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Semester Courses

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 mid-term break, for a total of 15.5 weeks:

Weeks 1-7: Phase 1 – Academic Courses
The majority of the elective courses listed below will be offered in Phase 1. The Temple faculty-led course, however, will run throughout the whole semester.

Week 8: Mid-Semester Break

Weeks 9-15: Phase 2 – Academic Pathway
Semester students will choose one of two pathways for phase 2: internship or study. Students that choose the internship pathway will begin their internship placements following the mid-semester break. Students that choose the study pathway will continue their key course and begin a new course (or courses) following the mid-semester break.

Each student must enroll in:

Temple Faculty-Led Course

Each Temple student will enroll in a Temple faculty-led course (see below) to help them contextualize their experience in London in a broad, academic manner. This course spans both semester phases and the subject matter varies each semester. You can view course numbers and descriptions below.

Spring 2016

Special Topics: MSP 4390, JOURN 3860 (4 s.h.), or THTR 2210 (3 s.h.)

Spring 2016: The Portrait of “the Other” in British Mass Media
When you think of the typical Brit, does Prince William spring to mind? Maybe the Queen or the Beatles? 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, a 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. Plus, who qualifies as “Other” in London? What about the Irish or the Scots? 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” truly reflect the current reality. 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.

Fall 2016

Special Topics: MSP 4390, JOURN 3860 (4 s.h.), or THTR 2210 (3 s.h.)

Fall 2016: The Influence of the Audience in British Mass Media
Audience development is central to any successful media venture. In this course we will explore the unique audiences engaged through the popular and varied media outlets in London. From the youthful audiences of Time Out London, to the sophisticated audiences of the live West End Theater, to the trendy audiences of and the ethnic audiences of Bollywood movie theaters– we’ll explore them all. How are specific audiences developed? How does the content change when the audience shifts? How is social media used to engage, create, and grow audiences? Throughout the course we will not only learn about these varied media outlets, but we’ll develop stories and create content that connects to these unique audiences.

Spring 2017

Special Topics: STRC 3220, STRC 4440, STRC 3670, MSP 3571, JOURN 3790, JOURN 3890 (3 s.h.)

Spring 2017: Communication Across (Popular) Cultures
Communicating across cultures is challenging. Each culture has set rules that its members take for granted. Few of us are aware of our own cultural biases because cultural imprinting is begun at a very early age, and are often reinforced through popular culture images. In this course students will analyze the various communicative differences and similarities between the U.S. and the U.K. in various pop-culture contexts. By highlighting popular culture as sites of struggle and contestations, as well as the potentialities for bringing cultures together, we analyze the ways through which popular culture is constructed and consumed. Throughout the course we will engage with theory and practice as we question both the assumptions underlying popular representations and our own readings of them.

Electives and Internships

All courses listed below are offered during the fall or spring semesters and students must select their top five choices of the following key courses, internships, and electives 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 to be in compliance with U.K. laws.

Key Courses
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. This course will span both semester phases and is required for study pathway students and encouraged for internship students.

Please note: you may only enroll in one key course per semester.

British Life and Visual Media: MSP 4571, 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 and Business: MSP 4571, MSP 4690, STRC 3220 (3 s.h.), or COMM 3081 (4 s.h.)

Did you know London has more international banking institutions than any other city in the world? Have you ever wondered how this business culture within a vastly multicultural environment is defined by issues that relate to history, politics, and even the monarchy? Students who take this course will gain a deeper understanding of what it truly means to be British all while discovering the impact this small nation’s business culture has on the rest of the world.Upon completion of this course students will achieve an understanding of British culture and life in a business context. Students will be able to fully grasp the significance of the British Empire in the development of multiculturalism, as well as the country’s impact on the development of business and trade. Topics will include the cultural impact on organizational decision making, negotiations, human resource management, and business functions, such as marketing. Past co-curricular activities have included an Olympic Site Tour, the Fuller’s Brewery, Canary Warf and Docklands, and a Brick Lane Meal.

British Life and Europe: MSP 4571, STRC 3220 (3 s.h.) or COMM 3081 (4 s.h.)

