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, together with questions of production, direction, and performance. In seminar discussions, all Shakespeare’s dramatic skills are considered. In addition, there are short lectures designed to place the plays in their theatrical and historical content. AES, MOD

Contemporary Britain
Political Science 200L (4 credits)
This course begins with an examination of the principal institutions and behavior patterns of British politics, including the structure of government and the interaction of voters, parties, and leaders. Then we address several current or controversial issues which have a marked impact on the political world in Britain, including the Monarchy, the media, nationality, religion, class, and Britain’s role in the European Union. Field trips include visits to Parliament and other relevant sites. GLO, MOD

Acting Shakespeare
Theatre 240L (4 credits)
Acting Shakespeare is designed to help students create a toolbox that will aid them in effectively lifting Shakespeare’s words off the page and onto the stage. Students will not only explore a focused approach to acting Shakespeare, but also develop a greater understanding of the text and character through performance.

The London Stage
Theatre 270L (4 credits)
This is a survey of what London has to offer theatrically. Students attend and discuss one play per week. By the end of the course students should have an outline knowledge of the history of English theatre and a critical appreciation of drama as a contemporary art form. AES

(4 or 6 credits)
Internships with a Member of Parliament (MP) and in fields including business, management, law, media, public relations, marketing, education, arts management, theatre, fashion, sports management, community action, and many others are available. Internships in London can also be arranged in 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 Hollins Abroad-London students may also enroll in a course at London Metropolitan University or London South Bank University.

Courses offered fall term only

Medieval English Architecture
Art 241L (4 credits)
A study of the development of architecture in England from the first stone buildings of the Anglo-Saxons to the completion of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, in the early 16th century. Study through slide lectures and site visits focuses on the surviving buildings, cathedrals, and castles themselves, as well as on the patrons who commissioned themem. AES, PRE

British History Survey
History 200L (4 credits)
This course aims to provide students with a broad knowledge of British history from the middle of the 18th century to the middle of the 20th century. The lectures will follow a chronological path through the main political and social developments that changed Britain between 1760 and 1950 and will be complemented by a series of field trips in London.  MOD

Courses offered spring term only

English Architecture
Art 240L (4 credits)
This course aims to teach students how 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 England Through the Middle Ages
History 202L (4 credits)
This course traces the development of the city of London through the Middle Ages, outlining its expansion and growing importance in national and international affairs. The themes of political, military, economic, social, cultural, and religious life will be 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