CCSA- Cooperative Center for Study Abroad
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** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Participants will reside at St. Giles London, one of the most centrally located hotels in London. Situated in the heart of the West End, St. Giles is just a few minutes walk from Oxford Street, Soho, Theatres, the British Museum, Covent Garden, and many other attractions. Tottenham Court Underground Station (Central and Northern lines) is just 2 minutes away.
Students will be housed in twin bedrooms, equipped with two single beds, desk and chair, storage cabinets and drawers, and an en-suite bathroom with shower, basin, mirror and toilet. An LCD TV, telephone, digital safe and hairdryer are also included. Free WiFi is provided throughout the residence.
Britain's Role in Chemistry and Medicinal Sciences
Course Description: The course will focus on the historical scientific and medical museums and hospitals of London, along with the contributions of British scientists and medical professionals. We will observe the wonders and discoveries of early chemistry and the medical fields, including dental, optical, and pharmaceutical, and enrich our minds with the astonishing experiences of scientists in the past and the obstacles and marvels attributed to them. Museum visits will tentatively include the British Museum, the Science Museum, and the History of Science Museum in Oxford. Field trips are also planned for specialized sites, including the Old Operating Theatre, St Bartholomew's Hospital, the Chelsea Physic Garden, and the Alexander Fleming Laboratory.
Communication / Broadcasting & Media Studies / Pop Culture / Art & Design
Digital Storytelling in London
Course Description: Everyone has a story to tell and, in this class, students will develop their own stories as they relate to the culture of London by creating photographic, audio and video projects. We will examine digital media as a tool for expressing personal and historical narratives. Your story will include iconic locations including the British Museum, the houses of Parliament, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and Westminster Abbey. You’re invited to take advantage of this opportunity to develop digital storytelling skills in the process of documenting narratives in London.
Peter Rabbit to Harry Potter: Exploring London through Children’s Literature
Course Description: Harry Potter, Peter Rabbit, Curious George, or Winnie the Pooh--- Did one of these or other characters created by British authors impact your childhood? Come board a train like WWII child evacuees, walk the London streets like Mary Poppins, and try to find Platform 9 and 3/4 like Harry Potter. Read British children’s literature, walk in the footsteps of your favorite characters, and visit the settings of your favorite books. See original transcripts and drawings from classic books at the British Library, experience the making of the Harry Potter movies at Warner Brothers studio tour AND encounter literary history at Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace.
Course Description: There are no better sites to explore England’s rich medieval heritage than Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, Canterbury Cathedral and Warwick Castle. These are just highlights among the tentative site visits in this course, which immerses you in the art, architecture and literature of medieval English society – the better to understand the cultural heritage that influenced the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Studying medieval texts such as Beowulf and Dante’s Inferno which inspired Tolkien, in addition to visiting sites in Oxford associated with him, will further enhance your understanding of what fired the creative imagination of the author of The Lord of the Rings.
Prerequisite: Completion of First Year Composition requirement and one Humanities or Intro to Literature course, or permission of instructor.
Course Description: What does it mean to be a "Londoner"? Explore that question by reading poetry and short stories from great British writers on the ground in London while crisscrossing the city to many great literary hangouts, like Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Charles Dickens’ home, the Sherlock Holmes Museum, and Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey. In addition to many literary sites, we'll visit world famous markets, Kew Gardens, and many of the museums that make London what it is! This course is suitable for English majors and non-majors at any level.
Exploring How Britain’s Financial Institutions Manage Personal Wealth
Course Description: Increase your financial literacy by exploring in this class the historical evolution of personal wealth management. Since London houses the UK’s central bank, the nation’s premier stock exchange, money markets, derivative exchanges, financial regulators and all the major types of financial institutions, there’s no better place than London for a student to learn about the financial industry that serves the nation and the individual. Visits to various financial institutions such as HSBC international banking corporation, the Bank of England, the London Money Market Association, the Insurance Institute of London (Lloyd’s), and the London Business School will facilitate students’ understanding of how the US and UK personal wealth management systems align and differ.
Comparing British and American Health Care Systems in London
Course Description: Designed for students who plan to work or study in any of the healthcare-related fields or any of the social or behavioral sciences requiring interaction with people, this class explores the similarities and differences between the British and American health care systems. Visits to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, doctor's offices, and inpatient and outpatient therapy clinics (where permitted) will provide a deep understanding of how the British health care system works. Interviews with residents of London and visits to various historical sites will provide an appreciation for the social and cultural context that influences British healthcare and wellness-related practices; and which helps explain what sets them apart from America’s healthcare system.
Course Description: Explore the history of London by focusing on the people of London at key moments in the city’s history between 1600 and 1830. We’ll read their eyewitness accounts and then visit city sites linked to their stories. We’ll imagine Shakespeare’s London while visiting the Globe Theatre and appreciate how London recovered from the Great Fire from under the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. We’ll grasp what medieval London was like at the Tower of London and recreate Victorian London at Dickens’s House. Exhibits on London’s history at the Museum of London and the British Museum will further enrich our understanding of what Londoners have experienced over the centuries.
Habeas What? British Common Law & Its Influence on the American Legal System
Course Description: This upper-division government/legal studies course explores the unique British common law tradition and how it directly influenced the American legal system. Combining classroom instruction with a whirlwind tour of fascinating destinations in and around London, this class will provide students with a deep understanding of British law while visiting the beautiful countryside of Runnymede (where the Magna Carta was signed), sitting in on cases at the Royal Courts of London and the Old Bailey courthouse, watching the UK Supreme Court deliberate, and witnessing the British House of Commons in all its contentious action.
Responding Creatively to London’s Rich Artistic and Musical Scene
Course Description: This course challenges you to explore your own creativity while experiencing London’s vibrant creative arts and music scene. Visits to the National Gallery of Art and the Tate Modern as well as to music venues such as JazzLive at the Crypt and famed Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club will introduce you to how different combinations of music and art affect emotions and how creativity springs out of mixing artistic genres such as photography, art and jazz music. A final assignment allows you to express your own creativity through a multimedia project inspired by your responses to the artistry directly experienced on site in London.
Prerequisite: Students should have completed their home institution's basic writing requirements
Trends and Issues in Nursing and Healthcare: Nightingale to Now
Course Description: This course focuses on both the historical and current practices of the British and American healthcare systems. Students will explore how different cultural influences affect health policies, leading to an analysis of the similarities and differences in British and American healthcare delivery, nursing, and medicine. Significance is given to the historical influences on the nursing profession and healthcare. The roles of health professionals in England and the United States will be compared and contrasted. Trends and issues of professional nursing and global healthcare perspectives will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on experiential learning, with visits to London hospitals, the Old St. Thomas Hospital, the Old Operating Theatre, the Florence Nightingale Museum, UK Parliament, and other healthcare institutions and museums.
Course Description: Explore British Theatre and performance through a classical and contemporary lens using the city as your stage and the London theatre district as your artistic playground. This course enhances the critical eye of the artist as well as builds upon their tools for creative storytelling. Blending performance-based classes and workshops with critical thinking and collaborative learning, students from all disciplines will benefit and grow into healthier, stronger performers and communicators. Visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace, experiencing brand new theatre works, learning period movement in Hyde Park, and taking in a performance at The Globe Theatre will bring history to life and allow artists to use these tools in their craft.
Prerequisite: Minimum of sophomore standing and completion of basic college writing course. Students will be expected to participate in daily physical exercises designed to enhance communication and body/spatial awareness.