to eight live performances, supplemented as necessary by streamed or recorded live shows. The performances are the main object of study. Accordingly, the course aims to develop an ability to engage with and respond to live theatre and articulate that response in discussion and writing. Performances are chosen based on critical theatrical topics with the form, organization, conventions, history, and theatre financing. Students will explore the variety of theatre in London in terms of venues, subjects, genres, and performance styles. Some topics include:

    • Shakespearean Theatre

    • Theatre Space

    • Place and Conventions

    • Theatre Business

    • Actors and Acting

    • Theatre

    • Politics and Society

    • Comedy

    • Theatre Adaptations

    • Ibsen and the New Realism

    • Modernism and Counter-realism

    • Greek Tragedy

    Each class session will examine the show we have previously seen, then introduce one of these general theatre topics to discuss the show we will see next. The course involves theatre visits, a backstage tour, reading, class discussion and presentations, individual research, and some practical theatre work.

    This course has an additional fee

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Quick Details

2023-24 Application Cycle

  • London Imperial Summer: Open
    • Deadline: April 1
  • London Met Summer: Deadline has passed
  • London Met Fall/Yearlong: Open
    • Deadline: June 1
  • London Met Spring: Open
    • Deadline: November 1

Eligibility

London Imperial Summer: 2.5 GPA

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

Yearlong applicants must be degree-seeking students attending a 4-year institution at the time of application.

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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