What is the contemporary relationship of Britain to the rest of Europe? What are the key historical developments behind such a union? How does Britain define itself culturally against the backdrop of European identity? Students who take this course will be challenged to think critically about the UK’s links with its European neighbours and the impact these have on the very definition of modern Europe.Through a combination of lecture, debate, and co-curricular activities students will gain a familiarity with the main historical background to the UK’s relations with its European neighbours, understand the key moments in the process of the UK joining the EEC in 1973 and subsequent developments up to the present day. Upon completion of the course students will be able to think critically about culture and identity in general, and in relation to issues concerning British and European identity. Past co-curricular activities have included: a Parliament Tour, the Shakespeare Globe, the Greenwich Maritime Museum, and the Cabinet War Rooms.

British Life and Cultures: MSP 4571, JOURN 3751, or STRC 3220 (3 s.h.): COMM 3081 (4 s.h.)

It has been said that the US and UK are two countries divided by a common language. So what are the definitive cultural differences between these two nations? How do the British people define themselves in relation to their European neighbours and the rest of the world? How have historical, political, and artistic developments shaped the identity of this small island nation? This course serves as the anchor of a study program in London, offering students an opportunity to place what they are learning in their other courses into a larger, contemporary context.Students will be empowered to appreciate more of what they observe during their stay in Britain. Students enrolled in this course will develop an appreciation for the issues of this rapidly changing nation and the exciting effects this has on British identity, its relationship with Europe and the rest of the world. In addition to the traditional classroom experience, learning will be supplemented with guest speakers, and guided visits to places of both historical and contemporary significance. Past co-curricular activities have included: touring the Houses of Parliament, the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and a Brick Lane meal.

All Temple London Fall and Spring students may apply for an internship 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 the student by the Temple partner in London, FIE (Foundation for International Education). Internships are found each semester within a variety of industry areas, such as public relations, marketing, journalism, theater, media and film and television or relevant departments within other companies.

*NOTE: Students with internship placements at NGOs or other host organizations working toward social goals may choose the International Service Internship Course and with special approval from the program director. Email for more information.

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Internship: 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 (3 s.h.), STRC 3385 (3 s.h.), STRC 3585 (3 s.h.), STRC 3685 (3 s.h.), THTR 2085 (3 s.h.), or THTR 3082 (3 s.h.)(

The internship placements, together with classroom seminars and written reflection, form the International Internship Course, or IIC.FIE’s Experiential Education Team works with students individually upon admission to the program to match his/her skills and background with an appropriate organization. The Experiential Education Team provides pre-departure and on-site support during the placement and internship process. The IIC seminars allow for discussion, analysis and academic reflection throughout the student’s experience.Please note that all student internships are unpaid and are for academic credit only.In order to enhance and contextualize the internship experience, there is an important academic component that runs in conjunction with the placement. The classes (called seminars) aim to provide students with support in order to allow them to develop their understanding of the UK workplace and enable to them to make the most of their experience. The seminars will enable students to work with a faculty member and their peers to reflect upon the experience and exchange ideas.

Students will be assessed on their ability to engage analytically with the internship experience. Students will be required to submit written assignments, deliver a presentation and write a final report that will provide structured expression of student development throughout the process.

By the end of the IIC students should be in a position to:
– Understand general aspects of the UK workplace.
– Have a high degree of understanding of the organization in which they have been interning as well as the sector in which that organization operates.
– Look back and describe and reflect on their internship experience and the ways in which they have developed during the program.
– Reflect on their own performance in the workplace.
– Engage with intercultural issues which have emerged during that experience.

International Service Internship Course: GDC 8089 (3 s.h.)

