London Courses

Students and Classes

The student population of Temple London is small in number. Our typical student is a junior or senior from a college in the United States with an academic background in communications and/or theater. Students majoring in the College of Liberal Arts will have no trouble taking the media and communications courses we offer in London.  Temple students who successfully complete (with a C- or better) at least three semester hours on an this program will satisfy the Global/World Society requirement. Please note that you do not earn an additional three credits, but the requirement is waived as completed.

The School of Media and Communication is offering a new International Communication Concentration to SMC majors and most of the courses on the London program can be used to fulfill requirements for this concentration.  More information on the International Communication Concentration can be found on the undergraduate bulletin here.  If you are interested in declaring this concentration, you must have already declared a major within the School of Media and Communication, be in good academic standing and complete this form and return it to the Advising Center in Room 9 in Annenberg Hall.  You should also consider making an appointment with an academic advisor prior to declaring the concentration to go over your academic progress.


A full-time Temple University faculty member serves as resident director each semester and summer. This individual comes from one of the departments in the School of Media and Communication. Additional British part-time faculty, often prominent professionals in their field, are used regularly. They are complemented by a generous sampling of guest lecturers.

Summer 2014

Course Offerings

British Mass Media
MSP 4572: British Media and Telecommunication (3 s.h.);

JOURN 3751: Foreign Study in Journalism (3 s.h.)
A survey of British television, press, film, magazines and radio. Topics include underground press, private radio, avant-garde film, and public and private television. The philosophy and guiding rationale of current British media policy and practice will be investigated through lectures, guest presenters, observation, and literature.

Special Topics: The Image of ‘the Other’  – Exploring Media Stereotypes in the U.K.:
MSP 4390 (4 s.h.); Theater 3080 (3 s.h.); JOURN 3870 (3 s.h.); or FMA 2670 (4 s.h.)
When you think of the typical Brit, does Prince William spring to mind? Maybe the Queen or Paul McCartney? For most people, British means a white face and a lovely accent. But like the United States, the United Kingdom is on a collision course with a more colorful future. London is already there. Since 2011, London’s population is officially less than 50 percent White. Still, the White British stereotype persists. In this class we will examine how the “Other”  — the ethnic Brit – is portrayed in the news media, print media, advertising, television and film.  We will see if stereotypes are the norm or if a more nuanced portrayal is granted. We will compare British images with American and we will ultimately try to gauge if images of the “Other” are fair. In conjunction with a critical analysis of various British media outlets, we will also engage with the ethnic populations in and around London to hear their concerns of their visibility in the media, as well as to examine the burgeoning ethnic media products being created in print, on-line and on air by the people themselves.  Much like New York City or even Philadelphia, London is a city of neighborhoods and each neighborhood has a unique personality. In addition, many of these neighborhoods are known for their ethnic inhabitants – Indian, Jamaican, Asian, and Irish. In this class we will be informing ourselves about the “Other” by traveling to these unique neighborhoods on a regular basis to see the reality of their lives and situations. We will explore cultural hot spots, restaurants and performances in order to gain a deeper understanding of London’s cultural diversity. We will also visit mainstream British media and communications outlets to witness how the “Other” is changing the public face of a ‘regular Brit.’

The Summer 2014 Program Director

Lori L. Tharps is an assistant professor of journalism at Temple’s School of Media and Communications. A graduate of Smith College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Tharps spent more than a decade as a magazine professional working on staff at both Vibe and Entertainment Weekly and freelancing for such publications as Essence, Vibe Vixen and Suede. Tharps’ recent work can be seen in the Columbia Journalism Review, Grid Philadelphia, and Vogue Black. Tharps is also the author of two critically acclaimed nonfiction books, Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America (St. Martin’s) and Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain (Atria). Tharps is also the author of the novel, Substitute Me (Atria). In February 2014 St. Martin’s Press will be releasing an updated version of Hair Story.  Professor Tharps is also an avid traveller and has been an exchange student in Morocco and Spain. Her research interests are in identity politics, pop culture and multicultural issues. She is extremely excited to spend summer 2014 exploring London’s multicultural scene.

