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Queen Mary, University of London, England

British Studies - London, England
Summer II, 2017


Tarleton State University is pleased to continue its partnership with Midwestern State University and New Mexico State University to offer students this unique opportunity to study in London, England, Summer II, at Queen Mary College, University of London. You will study in the heart of one of the most exciting cities in the world. Select one of eleven course offerings (6 hours credit) for either undergraduate or graduate level courses. You must have completed 28 hours to be accepted into this program.

While in London individual student student travel will be facilitated by the consortium staff. All students are advised to secure a credit/debit card (with PIN Number) to cover personal expenses, and ATMs are conveniently located on the Queen Mary campus.

Classes are small and include a balanced mixture of lecture, guest speakers, field experience, and individual research. Credit hours are awarded by Midwestern State University and transferred to your home institution. American faculty from Midwestern, Tarleton State, and New Mexico State direct each class and assign grades.


July 6 - August 6, 2017.


Each student will take one class and receive six credit hours.

Classes will operate on a seminar-style format with all students actively participating in discussions with their professor as well as the numerous guest lecturers. Each lecture will be supplemented with a field experience that will add practical application to the issues that have been raised in class. Students enrolling in a class will be provided with a syllabus before they leave the United States. Research projects or papers will be completed upon return to the U.S. and sent to the professor of record for a final grade. A mini-break during the session will allow students to explore Great Britain or virtually any venue in Western Europe.

Student Housing

Each student will be housed in a private room with a built-in desk, single bed, clothes closet, and lavatory. Each six-bedroom suite is equipped with a bathroom and a kitchen. University housing is within easy access to the West End Theatre District, Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, and Piccadilly Circus, and 24 hour security is provided by the university.

Classes Offered

Art - Photography & Graphic design in great Britain

Six semester hours, ART 4113 & 4743

This course will explore the historical British roots of Photography and Graphic Design. Field trips to places such as Laycock Abbey, Fox-Talbot Museum, the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, and others will support this historical perspective, as well as having guest Photographers and Graphic Designers of international prominence visit our classroom. Field work and studio work will be a daily practice of this course. Students will create a photographic and graphic design portfolio with the final outcome culminating in a Blurb book and an exhibition to be showcased at Midwestern State University.

Business - International Issues in Business

Six semester hours, BAUD 4883 & 4993 or 5993 & 6893.

This course examines international issues in business. Components of marketing, management, accounting, finance, and economics will constitute the core of the lectures while each student will also complete a research paper with the topic decided upon by the student and professor of record. Guest lecturers from the European community and field trips to various British points of interest will be included within the course.

Criminal Justice - Comparative Criminal Justice

Six semester hours, CRJU 4253 & 4923 or 6313 & 6413

This course examines the primary components of the criminal justice system within the U.K. It will examine the similarities and differences of other criminal justice systems including the United States and European countries. This class will look at the criminal justice system’s responses to the historical, social, and political trends of the United Kingdom. The course will include lectures and scheduled field trips focusing on the primary components of the criminal justice system. They will include trips to Parliament, law enforcement agencies, Magistrates Court, and Crown Courts.

Education - Global Education

Six semester hours, COUN 2143 & EDUC 2013

One of the most global cities in the world, London, provides a unique experience for students who desire to develop both their multicultural competency and their research skills. Students will benefit from international experience as they investigate the ways in which different societies approach education and diversity issues. A study of individual, family, and cultural community diversity, this course is an introduction to education and the role of the schooling in society with an emphasis on educational equity for all students. Group discussions, guest speakers, and excursions to cultural and educational venues provide a variety of learning experiences in this unique course.

Engineering - Statistics & Dynamics

Six semester hours, MENG 2113 & 2213

This course will cover the study of forces and force systems, resultants and components of force systems due to friction, conditions of equilibrium, and forces acting on frame structures. It will also cover the kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies in plane motion. The course will be supplemented by site visits to relevant companies and/or sites, and lectures given by guest speakers.

