Course Descriptions

* General education perspectives are in all CAPS at the end of each course description.

Courses offered both fall and spring terms

London Galleries – An Introduction to Modern and Contemporary European Art
Art 280L: (4 credits)
A study of the main developments in European art from 1850-2000, focusing on works in the London galleries. You’ll visit the National Gallery, Tate Gallery, Courtauld Gallery, and relevant current exhibitions. Movements studied include Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstraction, and aspects of 20th-century British art. Hollins students can take both this course and ART 264 for credit. AES, MOD

Shakespeare as Dramatist
English 310L (4 credits)
A study of up to six plays currently in production in London and Stratford-upon-Avon. Close attention is paid to theme, structure, language, and characterization. These are analyzed production, direction, and performance. In seminar discussions, all Shakespeare’s dramatic skills are considered. There will be short lectures designed to place the plays in their theatrical and historical context. AES, MOD

Contemporary Britain
Political Science 200L (4 credits)
This course examines of the principal institutions and behavior patterns of British politics. These include the structure of government and the interaction of voters, parties, and leaders. We also address several current or controversial issues that changed the political world in Britain. These include the Monarchy, media, nationality, religion, class, and Britain’s role in the European Union. Field trips will include visits to Parliament and other relevant sites.GLO, MOD

The London Stage
Theatre 270L (4 credits)
A survey of London theatre. Students attend and discuss one play per week. By the end of the course, students should have an outline knowledge of English theatre’s history and an appreciation of drama as a contemporary art form. AES

(4 or 6 credits)
Examples may include business, law, media, marketing, education, management, theatre, fashion, or even with a Member of Parliament (MP). You may arrange an internship in London the summer before, after, or independent of a term on Hollins Abroad. There is a separate fee for placement and housing for internships undertaken in the summer.

Qualified students may enroll in courses at London Metropolitan University, London South Bank University or The Place (dance).

Courses offered fall term only

Medieval English Architecture
Art 241L (4 credits) A study of English architecture, from the first stone buildings of the Anglo-Saxons to the completion of the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. Slide lectures and site visits focus on the surviving buildings, cathedrals, and castles themselves, as well as on the patrons who commissioned them. AES, PRE

British History Survey
History 200L (4 credits)
This course provides a broad knowledge of British history from the middle of the 18th century to the middle of the 20th century. Lectures follow a chronological path through the main political and social developments that changed Britain between 1760 and 1950. A series of field trips in London complement the lectures. MOD

Courses offered spring term only

English Architecture
Art 240L (4 credits)
This course teaches students to describe and criticize architecture through a chronological study of buildings — from the first Anglo-Saxon churches up to the great engineering projects of the 19th century. Sites visited include the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and Greenwich. AES

Media in Britain
Communication Studies 235L (4 credits)
This course looks at issues around the British media, with visits to working editors and journalists, artists, and television producers. The course covers production, ownership and control, genres and stereotyping, reception theory, and media regulation. We place British media in their European context and analyze the differences and similarities between U.S. and British media forms. GLO, MOD

History of London Through the Middle Ages
History 202L (4 credits)
This course traces London’s development through the Middle Ages. It will outline its expansion and growing importance in national and international affairs. Themes of political, military, economic, social, cultural, 133 and religious life are followed in the Roman, Anglo-Saxon, and Norman periods, the High and Late Middle Ages, and a final look to the early modern period. Weekly visits. PRE