AIFS Partnership Programs: Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

Northern California Study Abroad Consortium

Northern California Study Abroad Consortium
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London, England

Fall 2018


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Contra Costa Community College District (Diablo Valley College): Lisa Orta

Engl 126 - Critical Thinking: The Shaping of Meaning in Language
3 units
Prerequisite: Engl-122 (Freshman English: Composition and Reading) or equivalent
The London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre promises to “Stimulate your mind at our annual exploration of contemporary thought and vision.” This annual October festival adopts a contemporary theme and attracts great writers from all over the world for a series of talks, readings, workshops, and spoken word performances. It will provide the backbone of our class curriculum.

This class is designed to further develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. We will:

  • Explore ways expository texts make their arguments as demonstrated through higher levels of critical thinking such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
  • Focus on the analysis of logical reasoning in selected expository texts by authors participating in the festival agenda.
  • Attend selected festival events.
  • Develop analytical and argumentative writing skills as a continuation from work done in Engl-122.

Engl 150 - Introduction to Literature
3 units
Recommended: Engl-122 (Freshman English: Composition and Reading) or equivalent
The four literary genres read in this course – poetry, drama, the short story, and the novel -  come alive on the streets, shops, museums, and theaters of London. The work of contemporary authors reading in salons, festivals, and at least one staged performance will determine the curriculum for our class.

This class is designed to help students recognize the distinguishing elements of each literary form and develop competency in the methods used to analyze all literature. We will:

  • Analyze the role place plays in the context of form, meaning and message of works from each genre.
  • Focus on literature by contemporary British authors.
  • Attend literary salons, readings and performances, and take literary tours that will contribute to an elevated understanding of literary genres and selected works.
  • Apply Biographical Criticism (interpreting literary work using insights about the author's life) and New Historicism Criticism (considering the historical events or conditions during which the work was written) to written analysis of selected works.

Engl 180 - Drama and Performance as Literature
3 units
Recommended: Engl-122 (Freshman English: Composition and Reading) or equivalent
Note: Attendance at one or more live performances is required.
In the words of Shakespeare, "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts." The plethora of performance venues in London will guide us through a survey of dramatic literature. This class will explore stories, roles and contexts British playwrights have created to explore the human condition. We will:

  • Read, study and discuss ways dramatic literature reflects and captures historical, social, cultural, and economic forces, and can serve as a unique literary artifact.
  • Examine ways playwrights use dramatic structure, elements of performance (dramatic expression, stage direction, rhythm, etc.), and literary devices to communicate theme and message.
  • Attend selected live performances, theater tours, and lectures.
  • Analyze the effectiveness and impact of specific dramatic works in written reviews that rely on an understanding of dramatic structure, elements of performance, and context.

Los Rios Community College District (American River College): Kristina Casper-Denman

ANTH 300 - Physical Anthropology
3 units
This course covers the concepts, methods, and theory of biological evolution and its application to the human species. Students will learn more about British scientists who added to the body of knowledge regarding physical anthropology, including: Charles Darwin, Alfred Russell Wallace, Francis Crick (of DNA structure fame), as well as Jane Goodall, famed primatologist who has studied chimpanzees for over five decades.

ANTH 320 - Introduction to Archaeology and World Prehistory
3 Units
This course is an introduction to the theories, concepts, and methods employed by the archaeologist in the study of human history and pre-history. The development and diverse evolution of social and cultural systems are emphasized. The challenges and achievements of non-literate and traditional cultures, diverse communities, and social classes over time are also explored. British sites such as Hadrian's Wall, Stonehenge, and the British Museum will be emphases for this course.

ANTH 330 - Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion
3 Units
This course is a cross-cultural study of supernatural beliefs and associated rituals in traditional societies. Emphasis is on understanding the role of beliefs within the broader social context. In addition, this course examines the general functions of ritual and mythology in reinforcing cultural ideals and ethics. Similarities and differences between traditional beliefs and world religions are also explored. This course will look at London's religious diversity from ancient Celts to a synagogue from the early 1700s to Westminster Abbey, resting place of Charles Darwin and thousands of others.

Santa Rosa Junior College: Albert Yu

BAD 10 – American Business in A Global Context
3 Units
American business as both institution and organization considered in its natural, social, and global economic environments. Emphasis on concepts and terminology relevant to the new global business environment.  London is a major global financial center and a great environment to discuss the world markets.  Known as the world's most competitive and Europe's number one business city, London is home to Europe's most highly talented and diverse workforce.  There are more European companies headquartered in London than any other city. Guest speakers from a variety of industries will discuss how businesses in London work with the U.S. and vice versa.  Field trips and/or a semester project may be required to the Bank of England Museums and lectures at the London School of Economics and London Business school. 

BAD 18 – Legal Environment of Business
3 Units
The environmental, social, ethical and political factors which influence the development and operation of the American legal system; law of contracts and sales emphasizing California law and the Uniform Commercial Code. Case methods utilized. Recommended for Business Administration majors intending to transfer to a 4-year institution. 

America's legal system is based on English common law, making London the perfect international destination for teaching BAD 18 – Legal Environment in Business.  Field trips and/or a semester project may be required to the Parliament, Royals Courts of Justice, Supreme Court, Central Criminal Court and old Bailey to view part of a trial.

BAD 52 – Human Relations
3 Units
Human relations addresses issues of self-esteem, values, attitudes, motivation, communications, team dynamics, change, creativity, conflict, stress, diversity, ethics, and health. This course is an exploration of the awareness and self-understanding of how interpersonal skills influence relationships with others and how to enhance those skills to be more successful as a member of a work environment and society.  Living in a foreign country is one of the most profound experiences one can have and students will have a chance to explore and reflect upon their multicultural, expatriate experience.  Field trips and/or a semester project may be required to view the changing of the guard ceremony and ceremony of the keys at the Tower of London.

San Mateo County Community College District: Scott Haine

HIST 101 – History of Western Civilization II
3 Units
This course explores the history of Western Civilization from 1500 to the present. The focus is on examining and analyzing the historical trajectories European societies followed out of the Middle Ages to the modern world. Topics include the Renaissance , the Protestant Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, the Age of Exploration and Conquest, the Atlantic exchange, absolutism, constitutionalism, the Enlightenment, the Age of Revolution, industrialization, modern nationalism, imperialism, World War I, World War II, and post-war Europe. Intellectual, art, gender, and class history will be integrated throughout the course.

HIST 106 – World History II
3 Units
This course explores diverse civilizations and societies of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas from 1500 to the present. The focus of this class is on examining and analyzing the ways in which the world's peoples and societies compare, connect and/or diverge. Themes such as imperialism, industrialization, globalization, and the environment are examined, as well as cross-cutting global phenomena and ideas, such as race and racial difference, nationalism, and feminism.

HIST 247 – Women in U.S. History
3 Units
Explores and analyzes the experiences of women in U.S. history. Topics include: women's rights, feminism, and the struggle to achieve equality; women's contributions to the social, political, economic, and cultural development of the United States; the impacts of race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality on women's lives and identities; and current issues.