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.

Faculty

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 2015

Course Offerings

British Life & Visual Media
MSP 4572, JOURN 3751, or STRC 3220 (3 s.h.): COMM 3081 (4 s.h.);
What is the British identity?  How do the British people reflect this identity in its television, film and visual arts?  How have the developments in Visual Media impacted cultural growth in the UK and abroad?  How is British culture perceived when Visual Media is exported overseas? Students taking this course will examine issues of cultural identity as reflected by British film, television, photography and the visual arts.
The course explores the new Britain through a unique balance between classroom instruction by British faculty, guest speakers from all walks of public life, and guided visits to places of both historical and contemporary significance.  Students will gain an understanding of British culture and society by examining the history of its major social and political institutions, the cultural values of its peoples and significant contemporary socio-political issues and debates emphasizing the impact the development Visual Media has had on British life.
Special Topics: Children’s Media in the U.K.:
MSP 4390; JOURN 3860; or FMA 2670 (4 s.h.),  or Theater 3080 (3 s.h.);
Children spend upwards of eight hours a day with media and are a target audience for media content producers, marketing firms and advertising agencies globally. The UK children’s media industry is a leader globally and this course will explore it from first creative idea through market research, production, advertising and trans-media products.

Many children’s media brands (i.e. Nickelodeon, Disney) have their European headquarters in London, as well as being home to leading animation houses, researchers, ad agencies and production centers. An exciting element of this course will be attendance at the annual UK Children’s Media Conference where students will have an opportunity to meet directly with industry leaders.

Faculty Director

Summer 2015 
Sherri Hope Culver currently serves as Assistant Professor at Temple University in the Department Media Studies and Production. She also serves as the Director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy at Temple. Sherri teaches courses in media management, children’s media and communications. She was awarded the Innovative Teaching Award for the School of Communications and Theater in 2008. Sherri specializes in content development and strategic executive management for children’s media companies and public media.

Sherri has consulted on several initiatives for PBS Kids Sprout, including program development, online standards, advertising policies and on air representations of healthy living. Sherri has also consulted with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, providing strategic planning leadership to public television stations. Sherri’s commitment to public media is reflected in her almost twenty years serving in leadership positions within public broadcasting. She provided executive leadership at several public television stations, including serving as General Manager (CEO).

Sherri has produced and executive produced over 600 hours of television programming including talk shows, documentaries, town meetings and dramas. She holds a masters degree in Public Culture from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research explored the impact of children’s television on the social development of girls and their ability to form ethnically-diverse friendships. She regularly presents at conferences on issues of media, public media, children’s media and media literacy.

Sherri is co-author of book The Media Career Guide and author of the book, The Television and Video Survival Guide: An Insiders Top Notch Creative and Technical Advice for Your First (or next) Production. Sherri has made numerous television appearances and has hosted several television talk shows, including countless hours of public television pledge pledge drives! Sherri is currently serving her third term as President of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. She resides in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Spring 2016

Course Offerings

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 2015 program, aside from the Temple faculty-led course (below).

Fall 2015

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 & Visual Media
MSP 4572, JOURN 3751, or STRC 3220 (3 s.h.): COMM 3081 (4 s.h.);
What is the British identity?  How do the British people reflect this identity in its television, film and visual arts?  How have the developments in Visual Media impacted cultural growth in the UK and abroad?  How is British culture perceived when Visual Media is exported overseas? Students taking this course will examine issues of cultural identity as reflected by British film, television, photography and the visual arts. The course explores the new Britain through a unique balance between classroom instruction by British faculty, guest speakers from all walks of public life, and guided visits to places of both historical and contemporary significance.  Students will gain an understanding of British culture and society by examining the history of its major social and political institutions, the cultural values of its peoples and significant contemporary socio-political issues and debates emphasizing the impact the development Visual Media has had on British life.
British Life & Cultures:
STRC 3220: Special Topics in Public Communications (3 s.h.)
or
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.)

or
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.

Faculty Director

Spring 2015
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.

Fall 2015
Check back soon for details!

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.