Winter Term 2021 Virtual Courses
Open to All Lawrence University Students
For Winter Term 2021, the Lawrence University London Centre will be offering classes in a remote, synchronous model to ALL interested Lawrence University students. These classes fulfill general education requirements and contribute to students' GPA.
For days and times please check the course catalogue once it becomes available. All classes will include meetings via Zoom at times matching the Appleton class schedule.
Winter Term courses will complement, not replace, courses of the same title offered in-person during Spring Term, i.e., students planning to study at the London Centre during Spring Term can still take these classes in Winter term. On-site Spring Term classes might be taken for Independent Study credit, for example, or may comprise different plays/topics and assignments.Spring Term subject matter should not repeat or overlap what is offered in the Winter Term. Note: You do NOT need to be planning to travel to the London Centre to take these classes. They are open to all Lawrence students.
To view available courses and descriptions, click on the Winter Term 2021 Course Offerings link below.
|Dept. Code||Course Title||Time||Units||Professor|
|HIST 150||Turbulence and Transformation: Stuart England, 1603-1714||
|UNIC 260||British Life and Culture||
|3||Dr. Kate Connelly|
|ENG 203||Literary London||
|ENG 171/THAR 174||Literature of the Irish Troubles NEW||
|THAR 257||Diversity on the London Stage||
|THAR 172/ENG 172||Modern Irish Drama NEW||
HIST 150 - Turbulence and Transformation: Stuart England, 1603-1714 - Erin Scheopner - 6 units
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.
UNIC 260 – British Life and Culture – Dr. Kate Connelly - 3 units
British life and culture are major exports: the monarchy, the English countryside, Downton Abbey, the Union Jack, the Premier League are variously evoked as the epitome of "Britishness." This course probes beneath the all-too stale and static façade, critically examining who controls notions of British life and culture. It will ask how race; sex; class; nationality; religion; sexuality; and turbulent, contested histories inform the the divisions, inequalities and lived experiences within modern Britain. We’ll be ripping up the airbrushed postcard view of Britain and exploring its unparalleled diversity. Students will get to uncover its richness for themselves through conducting detailed research into a place of their choice – the stories of the Afro-Caribbean community in Brixton, the legacy of Belfast’s divided past, the strange melancholy of a seaside town, industrial towns in decline, "gentrification" in the city, the forest that inspired Shakespeare . . . ? It's yours to explore.
ENG 203 - Literary London - Susie Thomas - 6 units
“The city blew the windows of my brain wide open.” Hanif Kureishi
Literary London will explore a variety of texts, including William Blake, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, Sam Selvon, and Xiaolu Guo, in order to analyse how writers have attempted to capture a sense of this vast, vibrant and diverse city. Students will be encouraged to think historically, in terms of the way London and its representations have changed over time; and theoretically, in terms of the way the city is mediated through different forms (e.g., poetry, novels, essays, film). We will examine the significance of class in the 19th-century, the changing role of women in the city, the influence of metropolitan culture on modernism, and London’s development as a world city. Come prepared to engage in lively debate, and leave as lovers of literary London.
ENG 171/THAR 174 - Literature of the Irish Troubles (NEW!) - Christine Hoenigs - 6 units
Imagine living in a country where every school run is an act of defiance - or an act of provocation. Where a "peace wall" divides your neighbourhood from the next. Where your name, the way you speak, or where you live gives away which side of the conflict you are on. Imagine being born into a world of sectarian violence which will leave over 3,600 people dead - and thousands scarred for the rest of their lives. This class will discuss poetry, novels, short stories, film scripts and first hand accounts of the civil war called The Troubles. The literature produced throughout this period and in the aftermath of the Good Friday Agreement tries to make sense of a bloody conflict, which even now is far from over. We will read pieces by writers from both sides of the Irish border, including Seamus Heaney, Bernard McLaverty, John B. Keane, Seamus Deane and Anna Burns, and also look at the conflict through the eyes of filmmakers such as Steve McQueen, Yann Demange, Pat Murphy, and Pat O'Connor.
THAR 257 - Diversity on the London Stage - - Christine Hoenigs - 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 read a variety of play texts and discuss recent productions at different London theatres, analyze reviews of performances, and talk with theatre practitioners about their work. In play text reviews, presentations, projects, and a paper, students will demonstrate their individual engagement with the plays studied. Attributes: Diversity-Dimens GER (01cr), Fine Arts Div GER (01cr), Foundation/Gateway Course
THAR 172/ENG 172 - Modern Irish Drama (NEW!) - Christine Hoenigs - 6 units
We will read and discuss contemporary Irish playwrights (starting with Brendan Behan and finishing with the latest play by David Ireland, "Cyprus Avenue"), whose plays have given the world a deeper understanding of what it means to be Irish today. These plays are about personal issues such as the quest for belonging in a divided society and country, through the violence of the civil war ("The Troubles") and the peace process after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Irish society is undergoing a radical process of modernisation and reform, and the plays record the gradual shift in society on a personal level: the effects of exile and returning, the concept of home, the importance of language, memory and loss, and the growing sense of liberalism as opposed to the conservative influences of the Catholic church. Christina Reid, Owen McCafferty, Brian Friel, Enda Walsh, Stewart Parker and Anne Devlin are just a few of the many playwrights whose works will feature in this class that aims to offer students a first glimpse into the wealth of Irish storytelling today.