Fall 2014

Course Offerings

Special Topics (required course for all students): British Culture in the Age of Globalization:
MSP 4390 (4 s.h.); Theater 2210 (3 s.h.); or JOURN 3860 (4 s.h.)

This course explores British cultural identity in the context of an increasingly globalized world. How has globalization impacted the definition of British culture? How is Britain represented to the rest of the world? What is the role of the media in this representation? What elements of “the global” are integrated into “local” British cultural identity? What elements of British culture are globally influential? What is the relationship of British culture to the rest of Europe? This class will use the city of London—frequently identified as one of the most global cities in the world—to explore these issues (and more). We will focus on media but also landscape, street art, performance and our own experiences in our efforts to answer these questions. In addition to introducing students to rarely explored dimensions of British cultural identities, this course will help them develop a better understanding of global processes and of the nature of the contemporary relationship between the global and the local.

British Life & Cultures:
STRC 3220: Special Topics in Public Communications
(3 s.h.)
COMM 3081: Special Projects (4 s.h.)

This course aims to enable students to develop an understanding of British society as an integrated whole which is more than the sum of its parts. This in turn should encourage critical discussion and reflection about the differences between US, British and European cultures, and the collective relationship that individuals have with their own societies. As part of this course there will be a minimum of four field trips to introduce students to locations, organizations & socio-political issues that are of importance to contemporary Londoners.  Topics include ethnic diversity and multiculturalism; media; class and power; the arts; and international relations.

British Cinema:
FMA 3770: Topics in Film Study (4 s.h.)

A survey of British cinema from its beginnings to 1980, the course will look at the work of directors such as Cecil Hepwork, Alfred Hitchcock, Humphrey Jennings, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, David Lean, Robert Hanmer and Lindsay Anderson. It will assess the contribution of particular studios – for example, Ealing, Denham and Lime Grove examine
specific groups of film makers such as those around Grierson and Free Cinema, and take account of significant external influences on the development of cinema.

British Mass Media:
MSP 4572: British Media & Telecommunication (3 s.h.)

JOURN 3751: Foreign Study in Journalism (3 s.h.)
A survey of British television, press, film, magazines and radio. Topics include underground press, private radio, avant-garde film, and public and private television. The philosophy and guiding rationale of current British media policy and practice will be investigated through lectures, guest presenters, observation, and literature.

Creative Thinking for Advertising:
ADV 3101 (3 s.h.)

Prerequisites waived for the London course only.
This course uses team oriented sessions to develop the creative skills necessary for solving advertising problems. A cross discipline approach is utilized and “creatives” from various advertising and non-advertising disciplines participate as guest facilitators and speakers.

International Internship Course:
ADV 3185 (3 s.h); MSP 4785 (4 s.h.); MSP 4786 (3 s.h.); FMA 3085 (4 s.h); JOURN 3885 (3 s.h.); JOURN 3882 – Special Projects in Journalism (3 s.h.); STRC 3385 – Internship in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy (3 s.h.); STRC 3585 – Internship in Public Relations (3 s.h.); STRC 3685 – Internship in Organizational Leadership (3 s.h.); Theater 2085 (3 s.h.); or Theater 3082 – General Study (3 s.h.)

Students selected on the basis of qualifications and interests work as interns with relevant professional British or American organizations; work is on an unpaid basis for two days a week. All students who wish to register for this course must complete a separate internship application. The online application form is made available upon acceptance to the program.

Political Communication:
STRC 3323 (3 s.h.)

Theory and research communication in political contexts, including framing of election campaigns, roles of the news media in reporting and editorializing, war propaganda, and symbolic action in conflicts between social movements and agents of social control.

Travel Writing:
MSP 3296 or JOURN 3296 (Writing Intensive 3. s.h.)

