Courses and Credits

Fall Semester

London: Biography of a City

History
This course traces the growth and development of the city of London from its founding by the Romans to the end of the twentieth century, and encompasses nearly 2,000 years of history. Beginning with the city’s foundation by the Romans, the course will look at how London developed following the end...Read more

Shakespeare the Dramatist

Poetry, Literature
This course begins with the premise that the plays of Shakespeare are too often taught in the classroom as difficult and rather obscure sacred texts. The aim of this course is to remind you that Shakespeare was not only a great poet, but also a great dramatist, and to show that his plays are still...Read more

Britain Today: Issues and Perspectives

History, Political Science
This is the core course of the GEO London semester. There are two blocks: the British Present and the British Past. As their names suggest, they deal with contemporary British politics and society and with key formative moments in English history. While there is a formal structure to the course we...Read more

Creative Writing in London

Arts and Humanities
This course is an undergraduate writing workshop designed to help you take full advantage of the possibilities for creative writing in London, using the capital as a setting for fiction or as a base for travel writing, reportage and the personal essay. It introduces the basics of good writing in...Read more

Modern and Contemporary Art in London

Art History
This course highlights how, over the last 30 years, Britain has become a vibrant and fertile international center for the visual arts. Through the work on display in the museums and galleries of London, the course will attempt to relate the current confusing range of artistic styles with the...Read more

The Play’s the Thing: GEO Theatre Course

Arts and Humanities
The intent of this course is to expose students to the various aspects of theatre that make it work. This will include looking at the role of the audience as participants. Students will analyze how the playwright is able to teach the audience about themselves through his/her construction of the...Read more
Spring Semester

Shakespeare the Dramatist

Poetry, Literature
This course begins with the premise that the plays of Shakespeare are too often taught in the classroom as difficult and rather obscure sacred texts. The aim of this course is to remind you that Shakespeare was not only a great poet, but also a great dramatist, and to show that his plays are still...Read more

Britain in the Age of Revolution and Reform

History, Political Science, Business and Economics
Britain in the Age of Revolution and Reform will examine a period of great change in British politics, society and the economy. In an age greatly influenced by the revolutions in America and France, Britain itself underwent its own revolutions— the industrial and agricultural. The period covered...Read more

Britain Today: Issues and Perspectives

History, Political Science
This is the core course of the GEO London semester. There are two blocks: the British Present and the British Past. As their names suggest, they deal with contemporary British politics and society and with key formative moments in English history. While there is a formal structure to the course we...Read more

British Masters, Eighteenth Century to Present

Art History
This course will provide a detailed study of those painters and sculptors who are deemed British masters/mistresses. Our studies begin in the early 18th century when a distinctive British School emerged and with it the establishment of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. This flowering of home-...Read more

Media in the United Kingdom

Journalism and Media Studies
This course is designed to introduce you to the particularities of the British media market and the unique character of British journalism. Along the way, we will explore some of Britain’s journalistic traditions, from the respectability of the BBC to the scurrilous tabloid press. We will look at...Read more

Nineteenth and Twentieth Century British Novel

Arts and Humanities
This course looks at the nineteenth and twentieth century British novel in terms of historical context and literary technique. The novels have been selected, not only because they are among the greatest British novels of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but also because they provide a...Read more

Politics and Economics of the Eurozone: Economic Integration of the European Union

Political Science, Business and Economics
This course provides a comprehensive examination of the processes of European economic integration and offers a critical analysis of EU policies in their broader political-economic context. In addition, the course also addresses the peculiar and often problematic relationship between Great Britain...Read more

Theatre, Audience, and Society: Tragedy and Beyond

Arts and Humanities
This is a course which addresses the potentially life-changing effects that theatre’s practitioners and critics, over more than 2,000 years, have thought different kinds of theatre can have on audiences.Read more