City of Transformation

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. 

This program is open to all Bucknell Juniors and Seniors and is designed to provide interest to students from across the curriculum with courses in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. Students can satisfy a broad range of their core requirements including Integrated Perspectives (IP), global connections (GBCC), environmental connections (ENVC) and writing (W2) as well as disciplinary perspective requirements. Additionally, biology majors may take a 300-level elective and sociology majors may take a 200-level elective.

Students participating in the program are required to take the anchor course plus three of the following elective courses: THEA 264/ELS 289, ARTH 215, BIOL 150/BIOL 319, or SOCI 298.

Anchor Course for Fall 2017

London: City of Transformation - UNIV 219 (Durden and Spiro) - 1 Credit
This course will explore transformative ideas that emerged out of the Global City of London: from scientific advancements in evolution and medicine to the economic system of capitalism, from social theories on race and eugenics to music forms that pushed gender boundaries, we will investigate ideas and movements that transformed not only London, but the entire world. London itself is central to the course, as each topic within the course will take advantage of the extensive resources afforded by this city. London: City of Transformation will satisfy the integrative perspectives (IP) and writing (W2) requirements.

Elective Courses for Fall 2017

Plants, People and the British Empire - BIOL 150 with option of BIOL 319 for biology majors (Spiro) - 1 credit
The British Empire was built largely upon wealth generated by plants introduced from all corners of the world. Through a combination of exploration, espionage, and ingenuity, crops such as quinine, rubber, sugar, tea, and opium became indispensable ingredients of industrialization and conquest. This course will focus on the biology of these products and other plants that Imperial Britons used for food, fiber, stimulants and medicine. Field trips will take advantage of the remarkable resources available in and around London including botanical gardens, museums, research institutes, and markets. Plants, People and the British Empire will satisfy the natural science and math learning goals (NMLG) and the environmental connections (ENVC) requirements and may serve as a 300-level elective for biology majors.

Globalization and Immigrant Gateway Cities of Europe - SOCI 298 (Durden) - 1 Credit
Mobility, movement and migration - international migrants play an essential role in the economic, social and cultural lives of cities. Immigrants literally transform their cities of settlement, creating ethnic enclaves introducing distinct cuisine, religious practices and languages. London has long existed as a 'Gateway City' of migrants, and a top urban destination of the foreign born. This course is a general introduction to the impact of historical and contemporary immigration in the major cities of Europe, primarily focused on London. This course will examine the role of immigrants in the economic, social and cultural history of London over the last three centuries. The vibrant immigrant neighborhoods of London, including but not limited to Brixton (Jamaican), Brick Lane (Bangladeshi), West London (Polish) and Southall (Indian and Pakistani), will serve as classroom spaces. While London will serve as our central city of exploration, the course will also turn to other immigrant cities within Europe for comparison. Globalization and Immigrant Gateway Cities of Europe will satisfy the social science learning goals (SSLG) and global connections (GBCC) requirements and will count as a 200-level elective towards the sociology major sociology.

Theatre in London/Studies in Dramatic Literature - THEA264/ENGL217 (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. Theatre in London will satisfy the arts and humanities learning goals (AHLG) or arts and humanities disciplinary perspectives (ARHC) requirement.

Art and Culture in London - ARTH 215 (Conner) - 1 Credit

This course provides a background and context through which to view changes in British art, architecture, and design. Connections between social, economic, and cultural influences are reflected in the practice and content of the arts. Each class session begins with historical background and overview briefing, and is followed by a walking tour of a museum, historical area, or other nearby site. Art and Culture in London will satisfy the arts and humanities disciplinary perspectives (ARHC) requirement, global connections (GBCC) and EGHU and GLSP requirements for Engineering majors.

Information Sessions

Tuesday, Oct. 18
324 Biology Bldg. noon-12:50 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 26
215 Academic West Bldg. noon-12:50 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 10
241AB ELC 4-4:50 p.m.


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