English - British literature

Six semester hours, ENG 4753 & 4993, 5773 & 5003

The earliest works in the English language are a mélange of monster stories and mayhem, battlefield blunders, laments of the lost, road trip ribaldry, heroics, and heartbreak. Reviewing these masterworks will help us understand the Anglo-Saxon warrior code, recognize the devices of Old English Poetry, and appreciate its blending of Christian and pagan elements. We will look at how Chaucer’s astute social criticism compares to our modern obsession with social media. Our study includes medieval chivalry and English nationalism, allowing us to call on King Arthur and Shakespeare too. Students will explore our literature’s beginnings through selected readings, engaged discussion, and experiential activity. What better place to study British Literature than in Britain, especially in London!

English - Shakespeare in London

Six semester hours, ENGL 4716 or 5773 & 5003.

This course is an experience-based exploration of the life and work of William Shakespeare from historical, textual, critical, and performative perspectives. In addition to lecture/discussion, class experience will include site visits, workshops, guest lectures, & live performances. In this course students will 1) explore & examine the historical context of Shakespeare's life and works 2) acquire & utilize an understanding of Shakespearean textual production and reproduction 3) master & apply basic terms and techniques of Shakespearean criticism 4) consider & articulate your views on the variety and impact of Shakespearean performance, both historically and in contemporary English culture.

Fine Arts - Theatre

Six semester hours, THEA 4393 & 4493.

London offers some of the most diverse and captivating theatre in the world! This course will focus on experiencing theatrical productions across a wide variety of styles and genres, then critiquing and analyzing those performances. To do this, students will be asked to move beyond an appreciation of the art form towards an understanding of what makes theatre compelling to an audience. Students will take on the role of theatrical investigators, examining how varying dramatic elements coalesce into a final production. We will study acting styles, elements of design, the business of theatre, and of course the history of theatre in London. The class will also include lectures, discussions with industry professionals, and visits to museums and theatres of note. students will develop a working knowledge of Artisole's Six elements of Drama, Freytag's Pyramid, and rhetorical, thematic, stylistic, and historical analysis of plays.

History - Great Britain, australia, & the american west

Six semester hours, HIST 4933 & 4953 or 5003

The frontier culture and economies of the great American West and the vast Australian continent are derivatives of British settler societies and were to some extent financed by the wealth of the British Empire. British and Scottish syndicates invested heavily in enterprises such as cattle ranching, sheep raising, and mining in particular. This course will take a comparative and transnational approach to consider the significant influence of British culture out West and Down Under. It will also address representations of the American Wild West in British popular entertainment and the origins of Australian convict culture in Great Britain. London hosts various archives, libraries, and museums that chronicle the British diaspora in Australia and the American West and reserve the records of such

mass communication - comparative mass media

Six semester hours, MCOM 3503 & 3515

In many ways, British media have historically served as models for American media. Early book publishing, newspapers, advertising, public relations and other forms of media were adapted in the United States, and now for 300+ years media in both countries have influenced each other. This course will give students an introduction to various forms of British media and would give them an opportunity to see the similarities and differences in the ways they function, interact with their audiences, and influence the societies in which they operate.

Public Health - Determinants of Health Disparities - A Comparative International Perspective

Six semester hours, HSAD 4006 & 5006.

This course will compare the health care needs and public health services in various countries. Physical, relational, social and environmental determinants of health will be investigated. Health disparities among vulnerable populations, as well as advocacy efforts on their behalf, will be studied. Emerging infectious diseases will be identified and intervention strategies explored. The role of prevention in health promotion will be emphasized. Guest lecturers, filed trips to public health organizations and museums, and tours related to the history of public health in London will enhance this study abroad experience.

Sociology - British Culture and Society

Six semester hours, SOCL 4883 & 4893.

This course will take a comparative institutional approach to understanding British culture and society. That is, we will be comparing social institutions in Britain (e.g. government, marriage/families, media, religion, sport, etc.) with our knowledge and understanding of those institutions in the U.S. Other topics to be examined comparatively are sexuality , gender, immigration, deviance/criminality, and even the culture of food. As learning sociologists, we will investigate a new land using our "sociological imagination" to understand those social phenomena which are normally difficult to uncover due to their "everyday" nature. Our modes of investigation will include first hand experience, class reading and discussion, expert lectures, and field trips.

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Approximate Cost

$6,900.00 (Undergraduate)

$7,150.00 (Graduate)

Does not include meals, in-country transportation, or personal expenses.

Contact Program Director

Dr. Marilyn Robitaille
Phone: 254-968-9545