The London Program courses are designed for the program and are taught by a combination of Binghamton faculty and program faculty based in London. Each course carries four units of credit unless otherwise noted. Course approval for non-SUNY students must be granted by the student's home institution. We recommend that Binghamton students speak to an academic advisor in their school about any study abroad plans.
Binghamton Courses for Spring 2014
Each course is 4 credits. Students may choose to take 3 courses to total 12 credits, or 4 courses to total 16 credits.
English 450W: The British Experience
The British Experience course is designed for students in different disciplines to engage in the study abroad experience from the perspective of their own academic interests and majors. In Britain, students will explore aspects of British and European culture with the goal of seeing and writing about American culture from the perspective of what they have learned by seeing their country from abroad. Students will meet in class to assess and analyze these experiences from the perspectives of their own disciplines. This variable credit course is appropriate for students in any major, but some students who are not English majors may find it advantageous to work with a professor in their own department to do a project that can be assessed in Binghamton for course credit in that department. English majors, likewise, may take this course for English 450R credit or for independent study credit in an area needed to fulfill
a department requirement.
English 245H/400H: Shakespeare on Stage
London offers a rich menu of Shakespeare productions. From the plays available during our stay in London, we will select for study a group that promises variety and interest, including fringe theatre. The class will read the plays, see them, and discuss the productions as well as the complex implications of the texts. The goal of the course is to discover the attraction of Shakespeare through the ages and to consider the connections between our culture and the one in which he wrote. In addition to seeing the plays in London, we will also go to Stratford-upon- Avon to visit his birthplace and to attend one or more theatre performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Students taking this class will have a guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe and Rose theatres, and will also see a play production at the Globe. All interested students on the program will be invited to join in these activities.
Rhetoric240L: Introduction to Journalism (C)
With its diverse array of newspapers, broadcast outlets, magazines and online resources, London is one of the world's great media capitals. Students will report and write news and geature stories based on visits to sites such as the House of Commons, Speakers' Corner in Hyde Par, the BBC's Broadcasting House and more. We'll compare contemporary journalistic practicies in the U.K. and the U.S., and we'll analzye British press coverage of U.S. news. Working journalists will be invited to address the class. (NOTE: this course fulfills the Rehtoric 240 pre-requisite for upper-level journalism courses at Binghamton University.) The course fulfills a C general education requirement.
Rhetoric 380L: London Journal (C)
This course offers student experience in various genres of nonfiction writing, including personal essay, travel essay, travel feature and short-form creative nonfiction. Students will keep travel journals so that their visits to sites in and around London- and beyond- can form the basis of more structured writing assignments. We'll create an online magazine where students can showcase their best work and gain experience in digital storytelling. Students will serve, on a rotating basis, as the magazine's editorial board. This course fulfills a C general education requirement.
English 422L: Modern British Theatre
Modern British theatre, with London as its center, blends tradition and innovation to produce a remarkable blend of writing and performance styles. This course draws on London's rich cultural diversity as well as its centuries-long theatrical history to explore how the written word is realized on stage. Through regular theatre visits, participatory class exercises, and a final performance project, students gain understanding of the constraints and opportunities shaping theatre in London today.
Art 200L: British Art and Architecture 'in Context'
This course will give students the opportunity to be exposed to and engaged with British Art and Architecture, past and present. We will be focusing on major painters, sculptors and architects in Britain from the time of Henry the VIII to the present. Rather than adopting a conventional chronological approach, British Art and Architecture will be studied through themes and historical events which deeply affected the arts. London itself will be our 'extended classroom': weekly visits to museums, galleries, churches and other institutions will provide the basis for on-site discussions in front of original works.
Binghamton University Faculty at the Semester-in-London Program
BERNARD ROSENTHAL served several terms as Chair of the Binghamton University English Department and more recently as Resident Director of the Semester-in-London Program. He is the author of numerous articles and books and has been engaged with the London program for many years.
MARY HAUPT is a veteran journalist and journalism lecturer at Binghamton University. She was listed among the top 300 professors in the country in the Princeton Review's 2012 guide book, The Best 300 Professors, based on student reviews and annual surveys conducted by RateMyProfessors.com and the Princeton Review. She holds an MA in journalism from The Ohio State University. This is her second semester teaching in the London program.
JANINE CLEMENTS has great experience with the London stage and has taught theatre studies at universities in the United States and Great Britain. She is a member of the Directors' Guild of Great Britain and has both directed and acted in many critically lauded productions in the U.S. and the U.K.
DONATELLA SPARTI is Associate Professor in the History of Art at Syracuse University's London Program, where she has taught courses on European and British Art and Museum Studies, and where in 2007 she received the Michael O'Leary Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy. She is the author of two books and over 35 articles in scholarly journals.
JOSEPH KEITH, the faculty director for the Semester-in-London Program, is Associate Professor in the English Department at Binghamton University. He received an MA from The Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from Columbia University.
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