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 National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Modern, Tate Britain and many others. Students will create their own images for a photographic/written journal of their tour. Tom Casella, professor of art instructs.
Britain in History
Travels and studies in England will take participants from pre-historic to modern times. The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with a variety of ways to experience history and to gain a much greater appreciation and knowledge of Great Britain. Students will examine Stonehenge and pre-historic London; tour the 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) as well as 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
Tours, historic walks, lectures, and group discussions enable participants to explore both past and present health care issues in Great Britain. Points of interest include the Royal Hospital Chelsea,the Gordon museum of Pathology, Old St. Thomas Operating Theatre, the Wellcome Collection, a Plague Walk and other activities. Differences in the health care systems of the United States and Great Britain will be considered. Jane Kiernan, Ph.D., professor of nursing 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 Jonson, the Romantics’ Hampstead Heath, the haunts of the "Eminent Victorians" and Pre-Raphaelites, Bloomsbury of the early 20th century, and contemporary settings of such writers as Zadie Smith. Students will receive a packet of reading materials and a list of films to view before departure. Maryanne Felter, Ph.D., professor of English instructs.
International Business: The British Experience
Students explore the world of international business as they tour London’s renowned commercial and financial landmarks. Included are walking tours of the financial, legal and retail districts. Points of interest on this in-depth guided excursion may include Lloyds of London, the Bank of England, The London Metal Exchange, American Embassy, Middle Temple, Guild Hall, Baltic Exchange, Docklands, Lloyd’s Register, City of London Museum, Fishmongers Hall, and Harrods Department Store. 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 radio, television, cable, and satellite 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.
Public Safety in Great Britain
Explore British public safety issues and their historical and cultural influences and compare trends in American and British systems of public safety and law. Visits and lectures include Scotland Yard and its Counter-Terrorism Squad, where you will see weapons of terror and their efforts to combat this. Also includes: demonstrations and hands-on at the Kensington Fire Station of the London Fire Brigade; a tour and presentation of the Supreme Court of Great Britain; a Legal walk with England’s #1 tour guide Thomas Hooper O.B.E., where you will sit in on an actual British criminal trial; as well as a Jack the Ripper walk. In addition, castles, dungeons, royalty, history, art, culture and more. “Very exclusive Ceremony of the Keys” at the Tower of London, and tour/presentation at the American Embassy – the ONLY group from the United States that is allowed to do this. John Lamphere, professor of criminal justice instructs.
Psychology of Multicultural London
London is considered to be the melting pot of numerous cultures. Through investigation, the student will be able to explore various cultures, including each culture’s own unique attributes, such as language, food and traditions. The examination of each origin will help students to become more tolerant of different races and ethnic groups. This class will break down cultural stereotypes, reduce prejudice, and also aid in changing behavior that might lead to discrimination. Several historic sides including the famous Freud museum, London’s street markets and various neighborhoods will be explored. NgocAnna H. Annorino, professor of psychology instructs.
Selected Topics in International Theatre: The London Theatre
Participants spend two weeks in London attending and discussing plays presented by the National Theatre, West End theatres and experimental companies of the Fringe. Backstage tours of Shakespeare’s Globe, The National Theatre and Theatre Royal on Drury Lane will also be included. The itinerary will also include visiting the sites of London, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Theatre Exhibit, the Millennium Bridge, Covent Garden street performers, a walking tour and much more. Robert Frame, director of theatre operations instructs.
Period Styles: Exploring Development of Fashion, Architecture and Décor
The object of this course is to acquaint students with the visual elements of historical period styles, basic vocabulary of the fashion, architecture, and décor styles. Emphasis will be placed on how the fashion and decorative arts of each period relate to the socio-economic, historic and religious developments. We will explore how change in any of these elements influences the others. Ann Emo, Associate Professor of Theater Design at SUNY Buffalo State instructs. Download our “Period Style” course information flyer.