History and Literature 2018 Travel Study
Expected Dates of Travel: May 17-27, 2018
The London Travel Study program, led by Dr. Jamil Mustafa from the English Department and Dr. Eileen McMahon from the History department, provides you the exciting chance to experience this vibrant cosmopolitan city while earning Lewis credit. You have the opportunity to see and do a variety of things in connection with your coursework, including attending culture events and shows,and visits to museums and sites.
You should consult with your major advisor to ascertain which courses will be most appropriate for your academic plan. In addition to the coursework that you will be doing while you are travelling, you will also have course meetings on campus before the trip. These meetings will provide an opportunity to better prepare for all of the things that you will experience during your travel component.
Required Courses (Choose one):
English Options (ENGL22000 Topics: Literary London* or ENGL23800 British Literature*)
This travel study allows students an opportunity to visit London, a city rich in associations to literature of all periods. It will provide students with an opportunity to investigate how imaginative writers have portrayed the city and used it as the setting for their narratives, plays and even films. One central theme will be London in Literature. However, it will be more than a tourist visit since it will also allow students to understand how a place has influenced the development of a distinctly British literary tradition. Starting with Shakespeare, the class will study how representations of the city have changed from the Elizabethan period to the more contemporary era of multicultural diversity. It will examine how London is more than a place, how it is the heart of a nation’s cultural identity.
History Options (HIST10200 Culture & Civilization I*, HIST38000 History of Ireland, or HIST38100 History of the British Empire)
The goal is to provide students the option of discovering history through exploring the layers of western civilization that created London and how and why it became the center of the world’s greatest modern global empire. It has been argued that London, of all cities in the world, was the catalyst of modernity. It was in London that constitutional monarchy, participatory democracy, a free press, public concerts of music and a commercial theater developed. In the early modern period, London became a leader in world trade and launched a world-wide empire on which the “sun never set.” Its parliamentary system became the “mother of all parliaments” as its political system was exported around the world along with English common law, language, banking systems, and technology. London was also a key player in the development of new technology as well as the source of study and investigation of the evils of this new system of wage labor. Although its imperial system is formally gone, many peoples of its empire now make London their home and have brought their food, culture, and experiences to this world capital city. The tensions and animosities generated through colonial rule have also come home to London in the form of cultural clashes in religion, clothing, and racial animosity. The scourge of the modern era – terrorism – has also plagued the city through IRA bombing in protest against British control over its first colony – Ireland, as well as from other parts of its old empire as a reaction to modernity.
* - These courses may be used to satisfy General Education Requirements
You will stay in shared rooms in comfortable hotels during your stay in England.
The cost of the 2018 London History and Literature Travel Study program is expected to be $4165
for 12 participants. The costs will decrease if the program has more than 15 participants. Both the course, which will count as part of your normal tuition package rate, and the program fee will be placed onto your student account during the 2018 Spring semester.
The program fee includes:
program-sponsored excursions, including a day trip to Oxford
The program fee does not include additional meals, supplies, personal expenses, and any passport and visa fees.
Program fees are based on costs of the prior year, as well as projections for the current and coming years. Inflation and fluctuating exchange rates make it difficult to state a fixed cost. Lewis University, therefore, reserves the right to adjust program fees and the right to cancel or alter programs and courses.
To be eligible, you must be a Lewis student with at least a 2.75 GPA who has Sophomore, Junior, or first semester Senior standing or will have that standing when you participate. There are no language prerequisites for this program..
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