Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
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London Spring 2017 Course List
Courses offered by block and track; course list subject to change. All courses are 45 contact hours, credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise noted. Subject to change.
“GI” denotes courses that are offered at multiple Global Institute sites.
Literature and Culture
HIST 3002 LNEN “Lions Led By Donkeys”: British Social Dynamics during World War I
LITT 3002 LNEN British Women's Literature
(GI) MGMT 3001 LNEN Business Ethics and Leadership
International Relations and Political Science
POLI 3001 LNEN Peace and Conflict Studies
(GI) RELI 2001 LNEN / POLI 2001 LNEN Politics of Religion
Communications, Journalism and New Media
(GI) COMM 3003 LNEN Mass Media in Europe
(GI) COMM 3004 LNEN Music, Media and Public Spheres
(GI) PSYC 3002 LNEN Psychology of Health and illness
(GI) INDR 4901 LNEN Directed Independent Research
Literature and Culture
LITT 3001 LNEN 19th Century British Literature
LITT 3003 LNEN Art Legacy or Tudor Propaganda: Shakespearean Drama
(GI) MKTG 3001 LNEN International Marketing
International Relations and Political Science
ANTH 3001 LNEN Imagined Communities: Fracturing of the British Nation
INRE 3001 LNEN Transatlantic Relations: United Kingdom, Europe and the United States
Communications, Journalism and New Media
(GI) COMM 3301 LNEN Intercultural Communication and Leadership
JOUR 3002 LNEN Fourth Estate: British Media and Political Structure
(GI) PUBH 3003 LNEN Comparative Health Care Systems
(GI) INDR 4901 LNEN Directed Independent Research
Literature and Culture
THES 3001 LNEN British Theatre: A History
HIST 3001 LNEN The British Industrial Revolution
(GI) BUSI 3003 LNEN International Management
International Relations and Political Science
(GI) INRE 4007 LNEN Contemporary Controversies in International Relations
Communications, Journalism and New Media
(GI) GEND 3002 LNEN / COMM 3005 LNEN Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Popular Culture
(GI) JOUR 3001 LNEN International Journalism
PUBH 3007 LNEN British Bioethics
(GI) PUBH 3004 LNEN / PSYC 3001 LNEN Family, Schools, and Child Development
CIEE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
LITERATURE AND CULTURE TRACK
HIST 3001 LNEN
THE BRITISH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Britain experienced change in all aspects of life as a result of the Industrial Revolution. Scientific advances and technological innovations brought growth in agricultural and industrial production, economic expansion, and changes in living conditions. These transformations promoted a new sense of national identity and civic pride. Juxtaposed to national developments was the ever-changing form of the British Empire, with expansion of control in India and Africa framing British economic power at the start of the 20th century. This class will help students understand the impact of the industrial revolution on Britain’s role in European politics and the world. Students will visit sites relevant to the Industrial Revolution including Canary Wharf and the British Transport Museum.
HIST 3002 LNEN
“LIONS LED BY DONKEYS”: BRITISH SOCIAL DYNAMICS DURING WORLD WAR I
World War I was a turning point in British social history, which provoked a reexamination of the relationship among the socio-economic classes in British society. This course examines key debates in British history between 1914 and 1920. It charts political, economic, and social change in early 20th century United Kingdom, including the suffragette movement, nationalism, and socialism. In this class, students will develop an increased ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of contemporary British history, as well as an enhanced ability to critically evaluate historical issues and problems in this field. Students will visit public spaces in London and several museums, including the Imperial War Museum.
LITT 3001 LNEN
19TH CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
At the peak of the Victorian era, the arts, learning, and literature received extensive support from the state, with British literature reaching great heights in popularity. Key authors from the 19th century include Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, George Eliot, Rudyard Kipling, Jane Austin, and the Bronte sisters. In examining the works of authors from this period, students will explore the significance of 19th-century British literature and the socio-political contexts of the writings. Students will visit a selection of London’s museums for the written word, including Dickens House Museum, Carlyle’s House, and the Sherlock Holmes Museum.
