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London Summer Term 2019

Join us in London for the exciting 2019 London Summer Program, based at Regent’s University in the heart of central London. Live and study 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 2019 summer program will consist of two 3-week, 6-credit sessions: students will be able to sign up for either session or take them both and earn 12 credits in six weeks. London and surrounding locations will be our classroom as students embark on field trips across the city and beyond in southern England. 

Each session is limited to 12 students. 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.

SESSION I: MAY 19-JUNE 9

HIST 212/ART 212: London Through the Ages (3 cr.)

Professor Ted South
Meets the History Perspective or the Aesthetic Perspective requirement.

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.

MATH 190/ILP 190: Cryptography: Secret Messages & the Women behind the Ciphers (3 cr.)

Professor Jennifer Beineke
Meets the math requirement for selected majors, or counts toward the 40-credit minimum for General University Requirements, or counts toward the Women’s and Gender Studies minor (pending approval).  

The word cryptography comes from Greek words meaning “hidden writing.” We will explore hidden writing and messages and their evolution over time in the UK. We will learn basic mathematical techniques to allow us to encrypt and decrypt messages, and we will study the impact of British women on cryptography—including Mary, Queen of Scots, the computer programmer Ada Lovelace, and the women code-breakers of Bletchley Park. Field trips will include the British Museum, the Science Museum, the Tower of London, and Bletchley Park.

SESSION II: JUNE 9-JUNE 30

SO 290/CUL 290: Riot Grrrls, B-Boys, & Metalheads (3 cr.)

Professor William Force
Designed to meet the Elements of Culture requirement “CA” (pending approval).

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, reggae, jazz, and folk. These cases allow us to explore the relationship between race, social class, and global politics in both countries. Field trips include musical performances, a Black history walking tour of Notting Hill, a visit to the grave of Karl Marx, a lovely afternoon tea, and more.

PSY 290: Happiness Revealed—the Psychology of Wellbeing (3 cr.)

Professor Denine Northrup
Meets the Social/Behavioral Perspective requirement. Designed to meet  the A&S Writing Intensive Course requirement (pending approval).

What makes us happy? For years the UK has measured the personal wellbeing of its citizens, making London an ideal place to explore the science of wellbeing.  Students will read psychological research about the impact of positive emotions, relationships, and accomplishments. We will test evidence-based psychological interventions at key locations such as the Tate Gallery, Hyde Park, and Kew Gardens to better understand how to enhance our wellbeing and how we can help others. Through active learning students will have a transformative study abroad experience.

FULL PROGRAM: MAY 19-JUNE 30

HIST 212/ART 212: London Through the Ages (3 cr.)

Professor Ted South
Meets the History Perspective or the Aesthetic Perspective requirement.

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.

 

MATH 190/ILP 190: Cryptography: Secret Messages & the Women behind the Ciphers (3 cr.)

Professor Jennifer Beineke
Meets the math requirement for selected majors, or counts toward the 40-credit minimum for General University Requirements, or counts toward the Women’s and Gender Studies minor (pending approval).  

The word cryptography comes from Greek words meaning “hidden writing.” We will explore hidden writing and messages and their evolution over time in the UK. We will learn basic mathematical techniques to allow us to encrypt and decrypt messages, and we will study the impact of British women on cryptography—including Mary, Queen of Scots, the computer programmer Ada Lovelace, and the women code-breakers of Bletchley Park. Field trips will include the British Museum, the Science Museum, the Tower of London, and Bletchley Park.

 

SO 290/CUL 290: Riot Grrrls, B-Boys, & Metalheads (3 cr.)

Professor William Force
Designed to meet the Elements of Culture requirement “CA” (pending approval).

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, reggae, jazz, and folk. These cases allow us to explore the relationship between race, social class, and global politics in both countries. Field trips include musical performances, a Black history walking tour of Notting Hill, a visit to the grave of Karl Marx, a lovely afternoon tea, and more.

PSY 290: Happiness Revealed—the Psychology of Wellbeing (3 cr.)

Professor Denine Northrup
Meets the Social/Behavioral Perspective requirement. Designed to meet  the A&S Writing Intensive Course requirement (pending approval).

What makes us happy? For years the UK has measured the personal wellbeing of its citizens, making London an ideal place to explore the science of wellbeing.  Students will read psychological research about the impact of positive emotions, relationships, and accomplishments. We will test evidence-based psychological interventions at key locations such as the Tate Gallery, Hyde Park, and Kew Gardens to better understand how to enhance our wellbeing and how we can help others. Through active learning students will have a transformative study abroad experience.

Start Packing: Here’s What You Need To Know

How much will this trip cost?

The estimated cost is $5,500 for one session and $9,600 for both sessions. This includes airfare, tuition, room and board, and field trips.

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
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Camden Market
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • The British Museum
  • The Science Museum
  • Bletchley Park
  • The Tate Gallery
  • Kew Gardens
  • Hyde Park
  • The Happiness Museum
  • Hampstead Heath
  • Highgate Cemetery
  • The Museum of London Docklands
  • Live musical performances at Hootananny Brixton, the Windmill, and other venues

 

How can I participate?

Students must be in good academic standing to participate in study abroad opportunities. Students participating in year-long or semester-long study abroad programs must satisfy the specific grade point average required by the foreign university they will be attending.

Want to learn more?

For more information, contact:

Dr. Josie Brown-Rose, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Assistant Director of the Study Abroad Program

Phone: 413-782-1279

Email: jbrownro@wne.edu

Dr. Saeed Ghahramani, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Study Abroad Program

Phone: 413-782-1218

Email: sghahram@wne.edu

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