International Service Internship Course
FIE’s Service Internship program pathway is based on three key elements:Preparation
As in any cross-cultural experience, this is crucial. Preparation happens in two stages: orientation to the general environment, and specific exposure to the issues of working and living in the culture. These stages are covered by a general orientation to life in London upon arrival and one of four intensive Key Courses about an aspect of British life, which is undertaken before students enter their placement.International Service Internship Course (ISIC)
The ISIC is comprised of:Placement with a host organization that is working toward social goals and can support the learning objectives inherent in a service internship.
Classroom-based seminars that allow students the opportunity to build on their workplace experience through reflection, discussion and analysis. Seminars address topics such as dealing with expectations, the realities of service internship, global citizenship, social responsibility and intercultural sensitivity.


British History: The Making of Modern Britain from Empire to Contemporary Geopolitics: HIST 3333 (3 s.h.)

It used to be said that the sun never set on the British Empire. Did you know that at its height, Britain had the largest empire in history? How did Britain become the foremost global power for over a century? What impact did this have on British culture? From the defeat of Napoleon and the rise of Imperialism to the World Wars and beyond, students in the course will be exposed to Britain’s dramatic past and what this means for her future.

This course introduces students to the main themes of British social history from the Napoleonic Wars to the end of the twentieth century, a period that witnessed the gradual acquisition and rapid dissolution of a global economic and political empire, underwritten by the world’s largest navy. Through seminars, lectures and site visits, students will examine the ways in which Britain’s global rise and fall affected the politics, culture and day to day lives of ordinary Britons. The course concentrates on the empire and national identity, the industrial revolution and the making of the British working class, the struggle for women’s suffrage, the impact of the first and Second World War, and the impact of decolonisation on British society and Britain’s status in the world. Past co-curricular activities include: the Imperial War Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, a walking tour of the City of London, and the Cabinet War Rooms.

British Politics: POLS 3212 (3 s.h.)

What power does the Monarchy still have? How does a democratic government work without a written constitution? Who are the Tories, the Lib-Dems, and Labour? How do British Politics differ from those of the United States? Students enrolled in this course will be provided an understanding of the British system of government and the political process in Britain, as well as the socio-historical processes that have shaped modern Britain.This course will cover topics concerning the Monarchy, the Parliament, political parties, the Prime Minister, political ideology, and political culture. Throughout the course, comparisons with American politics and society will be made as a point of reference to provide the student with a better framework for understanding British politics. This is an introductory course on contemporary British politics, and therefore requires no previous political science courses. Past co-curricular activities: the Imperial War Museum, a Parliament Tour, the Cabinet War Rooms, Inns of Court Walking Tour.

Contemporary British Broadcasting: JOURN 3701 or MSP 4540 (3 s.h.)

ABC, NBC, and Fox may all sound familiar but did you know the British Broadcasting Corporation is the largest is broadcasting organisation in the world? What impact does this public service media giant play in the U.K. and around the world? What about radio broadcasting? Where does the radio format fit in a modern society? What role do digital technologies play in modern broadcast? Students in this course will explore the history of British radio and television broadcasting, its role in British society and culture, its global impact, and its place in today’s digital world.

The course is built on the idea that broadcasting must exist not only to entertain the public, but to inform and educate as well, British broadcasting to this day remains a lively mix of genres and programs, with extensive influence throughout the world. Students will cover topics such as public service broadcasting, competition in British broadcasting, documentaries and their importance to British cultural identity, the news, current affairs and reality television and broadcasting exports.
Students will hear guest speakers from BBC Radio, Channel 4 news media, and the Independent Production sector. Co-curricular excursions will include visits to the BBC, Sky News, a live television or radio program recording, the British Film Institute Mediatheque, and a production company. Past co-curricular activities include: BBC Television Centre tour, visit to Sky News Studio, visit to a live television or radio program recording, the British Film Institute Mediatheque, and a tour of a production company.

Ethical Leadership: STRC 4670 (3 s.h.)

