London Centre students typically take four classes - the required British Life and Culture (2 units) and three electives (6 units each) - for a total of 20 units total. All classes are available to all London Centre students, regardless of major. There are no pre-requisites. Please note that if you are participating in an internship, the internship seminar will replace one of your three electives.
2021-2022 Course Offerings
The following courses will be offered during the 2021-2022 academic year. Classes may be offered Fall, Winter, or Spring Term, or multiple terms. Refer to the table below for more information. Click on each class name to see a class description.
ARHI 246 – 19th Century Art, Design, and Society in Britain – Helen Walter – 6 units
Catalog Description: In the 19th century, Britain was at the height of her imperial and industrial powers, with a burgeoning middle class with increased spending power. Against this background, this course examines the painting (including Turner, Constable, the Pre-Raphaelites, the High Victorians), architecture, furniture, and interiors of the period, utilizing the wealth of examples in London’s museums, galleries, and buildings. Attributes: Fine Arts Div GER (01cr), Foundation/Gateway Course
ARHI 247- Art Now: Contemporary Art in London - Helen Walter - 6 units
Catalog Description: This seminar will introduce students to the historical framework and theoretical tools to critically experience and examine the practices of contemporary British art through site visits to London museums, galleries, and studios. Students will explore such topics as: British and global identity, art as instruments of socio-political change, art reception, the changing gallery system, the global art market, DIY practices, and new media and technology. Attributes: Fine Arts Div GER (01cr), Foundation/Gateway Course
UNIC 260 – British Life and Culture – Kate Connelly – 2 units
Catalog Description: This compulsory course utilizes visiting speakers, site visits, small group fieldwork and short research projects to introduce students to contemporary life in London and the United Kingdom. Site visits usually include the Museum of London, Imperial War Museum, London Mosque, and a football match. Speakers have included religious leaders representing several different traditions and a homeless couple, among others. The course is designed so that the majority of work takes place during the single class meeting, allowing students the possibility of pursuing up to three elective courses. Attributes: Foundation/Gateway Course
THAR 257 - Diversity on the London Stage - TBD - 6 units
Catalog Description: This seminar discusses how London theatre is addressing diversity with regard to race, ethnic background, gender, sexuality, religion, disability, and mental health. We will see theatre productions at different London theatres, analyze both performances and play texts, and talk with theatre practitioners about their work. In reviews, presentations, projects, and a paper, students will demonstrate their individual engagement with London. Attributes: Diversity-Dimens GER (01cr), Fine Arts Div GER (01cr), Foundation/Gateway Course
THAR 279 – Fringe Theatre in London – Ashley Scott Layton – 6 units
Catalog Description: This course will attempt to define Fringe Theatre (a movement started in 1968) and to categorize its main elements. The class shall attend a wide variety of plays and venues and come to an understanding of how the fringe has changed over the years. Discussions will address production techniques, the plays themselves, the audiences to whom they appeal, and to what extent the fringe is still an important theatrical force. Students are required to attend performances of the plays under study. Attributes: Fine Arts Div GER (01cr), Foundation/Gateway Course
HIST 247- Impact of Empire on Great Britain, 1815-1914 - TBD - 6 units
Catalog Description: In 1914 the British Empire contained a population of over 400 million people and was territorially the largest empire in world history. While the British spread their ideas about government, language, religion, and culture to their colonies, Britain itself was also profoundly influenced by the colonies it ruled. This course will explore aspects of the impact of the Empire on British politics, economics, society, and popular culture during the 19th century. Among the topics to be covered are the anti-slavery movement, imperialism and new imperialism, jingoism and popular culture, economic responses, and the influence of imperialism on culture and the arts. The myriad resources of London will be used to provide specific examples of how important the Empire was in shaping British identity and institutions during the 19th century. (G&C or E) Attributes: Humanities Div GER (01cr), Diversity-Global GER (01cr), Writing Intensive GER (01cr), BM Humanities (01cr), Foundation/Gateway Course
UNIC 264 – Internship Seminar – TBD – 6 units – Enrollment by permission of instructor
Catalog Description: Students in the internship program participate in seminar meetings and classroom discussions. Students are required to maintain a blog that critically reflects on their experiences and to give oral presentations to the seminar group. Students are also required to complete written work interrogating their experiences and the broader issue of how a liberal arts-informed perspective frames one’s experience in the workplace. Attributes: Foundation/Gateway Course
ENG 203 - Literary London - Susie Thomas - 6 units
Catalog Description: This course studies literature created in and about London, from Medieval poetry, short stories, journals to newspaper sequels and contemporary novels. We will walk in the footsteps of London-born writers and those who made London their home to find out how their writings have captured social, political, and cultural changes. A variety of assignments will allow students to engage individually with London. Attributes: Humanities Div GER (01cr), BM Humanities (01cr), Foundation/Gateway Course
HIST/GLST 273- London: A City Shaped by Migration- TBD - 6 units
Catalog Description: This class studies the lasting effects of migration on London as a global city. We will analyze historic and current influxes of people and how they have changed the structure, identity, and culture of London. Students will explore London neighborhoods and meet people who have found a new home here. Assignments and experiential learning will allow students to fully engage with London in a meaningful way. Attributes: Diversity-Dimens GER (01cr), Diversity-Global GER (01cr), Humanities Div GER (01cr), BM Humanities (01cr), Foundation/Gateway Course
MUIN 355 – London Music Lessons – TBD – 3 units – Enrollment by permission of instructor
Students who have regularly taken music lessons on-campus and who wish to continue taking lessons while in London may choose to arrange lessons in London. If successful in contracting for at least five hours worth of instruction over the term, students may register for a 3-unit, S/U only course overseen by Associate Dean Jeffrey Stannard. Students interested in pursuing lessons should contact the Off-Campus Programs office for more information.
