College of Arts and Science Courses in London
2022 Program Dates
Student Arrival: Monday, May 23, 2022
Student Departure: Saturday, July 2, 2022 *TBC*
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British Art and Architecture in London - ARTH-UA 9011 - 4 points
British painting, sculpture, and architecture of the 17th through 20th centuries are viewed and discussed through visits to museums, galleries, churches, and ancestral homes in and around London. Class discussions approach the aesthetics of British art and architecture as well as their roles in cultural history.
Contemporary Political Culture of Britain - POL-UA 9514 - 4 points
Diverse facets of British political culture are explored, including the historic institutions of English government, the Parliamentary system, social class and its relation to the various (multi)cultures of the United Kingdom today, and the question of Britain's role in the "new" Europe. Students will have the opportunity to visit Parliament and discuss current issues with a Member of Parliament. Readings are taken from background source materials on British politics and from current debates on the problems and controversies facing the UK today.
Cultures & Contexts: The Black Atlantic - CORE-UA 9534 - 4 points
This course considers the Black Atlantic as a socio-cultural economic space from the first arrival of Africans in the ‘New World,’ beginning around in the 15th century, through the rise of slavery in the Americas. During this class we will trace the origins and importance of the concept of the Black Atlantic within broad political contexts, paying special attention to the changing social, cultural and economic relations that shaped community formation among people of African descent and laid the foundations for modern political and economic orders. Once we have established those foundations, we will think about the Black Atlantic as a critical site of cultural production. Using the frame of the Atlantic to ask questions about the relationship between culture and political economy. We will explore a range of genres--film, fiction, music, as well as formal scholarship--so as to explore questions of evidence in the context of the real and the imaginary. Topics to be covered include African enslavement and settlement in Africa and the Americas; the development of transatlantic racial capitalism; variations in politics and culture between empires in the Atlantic world; creolization, plantation slavery and slave society; the politics and culture of the enslaved; the Haitian Revolution; slave emancipation; and contemporary black Atlantic politics and racial capitalism.
Shakespeare and Elizabethan Stage - ENGL-UA 9412 or DRLIT-UA 9412 - 4 points
Students read and attend a selection of Shakespearean and other Elizabethan and Jacobean plays currently in production at the reconstructed Globe theatre, at the open-air theatre in Regents Park, and on other London stages. Attention is given both to the literary and historical context of Renaissance drama and to the practical aspects of staging the works.
Writing London - ENGL-UA 9182 or SCA-UA 9886 - 4 points
In Writing London, students will read literature from the eighteenth century up to contemporary literature in order to understand how the city of London was formative for British literature, and how British literature formed our imagination of London. In this course, students will focus in particular on London as a global city that housed an emergent middle class alongside of new extremes of poverty, modern democratic subjects and a multitude of people (freed slaves, Indian sailors, Irish “others”) unrecognized as citizens, and banks that financed the slave trade alongside of bars in which conspiracies against the government were hatched. The course will include at least one walking tour that will follow the route of the 1780 Gordon Riots, which set the city ablaze. Contemporary novels, autobiography, and documentary film will explore connections between London and the West Indies and issues of identity, diaspora, and race.
Students can expect to read works by some, but not all of, the following writers: Daniel Defoe, Mary Shelley, Mary Prince, Jane Austen, Jordy Rosenberg, Charles Dickens, Thomas de Quincey, William Wordsworth, Virginia Woolf, Stuart Hall, John Akomfrah, Beverley Brian, Stella Dadzie, Suzanne Scafe, Hazel Carby, Zadie Smith, and Sally Rooney.