LITT 3002 LNEN
BRITISH WOMEN’S LITERATURE
This class considers how women writers have been constrained by – and have also exploited – literary traditions. It traces the indexes of conformity and subversion in their writing by placing them in contexts of prevailing discourses on femininity. Students will examine constructions of femininity in the visual arts and conduct writings. Key texts include fiction by Eliza Haywood, Mary Wollstonecroft, Jane Austen, and Emily Bronte; poetry by Aphra Behn, Anne Finch, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, and labouring women poets such as Mary Leapor and Ann Yearsley; and the “Turkish Embassy” letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Students will visit a selection of London’s centers for the written word, including the Sir John Ritblat Gallery at the British Library and the Women’s Library at the London Metropolitan University.
LITT 3003 LNEN
ART LEGACY OR TUDOR PROPAGANDA: SHAKESPEAREAN DRAMA
This course examines all the major genres of William Shakespeare: comedy, tragedy, history, romance, and poetry. Students will study Shakespeare’s use and manipulation of history; the influence of classical ideas and religion on his works; the importance of reception, readers and audiences; the “development” of a Shakespearean style; the political Shakespeare; the importance of early modern laughter, jokes, and puns; the poetic Shakespeare; and the Shakespearean rhetoric. A wide range of Shakespearean texts will be studied, including some of his less well-known works. Students will visit sites of significance to Shakespeare including The Globe Theater exhibition and Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare.
THES 3001 LNEN
BRITISH THEATER: A HISTORY
This course introduces students to a variety of theater histories and historical methodologies, ranging from classic drama and Elizabethan and Jacobean theater to performance in Victorian and Edwardian Britain, and from dramatic text to theatrical apparatus. Looking at key developments in theater historiography, students will consider issues such as the materiality of the stage; history and heritage; writing national theater histories; and the theatrical cultures of the past. Students will visit the Theater and Performance collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the White Lodge Museum and Ballet Resource Center.
BUSI 3001 LNEN
BRITISH BUSINESS IN A EUROPEAN CONTEXT
Despite some of the most fundamental changes to public spending since the Thatcher Government, including massive levels of redundancies in the public service, and cuts to military spending, the British economy appears to have largely avoided the devastation of the economy crash as witnessed in other Mediterranean and peripheral economies of Europe. It gives rise to the question what is the secret to the British economy? How does the United Kingdom manage to “ride out the storm” of the Euro crisis and remain a stalwart of European export power? Can the United Kingdom continue to maintain its manufacturing tradition in the face of increasing global competition? What impact are political debates on European Union membership having in the real economy? This course addresses these and other questions while examining the structure and dynamics of British businesses and the British economy. The course delves into the importance of government regulation, how trade unions shape economic policy, and the economic role of the British education and training systems. Special emphasis shall be placed on the economic relationship of the United Kingdom within the EU and the broader global economy. Visits to local companies provide students with practical examples of how theories and practices play out in real world situations.
(GI) BUSI 3002 LNEN
This course provides students with an overview of the dynamics of the global financial and international monetary systems, with special emphasis on the city of London as a world financial hub. Students develop knowledge of the fundamental concepts needed to understand foreign direct investment, financial flows, international trade, and investment deals. As political risk and economic exposure to global events has become more immediate, special attention will be given to the 2007-2012 world banking crisis, the role of central banks in stabilization of national economies, the European debt crisis, and the particular role of the United Kingdom and their contribution and criticisms during intra-EU negotiations.
(GI) BUSI 3003 LNEN
This course will examine the ways that international and multinational companies develop international management strategies in order to effectively fulfill their vision and mission. Lectures, readings, and assignments focus on operations, management, and organization of multinational business ventures. The course examines the importance of effective intercultural communication among units of internationally distributed companies, their partners, and clients. International companies in and around London help students learn firsthand about the theories, issues, and practices discussed in class.
(GI) BUSI 3004 LNEN
ENTREPRENEURIALISM IN A EUROPEAN CONTEXT
Students will develop a solid foundation in understanding the vital role played by entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in the modern global economy. Entrepreneurship is an ever more important force in job creation, competitiveness, innovation, and economic growth. This course examines the state of entrepreneurship in Europe and assesses the outlook for the EU in its push to maintain and grow its economic and competitive strength, especially in view of emerging economic rivals. Special attention is paid to the legal, political, and economic consequences of increased entrepreneurial activity in EU countries. Company visits and guest lectures from local entrepreneurs allow students to witness and discuss contemporary entrepreneurship in action.
