London Centre students typically take four classes - the required two-unit British Life and Culture and three six-unit electives - for a total of 20 units total. Elective courses do not have limited enrollment or prerequisites; they are open to any London Centre student. All courses are designed to meaningfully engage with the topic utilizing the resources of the city. Please note that students participating in the Internship program must take the Internship Seminar course in place of one of their elective classes.

Fall Term 2020 Remote Course Offerings

Open to All Lawrence University Students

For Fall Term 2020, 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.

Fall Term courses will complement, not replace, courses of the same title offered in-person during Winter and Spring Terms, i.e., students planning to study at the London Centre during Winter or Spring Term can still take these classes in Fall term. On-site Winter and Spring Term classes might be taken for Independent Study credit, for example, or may comprise different plays/topics and assignments. Winter and Spring Term subject matter should not repeat or overlap what is offered in the Fall Term.

To view available courses and descriptions, click on the Fall Term 2020 Course Offerings link below.

Fall Term 2020 Course Offerings

Fall Term 2020 Course Offerings

Dept. Code Course Title Requirement Units Professor
ANTH 372 Urban Anthropology -- 6 Dr. Nicholas James
UNIC 260 British Life and Culture -- 3 Dr. Kate Connelly
HIS 247 Impact of Empire on Great Britain: 1815-1914 -- 6 Dr. Kate Connelly
ENG/THAR 170 Shakespeare in London -- 6 Christine Hoenigs
THAR 257 Diversity on the London Stage -- 6 Christine Hoenigs

Course Descriptions

ANTH 372 – Urban Anthropology – 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

UNIC 260 – British Life and Culture – 3 units
Catalog Description: This course utilizes visiting speakers; audio-visual material such as films, documentaries, and photographs; small group fieldwork; and short research projects to introduce students to contemporary life in London and the United Kingdom. Speakers have previously included religious leaders, representing several different traditions, and a homeless couple, among others. Attributes: Foundation/Gateway Course

HIST 247- Impact of Empire on Great Britain, 1815-1914 - 6 units
Catalog Description: In 1914 the British Empire contained a population of over 400 million people and was territoriality 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. Online resources such as films, documentaries, photographs, newspaper articles, and archive material will reflect the myriad resources of London normally 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

ENG/THAR 170 – Shakespeare in London – 6 units
Catalog Description: Students will study several plays by William Shakespeare that have recently been produced by U.K. theatre companies. Video and audio recordings will replace the usual theatre visits this Fall Term. Discussions will address the plays themselves, production techniques, and the audiences to whom they appeal. Students are required to watch 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

THAR 257 - Diversity on the London Stage - 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

Winter and Spring 2021 Course Schedule and Descriptions

For Planned Off-Campus Study

Winter Term and Spring Term 2021 are both currently planned as Off-Campus Program study. The course offerings and course descriptions below are intended for approved off-campus study participants only. We will update this page, as needed, if that should change.

Winter Term 2021 Course Schedule and Descriptions

Winter Term 2021 Schedule

Dept. Code Course Title Requirement Units Professor
ARHI 248 London's Built Environment: 600 Years of Architecture -- 6 TBA
GOVT 385 Modern British Politics -- 6 Prof. Kate Connelly
THAR 257 Diversity on the London Stage D 6 Prof. Christine Hoenigs
ENG 203 Literary London -- 6 Prof. Susie Thomas
HIST 150 Stuart England 1603-1714 -- 6 London Faculty
UNIC 264 Internship Seminar -- 6 Prof. Christine Hoenigs
UNIC 260 British Life and Culture -- 2 Prof. Kate Connelly
MUIN 355 London Music Lessons -- 3

Prof. Jeff Stannard

Winter Term 2021 Course Descriptions

ARHI 248 - London's Built Environment: 600 Years of Architecture - professor TBA- 6 units
Catalog Description:  This seminar will examine the rich architectural history of London. Through case studies, students will acquire an understanding of architectural vocabulary, historical periods and styles, and how humans have constructed and interacted with sacred and secular spaces, examples of which include St Paul's Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, Tate Modern, Neasden Temple, the Barbican, 2 Willow Road, and the Serpentine Galleries. Attributes: Fine Arts Div GER (01cr), Foundation/Gateway Course

