London FYE students will take a total of four 4-credit courses and one 1-credit course, including a Scribner Seminar taught by one of Skidmore’s faculty directors. All courses will include cultural activities that tie directly to course content and make use of London’s valuable resources. All courses have been developed specifically for our students and will be offered at the IES London Center.
Skidmore’s Scribner Seminar forms an important foundation for success at Skidmore and introduces first-year students to a number of the College’s intellectual expectations and learning approaches. Faculty directors, Tom Lewis, Professor of English and Erica Bastress-Dukehart, Associate Professor of History, will each teach one the fall 2013 seminars.
All London FYE participants enroll in one of the following Scribner Seminars:
In addition to the Scribner Seminar, students enroll in four IES courses, each taught by an IES London faculty member. The "Understanding Britain" course is required for all students.
JLID-151 Understanding Britain (1 credit )
Covers the development of the United Kingdom and its political system, the media, the welfare state, and Britain's ethnic composition, especially in London. Class discussions are supplemented by London field visits. Required for all students.
JLSO-251 The Ethnic Tapestry of Contemporary British Culture(4 credits) Sheds light on how Bristish national identity has been constructed and experienced over the last century, and what it means to be British in one of the worlds' most diverse countries. Topics include the role of the emoire; economic, political and cosial change since WWII; and immigration and race relations. Ethnic minorities to be studied include people from Africa, the Carribbean, Asia, as well as Islamic and Jewish immigrants. (Fulfills Social Science and Cultural Diversity requirements.)
JLGO-201 Globalization Studies (4 credits) Begins with Theoretical approaches to globalization, then covers economic, political, cultural, and sociological factors to the "shrinking world," and their impact on governments, corporations, and societies. Key questions include: Should we anticipate a more peaceful world because of globalization? Are multinational corporations destined to rule the world? (Fulfills Social Science requirement.)
JLHI-217C History of London: From the Tudors to the Blitz (4 credits) Course covers the social, political, economic and environmental influences that shaped London's development between the mid 15th century and the end of the Second World War. Traces the expansion and contraction through the destruction of the metropolis in 1666 and the causes and consequences of London's subsequent expansion. London's economy, social structure, and government will also be examined.(Fulfills Social Science requirement.)
JLEN-229 Literature and Place (4 credits) Focuses on literature inspired by London, in history and imagination. The course will also look at the way in which particular environments are evoked in literature: war zones, the ‘natural’ and the urban environment. In addition to Charles Dickens, and Conan Doyle, students will also read a few less obvious choices. Moreover, the IES College is situated in an area that gave its name to an early-twentieth century movement in Art and Literature, The Bloomsbury Group, of whom Virginia Woolf is the most notable member. She and her husband, Leonard, published the poetry of the young American, Thomas Stearne Eliot, whose Wasteland has proven to be one of the most significant works of literature of the twentieth century. (Fulfills Humanities requirement.)
JLTH-103 Theatre in London: An Introduction (4 credits) Centered on visits to nine productions, smaller fringe venues and theatre companies are the focus, along with one at the Royal National Theatre, allowing students to see new, innovative work and classic revivals. In additional to seminars based upon the theater productions, lectures will provide a historical and cultural background and the artistic, financial, and professional structures that shape British theater. (Fulfills Humanities requirement.)
JLAH-251 British Art and Architechture: 1700-1900 (4 credits) This introductory course will concentrate upon the painting and architecture of Britain during the ‘long’ nineteenth century. It will focus on the works of individual artists and architects as well as "the larger picture," including a look at the prevalent artistic movements, artistic theories, and social and historical influences. Students will visit London galleries and buildings of architectural importance. (Fulfills Humanities requirement.)