Clark Honors College in London
Join Clark Honors College faculty member Casey Shoop on a 10-week fall 2020 program based in the heart of London. Satisfy two Clark Honors College colloquia courses (or one HC 221/231 and one colloquium) as you explore how writers and artists have imagined and experienced London in the 20th- and 21st-centuries. This course focuses on how English identity has evolved and adapted in the wake of the world-historical processes of modernity that have transformed London into a global city, from the industrial revolution to the center of finance capital. Alongside readings of literary London, this course invites you to engage in active experiential learning of the city itself: you will move through London’s myriad neighborhoods and districts, its cultural and political institutions, as you map both your reading and your own encounter with the spaces of the city. All of London will be your classroom.
Scholarship Opportunity. Several program scholarships will be awarded to students accepted into the Clark Honors College in London program. Scholarship awards will be based on financial need as well as overall quality of applicants’ study abroad applications. The scholarship application is within the program application; speak with your GEO advisor for more information.
You will have the option of enrolling in three courses, or in two courses and an internship. All students will be enrolled in HC 421: Literary London and the Cultures of the Global City. In any case, however, you will be preapproved for two honors college courses (Option 1: one arts and letters colloquium and one elective colloquium, Option 2: two elective colloquia, Option 3: one HC 221/231 and one elective colloquium). Students may be able to apply the third class (or internship, in lieu of a third class) toward their major or minor requirements.
Your classes will combine classroom learning with experiential excursions that provide access to important locations and individuals within the United Kingdom. All instruction is in English. Courses make use of a variety of materials and texts, all of which are included in the program fee.
CHC Faculty Director Casey Shoop will teach HC 421: Literary London and the Cultures of the Global City. In this course, you will dive into the complexities and contradictory movements of cultural identity in London, both past and present, with particular emphasis on voices from the city’s multicultural periphery. We will consider how the legacies of colonialism, industrialization and modernization, immigration and globalization inform the space and history of these movements between inside and outside in contemporary London. What does it mean to think about a city if the boundaries between inside and outside cannot be fixed? What constitutes a sense of place when the city has become a sprawling conurbation of millions of people, a crossroads of extraordinary multicultural encounter, and a center of dizzying finance capital? How do issues of race, class and gender come to matter in the meaning of English identity in London? We will seek answers to such questions in two ways: first, by exploring the literary archive of London to see how people have lived and imagined these concerns—the modern British novel, like the city, is a form capacious enough to hold and give voice to the myriad experiences of London’s global citizens; second, by moving through the city itself to consider how its neighborhoods and districts, its cultural and political institutions, and the people on the street, understand and negotiate the meaning of identity in the global city. Along the way, students will design their own independent research projects that explore some aspect of this intersection between place and multicultural identity in London.
Two additional honors college colloquia related to the theme of the study abroad program will be taught by local instructors. Students will take one (or both) of these companion courses.
Students who are interested in gaining international work experience in lieu of a third course have the option of taking an internship for academic credit. In your internship placement, you will work side by side with British nationals, allowing you a unique insight into the professional life of Londoners. Students who opt for an internship can choose an exciting professional development opportunity from a variety of fields, including arts, business, start-ups, marketing/PR, financial services, hospitality and tourism, human resources, politics, NGOs, education, global health, technology, and more. Internship placements consist of 16 hours (i.e. 2 full days) per week and a required internship seminar. An additional fee will be charged to cover the cost of the internship placement.
Students should be prepared for a rigorous academic experience and a busy schedule. Classes and internship placements will run Monday-Friday every week.
Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.
Casey Shoop is a Career Instructor in the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. Professor Shoop’s research focuses on 20th- and 21st- century literature and film, with a particular interest in the intersection of art and radical social movements. In a broad range of courses in the Honors College, from Greek tragedy to climate change literature, Shoop explores how the literary imagination enables us to think differently about the most pressing social and political problems of our time. When he’s not thinking about literature, his favorite activities are drinking coffee, watching old movies and wandering without a map in large cities.
Experience life in Central London, living in apartments with 4-6 other students on the program. You’ll be within walking distance of the London Tube, local grocers, restaurants, and cafés. Each apartment is fully furnished with beds, desks and a kitchen table and chairs. You will share a bedroom with one or two other students, as well as the common spaces (bathroom, kitchen, etc.). The kitchens are equipped with refrigerator, stove, microwave utensils, plates, glasses, and cookware. All apartments have wireless internet access, a washing machine, bed linens, and 24/7 emergency support.
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