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Study Abroad - Courses

Art - Photography & Graphic Design in Great Britain

Credit: Six semester hours
Courses: ART 4113 & 4743
  
Syllabus: Undergraduate - Open PDF document

Description: This course will explore the historical British roots of Photography and Graphic Design. Field trips to places such as Laycock Abbey, FoxTalbot Museum, the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, and others will support this historical perspective, as well as having guest Photographers and Graphic Designers of international prominence visit our classroom. Field work and studio work will be a daily practice of this course. Students will create a photographic and graphic design portfolio with the final outcome culminating in a Blurb book and an exhibition to be showcased at Midwestern State University

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Business - International Issues in Business

Credit: Six semester hours
Courses: BUAD 4883 & 4993 or 5993 & 6893
Syllabus: Undergraduate
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Syllabus: Graduate - Open PDF document

Description: This course examines international issues in business. Components of marketing, management, accounting, finance, and economics will constitute the core of the lectures while each student will also complete a research paper with the topic decided upon by the student and
professor of record. Guest lecturers from the European community and field trips to various British and E.U. points of interest will be included within the course.

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Criminal Justice – Comparative Criminal Justice

Credit: Six semester hours
Courses: C.J. 4253 & 4923
Syllabus: Undergraduate -
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Syllabus: Graduate - Open PDF document

Description: This course examines the primary components of the criminal justice system within the U.K. It will examine the similarities and differences of other criminal justice systems including the United States and European countries. This class will look at the criminal justice system’s responses to the historical, social, and political trends of the United Kingdom. The course will include lectures and scheduled field trips focusing on the primary components of the criminal justice system. They will include trips to Parliament, law enforcement agencies, Magistrates Court, and Crown Courts.

 

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Education – Global Education

Credit: Six semester hours
Courses: COUN 2143 & EDUC 2013
Syllabus: Undergraduate - Open PDF document

Description: One of the most global cities in the world, London, provides a unique experience for students who desire to develop both their multi-cultural competency and their research skills. Students will benefit from international experience as they investigate the ways in which different societies approach education and diversity issues. A study of individual, family, and cultural community diversity, this course is an introduction to education and the role of the schooling in society with an emphasis on educational equity for all students. Group discussions, guest speakers, and excursions to cultural and educational venues provide a variety of learning experiences in this unique course!

 

Engineering Statics/Dynamics

Credit: Six semester hours
Courses: MENG 2113 & 2213
Syllabus: Undergraduate - Open PDF document

Description: This course will cover the study of forces and force systems, resultants and components of force systems, forces due to friction, conditions of equilibrium, and forces acting on frame structures. It will also cover the kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies in plane motion. The course will be supplemented by site visits to relevant companies and/or sites, and lectures given by guest speakers.

 

English - British Literature

Credit: Six semester hours
Courses: ENGL 4753 & 4993 5753 & 5003
Syllabus: Undergraduate - Open PDF document
Syllabus: Graduate - Open PDF document

Description:
 The earliest works in the English language are a mélange of monster stories and mayhem, battlefield blunders, laments of the lost, road trip ribaldry, heroics, and heartbreak. Reviewing these masterworks will help us understand the Anglo-Saxon warrior code, recognize the devices of Old English Poetry, and appreciate its blending of Christian and pagan elements. We will look at how Chaucer's astute social criticism compares to our modern obsession with social media. Our study includes medieval chivalry and English nationalism, allowing us to call on King Arthur and Shakespeare too. Students will explore our literature's beginnings through selected readings, engaged discussion, and experiential activity. What better place to study British Literature than in Britain, especially in London!
 

English – Shakespeare In London

Credit: Six semester hours
Courses: ENGL 4716 / 5773 & 5003
Syllabus: Undergraduate - Open PDF document
Syllabus: Graduate - Open PDF document

Description: This course is an experience-based exploration of the life and work of William Shakespeare from historical, textual, critical & performance perspectives. In addition to lecture/discussion, class experiences will include site visits, workshops,guest lectures, & live performances. In this course, you will explore & examine the historical context of Shakespeare's life and works acquire & utilize an understanding of Shakespearean textual production and reproduction master & apply basic terms and techniques of Shakespearean criticism consider & articulate your views on the variety and impact of Shakespearean performance, both historically and in contemporary English culture.