ECON 214 - Markets of London - Adam Galambos - 6 units
Catalog Description: The word “market” is likely to conjure up an image of a supply curve crossing a demand curve in economics students’ minds. Outside economics classes, however, markets are vibrant, bustling centers of community life, meeting places, crossroads, and, of course, places of exchange. And London, with its many markets of all kinds, is the perfect place to put real markets into “market economics.” London was the largest city in the world for much of the 19th century, and markets played an important role in its economic life. In addition to local and regional trade, London was (and is) a trading town on a global scale as well. This course serves as an introduction to market economics through the lens of actual, real-world markets. We will also explore the economy and economic history of London itself through the histories of some of its marketplaces. Where do the products come from? Who makes them, who sells them and how, and who consumes them? Who runs the market itself? This course assumes no previous background in economics, and we will rely on verbal, conceptual reasoning rather than formal models.
GOVT 385 – Modern British Politics – Kate Connelly – 6 units
Catalog Description: This course analyzes the central structures and processes of British politics, the important policy issues of recent years, British attitudes toward the political system, and critiques of British politics and history. Attributes: Social Science Div GER (01cr), BM Social Science (01cr), Foundation/Gateway Course
ENGL/THAR 170 – Shakespeare in London – TBD – 6 units
Catalog Description: Students will study several plays by William Shakespeare selected from among the current offerings by the Royal Shakespeare and other companies. Discussions will address the plays themselves, production techniques, and the audiences to whom they appeal. Students are required to attend performances of the plays under study. Students must register for ENG 170 and may submit a cross list request form to have the class listed on academic records as THAR 170. Attributes (ENGL 170): Humanities Div GER (01cr), BM Humanities (01cr), Introductory Course
Attributes (THAR 170): Fine Arts Div GER (01cr), Introductory Course
ECON 216 - Socialism and Capitalism in Britain, Past and Present - Adam Galambos - 6 units
Catalog Description: Britain is the birthplace of industrial capitalism, and the roots of modern mainstream economics go back to British political economists such as Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, Alfred Marshall, John Maynard Keynes, and others. But the roots of socialism also lead us to Britain. The Poor Laws of the 16th century can be seen as the precursors of the welfare system. The reform of the Poor Laws in the 19th century led to a robust debate in which the young science of political economy played an important, and, many have argued, disastrous role. In the same era, the most successful “Utopian socialist,” Robert Owen, created a model for the welfare system in New Lanark, and advocated for his vision of socialism in the House of Commons in the UK, and later also in the House of Representatives in the US. Still in Owen’s lifetime, Karl Marx spent his days in the British Library writing his famous Capital, and Friedrich Engels wrote his book on The Condition of the Working Class in England after a visit to Manchester. The First International took place in London in 1864, and a robust labor movement continued at least until the end of the twentieth century. In literature, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984 present dystopian versions of the economic and political systems of the future. Much of this very rich intellectual history is tied to London. This course will introduce students to the study of economic systems through the rich history of socialism and capitalism in Britain. Through a combination of economic history and the history of ideas, we will explore the development of capitalism as well as the evolution of the welfare system, the labor movement, and socialist proposals. We will put current public discourse and ongoing debates on socialism into a historical context. This course assumes no previous background in economics, and we will rely on verbal, conceptual reasoning rather than formal models.
MUCO 131/431- The Grand Tour: Musical Taste and Manners in Europe 1600-1750 - Mary-Jannet Leith - 6 units
Catalog Description: A study of music in the Baroque period, its social and historical context and relationship to other arts. The course explores the depth and variety of 17th and 18th century musical life and follows a broad range of interests to suit both music majors and non-specialists. Museum visits and weekly concerts, with accompanying lectures; demonstrations by performers active in the field of historical performance practice; and readings on form, style, and the lives of composers. A number of concerts and outside visits will be organized, and students will be encouraged to attend relevant performances in London, for which they will be prepared in class. Attributes: Fine Arts Div GER (01cr). 131: The course is general in scope and no prior musical knowledge will be expected. Does not satisfy course requirements for any music major. Not open to students who have previously received, or need to receive credit for MUCO 431. 431: The course is a seminar involving independent research. Not open to students who have previously received credit for MUHI 131. Prerequisite: MUCO 201 and 202
HIST 150 - Turbulence and Transformation: Stuart England 1603-1714 - Erin Sheopner - 6 units
Catalog Description: Stuart England was a time of turbulence and transformation. Over little more than a century, the country experienced multiple civil wars as succeeding Stuart monarchs sought in vain to contain religious division and political dissent in an attempt to rule by divine right. Beginning with the coronation of James I and the Gunpowder Plot, and ending with the establishment of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, we will explore the key developments and the changing structures and dynamics of political participation in an era that bridges the Middle Ages and the modern world. The course combines lectures and classroom discussion with in-depth investigations of primary sources to establish a connection with Stuart England that surveys its physical and cultural traces in the contemporary U.K.
ANTH 372 – Urban Anthropology of London – Nicholas James – 6 units
Catalog Description: This seminar combines a variety of methods to explore contemporary British culture. In addition to the readings and field trips, students conduct ethnographic fieldwork in London on a topic of their own interest. This may be based in a particular place or, more broadly, focus on a certain group of people. The course provides an introduction to field research methods. Throughout the term, students participate in shorter exercises designed to develop their confidence in the skills of observation, interviewing, description, and analysis. Readings on topics such as neighborhoods, social use of language, class, education, and migration experience provide a framework for understanding the detail of the individual projects. Students are expected to make presentations and participate in discussions. Attributes: Social Science Div GER (01cr), Diversity-Dimens GER (01cr), BM Social Science (01cr), Foundation/Gateway Course