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.
Spring 2017: Abbe Depretis, Strategic Communication
Abbe Depretis is an assistant professor of instruction in the Department of Strategic Communication. Prior to joining the Temple faculty, Depretis was a lecturer at Christopher Newport University and a graduate assistant at the University of Maryland. Her area of study is rhetoric and political culture, particularly, she rhetoric and social change. Depretis’ dissertation area involves the rhetoric of the 1960s and 1970s, and she is currently pursuing research regarding the Chicago Eight Trial of 1969-1970. Courses she has taught in the past include Argumentation and Public Policy, Communication and Film, Communication and Gender, Debate, History of Rhetoric, Public Dialogue in American Communities, Public Speaking, Rhetorical Criticism, Rhetoric and Political Culture, Rhetoric and Social Movements, Rhetorical Theory, and Strategies and Tactics of Persuasion.
Summer 2017: Lori Tharps, Journalism
Lori Tharps is an assistant professor of journalism in the School of Media and Communication at Temple. Before joining Temple, she was a magazine professional and worked for publications including Entertainment Weekly, Essence and Vibe. Tharps is also the author of two award-winning, nonfiction books—Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America and Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love and Spain—and a novel. Her new book, Same Family, Different Colors, will be released in October 2016. Tharps teaches magazine writing and editing classes, as well as two creative writing classes. She loves to travel and has studied abroad in Morocco and Spain.