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The Humanist’s Guide to London (Jan 2012)

The Humanist’s Guide to London
Travel Dates: January 1 – January 14, 2012
3 Credits
HS360 (Cultural Studies Elective)
HS340 (Humanities Elective) or
ARTH318 (Art History Elective)
Pre-requisites: WR 200; AH 110, 111 (or equivalent)

“You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
– Samuel Johnson (1709-84)

London’s endurance as a major international metropolis is evident in its history: as the city which housed the British monarchy, weathered World War II bombings, and saw the invention of edgy Pop art while also preserving the ancient Elgin Marbles. London has been, and continues to be, the landscape for influential people and events that have shaped Western humanistic discourse since the Renaissance. By asking how history dictates the present, and how place affects production, students will view London not only as tourists but also as humanities scholars and cultural geographers. Students will be encouraged to find connections between city and residents, site and product, history and modernity; in doing so, they will also contribute to London’s vibrant cultural dialogue.

This course is interested in London as a city in terms of both regional and international importance. Visited sites are chosen based on their cultural significance to the city of London, the nation of England, and the international community. Each site is carefully chosen to provoke discussion about the preservation of culture (Tate and National Galleries), the exhibition of culture (Globe Theater), and the production of culture (literary tours of authors’ homes). Through the examination of these sites, we will discuss how the preservation, exhibition, and production of the humanities contribute to London’s unique regional and international identities. In the humanistic tradition, students will be asked to synthesize information from a variety of sources – lectures, tours, and selected readings – in order to create a well-rounded view of the city and its history. By the end of the course, students will have the firsthand experience, methodological tools, and conceptual framework to better understand how they too can contribute to their community’s traditions of humanities and the fine arts.

Students will be required to do some preparatory coursework in advance of trip and will complete coursework upon return. See syllabus for more complete details.

Alexis Carrozza is a doctoral student at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she is studying modern and contemporary art. She holds an M.A. in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she focused on postwar art criticism. She has presented papers about a variety of art history topics including 1960s American art and fashion, and 19th century British Academic painting.

Janna Wrench is a PhD candidate in the Educational Policy and Leadership program at Marquette University and an MA in history, specializing in gender and Victorian European history. She has been teaching for nine years, from courses on writing and history to courses on integrating technology into the classroom. Her master’s essay was a study of women’s newspapers in London on the eve of the outbreak of World War I.

MIAD Student Travel / Course Fee: $2275
Course fee includes ground transportation in London, housing, some meals, field trips, and museum entrance fees. Airfare is NOT included.

This 3-credit class counts towards MIAD student’s total course load and full-time tuition (12-18 credit hours) for spring semester.
Tuition is extra for part-time students (less than 12 credits) or those taking more than 18 credits Spring 2012 semester. Tuition charged at $900/credit or $2700 for the course. Tuition will be billed spring semester.

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Application / Registration Begins: July 1, 2011
Application / Registration Deadline: September 15, 2011
Interested students must complete an application/ registration packet (downloaded from the MIAD London program website). Space is limited.  Student applications will be processed as they are received.  Registration must include a non-refundable deposit of $500 payable to MIAD London Program.  A second payment of $500 will be required October 15th and a third payment of $500 required by November 15th. The Travel/Course Fee balance will be due December 15, 2011*

Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

* Because MIAD is incurring costs upon students’ behalf a portion of the fees beyond the initial deposit may be non-refundable after a certain date.
Minimum enrollment (12) must be met to run course. Deposits will be returned if course is cancelled.

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available for qualified students, however monies will not be available until after travel. Interested students should visit the MIAD Financial Aid Office for eligibility and details.

Questions? Jenny Krantz, MIAD Director Facilities Planning and Educational Information –

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