Summer LC Course Offerings
British Media in the Global Context
(TVR-20600, 3 credits, LA)
This course will survey key aspects of the British Media, including specific case studies of British broadcasting, the British national and daily press, popular music and its relation to the media and the culture as a whole, British cinema and British television. These key aspects of the British media will then be studied in specific relation to the political, cultural, economic and technological attempts to place those media in the world arena.
Issues in Contemporary Urban Living: a Sociology of London
(New course number and designations TBD, 3 credits)
This course begins with an introduction to classic urban studies of London. To enhance this process, visits will be made to the sites described in these studies, as well as to places in which new social trends are being institutionalized such as the Houses of Parliament, and neighborhoods with diverse characteristics that reflect the social transformations with which the course will be concerned. Students will have the opportunity to plan and execute a small sociological study of London that has meaning and relevance to their personal interests.
The Making of England
(HIST-28699, 3 credits)
The central purpose of this course is to tell the story of “England” from its beginnings in the Romano-British period, through the Anglo-Saxon, Viking and Norman penetrations and conquests, to the foundation of English social, political and cultural values in the High Middle Ages. Focus will rest on the “mingling of peoples” that came together to create English national identity in the late medieval period. This central purpose will be traced through historical, archaeological and literary topics such as
- The “winners-losers’ theme in British History, illustrated through the drama of the Arthurian legend.
- The clash of pagan, Latin and Celtic Christian religions
- The emergence of distinct English social, political and cultural norms, chiefly the Magna Carta and the development of Parliament
Shakespeare in Performance
(ENGL-29500, 3 credits)
The main aim of this course will be to study the relationship between textual interpretation of Shakespeare’s plays and their performance. To accomplish these aims the course will examine the nature and conditions of Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre, the study of plays in their historical context, and the study of the history of the performances of his plays. Plays to be studied will be selected from among the productions currently being staged in London and Stratford. In addition to attending performances of the plays, the class will also participate in a Globe Workshop which will be a hands-on introduction to the practices and conventions of Shakespeare’s theatre, and will undertake a workshop at the Theatre Museum which has a vast archive of past Shakespeare productions and film versions on tape. The workshop will explore interpretations by a variety of productions of one of the plays to be studied.