LONDON COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
ART AND DESIGN
Touring London’s museums and galleries, students view old masters as well as contemporary works of art and photography. Lectures and discussions focus on fine and design arts. Visits include the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Modern and many others. Students can create their own images for a photographic journal of their tour. Tom Casella, professor of art instructs.
BRITAIN IN HISTORY
Students in this course will explore England from pre-historic to modern times. The course acquaints students with a variety of ways to experience history and gain a much greater appreciation and knowledge of Great Britain. Students will examine Stonehenge and pre-historic London, tour Roman ruins in the cities of London and Bath, and visit museums, such as the Museum of London and Victoria and Albert Museum. In addition, participants will tour medieval cathedrals (Westminster Cathedral and St. Paul’s Cathedral) and visit historic castles, including the London Tower and Windsor Castle. Additional points of interest will be discussed and explored throughout this course. Ronald Grube, professor of history instructs.
COMPARATIVE SOCIAL ISSUES IN LONDON
Landmark attractions of London, Stonehenge, Bath and Greenwich are our classroom as we trace the history, culture, and traditions of Great Britain. Visits and lectures explore the causes and effects of social classes through the ages, from the extravagance of the royals to the struggles of workers, serfs and slaves. We also look at how Britain — once the seat of the global British Empire — has influenced the world by imposing its ways and laws on non-British subjects. Teri Misiaszek, professor of criminal justice instructs.
COMPARATIVE WORLD RELIGIONS
London’s diverse communities embrace many belief systems, creating a real-world context to explore Eastern and Western religious thought. Offered for Philosophy credit, this course includes presentations by believers of several faiths and visits to noted cathedrals, temples, mosques, museums, and historic sites. Jeffrey Delbel, Ph.D., professor of philosophy instructs.
HEALTH CARE IN GREAT BRITAIN
This international study-travel course is offered to those interested in exploring health care issues in Great Britain. The intent is to enrich and broaden the historic and cultural insights of the health care provider through immersion in and study of an international health care system. The program focuses on comparing and contrasting variations in past, current, and future trends between the National Health Service and United States health care system. Historic and cultural influences will be explored during visits to the Roman baths at Bath, the original Old St. Thomas’ Operating Theatre, the Wellcome Collection, the Florence Nightingale Museum, the Gordon Museum, a Plague Walk, and many other sites of interest. Jane Kiernan, Ph.D., professor of nursing instructs.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS: THE BRITISH EXPERIENCE
This study/travel course acquaints participants with the scope and nature of international business in the United Kingdom. Walking tours, lectures, and discussions by British and American officials allow participants to consider historic, cultural and market influences on modern business activity. Participants have opportunities to compare and contrast trends affecting the business environment in both the United States and United Kingdom through visits to such prominent institutions as The Guildhall, The Baltic Exchange, Lloyd’s of London, Fishmonger’s Hall, The Bank of England, The American Embassy, The Precious Metals Exchange, Harrod’s and John Lewis Department Stores, and other sites of interest. Tom Paczkowski, professor of business instructs.
MEDIA: THE BRITISH EXPERIENCE
In this comprehensive exploration of 21st-century media, professionals from the British broadcasting industry provide an in-depth view of media in Great Britain. Tours, lectures, and discussions feature BBC television and radio facilities, a backstage tour at the National Theatre and many other highlights. Steve Keeler and Jack Rosenberry, professors of telecommunications instruct.
SELECTED TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL THEATRE: THE LONDON THEATRE
Participants spend two weeks in London attending and discussing a variety of plays presented by the National Theatre, West End theatres, and experimental companies of the Fringe. When possible, seminars discussing productions will include guests from these companies. Backstage tours and opportunities to explore the vibrant Arts community of London are included in the itinerary. Also integral to the experience are day trips to Stratford-on-Avon, Stonehenge and the Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour. Robert Frame, director of theatre operations instructs.
Explore landmarks of British poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. Tour medieval through 18th century London within the old city walls; visit the south bank of Shakespeare and Marlowe, the homes of such story tellers and poets as John Keats and Charles Dickens, and the Bloomsbury of 20th century novelists such as Virginia Woolf; attend London theatre and visit a haunted one. Students also visit major historical and literary landmarks.
THE LONDON EYE – DIGITAL IMAGING IN LONDON
This special topics course provides students the unique opportunity to participate in a two-week intensive photography class experience traveling and photographing in London. Through the use of digital photography, related lectures and field trips, the primary objective of this course is to introduce students to a new culture in a new environment using the medium of photography to document and give meaning to their efforts. Students will be encouraged to connect their specific fields of interest and study with a chosen theme that relates to the rich history, culture, architecture, environment, media, and mythology of England as they explore the country and the city with their cameras. Tom Proietti of St. John Fisher College and Jasna Bogdanovska of Monroe Community College instruct.