What is it about power and success that creates ethical challenges for leaders? Why should a leader be ethical? What virtues do governmental leaders portray? What is the relationship between feelings and morality? Are there standards of right and wrong that apply everywhere, regardless of cultural practice? How do we make ethical judgments in and about foreign cultures? What are our ethical obligations to people from other cultures? What moral characteristics should apply to leaders and leadership everywhere? What is charisma and why are some people so obsessed with it as a quality of leadership? What is the difference between a leader and a celebrity? What are the dangers of charismatic leaders? Can followers be held accountable for their leader’s actions?In this course, students learn the interconnectedness of leadership and ethics. We examine the ethical background of what leaders are, what they do, and how they do it. Students assess the public and private morality of leaders, the moral obligations of leaders and followers, the ways in which leaders shape the moral environment of their environments, and the temptations of power. This course looks at how leaders convey values through their actions (and inactions), language, and their power and influence as role models. The course aims to expand students’ moral point of view by first considering personal ethics, then moving on to look at leadership and the common good, and finishing with an examination of ethics in a global community. Past co-curricular activities: Brightest and Best play, visit Occupy Finsbury Square protest, viewing Food, Inc., documentary and Battle for Seattle movie, Rachel Carson Memorial Lecture: “Ending the era of ecocide.”

Global Marketing: ADV 1004 (3 s.h.) or MSP 4690 (4 s.h.)

Have you ever wondered how global differences affect how products are presented to various cultures on a worldwide scale? How do businesses reconcile or take advantage of this global diversity in order to meet international objectives? What are the challenges of managing and delivering high quality service to customers in a cross-cultural context? This course explores the decision-making process in the marketing of products and services in the international marketplace.Student enrolled in this course will learn the formulation of key elements in international marketing strategy, such as identification and assessment of potential markets, price setting, and design, promotion, and distribution of products and services. They will also explore issues such as the competitive advantage of nations, the changing nature of the international social and business environment, and the emerging role of the Internet in international marketing. Past co-curricular activities: the Shakespeare Globe Theatre, the London Eye, Harrods Department Store, the Chelsea Football Club, Madame Tussaud’s.

Literary London: ENG 2000 (3 s.h.)

Is London fairly represented in literature? Has the way London is presented changed over time? Is there a difference in the London of a novel and the London of a travel guide?London is a city of stories and has been an inspiration and subject for writers over hundreds of years. This course introduces students to London, both as an object of enquiry and as source, setting, and inspiration for numerous literary texts. Exploring the places, tropes, symbols, and characters in a selection of texts enables students to think about the city in relation to key theoretical and historical/cultural events that have helped shape the way we each experience London. Different approaches to ‘writing and reading’ London are addressed alongside an analysis of the ways in which the city acts as a basis for critical interrogation and understanding. Past co-curricular activities: walking tour of London.

London Through the Lens of Qualitative Research: ADV 3043, JOURN 3800, or MSP 2141 (3 s.h.)

This course is designed as an introduction to the theory and practice of qualitative methodology. It provides an overview of qualitative, ethnographic, and naturalistic methods and an opportunity for students to conceptualize and perform a small-scale research project. It is possible to take this Research Course in Phase I of a semester and then participate in the Internship, Service Learning, or Study Pathway in Phase II.

The very essence of study abroad is that of learning through experience, i.e. learning by doing, observing, and reflecting. The topics that students explore are consistent with their own individual interests but grounded in their experience in London. Topics center on British cultural, historical, political, or contemporary contexts and may have a comparative dimension. At the same time, the qualitative foundation of the course benefits students as they undertake an undergraduate thesis, graduate studies, or as they move into the world of work.

Student Fieldwork Experience
– Practice observation – You will spend AT LEAST one hour in a place in London where you have never been in order to offer you an experience of gaining access, interacting with people in a new setting, and telling a story from an insider’s perspective. You must not question/interview anyone.
– Practice interview – You will spend AT LEAST one hour in conversation (i.e. no planned questions) with someone you know, while taking field notes.
– Research design – You will submit a detailed plan of a proposed study, including your research question, site, participant(s), methods, and bodies of literature used to frame your inquiry. Limit your proposed research to 2-3 site visits and 1-2 interviews.
– Field report – You will prepare and submit a final report on your field research of no more than 10 pages (excluding cover page, references, field notes, and transcripts). The final report must include an introduction, brief literature review, summary of your data analysis, your preliminary findings, any problems you faced, and any emerging themes that could serve as a basis for further study. You will attach coded field notes transcripts of interviews.
– Presentation of field research – Using visual/audio aids, you will present for between 6-10 minutes on your field experience, summarizing the material in your Field report.

