Taking Courses in London
The Temple London program incorporates 14 weeks of study with a Temple faculty-led course and typically, three elective courses. The semester is divided into two phases with an orientation at the start and at midterm break, for a total of 15 and a half weeks.
Weeks 1-7: Phase 1: Academic Courses
The majority of the elective courses listed below are offered in Phase 1. However, the Temple faculty-led course runs throughout the semester.
Week 8: Mid-Semester Break
Weeks 9–15: Phase 2: Academic Pathway
Semester students will choose one of two pathways: internship or study. Students who choose the internship pathway will begin their internship placements following the mid-semester break. Students who choose the study pathway will continue a key course and begin a new course (or courses) following the mid-semester break.
Each student must enroll in
- a Temple faculty-led course (see below),
- a key course (required for study pathway students and recommended for all students), and
- 3–4 additional electives and/or internship credit (see below).
Temple Faculty-Led Course
Each Temple student will enroll in a Temple faculty-led course to help them contextualize their experiences in London in a broad, academic manner. This course spans both semester phases, and the subject matter varies each semester. Course descriptions are included below.
Electives and Internships
All courses listed below are offered during the fall and spring semesters, and students must select their top five choices of the following key courses, electives and internships in addition to the required Temple faculty-led course (described above). All students must register for a minimum of 12 credits to be eligible for financial aid and in compliance with U.K. laws.
Students interested in examining British culture more deeply, and in some cases through a particular lens, are encouraged to enroll in one of the four key courses offered in London. It will span both semester phases and is required for study pathway students and encouraged for internship students.
NOTE: You may only enroll in one key course per semester.
All Temple London fall and spring students may apply for internships in London. Internships usually consist of three full days of each week of unpaid work at professionally relevant British organizations in London. Internships are organized ahead of time on behalf of students by the Temple partner in London, FIE (Foundation for International Education). Internships are found each semester in a variety of industry areas, such as film, journalism, marketing, media, public relations, TV and theater or relevant departments within other companies.
Faculty Program Leaders
Fall 2017: Carolyn Kitch, Journalism
Carolyn Kitch is a Professor in the Department of Journalism in Temple University’s School of Media and Communication, where she teaches courses on media history, visual communication, cultural studies, gender and media, and magazine journalism. A former magazine editor and writer, she is the author of four books about media history and the mediation of public memory. She has led seven previous SMC Study Away programs, offering classes focusing on British and Irish media and on the role of visual communication in cultural identity.
Spring 2018: Heather LaMarre, Strategic Communication
Heather LaMarre, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Temple University School of Media and Communication where her work examines the processing and effects of political narratives and emergent media on public opinion, policy attitudes, and democratic behaviors. Professor LaMarre publishes in top scientific peer reviewed journals such as Communication Research, The International Journal of Public Opinion Research, and Media Psychology. Dr. LaMarre’s work has also been featured on a variety of national and international media including National Public Radio, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC.com, The Colbert Report, Winnipeg Free Press, Sky News, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, etc. Dr. LaMarre is well-known for her research on political satire and political social media, which was recently featured on Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist Histories podcast series as well as outlets such as: Bloomberg News, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, Huffington Post, LA Times, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic Monthly among others.
Considered an expert on political and media psychology, Dr. LaMarre researches, teaches, and speaks regularly about topics affecting democracy such as public opinion, political social media, political public relations, political advertising, soft news, political entertainment, and policy communications. Prior to Temple, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota and spent over a decade in professional politics and corporate government relations.