Cosmopolitan London: Living in and Looking at London Through the Lens of Photography, Literature, Creative Writing, Theatre, Art, Politics, and History

This program is open to all Bucknell students who will be juniors or seniors (as well as some sophomores who might have a special interest) during the spring of 2018. The program is designed to accommodate students from across the curriculum in the College of Arts & Sciences. Courses from the arts, humanities and social sciences are on offer and students can satisfy a broad range of their core curriculum requirements. Natural science, engineering and management majors can also satisfy many of their curriculum requirements not directly in the major. This is an opportunity to earn major credit in Art and Art History, Creative Writing, and Literary Studies.

Students participating in the program are required to take the anchor course plus three of the following elective courses: ARST205, ENLS291/ENCW210, THEA264/ENLS289 or ECON226/POLS221.

Application Procedure

Students should attend an information session and meet with the Coordinator of the Bucknell in London Program (Anita Casper) before submitting an application. The application can be accessed on the Office of Global & Off-campus Education website. Applications are competitive and early applications are encouraged. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until Feb. 8, 2018, but the program may be full before that date.


Anchor Course

Cosmopolitan London: Interrogating Place, Examination of the Body in Exile – UNIV 208 (Professors Bayar and Gillespie) 1 Credit
We will explore London through visits to and research in various traditional (ex. British Museum) and non-traditional (ex. White Cube Bermondsey) cultural institutions. Students will also explore relevant bodies of literature and visual arts associated with London. We will examine London as construct and reality through visual and textual representations; and the body and bodies that constitute, embody and are the actual and imagined inhabitants/citizens/exiles in, of, and on the borders of that space. Specific sites of exploration will include questions of race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, class, religion etc. Students will create an art-based, ethnographic narrative project with the goal of creating an interactive, non-linear visual and textual documentary. Using the spaces and people of London as a source, the students will interrogate the two-way relationship between self and other. We will find new ways to understand the world, cosmopolitanism, and our non-linear, complicated place within it.
This course fulfills the IP, W2 and GBCC requirements.

Elective Courses

Photography and Cosmopolitan Imagination – ARST 205 (Professor Bayar) 1 Credit
This course will utilize photography to promote creative problem solving as a primary approach to creative thinking. The course promotes a project-based exploration of concepts and ideas, providing a variety of options for learning about photography’s close relationship with culture, history and politics, with a primary focus on the particular iteration of the medium in London. Students will be encouraged to embrace creative risk as they respond to conceptual and aesthetic challenges, exploring the possibilities of the medium and refining their craft. This course will allow students to mark their individual and collective identities in relationship to a particular London locale. In addition to creative assignments and scholarly research, the course will also offer students many chances to visit prominent British photographers’ London studios.
This course fulfills the AHLG and ENVC requirements.

London and The Immigrant Experience through Creative Writing and Literature – ENLS 291 and ENCW 210 (Professor Gillespie) 1 credit
Using characters from literary fiction as well as the tools of creative writing, this course explores London through the lens of the experiences of those who arrive in the city as outsiders. London’s cosmopolitan present and past make the city an ideal space to understand the relationship between racial, ethnic, national, religious, class, language, along with other differences and place/locale. Students will engage with the question, how does the experience of difference, as interpreted and rendered creatively, manifest in London? We will use the city as our classroom. Course trips will derive from a specific engagement with the London locales described in the course novels. We will also visit London museums and/or performance spaces that allow us to better understand the creative process.
This course fulfills the AHLG and W2 requirements.

Theatre in London – THEA 264/ENLS 289 – Theater in London/Studies in Dramatic Literature (Professor Sullivan) 1 Credit
This course focuses on one of the highlights of London’s cultural life and introduces students to all aspects of the London theater. Students will read several plays and will gain familiarity with the various aspects of production from staging through designing sets, props, costumes, lighting and special effects, to acting. Also included are “backstage” visits to such facilities as Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre. Students will typically see one play per week, keep a journal of the plays attended, and complete a project that integrates aspects of their study and fieldwork in London, in addition to other assignments.
This course fulfills the AHLG and ARHC requirements.

Political Economy of the European Union – ECON226/POLS221 (Professor Edye) 1 Credit
This course introduces students to the main political economy issues of European integration. It analyzes the history, evolution, and institutions of European integration relevant for understanding economic and social policies. It will familiarize students with the most up-to-date policy discussions relating to the EU — including Britain’s longstanding ambivalence about its status as a member.
This course fulfills the SLSC requirement.


Anita Casper
Bucknell In London Program Coordinator
Office of Global & Off-campus Education
4A Botany Bldg., 570.577.3796

Information Sessions

Information sessions will be held throughout the spring and early in the fall. You are required to attend an information session prior to applying for the program.

Saturday, Aug. 26, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Reading Room, Carnegie Building

Wednesday, Sept. 13, noon - 12:50 p.m., Reading Room, Carnegie Building

Thursday, Sept. 14, noon - 12:50 p.m., Reading Room, Carnegie Building

Tuesday, Oct. 3, noon - 12:50 p.m., Reading Room, Carnegie Building

Monday, Nov. 13, 4 - 4:50 p.m., Willard Smith Library, Vaughn Literature Building


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