Who we are and what we do, monarchies and museums, churches and brothels, detective novels and Shakespeare’ plays, all are shaped by gender. As one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, London is a great place to explore the workings of gender, race, and social class in history, society, art, architecture, science, and religion. From its ancient pagan religions to modern-day churches, mosques, and temples, from historical to contemporary monarchs, from the beginnings of the detective novel to today’s captivating crime dramas, London is a case study in interlocking social differences and structures of power. Studying in London offers opportunities not only to read about how gender and race work but to see and experience them through walking Jack-the-Ripper’s Whitechapel or discovering the untold LGBTQ stories behind artifacts in the Victoria & Albert Museum or taking afternoon tea in the posh Mayfair district or visiting the Buddhapadipa Temple.
You will enroll in three Gender Studies courses. Gender, Race, Class and Religions and Law and Order: UK will be taught by Professor Susan Shaw, and the History of Sex and Gender in the UK will be taught by Dr. Amanda Milburn. You may also add a Liberal Arts in London course (exact offerings to be confirmed). Your classes will combine classroom learning with experiential excursions that provide access to important locations and individuals within the United Kingdom.
Students who are interested in an international work experience have the option of swapping one of the courses for an academic internship. In your internship placement, you will work side by side with British nationals, allowing you a unique insight into the professional life of Londoners. For more details on the internship process, please see the Liberal Arts in London with Internship page. An additional fee will be charged to cover the cost of the internship placement.
All courses offered in London are recognized and approved for academic credit by various GEO partner institutions. 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.
Faculty and Staff
Susan Shaw is professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University, where she teaches courses such as Gender, Race, and Pop Culture, Feminist Theologies in the US, and Global Feminist Theologies. Her books include Intersectional Theology: An Introductory Guide (with Grace Ji-Sun Kim), Girls Rock! Fifty Years of Women Making Music (with Mina Carson and Tisa Lewis) and Reflective Faith: A Theological Toolbox for Women. She is also co-author of the introductory textbook, Gendered Voices, Feminist Visions, and she occasionally blogs for Ms. She has previously led study abroad classes in the UK, Guatemala, and Costa Rica, and she has also traveled in Botswana, Lesotho, India, Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. In addition to traveling, she loves reading murder mysteries, watching TV crime dramas, going to musical theatre, and listening to Abba.
Homestay families are carefully screened and provide good, affordable accommodation, offering you the opportunity to develop your independence and social skills by participating in family, community, cultural and recreational activities. Many cherish the homestay experience as one of the most rewarding aspects of the London program experience and remain lifelong friends with their homestay family. Your homestay family will provide furnished accommodation with linens plus seven breakfasts (self help) and four dinners per week in addition to two weekly washloads of laundry. Normally, two students are housed together in single or double bedrooms. You can choose to be housed alone. All requests (i.e., dietary, allergies, medical, preferences) are taken into consideration. You will live in the London suburbs experiencing the typical London commute of between 45-75 minutes each way. Accommodation ranges from a bedroom in an apartment to terraced, semi-detached, or detached houses with easy access to shopping centers, libraries, parks and leisure and sports facilities.
Dates and Deadlines
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If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.
Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.
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.