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Fine Arts – Theatre THEA 4393 & 4493

Credit: Six semester Hours
Courses: THEA 4393 & 4493
Syllabus: Undergraduate
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Description:
 Behind the Scenes: Scenic, Lighting, and Costume Design for the Stage is a class for theatre aficionados, whose interests in the theatre extends beyond the velour stage curtains and beyond “merely players.” This course is an introduction to the visual and aesthetic understanding of stage design and technical production including, scenery, costumes, and lighting. This course will aide in the basic understanding of stage design, the principles of composition, the elements of design, and the process of understanding and developing conceptualized design ideas as a performer, designer, director, etc. This course will provide guided discussions, London experiences, and learning activities that will heighten your understanding of the mystery behind the curtain. The development of creative, conceptual thinking, visual communication, artistic integrity, technical production, and performance will be thoroughly discussed. Course material will be equally distributed among the processes of scenic, lighting, and costume design respectfully. The course will include theoretical projects and activities that will engage students in the active participation of and exploration of stage design. We will take full advantage of London area attractions by participating in backstage tours, museums visits, West End theatre performances, historic sites, and the many, countless resources London provides. This course will strengthen your understanding of what lies behind the curtain and enhance your abilities as a future director, performer, designer, technician, patron of the arts, producer, and etc. Wherever your career may lead you, this course will encourage emerging as “an artist of all occasions.” No prior theatre experience is necessary. Full participation in classroom discussions and excursions are required. Additional information will be provided.

 

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History – Great Britain, Australia, & the American West

Credit: Six semester hours
Courses: HIST 4933 & 4953 or 5003 & 5003
Syllabus: Undergraduate - Open PDF document
Syllabus: Graduate - Open PDF document

Description: The frontier culture and economies of the great American West and the vast Australian continent are derivatives of British settler societies and were to some extent financed by the wealth of the British Empire. British and Scottish syndicates invested heavily in enterprises such as cattle ranching, sheep raising, and mining in particular. This course will take a comparative and transnational approach to consider the significant influence of British culture out West and Down Under. It will also address representations of the American Wild West in British popular entertainment and the origins of Australian convict culture in Great Britain. London hosts various archives, libraries, and museums that chronicle the British diaspora in Australia and the American West and reserve the records of such.

Mass Communication - Comparative Mass Media

Credit: Six semester hours
Courses: MCOM 3503 & 3513
Syllabus: Undergraduate - Open PDF document


Description:
 In many ways, British media have historically served as models for American media. Early book publishing, newspapers, advertising, public relations and other forms of media were adapted in the United States, and now for 300-plus years media in both countries have influenced each other. This course would give students an introduction to various forms of British media and would give them an opportunity to see the similarities and differences in the ways they function, interact with their audiences, and influence the societies in which they operate. 

 

Public Health Determinants of Health Disparities A Comparative International Perspective

Credit: Six semester hours
Courses: HSAD 4006, 5006
Syllabus: Undergraduate - Open PDF document
Syllabus: Graduate - Open PDF document

Description: This course will compare the health care needs and public health services in various countries. Physical, relational, social and environmental determinants of health will be investigated. Health disparities among vulnerable populations, as well as advocacy efforts on their behalf, will be studied. Emerging infectious diseases will be identified and intervention strategies explored. The role of prevention in health promotion will be emphasized. Guest lecturers, field trips to public health organizations and museums, and tours related to the history of public health in London will enhance this study abroad experience.

Sociology British Culture and Society

Credit: Six semester hours
Courses: SOCL 4883 & 4893
Syllabus: Undergraduate - Open PDF document

Description: This course will take a comparative institutional approach to understanding British culture and society. That is, we will be comparing social institutions in Britain (e.g. government, marriage/families, media, religion, sport, etc.) with our knowledge and understanding of those institutions in the U.S. Other topics to be examined comparatively are sexuality, gender, immigration, deviance/criminality, and even the culture of food. As learning sociologists, we will investigate a new land using our “sociological imagination” to understand those social phenomena which are normally difficult to uncover due to their “everyday” nature. Our modes of investigation will include first-hand experience, class reading and discussion, expert lectures, and field trips.

 

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