London Centre students take a roster of courses designed to meaningfully engage with the topic utilizing the resources of the city.  All London Centre students take the core course, British Life and Culture in addition to elective classes.  The core course has been designed so that students may pursue three elective courses (20 units total). London Centre elective courses do not have limited enrollment or prerequisites and are, therefore, open to any London Centre student.  Students participating in the Internship program will take the Internship Seminar course in place of one of their elective classes.

2018-19 London Centre Course Schedule and Descriptions

Fall Term 2018

ANTH 372 – Urban Anthropology – Professor James – 6 units
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

THAR 279- Fringe Theatre in London- Professor Scott-Layton - 6 units
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- Professor Dobbs- 6 units

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

PHYS 119 - Victorian Engineering - Professor Martin-6 units
This class will investigate classical physics through field trips combined with classroom discussion. In this course, London will serve as a unique laboratory to investigate classical physics through field trips to engineering edifices combined with classroom discussion to expose the underlying science.  Topics include: statics and mechanics, thermodynamics, fluids, and electricity and magnetism. Engineering sites to be visited include Iron Bridge, London Museum of Water and Steam, Regent’s Canal, and London Underground.  Attributes: Natural Sciences Laboratory GER (01cr), Quantitative Analysis GER (01cr)

PHYS 115 - The Royal Society and the Birth of Modern Science - Professor Martin-6 units
In many ways, the Royal Society of London (Founded in 1660) and its publication gave rise to a modern version of scientific progress, resting on scientific publishing and peer review This course will use the history of the Royal Society as a lens through which to view the rise of science as it is now practiced, looking at the first scientific journal, Philosophical Transactions (1665).  The course will include visits to the Royal Society, readings of original articles from the Philosophical Transactions, and classroom discussion.

UNIC 260 – British Life and Culture – TBA – 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.
 

Winter Term 2019

ARHI 246 - 19th Century Art, Design, and Society in Britain – Professor Barnes – 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

GOVT 385 - Modern British Politics – TBA – 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 211- Introduction to London Theatre- Professor Hoenigs-6 units                                                
Introduction to a critical approach to theatrical performance. Students read play scripts before attending a wide range of plays in a variety of performance spaces in London, working towards a developed understanding of dramatic form. Study of literary and theatrical conventions is designed to enhance students’ critical sophistication. The course aims to teach students the basic vocabulary of critical terms for thinking about plays in performance and increase their awareness of how their responses may be affected by a play. The course takes advantage of performances and opportunities uniquely available in London. Attributes: Fine Arts Div GER (01cr), Foundation/Gateway Course

UNIC 203 – British Crime Fiction – Professor Harris – 6 units
Catalog Description: The course will offer a survey of the development of crime fiction in Britain from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Taught as a lecture/discussion class, it will also attempt to exploit the London setting to provide a physical context for some of the work under scrutiny. Students will be able to develop their analytical and writing skills, and should expect to achieve a good grasp of the characteristics of genre fiction; they should also be able to recognize the contribution that a study of these popular forms can make to developing a broader understanding of the values and concerns of the society within which they arise. Attributes: Foundation/Gateway Course

HIST 150- Stuart England 1603-1714- Professor Dobbs-6 units                                                                          
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 – TBA – 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 2019

ANTH 372 – Urban Anthropology – 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 246-19th Century Art, Design, and Society in Britain- Professor Barnes-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

MUCO 131/431 – The Grand Tour: Musical Taste and Manners in Europe 1600-1750 - Professor Charlston – 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

UNIC 262 – ‘The Fields Beneath’: Discovering London’s Histories – Professor Harris – 6 units
Catalog Description: This interdisciplinary course aims to give students a thorough grounding in the chronology of London’s development from Roman settlement on the periphery of Empire to 21st-century “World City.” The use of contemporary literary and visual sources will serve both to develop students’ historical imagination and to enable them critically to examine the concepts involved in the discipline of history itself. Alongside this historical approach, a theoretical examination of specific themes and topics will be used to explore the nature of “the town as palimpsest,” a layered structure in which the past is never entirely obliterated by what succeeds it. Examples of such themes and topics might include, inter alia, religious observance, theatrical presentation, immigration, commerce, domestic life, and government. Attributes: Foundation/Gateway Course

UNIC 260 – British Life and Culture – TBA – 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.

Internships

As London is a city with a wealth of opportunities, internship placements are available for students in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts.

Interns spend 20 hours per week at their placements as well as participate in a 6-unit seminar with other internship students. Internship placements and coordination are facilitated by Florida State University (FSU), while the weekly 1-hour internship seminar is taught by the London Centre Director.

Interns will take part in an orientation with the FSU Internship Coordinator and the Director of the London Centre which outlines the structure of the internship programme and  Tier 4 visa duties, and introduces students to working life in London.

For a listing of possible placement areas, more information on the internship program, and some thoughts from former interns, please visit the Internship page.

Music Lessons

Students who have regularly taken music lessons on-campus and who wish to continue taking lessons while in London may choose to do so. If successful in contracting for at least five hours worth of lessons, students may register for a 3-unit, S/U-only course overseen by Associate Dean Jeffrey Stannard. Costs up to $500 for these lessons will be reimbursed by the London Centre. Students interested in pursuing lessons should see this page.

Independent Study in London

Students have the option to organize an Independent Study during their term in London, either with faculty in Appleton or on-campus faculty at the LU London Centre. London offers unique primary resources for research, including specialized libraries, archives, museums, cultural and socio-political institutions, and of course the city itself.  Students might conduct an Independent Study to research an ongoing academic interest in preparation of Senior Experience project or honors project. Please contact the Off-Campus Programs office to discuss interest in Independent Studies in London.

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