The London Program courses are designed for the program and are taught by a combination of Binghamton faculty and program faculty based in London. Each course carries four units of credit unless otherwise noted. Course approval for non-SUNY students must be granted by the student's home institution. We recommend that Binghamton students speak to an academic advisor in their school about any study abroad plans.
Binghamton Courses for Spring 2015
Each course is 4 credits. Students may choose to take 3 courses to total 12 credits, or 4 courses to total 16 credits.
English 450W: The British Experience
The British Experience course is designed for students in different disciplines to engage in the study abroad experience from the perspective of their own academic interests and majors. In Britain, students will explore aspects of British and European culture with the goal of seeing and writing about American culture from the perspective of what they have learned by seeing their country from abroad. Students will meet in class to assess and analyze these experiences from the perspectives of their own disciplines. This variable credit course is appropriate for students in any major, but some students who are not English majors may find it advantageous to work with a professor in their own department to do a project that can be assessed in Binghamton for course credit in that department. English majors, likewise, may take this course for English 450R credit or for independent study credit in an area needed to fulfill
a department requirement.
RHET 450E: Is Racism "Over" in London?: Observing, Documenting and Analyzing Rhetorics
of Race (C)
This course fulfills a "C" general education requirement and will satisfy English major upper-level elective and Global Cultural Productions requirements. Through this course students are offered the opportunity to become familiar with theory, research methods, and rhetorical criticism as they explore contemporary rhetorics of race and racism in London. We will begin with a survey of theories pertaining to critical race studies, particularly cultural studies, and will use our London setting to observe how these theories inform our readings of everyday rhetorical practices apparent in advertisement, theater, social/cultural events, news/media topics, and aspects of pop culture. As a class, we will use our London-specific data to write analytic essays that critique the rhetoric(s) of race in London in relation to the place/space specific ideologies that inform them.
ENG 380G: Social Media Travel Writing: Genres for Composing Space, Place, and Culture
This course fulfills a "C" general education requirement and will satisfy English major upper-level elective and Global Cultural Productions requirements. Through this course students are offered experience in various genres of nonfiction academic and social media writing. Students will keep travel journals and will also be offered the option to document their visits to sites around London—and beyond—through various social media outlets including but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Vine. These combined sources of documentation will serve as both data and prewriting toward more structured academic writing assignments and multi-modal final project presentations. As a class we'll create and contribute to a course Facebook page where students can narrate, reflect on, and share with others (including future/potential London program students) their experiences studying abroad.
English 245H/400H: Shakespeare on Stage
London offers a rich menu of Shakespeare productions. From the plays available during our stay in London, we will select for study a group that promises variety and interest, including fringe theatre. The class will read the plays, see them, and discuss the productions as well as the complex implications of the texts. The goal of the course is to discover the attraction of Shakespeare through the ages and to consider the connections between our culture and the one in which he wrote. In addition to seeing the plays in London, we will also go to Stratford-upon- Avon to visit his birthplace and to attend one or more theatre performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Students taking this class will have a guided tour of Shakespeare's Globe and Rose theatres, and will also see a play production at the Globe. All interested students on the program will be invited to join in these activities.
English 422L: Modern British Theatre
Modern British theatre, with London as its center, blends tradition and innovation to produce a remarkable blend of writing and performance styles. This course draws on London's rich cultural diversity as well as its centuries-long theatrical history to explore how the written word is realized on stage. Through regular theatre visits, participatory class exercises, and a final performance project, students gain understanding of the constraints and opportunities shaping theatre in London today.
Art 200L: British Art and Architecture 'in Context'
This course will give students the opportunity to be exposed to and engaged with British Art and Architecture, past and present. We will be focusing on major painters, sculptors and architects in Britain from the time of Henry the VIII to the present. Rather than adopting a conventional chronological approach, British Art and Architecture will be studied through themes and historical events which deeply affected the arts. London itself will be our 'extended classroom': weekly visits to museums, galleries, churches and other institutions will provide the basis for on-site discussions in front of original works.
Binghamton University Faculty at the Semester-in-London Program
BERNARD ROSENTHAL served several terms as Chair of the Binghamton University English Department and more recently as Resident Director of the Semester-in-London Program. He is the author of numerous articles and books and has been engaged with the London program for many years.
AJA MARTINEZ holds a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona. Her scholarship focuses on histories of rhetorics and contemporary forms of racism and its effects on marginalized peoples in institutional spaces. Her efforts as both teacher and scholar strive towards increasing access, retention and participation of diverse groups in higher education.
JANINE CLEMENTS has great experience with the London stage and has taught theatre studies at universities in the United States and Great Britain. She is a member of the Directors' Guild of Great Britain and has both directed and acted in many critically lauded productions in the U.S. and the U.K.
DONATELLA SPARTI is Associate Professor in the History of Art at Syracuse University's London Program, where she has taught courses on European and British Art and Museum Studies, and where in 2007 she received the Michael O'Leary Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy. She is the author of two books and over 35 articles in scholarly journals.
JOSEPH KEITH, the on campus faculty director for the Semester-in-London Program, is Associate Professor in the English Department at Binghamton University. He received an MA from The Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from Columbia University.