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Queen Mary, University of London, England

British Studies - London, England
Summer II, 2016


Tarleton State University is pleased to continue its partnership with Midwestern State University and New Mexico State University to offer students this unique opportunity to study in London, England, Summer II, at Queen Mary College, University of London. You will study in the heart of one of the most exciting cities in the world. Select one of eleven course offerings (6 hours credit) for either undergraduate or graduate level courses. You must have completed 28 hours to be accepted into this program.

While in London individual student student travel will be facilitated by the consortium staff. All students are advised to secure a credit/debit card (with PIN Number) to cover personal expenses, and ATMs are conveniently located on the Queen Mary campus.

Classes are small and include a balanced mixture of lecture, guest speakers, field experience, and individual research. Credit hours are awarded by Midwestern State University and transferred to your home institution. American faculty from Midwestern, Tarleton State, and New Mexico State direct each class and assign grades.




Each student will take one class and receive six credit hours.

Classes will operate on a seminar-style format with all students actively participating in discussions with their professor as well as the numerous guest lecturers. Each lecture will be supplemented with a field experience that will add practical application to the issues that have been raised in class. Students enrolling in a class will be provided with a syllabus before they leave the United States. Research projects or papers will be completed upon return to the U.S. and sent to the professor of record for a final grade. A mini-break during the session will allow students to explore Great Britain or virtually any venue in Western Europe.

Student Housing

Each student will be housed in a private room with a built-in desk, single bed, clothes closet, and lavatory. Each six-bedroom suite is equipped with a bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. University housing is within easy access to the West End Theatre District, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, and Piccadilly Circus.

Classes Offered

Art - Photography in Britain

Six semester hours, ART 4113 & 4123. This studio class will address historical and contemporary photographic practices in Great Britain. London's museums, galleries, and institutions will be utilized. Important British photographers will be invited to class to discuss their work. Field trips will be an integral part of this course. Instruction in basic and advanced photographic techniques will be a daily part of this class. Each student will compile a photographic portfolio and book as a final project.

Business - International Business Ethics 

BUAD 4706 & 5706. Contemporary business culture reflects complex ethical territory - ethics requires weighing evidence critically and navigating significant uncertainty in making decisions that may profoundly impact employees, the natural environment, and entire cultures in developing nations. International business adds additional complexity, introducing concepts like multiculturalism and differing mores and laws regarding populations - what is assumed to be true or right in our culture may be viewed very differently in another culture, producing a conflict in setting domestic and international corporate policy. These are a sample of the topics the course covers, providing students with the tools needed to navigate the complexities of current domestic and international business.

Business - International Issues in Business

Six semester hours, BAUD 4883 & 4993 or 5993 & 6893. This course examines international issues in business. Components of marketing, management, accounting, finance, and economics will constitute the core of lectures while each student will also complete a research paper with the topic decided upon by the student and professor  of record. Guest lecturers from the European community and field trips to various British and E.U. points of Internet will be included within the course.

Criminal Justice - Comparative Criminal Justice

Six semester hours, CRJU 4253 & 4923. This course examines the primary components of the criminal justice system within the U.K. It will examine the similarities and differences of other criminal justice systems including the United States and European countries. This class will look at the criminal justice system’s responses to the historical, social, and political trends of the United Kingdom. The course will include lectures and scheduled field trips focusing on the primary components of the criminal justice system. They will include trips to Parliament, law enforcement agencies, Magistrates Court, and Crown Courts.

English - History of the English Language

Six semester hours, ENGL 4513 & 4993. This course will introduce students to the linguistic and social development of the English Language from its Indo-European roots to its various forms today. It will trace specific changes in the language-apparent in its sounds, grammar, meaning and written forms-alongside an exploration of the social and historical forces that effect that change. We will look closely at all phases of the language by looking at original documents, in original and virtual forms. Students will learn specifically how and why the Englishes of Beowulf, Chaucer, the U.S. Constitution, rap music, and many points between and around theses differ. Students will discuss the historical, political, and social causes and effects of dialectical variety in English in London and around the world. We will talk about the effects of technologies such as the printing press and the internet on the language, as well. Students will leave the course with a deep knowledge of English yesterday, today, and even tomorrow. 