Music in 20th Century Britain: MSP 3890 (4 s.h.)

You’re familiar with the names, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols, and Oasis, but what is the political and cultural impact of this revolutionary music? How did the music we know and love develop from industrial city slums to chart topping hits? How does music define the British identity? This course examines a wide range of important musical styles and cultures in twentieth century Britain.Students in this course will be exposed to various cultural theories and apply these approaches to the subcultures that emerged in the U.K. after the Second World War, such as Teddy Boys, Rockers and Mods. They will explore the “symbolic subsystems” of each group – their music, style, speech and ritual – alongside notions of deviancy, consumerism, identity, territoriality, and performance. At the conclusion of the course students will be able to examine the stylistic traits of different artists and genres (the forms, lyrics, instrumentation etc.). Past co-curricular activities: three concerts in pop/rock, jazz, and/or classical music.

Photojournalism: London Through the Lens: JOURN 3707 (3 s.h.)

How can your experience with a culture be reflected in the way you capture it in a photograph? How might you utilize images to narrate your experience during your stay in London? How can developing an appreciation of photography parallel a greater understanding of London as a global city? This course is intended for students with an interest in the history, theory and practice of photography. It is designed to familiarize students with skills which combine photographic composition and camera operation, together with conceptual ideas, especially those of narrative photography.Through the use of the lens, students will be encouraged to document their experience with London as a city. Through classroom learning and field exploration students will be exposed to an educational experience which challenges them to capture their knowledge and experience with London’s history, architecture, and cultural diversity. Students will learn to blend elements of photojournalism and aesthetic photography in order to challenge their creative abilities whilst creating a unique portfolio exhibiting their new found knowledge and understanding of London as a global city. Central to the course is the exhibition of student work at the end of the term to showcase their journey from new arrivals to Londoners. Past co-curricular activities: ‘Deutsche Photography Prize’, Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2011, ‘Foto8 Annual Summer Show 2011’ – described as London’s ‘salon de photographie’, Foto8 Gallery, ‘Hoppé Portraits: Society, Studio and Street’, National Portrait Gallery, ‘London Through Lens’, Getty Images Library, ‘Adam Patterson & Jean Claude Dagrou’ – Another Lost Child, Photofusion Brixton.

Principles of Marketing: ADV 1004 (3 s.h.)

Isn’t marketing just advertising? What’s the difference? Does European marketing differ from the rest of the world, especially the USA? What are some of the most successful marketing strategies?People often define “marketing” as advertising – a highly visible activity by which organisations try to persuade consumers to buy products and services. However, marketing is much more than advertising and even the most skillful marketing cannot make consumers buy things that they don’t want.Through a European lens, this introductory course prepares students to think strategically about marketing in today’s global environment. After successful completion of this course, students have a basic understanding of the marketing concept, the marketing mix (product, place, promotion and price), segmentation, targeting, positioning, customer value, branding, services marketing, global marketing, marketing metrics, consumer and business behaviour, ethics and social responsibility in marketing, market planning, market research, and competitive analysis. In addition, students have the opportunity to evaluate and formulate marketing strategies taking into account the influence of international issues and technology.

Past co-curricular activities have included: Harrods: A British Brand Experience?, Chelsea Football Club , Guest Speaker: Direct Marketing Association: Mobile and Brand Marketing, Brand Museum.

Sporting London: Identity, Culture, and the Olympic Games: JOURN 3710 (3 s.h.)

What is the role of sport in the construction of local, national and international identities? What social structures and cultural trends influencing sports participation and consumption? What is the impact of commercialism and globalization on contemporary sport? This course has been designed to provide international students an opportunity to understand sports in a British context against a backdrop of the Olympics, with London as the host city – 1908, 1948 & 2012.The course will presented from a historical and contemporary perspective will examine a series of themes and issues, primarily through sports history and the sociology of sport, with supplementary references to economics, politics and the media. Students enrolled in this course will gain the skills to analyze sports as a social phenomena and use them as an analytical tool to illuminate contemporary situations and problems in the international arena, provide an insight into the wide range of British sports and sports organizations through practice and study visits, and apply a sociological lens to the world of sports and athletics through the incorporation of academic writing, popular media and personal experiences and observations.