GOVT 385 - Modern British Politics - Professor 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

THAR 257 - Diversity on the London Stage - Professor 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 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

ENG 203 - Literary London - Professor 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 150 - Stuart England, 1603-1714 - London Faculty - 6 units
Catalog Description:  This course explores the causes and impact of the English Civil War, the effect of the Restoration, the Glorious Revolution, and the path to the Hanoverian Succession. The economics, politics, religion, social history, and cultural aspects of the period are also studied. Visits to museums and buildings of the period are included. (E) Attributes: Humanities Div GER (01cr), BM Humanities (01cr), Introductory Course

UNIC 260 – British Life and Culture – Professor 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

UNIC 264 – Internship Seminar – Professor Hoenigs – 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

MUIN 355 – London Music Lessons – Arranged – 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.

Spring Term 2021 Course Schedule and Descriptions

Spring Term 2021 Schedule

Dept. Code

Course Title Requirement Units Professor
ANTH 372 Urban Anthropology of London D 6 Prof. Nicholas James
ENGL/THAR 170 Shakespeare in London -- 6 Prof. Christine Hoenigs
ARHI 247 Art Now: Contemporary Art in London -- 6 Prof. Helen Walter
TBA Music and the Great War -- 6 Prof. Jeff Stannard
TBA Sounding London: Identity, Space, and Place   6 Prof. Jeff Stannard
HIST/GLST 273 London: A City Shaped by Migration D, G 6 Prof. Steven Saxby
UNIC 264 Internship Seminar -- 6 Prof. Christine Hoenigs
UNIC 260 British Life and Culture -- 2 Prof. Kate Connelly
MUIN 355 London Music Lessons -- 3 Prof. Jeff Stannard

Spring Term 2021 Course Descriptions

ANTH 372 – Urban Anthropology of London – Professor 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

ENGL/THAR 170 – Shakespeare in London – Professor Hoenigs – 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

ARHI 247- Art Now: Contemporary Art in London- Professor 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

TBA - Music and the Great War - Professor Stannard- 6 units
Catalog Description:  World War I killed millions and destroyed empires while demonstrating the gruesome potential of modern, mechanized warfare.  Ironically, the ‘war to end all wars’ led directly to World War II and we continue to wrestle with its impact even now.  In this course, students will look at the roles music played during the Great War and explore ways the conflict affected the creation and performance of music of all types, from the concert hall and the home front to the trenches.  By looking back through the lens of the 21st century, we will consider how the music was originally created and experienced and how musical meaning and perception can change due to differing contexts and perspectives.  Attributes:  TBA

TBA - Sounding London: Identity, Space, and Place - Professor Stannard- 6 units
Catalog Description:  Internationally recognized as a cosmopolitan centre of artistic activity due to its history and diversity, London offers unsurpassed opportunities to hear live music.  For this course, students will attend a wide range of musical events, from traditional concerts to innovative - and perhaps even surprising - performances.  Discussion will focus on how factors such as identity, space, and place affect the way we experience music.  Attributes:  TBA

HIST/GLST 273- London: A City Shaped by Migration- Professor Saxby- 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

UNIC 260 – British Life and Culture – Professor 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

UNIC 264 – Internship Seminar – Professor Hoenigs – 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

MUIN 355 – London Music Lessons – Arranged – 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.

Spring 2021 Visiting Professor Jeffrey Stannard

Professor Jeffrey Stannard photo

Learn about the music of London Spring 2021!

Sounding London: Identity, Space, and Place - Attend a wide range of musical events and learn how factors such as identity, space, and place affect the way we experience music.

Music and the Great War - Look at the roles music played during the Great War and explore ways the conflict affected the creation and performance of music of all types, from the concert hall and the home front to the trenches.

Two Terms in London

We encourage students to study at the London Centre for two consecutive terms.  Spending two terms at the London Centre allows students greater immersion into and engagement with the range of opportunities in London.  And with our new financial aid policy, it has never been so easy and affordable to study abroad! To learn more, go to One or Two Terms?