British Arts, Society & History

Based in the heart of London, this study abroad program provides students with the opportunity to study across an array of academic disciplines while taking full advantage of their location in a major European Capital. 

The Bucknell in London Program is open to all Bucknell students. Art and Art history students can credit the core course to their major requirements while exploring London during other courses. It may be particularly attractive to humanities and social sciences students in economics, sociology, anthropology, English, history, philosophy, political science, international relations, theatre, art, and environmental studies. Based upon the semester program theme, the program may also accommodate BS coursework in management, education and engineering students.

Core Course for Spring 2017

Art and Culture in London - ARTH 215 - 1 Credit
For fans of Downton Abbey: This course will introduce students to the most important works of art and architecture in Great Britain from about 1530 until the present day. All works will be accessible to us in the original, in museums, churches, and palaces. Beginning with the Tudor period of King Henry VIII, we will study the pictures of nobles, monarchs (and even court jesters) to ask how these works express identity, who commissioned them, what purposes they served and which political, religious, dynastic or other considerations influenced how these artworks look. We will explore the paintings created by the most important English artists, such as Hogarth, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Romney. Portraits of actors of this period will connect with material in Bucknell's London Theater course. Other themes to be considered are: the distinctive character of British art, artworks as propaganda, patronage and collecting by British private individuals and museums and the decorative arts in stately homes (like Downton Abbey). This course fulfills the GBCC and ARHC requirements.

Elective Courses for Spring 2017

The History of London - HIST 247 (Surridge) - 1 Credit
In this course, students will explore London's rich history as the center of Britain's political, cultural, and economic life, spanning from Roman Britain, through the Great Fire, the rise of the British Empire, to the Blitz, and on to contemporary multicultural London. This course will make full use of London's own resources and will include many site visits across the city as an integral part of the course. This course fulfills the ARHC and EGHU requirements.

Theatre in London/Studies in Dramatic Literature - THEA264/ENGL217 (Sullivan) - 1 Credit
This course in the London theatre introduces students to the influence and impact of British theatre and to all aspects of the London stage. Students attend plays in the West End, in Off-West-End, and in Pub theatres. Students read plays and gain familiarity with theatre criticism as well as with numerous aspects of production from backstage visits to Shakespeare's Globe and to the National Theatre set design and property shops. Students will see a number of plays; keep a theatre journal of the plays attended; participate in and lead class discussions, write short essays, take examinations, and complete a theatre project that integrates aspects of their study and fieldwork in London theatres. This course fulfills the ARHC and EGHU requirements.

Urban Anthropology - ANTH 200 (James) - 1 Credit
This is a fieldwork-based course applying various anthropological methods to study cities in general and London in particular. Topics include urban societies, the built environment, and political life. Students in this course will have the opportunity to explore community formation, multicultural identity, and the economics of neighborhoods. This course fulfills the SLSC and EGSS requirements.

Political Economy of European Union - ECON222/POLS221 (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, which will be voted on in 2017  This course fulfills the SLSC and EGSS requirements.

Economics/Sociology/Music/other - Fifth course TBA

Independent Study - 1 Credit
Students also have the option of arranging an independent study while in London. This is contingent on the approval of a faculty member on campus, who must approve the project and agree to serve as adviser, and the approval of the department chair.

Program Contacts

Prof. Christiane Andersson (art & art history)
301 Art Building

Anita Casper, global education advisor
Botany Ground Floor


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