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.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Students may choose between any of the 6-week courses offered through the Open Campus program in Block I. Sample course descriptions follow:
(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.
HIST 3002 LNEN
"Lions Led By Donkeys": Britain and World War I
The First World War was a turning point in British political, economic, social and cultural history that provoked a reexamination of the relationship among the socio-economic classes in British society. The course examines key debates in British history during the war and into the inter-war period. It charts political, economic, social, and cultural change in early 20th century United Kingdom, including the suffragette movement, welfare reform, and gendered discourses. In this class, students will increase their knowledge and understanding of contemporary British history as well as critically evaluate historical issues and problems in this field. Students will visit public spaces and museums in London, including the Imperial War Museum and the Cenotaph, to add to their understanding of history.
(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 and producers. Students will learn about varying debates and models within 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 on-line audio streaming. The course will also explore the importance and economic contribution of popular and alternative music festivals throughout the United Kingdom. Utilizing London as a field site for study, this course will encourage students to engage with range of music performances and events throughout the city. 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) 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, while North African, Middle-Eastern, and other developing regions are portrayed or stereotyped as sites of virtually eternal religion-based conflict. 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.
(GI) PSYC 3002 LNEN
Psychology of Health and Illness
This course utilizes a health psychology approach to examine the relationship between behavior, health, and illness. Throughout the course, we maintain a dual focus on healthcare and psychology while identifying the predictors of health-compromising and health-enhancing factors. Students will examine the complex relationship between illness and identities in the British and European context. Particular emphasis is placed on how specific cultural differences, such as how the relationship between the body and mind, relate 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 the psychological questions of how people perceive and define what it means to be healthy or unhealthy within specific cultural contexts. Site visits will include the Freud Museum and The Wellcome Collection as well as guest lectures from practicing psychologists.
All students enroll in the 8-week CIEE Global Internship with Integrated Academic Seminar and then will have the option to choose one of the two elective courses.
Required CIEE Internship
INSH 3806 LNEN
Academic Internship in London
The CIEE Global Internship program combines a full-time internship with integrated academic seminar to provide professional exploration and specific skills development, enhance intercultural understanding, and a contextualized real-world work experience in a local or multi-national company or organization. The 8-week program includes between 200 and 240 hours of onsite internship project work alongside a 30-hour integrated academic seminar focusing on local business culture, intercultural communication, professional development, and linkages between local observations and global trends. Students will be assessed via assignments and activities that include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopsis of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analysis of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.
CIEE Elective Courses
Students choose one of the following courses:
(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 local as well as 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) BUSI 3007 LNEN
Doing Business in Europe
This course aims to provide an introduction to the related influences of business, society, government and culture in the region and link these influences to students’ experience within their professional internship program and academic coursework. Using our location of London as our beginning reference point, this course will review Europe’s economic and cultural contexts and major changes. We will explore the shared cultural history and diversity across the region (for purposes of this course, we will focus on the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, and Italy). Through small group work and individual inquiry, we will strive to focus on gaining an understanding of the major cultural groups in each country, their heritage and business activities along with the country’s current challenges and opportunities for trade and expansion within the region and globally. By using current business cases and media coverage of economic, political and business issues, we will focus on what we as outsiders to the region need to quickly assess and integrate into our business approaches for success in the region.