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 2024



JOUR 2: News Gathering and News Writing
3 units, CSU/UC transferable. Grade or P/NP.

What better place to learn about producing content for print and online media than London, the home of the BBC, Fleet Street and tabloid journalism. Build your skills in news, opinion and entertainment review writing, and learn how to report and produce multimedia feature stories – all while you explore and deepen your knowledge of London, engage with students and area residents, visit the city's arts and entertainment scene and explore social issues facing Londoners. No previous journalism experience is required.

JOUR 52A: News Media Practice
3 units, CSU transferable. Grade only.

Enhance your skills in writing, editing, photography, video production, podcasting and social media content creation as we produce “The London Branch” of The Oak Leaf News. You will publish articles, videos and podcasts to and affiliated social media sites on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Record your life-changing London experiences as you research, write or produce news, feature, sports, opinion, personal experience and arts and entertainment stories related to Study Abroad students or London life in general. No previous journalism experience is required but taking Journalism 2 simultaneously will be to your advantage.

MEDIA 4: Intro to Mass Communication
3 units, CSU/UC transferable. Grade or P/NP.

This class will give you an overview of the history, structure, function and influence of print, electronic and digital media — with a London twist. We won’t only study how Americans engage with mass media but how the British use it as well. Among the varied assignments, you will evaluate the overt and covert messages in British and American mass media; attend part of the London Film Festival; study the history of and cultural differences between American, British and global journalism; examine London’s tabloid culture; compare and contrast advertising content between England and America, and observe how the U.S. presidential election is portrayed in British news.



HIST 302: History of Europe Since 1500
3 units, CSU/UC transferable.

Until August 1, 2024, this course will be called "History of Western Civilization." We'll talk about this change as we learn about the past 500 years in Europe. We will explore the concept of "Western Civilization," which will be more interesting because we will be in a location that was not even part of “the West” before the people who lived there came to consider themselves the center of “the West.”

Our class is a survey of European history from the sixteenth century to the present, emphasizing the interplay of social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual forces. Those forces were often indigenous to the continent but also involved global interactions in which Europe influenced and was concurrently influenced by the broader world.

HIST 310: History of the United States (to 1877)
3 units, CSU/UC transferable.

Learning American history from London presents us with a special opportunity. The people who have lived in and governed from this place have had an outsized influence on the American past. For the first half of American history, this influence includes sea voyages of discovery and conquest, the creation of a new economic system in capitalism, and the emergence of an ideology focused on individual freedom.

Our class will survey United States history from its European, African, and Native American backgrounds to 1877. It examines the origin and development of many of this nation's political, social, economic, and intellectual institutions including their influences upon contemporary American life. It also emphasizes such historical concepts as cause and effect, multiple causation, historical context, and historical interpretation.

HIST 311: History of the United States (1865 – Present)
3 units, CSU/UC transferable.

Learning American history from London presents us with a special opportunity. The people who have lived in and governed from this place have had an outsized influence on the American past. For the second half of American history, this influence includes models of global conquest, the expansion of suffrage and other civil rights, and how nations participate in a globalized world.

This course is a survey of United States History from 1865 to the present. It analyzes many of America's political, social, economic, and intellectual institutions, including their influences upon contemporary life. This course also examines this nation's increasing involvement in world affairs. These analyses are set within the context of such historical concepts as evidence, cause and effect, multiple causation, and historical interpretation.



COMM 127: Argumentation and Debate
3 units, CSU/UC transferable, letter grade or P/NP

Catalog Description: Principles and techniques of argumentation and debate, including research in significant social problems and issues, analysis of propositions, evidence, inductive and deductive reasoning, and fallacies of language and thought. Training and practice in the presentation and evaluation of oral and written arguments.

Message from Instructor: Debate is an activity that happens on a global scale and understanding how to cater a message to a specific audience is important while attempting to persuade someone to do something. In this class our goal will be not only to improve your argumentation skills, but also to develop an understanding and appreciation of public advocacy in a democratic society. Since ancient Greek and Roman times, public speaking has been taught both as the foundation of a liberal education and as an essential skill of democratic citizenship. Whatever expertise or talents an individual may have, the ability to speak effectively in public remains fundamental to one’s success, as a professional and as a citizen. In our increasingly complex and technologically sophisticated world, the ability to analyze problems from a variety of perspectives, and to inform, persuade, and motivate others is more important than ever. In order to develop an appreciation of the importance of argumentation in our personal, professional, and civic lives, this class will focus throughout the semester on actual, on-going political and social controversies in the UK. Students will begin to view argumentation not as one-way communication, but as part of a larger, on-going public dialogue.