(GI) MGMT 3001 LNEN
BUSINESS ETHICS AND LEADERSHIP
This course examines the philosophical foundations and basic principles of ethics as they apply to businesses and the environments in which they operate. Real-world case studies are used to provide students with insight into the how businesses and organizations manage – and in some cases fail to manage – challenging ethical and moral dilemmas. Students also consider the particular responsibilities of business leaders in fostering ethical awareness and practices within the corporate context.
(GI) MKTG 3001 LNEN
Students will gain an understanding of the issues and processes involved in developing an international marketing and branding strategy and plan, as well as the execution of marketing and public relations operations on an international scale. Course content and practical assignments focus on real-world problems such as identifying and evaluating opportunities in international markets; developing and adapting marketing tactics in relation to specific national sociological and cultural market needs and constraints; and coordinating marketing and branding strategies in global markets. Included guest lectures by local business professionals and company visits provide firsthand context and experience for the issues explored in the course.
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE TRACK
ANTH 3001 LNEN
IMAGINED COMMUNITIES: FRACTURING THE BRITISH NATION
This class will examine the numerous and sometimes conflicting national identities within the United Kingdom. Special focus shall be placed on how increased immigration into the United Kingdom in the latter half of the twentieth century further challenged the racial, ethnic, and religious stereotypes associated with British identity, with key critical writers arguing that the United Kingdom nation-state no longer exists in tandem with one homogenous ethnicity. Students will investigate how historical and socio-economic factors influence national identities through case studies. Students will visit the several ethnographic sites around the city, including the Windrush Centre in Brixton, to meet with representatives to debate nationalism in the United Kingdom.
(GI) INRE 3009 BRGE
Immigration has always been a defining feature of European history. This course focuses on the challenges and successes of European immigration, internally and internationally. Students study the historical background of immigration and its role in the transformation of European societies. Immigration from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East is generally understood in cultural and religious terms, highlighting the concern of many in preserving Europe’s cultural and national identities. This course examines the challenges immigration poses and solutions that have been proposed and used by EU countries to support the successful integration of immigrant communities. British immigration policy is analyzed with an emphasis on London Boroughs with higher levels of immigrant communities. The course includes a visit with officials from The Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies in London and visits to immigrant communities including Clerkenwell (Italian), Stockwell (Portuguese), Hammersmith (Polish), South Kensington (French), Palmer’s Green (Greek-Cypriot), the East End (Jewish/Bengali), and Brixton (Afro-Caribbean).
INRE 3001 LNEN
TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS: UNITED KINGDOM, EUROPE, AND THE UNITED STATES
Through periods of war and peace, tension, and détente, the United Kingdom and the United States have maintained close ties to one another, often referred to as the “Special Relationship.” This course examines the transatlantic relationship between the British and U.S. governments within the context of European and global politics and power. Focus is placed on the diplomatic dynamics of key historical events and the role of the media and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the period following World War II and leading up to the modern National Security Agency (NSA) spying scandal. Students also examine and analyze differing values, conceptions, and mis-conceptions held among British and American leaders and citizens on both sides of the Atlantic (including anti-Americanism and anti-Europeanism). Examples of cooperation, competition, military and economic alliances, secrecy, and transparency are examined through use of historical case studies. This course will include visits to Europe House in London, the International Brigade Monument, and the American Memorial Chapel in St. Paul’s Cathedral in order to explore the creative, cultural, and historical connections between the U.S., UK, and Europe in London.
(GI) INRE 4007 LNEN
CONTEMPORARY CONTROVERSIES IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
This course looks at the legacy of the British Empire in sites of conflict and controversy throughout the world. In the African continent, the Middle East, and in the Indian sub-continent, the fallout from the collapse of the British Empire continues to resonate, often through violence amongst the people from the former colonies. This course will explore, using case studies from Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian sub-continent, the issues and difficulties surrounding former British colonies, and how these difficulties are impacting world stability and peace. It will examine the role of the British Government in current controversies and difficulties in relation to their foreign, economic, and military policies in the regions studied. Students will meet with representatives from the Palestinian solidarity movement, and the Pro-Israeli lobby in London on the British role and influence in the Middle East.
POLI 3001 LNEN
PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES
This course explores and analyzes strategies for preserving and achieving peace and for managing and containing large-scale violent conflicts. Emphasis is placed on the European context, which is analyzed from two dramatically different perspectives: non-violent social movements and peace-preserving security policies through transnational cooperation among states. While the bottom-up perspective of non-violent protest is traditionally associated with peace and conflict studies, the top-down perspective of states as agents for peace and civil security has increasingly become the focus of peace researchers since the end of World War II. Using the peace process in Northern Ireland as a case study, students will investigate the dynamics and difficulties in maintaining a peace agreement. Experts in the field lecture in class, and visits to organizations working in the field of policing, security, peace, and conflict in London are offered to enhance the learning experience.
