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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Each area studies course includes 45 contact hours for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
The 8-week CIEE full-time internship (200-240 internship hours) with a hybrid integrated academic seminar includes 30 contact hours for 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.
Students may choose between any of the 6-week courses offered through the Open Campus program in Block I. Sample course descriptions follow:
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.
(GI) PUBH 3006 LNEN / INRE 3008 LNEN
Contemporary Challenges in Global Health
In this course students examine the economic, cultural, ethical, and structural challenges faced by health care systems today. The course explores different approaches to health care system organization and financing, strategies for using limited resources, and challenges to providing universal access to health care. Students address specific approaches to these challenges, with a comparative focus on European countries and the United States.
(GI) POLI 3002 LNEN
European Comparative Political Systems
This course examines the political systems of various European nation-states. Focus is placed on the main political cleavages in each, such as class, ideology, ethnicity, and religion, and how these divisions have influenced the political playing field. Additional topics include nationalism, citizenship, party structures, corporatism, the welfare state, and electoral politics. A special focus will be recent symptomatic challenges to European democracy. As we compare the features of these different democratic systems in detail and relate them to their historical and cultural context, we will focus on three major challenges common to all of these democracies: the decreasing level of participation, especially regarding voter turnout; the decline of large political parties, which raises the question of who, in future, is going to mediate between the citizens’ interests and those of the state; and the perception that the major decisions in democratic countries are increasingly made outside the purview of democratic institutions.
(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 PR 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 multiple, specific national market needs and constraints, and coordinating marketing and branding strategies in global markets. Guest lectures by local business professionals and company visits provide first-hand context and experience for the issues explored in the course.
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 3003 LNEN
Mass Media in Europe
This course provides 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 site visits.
(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 Welcome Collection as well as guest lectures from practicing psychologists.
All students enroll in the 8-week CIEE Global Internship with hybrid integrated academic seminar and then will have the option to choose one of the two elective courses.
Required CIEE Internship
INSH 3806 HYBR
The CIEE Global Internship program combines a full-time internship with a hybrid integrated academic seminar taught in an online learning environment 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. Students will be assessed via assignments and activities that include but are not limited to the following: online discussion forums, small group peer coaching, reflective papers, individual or small group presentations, analysis of readings, an informational interview and internship work plan, 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.