COMM 150: Intercultural Communication
3 units, CSU/UC transferable, letter grade only

Catalog description: Study and practice of intercultural communication in domestic and global contexts. Examines the intersectionality of culture, power, identity, verbal and non-verbal communication to increase perceptual awareness and cultural competency. Students are expected to demonstrate and apply skills through individual and group oral presentations.
Message from Instructor: This course reframes intercultural communication through a power-based perspective that highlights how macro structures and forces (governmental, historical, economic, media, institutional forces) interrelate with micro-communication acts, encounters, and relationships between and within cultural groups. While students engage in the "outward" journey of exploring a new place and culture, they will also be encouraged to critically reflect on their "inward" journey (i.e. paying attention to their assumptions and biases, how and if their assumptions and biases are being challenged, and exploring the ways in which they are negotiating these tensions). Furthermore, this course will assist students to move beyond cultural ‘constraints', barriers, and begin developing communication competence across cultures and cultural groups.

COMM 160: Gender Communication
3 units, CSU/UC transferable, letter grade or P/NP.

Catalog Description: Study of the relationship between gender and communication in multiple sociocultural contexts. Analysis of the intersectionality of gender and identity, culture, perception, power, media, history, language, and nonverbal communication from social science, interpretive, and critical theoretical approaches.

Message from Instructor: This course will not only look at theories and concepts related to the spectrum of gender, but also does the work of incorporating intercultural communication and interpersonal communication theories. Gender means different things in different parts of the world. Understanding, witnessing and applying theoretical frameworks from this course while studying abroad is imperative to one’s understanding of gender construction.



ENGL 124 – Children’s Literature
Transferable to both UC and CSU

From picture books to middle grade to Young Adult, some of the best work in Children’s Literature comes from the United Kingdom. We’ll study fairy tales and picture books (including a Paddington book that will send us on a selfie scavenger hunt around London), Roald Dahl’s Matilda, and Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. In the world of Young Adult novels we’ll explore The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe–and how these two books, across decades, carry on a conversation with each other about spirituality vs. organized religion. Finally, we’ll read Unlundun, a fun-house mirror, topsy turvy version of London in a gripping YA novel by the fantastic China Mieville.  As it deals with what lies beneath this city we’ll be living in for a whole semester, we’ll take his metaphor literally and take a historical tour of London’s “tube”…”the underground”: the oldest subway system in the world…

ENGL 132 – Myth, Fantasy, and Science Fiction
Transferable to UC and CSU

No class on British science fiction would be complete without the comedy of The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy and an episode of Dr. Who: the longest running television show in the world (60 years!) It’s an incredible, globally influential franchise. What are the differences between myth and legend and history obscured by the mists of time? To explore these questions, we’ll visit the ancient early Briton monument of Stonehenge and study the lore around it. We’ll also study a few of the early myths of Camelot, and then read a contemporary queer, gender-bending retelling of the Quest for the Holy Grail: Spear by Nicola Griffith. Then we’ll study a graphic novel: The Many Deaths of Laila Starr–set in Mumbai by the Indian-British writer Ram V. This will prompt some questions of the British colonial imagination. Finally, as we think back on all we have read, we’ll read the delightful Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Indian-British author Salman Rushdie–​​a fantasy parable about storytelling, and its purpose and necessity; we’ll use the last week of the semester to reflect on all we’ve learned and share our own authored “fan fictions” from our favorite book of the semester with each other.

ENGL 230 – Thinking and Writing Critically About Literature
Prerequisite: English 100
UC and CSU Transferable

Theme: Introducing Shakespeare: The Bard and his Bardic Inspirations
Not only does this course fulfill UC and CSU transfer requirements for advanced English composition, this offering is designed to introduce you to one of the most influential and iconic and important writers from England, and in the English language: Shakespeare. We’ll also study contemporary adaptations of his work in film, in a manga (graphic novel), and a novel while developing your critical thinking and writing skills. We will read: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Manga Edition, and then read whichever play is being staged at Shakespeare’s Globe in London at the time. (TBA on the Globe website soon) We will then go watch that play—and trust me, (I’ve been there) a play at that theater (a fantastic, mostly historically accurate recreation—Shakespeare’s was actually bigger!) is not what you might imagine. It’s more like a rock concert than an opera, with a big mosh pit for what were historically called “groundlings” shouting and causing a ruckus. Then we’ll watch some contemporary film adaptations of Shakespeare plays (including 10 Things I Hate About You–the ‘00s teen rom-com actually was based on the Shakespeare comedy The Taming of the Shrew). We’ll also read a novel based on a Shakespeare play. The semester ends with a research project (not a full paper) supported by our tour of the Globe and a creative exercise from several options.