Past co-curricular activities have included: meetings with officials of the 2012 Olympic Committee, meet with the Mayor of London, visit the David Beckham Academy, visit the Chelsea Football Club.

Strategic Brand Management: ADV 2101 or MSP 4690 (3 s.h.)

How does brand management affect organizational value? How do customers and their engagement in real or virtual communities shape the nature of brands? How does services branding differ from goods branding?This course introduces, explores and applies a range of strategic brand management issues that drive brand equity and value. Customers are increasingly co-creators of brand value as part of a more interactive and dialectical process. Witness the rise of social media where dialogue, conversation, interaction are the key drivers of brand growth. The days of shouting from a billboard as the primary form of brand marketing are gone. Students will explore issues such as the strategic branding process, consumer perception, brands as social and psychological vehicles, the competitive landscape, and brand evaluation. By the end of the course should should have developed a deeper understanding of brand, the strategic branding process and an appreciation of how to brand in a given context to maximize equity and value.

Past co-curricular activities: Harrods (A British Brand Experience?), Museum of Brands, Guest Speaker: Direct Marketing Association: Mobile and Brand Marketing, Guest Speaker, Brunel University: Multisensory Branding.

The Nature of Story: Creative Writing: JOURN 3351 (3 s.h.), MSP 3590 (4 s.h.)

Do you fancy yourself a novelist or a writer of short stories? Not sure how do you develop your main characters? How should you structure the plot? What point of view should you choose? The focus of this course will be decidedly practical as students learn to read as writers, gleaning tips on the craft. Students will consider the processes of writing, aiming to uncover various methods of confronting potential issues. London’s own vibrant arts scene and literary traditions form a fascinating focus and locus for the study of creative writing. Class members will engage with local novelists, poets and playwrights through guest lectures and readings.

The literary-steeped surroundings of London provide the perfect backdrop for students to explore their own creative powers. This popular course will provide students with the rare opportunity to develop their own work within the context of contemporary British writing. Although the focus will be on fiction writing, students will also have the opportunity to experiment with various other forms and genres. Classes examining contemporary British literature are complemented by writing workshops.

Writing workshops will be simultaneously rigorous and nurturing, providing students with the perfect forum for collective and constructive critique. Our approach will focus on imaginative task setting, scrupulous analysis, sincere encouragement and constructive criticism. By the end of the course, each class member will have collected a portfolio of work. The program will end with a literary event, at which each student will have the opportunity to read a selection of his/her work. Past co-curricular activities: Jazz Club Poetry Readings, Literary Walks, Literary Festivals.

Realism in British Cinema: FMA 3770 (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.

Media in Britain: MSP 4572 (3 s.h.), JOURN 3870 (3 s.h.)

What is the mass media and how do we relate to it? What is the political role of the press and broadcasting in Britain? What impact does Hollywood have on the British Film industry? What function do the various British newspaper have? This course will explore British media organizations as social, economic and cultural entities and examines specific determinants and processes of production.

Students enrolled in this course will gain an in depth understanding of broadcasting and the film industry, the press and the ‘convergent’ new media of digital television and the Internet. As popular perceptions of the media often revolve around the excitement, glamour, creativity and controversy, this course attempts to separate myths from reality and give students a pragmatic approach of what the British media are about and what working for them entails. Past co-curricular activities: BBC Studios Tour, visit Press Complaints Commission, Print Press Tour of Fleet Street, Guest Speaker from the UK Film Council.

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.

Political Communication: Framing and Re-framing Self-Interests in the UK and Abroad: 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.

Contemporary British Theater: THTR 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.

Travel Writing: MSP 3296, JOURN 3296 (3 s.h. WI)

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.

Understanding Art Through London’s Collections: COMM 3082 (3 s.h.)

