Office of INTERCULTURAL LEARNING

London Thames

SU London Program

London, England

 

Southwestern University, in collaboration with IES, has created a program in London, England specifically designed for Southwestern students.  The SU London Program is a fifteen-week, sixteen-credit program for students who have attained at least sophomore status at the start of the program.

Students apply to Southwestern, not to IES, directly.

Dates

Tower Bridge, London, EnglandApplication Deadline: March 1

Program Start Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Program End Date: Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cost

The tentative cost for this fifteen-week program is equal to Southwestern’s on-campus tuition, room, and board charges for the fall semester of the academic year during which the program is run.

A $250 non-refundable application fee will be charged to the student’s SU account upon applying to the program.  Please note: should a student not be accepted to participate in the program or should the program not make, Southwestern will refund the $250 application fee.

The program cost includes:

  • Tuition for sixteen credits
  • Housing in a modern residence hall, Nido King’s Cross 
  • Food stipend in the amount of £240/month
  • IES on-site staff and access to the IES Center
  • Medical insurance
  • Comprehensive on-site orientation, including a welcome lunch and bus tour of London
  • Local transportation passes within London
  • Ground, and air, when applicable, transportation on all IES organized cultural excursions, day trips, and field trip
  • Entrance fees during cultural excursions, day trips, and field trip
  • Hostel and breakfast costs during organized field trip
  • Tickets to nine theatre performances

The program cost does not include:

  • International airfare to and from London: students are responsible for their own flight arrangements
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Personal expenses: Internet café, toiletries, activities, snacks, personal travel, etc.
  • Additional fee for participation in the optional Academic Internship
  • Textbooks

imageCourses

The curricular focus of the SU London Program changes every fall.  The curriculum of the 2014 SU London Program will include courses in Mathematics and Sociology.  Several courses are also cross-listed with other departments.  Students majoring in these fields will find the course offerings especially appropriate, though students in all majors can fulfill general education requirements, gain general elective credit, and benefit from the experience of living and studying abroad.  Credit transfer is not required as students enroll through Southwestern.  Courses taught by Southwestern faculty are developed to take advantage of on-site educational opportunities within London.  In addition to courses in the focus disciplines, the following basic courses are offered every year:

British Life and Culture (UST39-224)

All students in the SU London Program enroll in this core course to ensure a common educational experience and to provide the background necessary for understanding British culture.  This core course examines the traditions and institutions that have shaped British life in the 21st Century.  Visiting lecturers from British academic, political, and social institutions as well as field trips to locations in London and throughout southern England are planned as part of the course.  The course is designed to help participants develop an appreciation and understanding of the British culture in which they now find themselves residing.  This course is taught by a British faculty member.

Theatre Arts in London (THE73-114)

A theoretical and experiential survey of the theatre, its past and its present, with an emphasis on the role of theatre within society.  Emphasis will be on attending performances in London. This course is taught by a British faculty member.

This course satisfies the Fine Arts Lecture (FAL) general education requirement.

Academic Internship

Students are placed with organizations in London to gain practical experience in their field of study. Requires the permission of the SU Internship Coordinator in the Office of Career Services.  An additional fee applies.

 

2014 Curricular Focus:

 

Mathematics:

 

Cryptography through the Ages - MAT52-104 OR MAT52-204 

Cryptography is the study of secret codes and ciphers.  This course will take a journey through the history of cryptography by beginning with the Ancient Greeks, going through both World Wars, studying some modern cryptography, and ending with questions about the future of cryptography.  We’ll read related literature, listen to some related music, and enjoy some interesting math problems.  Field trips could include Bletchley Park, the Science Museum of London, and a Sherlock Holmes tour.  This course can be taken as a lower-level math class that will satisfy the general education requirement or as an upper-level math course that would count as an upper-level math elective in the major/minor.  Assignments will be tailored to the appropriate level.

This course is cross-listed with Communications as COM75-304.

This course satisfies the Natural Sciences Division (Mathematics) general education requirement — if taken as either MAT52-104, MT52-204, or COM75-304.

  • Please Note: should you register for this course as COM75-304 and would like it to satisfy the Natural Sciences Division (Mathematics) general education requirement, you MUST inform the Office of Academic Success and Records of such. 

This course satisfies the Humanities Division general education requirement — if taken as either MAT52-104, MT52-204, or COM75-304.

  • Please Note: should you register for this course as MAT52-104 or MAT52-204 and would like it to satisfy the Humanities Division general education requirement, you MUST inform the Office of Academic Success and Records of such. 

This course satisfies the Mathematics Division requirement as an upper-level math elective — if taken as MAT52-204.

Applied Statistics - MAT52-204

This course will focus on the applications of statistics as opposed to the theoretical concepts behind statistics.  Basic statistical concepts will be reviewed before exploring advanced regression techniques, sampling procedures, data collection, statistical tests such as ANOVA, and non-parametric statistics.  We will also become familiar with the statistical software package, R.  All statistics will be done in the context of student-generated research questions related to British life, culture, business, or government.

