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. 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.

Required Course for Spring 2016 (one of these two courses is required based on your major)

Neuroethology – BIOL/ANBE 342 (Capaldi) 1 credit (REQUIRED for Natural Science Majors)

This course will introduce students to the discipline of neuroethology, which is the study of animal behavior in terms of the structure, function and evolution of animal nervous systems. Using both textbook readings and the primary scientific literature, we will explore the biology of ‘natural’ behaviors of animals. We will discuss the so-called ‘model organisms’ in neurobiology as a template for understanding the function of the nervous system relative to the production of ecologically relevant behaviors. We’ll also consider some of the weirder organisms out there – the ones with unique or otherwise intriguing behavioral or sensory systems: dolphin and bat echolocation, barn owl hunting behaviors, and polarization vision in cuttlefish, among other examples. A major goal is to understand how animals organize behavioral actions and categorize sensory information. The format of this course will be based on lectures and discussions, but also involve the opportunity to develop both oral and written scientific communication skills. Throughout our semester in London, we will combine class excursions to observe animals at the London and Whipsnade Zoos. In addition, we will travel around the UK to tour research laboratories of practicing neuroethologists. The course fulfills a NSMC requirement. It is an optional majors course for Biology (Area II), Animal Behavior, and Neuroscience majors.

Sensory Exotica: An Introduction to Neuroethology – BIOL/ANBE/NEUR 142 (Capaldi) 1 credit (REQUIRED for non-science majors)

This introductory biology course that explore the science of neuroethology, a discipline that combines the study of animal behavior and study of neuroscience. This course will overlap with the Core Course part time, but the content and approach will be appropriate for non-science majors. This course fulfills the NSLG requirement.

Elective Courses for Spring 2016

History of London – HIST 247 (Adjunct) 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.

Architecture and Art in London – ART 215 (Adjunct) 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 with selected slides, and is followed by a walking tour of a museum, historical area, or nearby site. This course fulfills the ARHC, EGHU, GBCC and GLSP requirements.

Theatre in London/Studies in Dramatic Literature – THEA 264/ENGL 217 (adjunct) 1 credit / .5 credit option

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 (adjunct) 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 SLSC and EGSS requirements.

Political Economy of the European Union – ECON222/POLS221 (adjunct) 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 SLSC and EGSS requirements.

Independent Study – Students may arrange independent study courses (contingent on faculty participation and department chair approval).

Information Sessions

Wednesday, March 25
BIOL 105A 6-7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31
ELC 217 noon-1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14
ELC 217 noon-1 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29
BIOL 105A  6-7 p.m.


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