As Tim Cahill, the legendary travel writer and former editor of Outside Magazine, once wrote, “It isn’t the traveling, it’s the writing.” Cahill, Andrew Bain, Rory MacLean, Sara Wheeler, Rolf Potts, Bill Bryson–these are writers with wildly different styles, and many of them travel to completely mundane locations, but they all manage to learn something about themselves, and why they travel, in the process of writing. In other words, it’s not where they go, it’s how they experience the place, and how they write about that experience. This is a course about Travel itself. What does it mean to travel? Why do we travel, and how do we decide where to go? We will examine the romantic sense of wanderlust that nearly all people experience at least once in their lives. The course will also examine the ideas of International Communication and Intercultural Competence. How do we travel with cultural sensitivity? We will look at the reputation of the American traveler, and the stereotypes of “ugly Americanism.” Through our exploration of these concepts, we will discover what travel reveals about us and about our culture, and about the cultures we are visiting. And we will become travelers who can move beyond the superficial “tourist” experience of a place.

Fall 2013 student, Mariana Zimmerman, gives students an inside look into what Travel Writing in London is all about!  Check out it out below.

Contemporary British Theatre:
The Collaborative Art: Theater 1002 (3 s.h.)
This course uses current London productions to introduce elements of theatre production including place, space, audience and actors, and directorial interpretation. Topics discussed include the structure of the theatre sector in the UK; historical contexts and movements; political and ethical questions (e.g. the issue of public subsidy for the arts); and core principles of dramatic writing.

The course also discusses important writers and, where appropriate, the wider movements of which they are a part. It also discusses plays visited during the course and some fundamental aspects of dramaturgy. This is complemented by closer scrutiny of four texts seen as representative of British theatre’s journey towards its contemporary condition.

The Fall 2014 & Spring 2015 Faculty Director

Fabienne Darling-Wolf is a faculty member in the Journalism Department and the Media and Communication doctoral program. She received her M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa (both in Mass Communication). Her research concentrates on global media, international communication, and cultural identity formation with a particular focus on issues of gender, race and class. She regularly conducts ethnographic fieldwork in France, where she was born and raised, Japan and Philadelphia. She lived in a small Japanese village for several years, frequently teaches in Tokyo in the summers and has additional close cultural ties to Slovenia, Canada, and the Ukraine.

Dr. Darling-Wolf is currently a member of the Center for the Humanities at Temple University (CHAT) “Culture and Identity in Contemporary Europe” research group. Her forthcoming book Imagining the Global: Transnational Media and Popular Culture Beyond East and West (Michigan University Press) explores how people form images of other cultures through their consumption of globally distributed media.

Spring 2015

Course Offerings

Spring 2015

Special Topics (required course for all students): Picturing London: Visual Communication & Cultural Identity: MSP 4390 (3 s.h.);  Theater 2210 (3 s.h.); or JOURN 3860 (4 s.h.)

What images come to our heads when we think of British culture? What mental pictures do we arrive with, and how might these change as we spend more time in London? What do these images tell us about how we imagine London and, more generally, Britain? This class will explore these questions through an analysis of visual symbols found throughout London. We will focus not only on mass media, but also on landscape, street art, and performance. This course aims at helping students develop a deeper understanding of visual expression and learn to critically assess (and use in their own work) the power of visuals in communicating about culture(s).  For the final project, each student will present a visual story of his or her own journey through London.
***The remaining Spring 2015 course options are the same as those for the Fall 2014 program (above).

The Spring 2014 Faculty Director

Guillermo Caliendo received an MA in Communication Studies from California State University, Los Angeles, a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Culture, and a Ph.D. Certificate in Cultural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. His research interest focuses on cultural discourse about race/ethnicity and gender/sexuality. Besides serving in various intercultural editorial boards in the U.K., he has published numerous journal articles, book reviews and chapter contributions dealing with transcultural and multiethnic groups in Europe. His cultural research and instructional experience can contribute to the Study Away in London by helping students to become better intercultural communicators in British society. Additionally, his own multicultural background and his ability to speak Spanish and French fluently has prepared him to teach students not only how to perform cross-cultural communication, but most importantly how to adapt successfully to various European ethnicities.

Fall 2013 TUTV student reporter, Robert Monroe, presents an inside look into what the Temple London experience is like for the faculty director, Sheryl Kantrowitz, from the Advertising Department!  Check out it out below.