(GI) RELI 2001 LNEN / POLI 2001 LNEN
POLITICS OF RELIGION
This course will critically evaluate contemporary public discourses suggesting Northern Hemisphere societies are moving towards secular, and presumed progressive positions, whilst North Africa, Middle-Eastern, and other developing regions are portrayed or stereotyped as sites of virtually eternal religious based conflict. In order to provide students with the critical competencies to evaluate the impact of religion within geopolitical states, this course will explore the relationship between church, religion, politics, and the state through a comprehensive range of thematic approaches. Students in this course will assess evidence, both current and historical, on the relationship between religion and morality and how religious morality informs the politics of the state. This course will examine how and why some societies are moving from traditional religious moral frameworks towards often contrasting popular and populist notions of civic morality through case studies in different countries focusing on issues such as homosexuality, contraceptives, abortion, legitimate and illegitimate violence, the role of women in society, and the significance of rational thought in the sciences.
COMMUNICATIONS, JOURNALISM, AND NEW MEDIA TRACK
(GI) COMM 3003 LNEN
MASS MEDIA IN EUROPE
This course will give an overview of the major branches of mass media in the dominant European markets, with a focus on the transition from traditional mass media to digital media. After an introduction to media history, theories, and current research, the course examines specific industries such as television, radio, music, film, and print. Theories and models of mass communication are introduced and analyzed against their practical application in the markets studied in the course. Students are asked to compare how political and regulatory influences impact different sectors of the media in several European countries. The course is taught using a dynamic mix of lectures, case study discussions, student presentations, and a visit to London Studios and the National Media Museum.
(GI) COMM 3004 LNEN
MUSIC, MEDIA, AND PUBLIC SPHERES
This course examines music markets and the ongoing evolution of the music industry with a focus on the cultural and social influence of music, the changing perspective of music consumers, and the role of artists. Students will learn about different business models in the music industry, the interaction of music with other media, and the intersection of traditional music forms (radio, records, and concerts) with new technologies such as online audio streaming. The course will also explore the importance and economic contribution of popular and alternative music festivals throughout the United Kingdom. The British Phonographic Industry will be used as a model for discussing digital rights management, the rise of independent labels, and copyright issues. The course is taught using a dynamic mix of lectures, case study discussions, student presentations, and a field trip to a local music label.
(GI) COMM 3301 LNEN
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP
In this course, you will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help you more appropriately and effectively engage, communicate, and lead in London and in other intercultural contexts. Course participants explore a variety of topics in intercultural communication based in the context of students’ experiences abroad, and practice intercultural learning processes that can be applied when working across cultural differences in a wide variety of common contexts. Students increase their cultural self-awareness and develop critical personal leadership skills that equip them to become more effective citizens and leaders in an increasingly interdependent world.
(GI) JOUR 3001 LNEN
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the theories and techniques of journalism with an emphasis on fairness and accuracy of journalistic coverage of diverse, multi-racial communities, the role of journalism in democratic societies, news values and ethics, and reporting and writing techniques. Using specific examples from contemporary Europe and the United Kingdom, students examine the influence of journalism on politics, business, and society. Students will visit the National Union of Journalists headquarters in London to examine the organization’s role in promoting freedoms for international journalism.
JOUR 3002 LNEN
FOURTH ESTATE: BRITISH MEDIA AND POLITICAL STRUCTURE
Students will develop an understanding of the influence of the media on public opinion and social interaction in contemporary British society. The course focuses on broadcasting and print media, exploring the dynamic relationship between the development of communication technologies and the content of media messages. Students will investigate the development and impact of British tabloid culture, along with the interaction between the state, politics, and the media in British society. This course will examine the language of tabloid media in relation to conflicts involving the United Kingdom, and tabloid commentary on contemporary British society. Students meet people directly involved in local tabloid media production and get a close-up view of the broadcasting process at BBC Studios in London.
