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.
Program Base Price: $2,929
Airfare: $1,050 - $1,350
Dates: Jul 24, 2022 – Aug 08, 2022
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)
London offers a view of the world unlike any other capital city. Join CCSA and a community of scholars as we explore London and the surrounding area to get a taste of England and it’s place in the world – past, present, and future. Check out the wide range of courses listed below taught by CCSA faculty from our member schools.
An optional day trip to Stonehenge/Salisbury will be offered.
The price of this CCSA program includes:
Accommodation, including daily English Breakfast in the Bankside House Restaurant
Participants will reside at the London School of Economics (LSE) Bankside House, located in the historic borough of Southwark on the Thames’ South Bank. A walk along the river will take you to the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern and the South Bank Arts Centre, as well as the famous Borough Market. London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines) and Southwark (Jubilee line) Underground Stations are a short walk from the residence.
Students will be housed in twin bedrooms, equipped with two single beds (linens and towels are provided), wardrobe, bedside table, desk, chair, and an en-suite bathroom with shower, sink, and toilet. Free WiFi is provided throughout the residence.
Art & Design / Theatre / Interdisciplinary
Discover London Through Theatre, Music, Art, and Design
Course Description: London is one of the most dynamic cities in the world, and home to centuries of visual art, performance, and design. In this class you’ll explore some of London’s famous sites, but you’ll spend even more time discovering unique destinations and experiences that are off the beaten path. You’ll see street art and the great masterworks, hear classical and contemporary world music, watch productions of cutting-edge theatre and Shakespeare, eat traditional British food and try new flavors – you’ll even meet some of the artists themselves. You’ll experience first-hand how it feels, looks, and sounds as all the arts come together on the vibrant streets of London!
All the World’s a Stage: Public Speaking in London
Course Description: This course serves as an introduction to public speaking in the exciting, cosmopolitan city of London. Be inspired by such destinations as Westminster Abbey, the British Museum, Arsenal Emirates Stadium, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and learn to create compelling, vivid presentations that will enhance your professional skills. Additionally, you will learn the art and science of public speaking from tour guides and professional communicators. Students will learn to craft informative, persuasive, and special occasion presentations in the course. This course is designed for any student wishing to become a more effective, empowered communicator.
Communication / Sports Management / Broadcasting & Media Studies
British Sports, Society, and Media
Course Description: Based in London, this class will enrich your understanding of the importance of sports in British society, of the relationship between sports and British media, and of how sports impact society in terms of race, culture, gender and economics. We’ll visit world-famous sports facilities like Wembley and Arsenal Stadiums and Olympic Park, but also sites like Rugby School and the Hampton Heath Croquet Club that focus on British sports not as popular in the US. And we’ll gain a close-up look at how British media handle sports with visits to newspapers and TV networks. Hop on board for a memorable experience!
Prerequisite: Preferably some background or interest in sports and/or any level of media (broadcast, print, internet, etc.)
Storytelling and Influence: Exploring London’s History, Legends and Culture
Course Description: Learn the elements of oral storytelling design, presentation and influence while exploring one of the world’s most story-rich cities: London. Learn from local storytellers and immerse yourself in the rich culture, history and legends of England at such iconic sites as the Tower of London, Canterbury Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall and the BBC. Develop and present your own stories through the mediums of live performance, video, and podcasting. A must-take course for students interested in communication, English, broadcasting, history, education, parks and recreation, public health, law and business, or anyone wanting to become a more engaging and influential speaker or performer.
Course Description: This course offers students an opportunity to examine the culture and diversity of London -- the world’s most multicultural city. Learn how and why groups have migrated to London and how social inequalities evolved over time there. We will visit the Migration Museum, the neighborhood of Brixton to learn about marginalized Caribbean populations, Whitechapel and East London to understand poverty in the Victorian era, and Chinatown’s Gerrard Street. The excursions and course content will allow students to challenge, question, and analyze socially constructed systemic inequalities and learn how Londoners are working to break cycles of socialization to move in a direction of change.
International Business / Management / Legal Studies / Marketing
British Business, Law & Brexit
Course Description: As Britain experiences the aftermath of leaving the European Union, constructing a new trade agreement with the EU, and dealing with immigration and boundaries, nowhere is better suited for studying the impact of Brexit than London. Gain understanding of the implications of Brexit for US, UK and EU companies through meetings with business managers, visiting offices and production facilities of multinational corporations, and observing British law and its parliamentary system. Through this unique on-site learning experience in London, you’ll acquire insights into the shifts in economic power among international players that come with Brexit and into the nature of global trade, laws, marketing, currency, production, and tariffs.
Beheadings, Beatles, and Bowie: Music and Culture Clash
Course Description: Protest and persecution have launched the greatest cultural revolutions, while music is the artistic reflection of that change. Through readings, discussions, expositions, walking tours to Camden Jazz Cafe and Abbey Road, and live performances in Westminster Abbey and the English National Opera, this course explores the role of music in London’s cultural upheaval, from the religious wars of the 17th century to Ziggy Stardust and Amy Winehouse in modern times.
Comparing Healthcare Systems in the United Kingdom and the United States
Course Description: Learn about the differences between the British and American healthcare systems while living in London! We'll take field trips in London and other parts of the UK to healthcare facilities and historical sites. We'll interact with healthcare workers and consumers and learn about how the education of healthcare professionals compares to the US model. We'll explore how healthcare has evolved when visiting places such as the Roman Baths in Bath, the Old Operating Theatre in London, and an underground military hospital in the Cliffs of Dover.
Experiments in Photography: England Through the Camera’s Lens
Course Description: Designed for anyone interested in art, photography or British culture, this fun hands-on course introduces a range of historical and contemporary experimental practices. Students will explore the birth of photography in England and the Victorian obsession with all things optical that helped lead up to it. We’ll create a photographic record of our travels, while experimenting with pinhole cameras, stereo photography, cyanotypes, emulsion lifts, light painting, book binding and other creative processes. We’ll visit London galleries, the Photography Centre at the Victoria and Albert Museum, beautiful Lacock Abbey where photography was invented, and scenic sites around the city. All skill levels are welcome.
Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: Music Based Subcultures as Hedonism or Revolution?
Course Description: Mods used amphetamines to dance all night. Hippies glorified psychedelic music, psychedelic drugs, and free love. Raves ran on ecstasy, the "love drug." Although youth subcultures were defined by their music and drugs of choice, they also included Utopian visions of a changed and better future. How, if it all, are these related? We will examine music, lifestyles, values, and sociohistorical contexts associated with the above subcultures, as well as Punk, Goth, Hip Hop, and Heavy Metal. Field trips, including a trip to Liverpool, will let us hear music, make graffiti art, and experience mainstream British culture and contemporary countercultures.
Prerequisite: For undergraduates - At least one introductory level course in Psychology, Sociology, Popular Culture, or Modern History.