Pre-requisite — MAT52-114 OR MAT52-574.

This course is cross-listed with Business as BUS30-304.

This course is part of the Global Health Paideia cluster.

 

Sociology:

 

Demography (World Population Geography) & Urbanization - SOC34-354

The study of the major demographic processes of fertility, mortality, and migration.  Students will examine global demographic patterns and trends in all world regions, with slightly more case studies drawn from Great Britain, China, and Thailand.  Population growth and change are explored in relation to environmental issues.  Because British historical demographers have been very influential in the modern development of social demography, there will be a special emphasis on their contributions.  A series of assignments in the course will involve field trips and data collection at museums and different parts of London, including the Museum of London, the National Gallery, and a London cemetery.

This course is cross-listed with Business as BUS30-364.

This course is cross-listed with Environmental Studies as ENV49-354.

This course is cross-listed with Race and Ethnicity Studies as RES37-384.

This course satisfies the Intercultural Perspectives general education requirement.

This course satisfies the Social Sciences Division general education requirement.

This course is part of the Representing Gender Paideia cluster.

Urban Sociology - SOC34-304

An analysis of urban life and its impact on human behavior.  Students will use London as a laboratory for the study of the changing ecology of urban life, with each student studying a different neighborhood in the city.  The analysis of urban patterns employs the two theoretical traditions of urban ecology and political economy.  We examine cities throughout the world, with particular attention paid to the emergence of global cities.  Urbanization and urban life is explored in relation to environmental issues and the concept of sustainable cities.  Assignments and fieldtrips will include visits and data collection at museums, including the Museum of London, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Docklands Museum.  Fieldtrips in the British Life and Culture course will also be linked to this class.

This course is cross-listed with Environmental Studies as ENV49-304.

This course satisfies the Intercultural Perspectives general education requirement.

This course satisfies the Social Sciences Division general education requirement.

Housing & Meals

Students are housed in double rooms for single occupancy with a private bathroom in a modern residence hall, Nido King’s Cross.  Each room includes two beds, two writing desks, and two wardrobes.  Bedding is provided, but students are responsible for providing their own towels, which can be bought on-site or at the students’ convenience.  The private bathroom facility in each room contains a toilet, sink, and shower.  Additionally, each room has a live data port with free, 24-hour Internet access via an Ethernet port.  To utilize the data port, students need to bring their laptops that contain an Ethernet PC card, as this card acts as a modem for access to the Ethernet.  

Between eight to sixteen students share one kitchen, which is equipped with basic cooking equipment.  In addition to basic utensils and dishes, students share a lockable fridge, cabinet storage, dishwasher, two stove-tops, and two ovens.  The kitchen is also furnished with a dining area.  Additionally, there is a café on-site serving hot and cold meals.

There are coin-operated laundry facilities in the basement of the residence hall, as well as in common rooms on various floors, which are furnished with comfortable seating and Wi-Fi.  Some floors contain a television in the common room, while others have been established specifically for reading and studying.  All residents have access to the fitness facility on-site for a required one-time induction fee of £10.

Along with 24-7 security coverage, there is an electronic key-card entry system to the residence hall.  Each student will have one key that provides access to the front door, bedroom, and kitchen.  The front desk in the reception area of the residence hall is also staffed 24 hours a day.

The student housing is within walking distance of stops for London buses and the Underground or “Tube”.

Students are provided a monthly meal stipend of £240 for the purchase of food.

Cultural Activities & Excursions

Local cultural excursions in London include a backstage tour of the West End Theatre, a guided tour of the Globe Exhibition, cream tea, attendance at the Tower of London Key Ceremony, attendance at a professional soccer (football) game, and a tour of the British Museum.

Day trips to the following locations are also cultural components of the program: Bath, Cambridge, and Brighton.  The day trip to Bath includes round-trip bus transportation, a guided tour, and admission to Stonehenge.  The Cambridge trip includes round-trip bus transportation and a guided tour of the city.  Round-trip train transportation, a guided tour of the city, and entrance to the Royal Pavillion are included in the day trip to Brighton.

Additionally, students participate in a three-night/four-day field trip to Edinburgh and Inverness, Scotland.  This field trip includes a flight to Inverness, a bus to Edinburgh, and train transportation to London.  Students share rooms in a hostel on this trip.  Breakfast is included each day.  Additionally, two lunches and one dinner are included as part of the field trip.  Students are responsible for all other meals.  A guided tour of the Cairngorm Mountain Reindeer Centre, a boat trip at Loch Ness, a visit to Urquhart Castle, a guided hike through the Glen Coe Valley, and a visit to Edinburgh Castle are components of this field trip.

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Southwestern University Faculty Contact

Edward Kain

Professor of Sociology & University Scholar

p: 512.863.1967

e: kaine@southwestern.edu

Alison Marr

Associate Professor of Mathematics

p: 512.863.1496

e: marra@southwestern.edu