English - Shakespeare in London

Six semester hours, ENGL 4716 or 5773 & 5003. This course is an experience-based exploration of the life and work of William Shakespeare from historical, textual, critical, and performative perspectives. In addition to lecture/discussion, class experience will include site visits, workshops, guest lectures, & live performances. In this course students will 1) explore & examine the historical context of Shakespeare's life and works 2) acquire & utilize an understanding of Shakespearean textual production and reproduction 3) master & apply basic terms and techniques of Shakespearean criticism 4) consider & articulate your views on the variety and impact of Shakespearean performance, both historically and in contemporary English culture.

Fine Arts - Theatre

Six semester hours, THEA 4393 & 4493. London offers some of the most diverse and captivating theatre in the world! This course will focus on experiencing theatrical productions across a wide variety of styles and genres, then critiquing and analyzing those performances. To do this, students will be asked to move beyond an appreciation of the art form towards an understanding of what makes theatre compelling to an audience. Students will take on the role of theatrical investigators, examining how varying dramatic elements coalesce into a final production. We will study acting styles, elements of design, the business of theatre, and of course the history of theatre in London. The class will also include lectures, discussions with industry professionals, and visits to museums and theatres of note. students will develop a working knowledge of Artisole's Six elements of Drama, Freytag's Pyramid, and rhetorical, thematic, stylistic, and historical analysis of plays.

History - World War II

Six semester hours, HIST 4933 & 4953 or 5003 & 5003. Because of the unique history of London and all of England during World War II, this course will focus on the major military, political, and social issues surrounding the war with particular emphasis on the European Theatre. The class will rely on a mix of scholarly lectures, class discussion, and historical field trips. Churchill's underground bunker in London, the Imperial War Museum, and former allied air fields will be the centerpiece of field experiences that will supplement lectures and guest speakers.

The History of Natural Sciences

Six semester hours , BIOL 4813 & 4913. Many of the most important advancements in our knowledge of the natural and biological sciences took place in or around London. Such advancements include Darwin's Natural Selection and Watson and Crick's work on the same structure of the DNA. This course will cover past ideas and plot our understanding of the natural sciences from earliest recorded writings to the present. While the subject is world-wide in scope, the unique placement of London in the record of the natural sciences will be used to enhance your understanding of the subject through instructor guided literature review, field trips to the sites where some of the most influential ideas in natural science were formulated, and lectures from experts in the field. Students will have the unique opportunity to be completely immersed in the geographic epicenter of the Victorian scientific revolution and walk the same streets and hallways of many academic pillars of natural science.

Public Health - Determinants of Health Disparities - A Comparative International Perspective

Six semester hours, HSAD 4006, 5006. This course will compare the health care needs and public health services in various countries. Physical, relational, social and environmental determinants of health will be investigated. Health disparities among vulnerable populations, as well as advocacy efforts on their behalf, will be studied. Emerging infectious diseases will be identified and intervention strategies explored. The role of prevention in health promotion will be emphasized. Guest lecturers, filed trips to public health organizations and museums, and tours related to the history of public health in London will enhance this study abroad experience.

Sociology - British Culture and Society

Six semester hours, SOCL 4883 & 4893. This course will take a comparative institutional approach to understanding British culture and society. That is, we will be comparing social institutions in Britain (e.g. government, marriage/families, media, religion, sport, etc.) with our knowledge and understanding of those institutions in the U.S. Other topics to be examined comparatively are sexuality , gender, Immigration, deviance/criminality, and even the culture of food. As learning sociologists, we will investigate a new land using our "sociological imagination" to understand those social phenomena which are normally difficult to uncover due to their "everyday" nature. Our modes of investigation will include first hand experience, class reading and discussion, expert lectures, and field trips.

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