Who were the Pre-Raphaelites and why were they considered radical? Why did the Romantics revolt against the industrial Age of Enlightenment, and why was Picasso’s influence on early British Modern Art so strong even though he only visited London sparingly? The answer lies in the course “Understanding Art through London’s Collections” which takes you on a cultural journey through modern and contemporary art from its inception in the late 19th century up to the present day.

London houses some of the world’s most famous modern artworks and is one of the major international centres for art so where better to tread the pavements of London’s artistic collective – the Bloomsbury Group – than in the city they critiqued? Where better to study why Cezanne is considered the ‘father of modern art’ than by visiting the Courthauld Gallery to discover his painting’s that influenced the likes of Matisse and Picasso. And let’s not forget that London houses the largest collection of Turners in the world!

Let London become your study canvas to explore the plethora of modern genres housed in its artistic landscape, making weekly visits to museums and galleries where you critically analyse the cross-fertilisation between art and society.

Learn how each era in art reflects society’s notion of beauty and challenges its stereotypes; and how today the young British artists such as Damien Hirst and Tracy Emin are also commentators, a construct, and an influence on modern society.

Possible co-curricular activities: the Courthauld Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, National Portrait Gallery, the Hayward Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Saatchi Gallery.

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

Summer Courses

All students will enroll in the following two courses for the summer 2017 term.

Media in Britain: MSP 4572 or JOURN 3870 (3 s.h.)

What are the mass media and how do we relate to them? This course will explore British media organizations as social, economic and cultural entities. Students enrolled in this course will gain an in-depth understanding of the press, the film industries, and the convergent new media of digital television and the Internet. As popular perceptions of the media often revolve around their glamour, creativity, and controversy, this course attempts to separate myths from reality and give students a pragmatic approach of what the British media are about and what working for them entails. The course includes guest speakers from organizations such as the Press Complaints Council and the UK Film Council and tours of sites including the BBC Studios.

The Portrait of “the Other” in British Mass Media: JOURN 3860, MSP 4390, THTR 2210 (3 s.h.)

When you think of the typical Brit, does Prince William spring to mind? For most people, British means a pale face and a lovely accent. But like the United States, the United Kingdom is on a collision course with a more colorful future. In fact, 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” is portrayed in the broadcast 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 accurate.

Faculty Directors

Fall 2016: Sherri Hope Culver, Media Studies and Production
Sherri is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production, and serves as Director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy (CMIL). The CMIL conducts research and develops creative projects connected to media literacy. The CMIL collaborates internationally with UNESCO and ten other universities globally on media literacy projects. Sherri teaches courses on the media business, media management, and children’s media.

As a consultant Sherri works with children’s media companies to develop quality content, often with an educational focus, and works with media companies on strategic planning and content development. She has 30+ years experience as a producer and media manager. She is author of several books including The Media Career Guide.

Spring 2017: Abbe Depretis, Strategic Communication
Abbe Depretis is currently an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Strategic Communication. Prior to joining the Temple faculty, Professor Depretis was a Lecturer at Christopher Newport University and a Graduate Assistant at the University of Maryland. Professor Depretis’ area of study is Rhetoric and Political Culture; particularly, she studies Rhetoric and Social Change. Her dissertation area involves the rhetoric of the 1960s and 1970s, and she is currently pursuing research regarding the Chicago Eight Trial of 1969-1970. Previous courses taught include Rhetoric and Social Movements, History of Rhetoric, Argumentation and Public Policy, Debate, Communication and Gender, Strategies and Tactics of Persuasion, Rhetoric and Political Culture, Public Speaking, Rhetorical Theory, Rhetorical Criticism, Public Dialogue in American Communities, and Communication and Film.

Summer 2017: Lori Tharps, Journalism
Lori Tharps is an assistant professor of journalism in the School of Media and Communication at Temple. Before joining the faculty at Temple, Tharps was a magazine professional and worked for publications including Vibe, Entertainment Weekly and Essence magazine. Tharps is also the author of two award-winning non-fiction 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 studied abroad in Morocco and Spain.