(GI) GEND 3002 LNEN / COMM 3005 LNEN
GENDER, RACE, SEXUALITY, AND POPULAR CULTURE
Through this course, students will apply a critical lens to the representation of gender, race, and sexuality in popular cultural media including British TV, film, radio, the Internet, music, magazines and literature. Comparisons are made with similar representations in other European countries and the United States. Course materials pay special attention to questions of other identity markers such as race, economic status, and disability and the body. The course combines key concepts and theoretical frameworks in critical theory and cultural studies with analyses of media and popular cultural sites. This course will include guest lectures from media, and site visits to community groups and NGOs promoting awareness of sexuality issues in the community.
HEALTH SCIENCES TRACK
(GI) PUBH 3002 LNEN
COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC HEALTH
This course looks at the interface of community involvement and highly effective governmental approaches to public health. By studying how actors in the public health sphere collaborate in order to identify public health needs, select appropriate responses, and implement large-scale projects, students will gain understanding of the different public health issues facing communities in the United Kingdom, and the varied approaches to public health in Europe. The course pays special attention to identifying and understanding the main actors in public health systems, how public health policies and systems are influenced, and how the implementation of public health tools are affected by cultural and religious traditions. Students participate in site visits to British public health institutions at various levels (community, state, federal).
(GI) PUBH 3003 LNEN
COMPARATIVE HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
This course explores the impact of demographics, infrastructure, political and public will, global economic conditions, and geopolitical circumstances on healthcare systems. Evidence-based health policy research points to the need to carefully assess health care delivery systems in individual countries in order to identify initiatives, patterns, and mechanisms that have most likely contributed to successful reforms and sustainable financing arrangements. Comparisons will be made among the different EU actors with special reference to the debate on health care in the U.S. Different countries commonly have different goals and motivations for introducing certain health care policies and interventions. Students will learn about, assess, and understand these unique interests, needs, and historical experiences that shape current health care at the national level. Visits to private and public health institutions in London are included.
(GI) PUBH 3004 LNEN / PSYC 3001 LNEN
FAMILY, SCHOOLS, AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Students will gain insight into the British approach to ensuring that children grow up healthy and with opportunities to become contributing members of society. The historical roots, current issues, and future challenges related to children’s wellbeing are addressed in this course. Students gain diverse knowledge and form opinions on a broad spectrum of related topics including: family life in British communities, the influence of the turbulent 20th century on British youth and education, regional differences in educational systems, preventive youth health care, public policy on social services and divorce support, parental leave, and day care provision. Guest lectures and site visits to lobby groups, NGOs, and community health centers enhance the learning experience around this important area of British society and culture.
(GI) PUBH 3006 LNEN / INRE 3008 LNEN
CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES IN GLOBAL HEALTH
Students will learn about the economic, cultural, ethical, and structural challenges faced by health care systems today. The course will explore different approaches to health care system organization and financing, strategies for using limited resources, and challenges to providing universal access to health care. Students will address specific approaches to these challenges, with a comparative focus on the United Kingdom, the U.S., and other European countries. To supplement classroom learning students will visit active NGOs based in London, including Action on Disability and Development and the Royal Society for Public Health.
PUBH 3007 LNEN
In an age of rapidly advancing scientific developments, hardly a week goes by without a debate about a major medical issue in the British media. From the thrashing out of a government policy towards assisted dying, to the provision of fertility treatment on the NHS, to the fraught arena of allocating expensive life-extending medication on limited NHS resources, practitioners face difficult ethical dilemmas every day. In this course, students will examine a number of bioethical issues, focusing on the questions that arise in the relationships between life sciences, biotechnology, medicine, politics, law, and philosophy. The aim will be to challenge students to develop analytical tools and apply critical thinking to all aspects of a bioethics debate. The class will include co-curricular activities, including experiencing the partisan play exploring reform of the National Health Service This May Hurt a Bit, to make the most of London as an educational resource.
(GI) PSYC 3002 LNEN
PSYCHOLOGY OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS
Health psychology focuses on the relationship between behavior, health, and illness while trying to identify the predictors of health-compromising and health-enhancing factors. Through a dual focus on health care and psychology, students will examine illness identities in the British/EU context. Special emphasis will be placed on cultural differences related to quality of life, self-help, religious beliefs, alternative medicine, and rituals related to dying and death. Through an examination of the relevant literature, guest lectures and site visits, the course addresses philosophical questions about the perceptions and definitions of what it means to be “healthy” or “unhealthy” within a cultural context.