London Summer Term 2022
Join us in London for the exciting London Summer Program, based at Regent’s University in the heart of central London. Live and learn at Regent’s beautiful campus in Regent’s Park, within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, the British Museum, the London Zoo, and many other famous landmarks. The program will consist of a 1-credit course on campus during the spring semester, then either six credits in three weeks or 12 credits in six weeks in London in the summer. The summer classes are designed to fulfill the University’s general education requirements. London and surrounding locations will be our classroom as students embark on field trips across the city and beyond in southern England.
The summer program is limited to 10 students for each three-week session. Students interested in participating should contact Professor Tim Vercellotti at Summer.London@wne.edu or 413-782-1724 for more information or to reserve a seat in the program. Also, follow the London Summer Term on Twitter @WNESummerLondon.
PLEASE NOTE: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required both for international travel and for study at Regent’s University.
Spring Semester 2022
INST 190: Introduction to London and the Home Counties (1 cr.)
Course meets on Tuesdays from 5:00-5:50 p.m.
Professor Tim Vercellotti
This course will introduce students to the politics, geography, and culture of London and surrounding southeastern England. Students will examine the local and national political institutions that function in London, the role that the River Thames has played in the development of London and surrounding areas, and the changing demographics of the region. The course also will describe the uniquely English norms that shape human behavior in shared spaces in London, including pubs, restaurants, mass transit, and religious institutions.
Summer Session I—May 28-June 18, 2021
HIST 212/ART 212: London Through the Ages (3 cr.)
Professor Ted South
Fulfills the History Perspective or the Aesthetic Perspective
Immerse yourself in the history and architecture of London over the past 2,000 years. Students will study what life in the city was like during the Roman, medieval, Tudor, Georgian, and Victorian periods and learn how to identify buildings from those eras while exploring the modern city in depth. Field trips will include landmarks like the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral, but also lesser-known places that have preserved fascinating traces of London’s past.
CUL 231: Music (Sub) Cultures in the US and UK (3 cr.)
Professor William Force
Meets the Elements of Culture (CA) requirement for Business and Engineering or Global Cultures (CUL) for Arts & Sciences
The course will introduce students to Sociological analysis of culture (and subculture) by comparing musical genres in the US and UK: punk, hip-hop, heavy metal, outlaw country, and reggae. These cases allow us to explore the relationship between race, social class, and global politics in both societies. Past field trips have included musical performances, a Black history walking tour of Notting Hill, a visit to the grave of Karl Marx, a lovely afternoon tea, and more.
Summer Session II: June 18-July 9, 2021
COMM 235/POSC 235: BRITISH PRESS AND POLITICS (3 CR.)
Professor Tim Vercellotti
Meets the Social / Behavioral Perspective requirement. Can be taken at the 300 level. Also satisfies the Arts & Sciences Writing Intensive Course requirement.
Phone-hacking, bribery, deceit. British journalists have done it all to uncover stories about the Royal Family, Parliament, film and sports stars, and ordinary citizens. This course examines the struggle between Britain’s notoriously raucous press and the government over what the public has a right to know, and where to draw the line in protecting national security, privacy and decency. Field trips include visits to the Houses of Parliament, the BBC, ITV, and the British Museum, and a walking tour of Fleet Street, the birthplace of British journalism.
EC 240: FOOTBALL WITHOUT HELMETS (3 CR.)
Professor Herb Eskot
May fulfill an economics requirement in some majors.
Football and rugby are two of the most popular professional team sports in the UK. This course focuses on the structural, cultural, and economics aspects of these two sports and on the differences and similarities to professional team sports in the U.S. Topics include, league structure; labor markets, including the transfer market; relegation and promotion; and team objectives. No prior knowledge of the sports is necessary. Field trips will include visits to Premier League stadiums, a tour of Twickenham Stadium and the World Rugby Museum, and a visit to the Freemason Arms pub, site of the founding of the Football Association.
Start Packing: Here’s What You Need To Know
How much will this trip cost?
The costs are subject to change pending final budget approval.
The cost for one session (3 weeks) is currently estimated to be $5,900.
The cost for two sessions (6 weeks) is currently estimated to be $10,600.
What will I see in London?
London will serve as our classroom during the summer term. Field trips will take us to:
- The Tower of London
- St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Westminster Abbey
- The Houses of Parliament
- Camden Market
- Hampton Court Palace
- British Museum
- A Black history walking tour of the Nottingham Hill Neighborhood
- Highgate Cemetery and the grave of Karl Marx
- A traditional afternoon English tea
- The Museum of London
- BBC Broadcasting House, London
- ITV Studios, London
- Walking tour of Fleet Street, birthplace of the British press
- Premier League stadiums, including Stamford Bridge (Chelsea F.C.) and Emirates Stadium (Arsenal F.C.)
- Twickenham Stadium and the World Rugby Museum
How can I participate?
Applicants should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the close of the fall 2021 semester, and must have earned a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher for the fall 2021 semester. We will consider applicants with cumulative GPA’s below 2.5 if they provide a name and contact information for a faculty member who can provide a reference indicating that the student is prepared to succeed in a study abroad program.
Want to learn more?
For more information, contact:
Dr. Josie Brown, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Study Abroad Program
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