Fordham in London: London Liberal Arts

Location: London, United Kingdom

“Studying abroad gave me a new sense of independence and truly living on my own. I think through this experience I matured and learned a lot about myself and what I want for my future. “
— Antonia Paruolo, Fall 2016

Students taking Harry Potter and Philosophy course in London

Fordham London Centre’s Liberal Arts program offers students the opportunity to take courses at the Fordham London Centre as well as modules (courses) offered at one of three local universities: Queen Mary, University of London (Fall Only); City University; or University of Westminster. Fordham students who will be second semester sophomores during the term in which they will be abroad, and who otherwise meet the requirements, may apply to study in the Sophomore Liberal Arts Program. Second semester sophomores are only eligible to take courses at the Fordham London Centre.

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Program Details

Location

Fordham’s London Centre is located at Heythrop College, part of the University of London, where students will meet British and foreign students studying a variety of subjects. Students may choose to eat on campus, where a cafeteria serves three meals a day at reasonable prices, or off campus in nearby Kensington Square, which is well known for its cafés, restaurants, and shops. The square was once home to the great philosopher John Stuart Mill; the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones; and the great actress and creator of Eliza Doolittle, Mrs. Patrick Campbell.

The United Kingdom—England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland—is a diverse place full of contrasts, featuring a wide range of landscapes and cultures. London, the largest city in Europe, is a bustling cosmopolitan center of astonishing variety and interest that a visitor could explore for months without turning over every stone. The other regions of the U.K. are fascinating for their own reasons, each with a unique personality and history.

While based at Fordham’s London Centre, students may choose to venture from Cornwall in the far west to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in the north. Cities such as Edinburgh, York, Durham, Chester, and Canterbury are reachable by an excellent rail network, as are areas of great natural beauty, such as the Lake District, the New Forest, and North Wales. And it’s only a quick trip to Dublin and the Republic of Ireland.

Academics

Fordham London Centre’s Liberal Arts program offers students the opportunity to take courses at the Fordham London Centre as well as modules offered at one of three local universities: Queen Mary, University of London (Fall Only); City University; or University of Westminster. Students must enroll in the equivalent of 15-18 US credits.

Students in the Liberal Arts program are required to enroll in one of the following three courses:

ENGL 3915 - London Modernisms
John Harrington
4 Credits
British literary modernism is associated with London and the post-war period of 1915-1925, and particularly with the “annus mirabilis” of 1922, when many new literary works appeared in what was perceived as a new, “modern” literary style. But just as Arnold located “the modern spirit” across different times from the classical to his contemporary, this course will focus on the nature of literary modernism in the early 20th century and connect it to modernism in the early 21st century, our contemporary. Literary modernism a century ago developed in the context of social conditions that resemble our own: migrations and immigrations; tensions between Global and Local orientations; consciousness of society under siege by anarchy; and the increasing influence of technology. For the poet T. S. Eliot, the accomplishment of the writer James Joyce as "giving a shape and a significance to the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history." We will explore how that shape was achieved in 1915-1925 and how that is attempted in London today. This course is only available to Juniors participating in the London Liberal Arts program and satisfies the ICC core requirement at Fordham University.

ENGL 3206 - Shakespeare
4 credits
This course has a two-pronged focus; on the one hand, it is an opportunity to undertake a detailed study of Shakespeare’s verbal and theatrical languages, and on the other hand, it equips you to investigate Renaissance London’s importance in shaping Shakespeare’s plays and Shakespeare’s importance in shaping some of the fiercest debates about agency and government, family, and national identity in London and the world today. The two concerns are tightly interlaced and demonstrate how Shakespeare continues to occupy a dominant status in English literature and culture today.

ARHI 3480 – Art and Architecture in London
Geoff Snell
4 credits
London is one of the most exciting cultural capitals of the world. This course will take advantage of London’s museums, galleries and buildings to explore the history of art and architecture, with special emphasis on British art from the 18th century up to and including the current lively London art scene. We will take into consideration the special character of British art along with its major contributions to the larger development of Modern art. Throughout this survey we will focus on how a changing British national identity has been filtered and shaped via artistic representation over three centuries.

This course satisfies the Fine Arts requirement of the Core Curriculum or the Modern or elective credit for the Art History Major. GSB students may fulfill the Fine Arts requirement by taking this course.

Students select 1 or 2 of the following London Centre courses:

Please note: Some of these courses may not be offered in your chosen semester. Syllabi are provided, when available, for course pre-approval purposes only. Syllabi shown are often for the previous semester, not the semester in which students will be studying.

ANTH 3351 – Comparative Cultures
4 credits
This course will survey the diversity of cultures in the world and the processes that have produced similarities and differences among and within various geographic areas. Some of the central topics of discussion include human adaptation and adaptability, social change, modernization and ideas of development in small scale as well as in complex societies today.

COMC 3247 - Race, Class and Gender in the Media - TBD

ENGL 2000 - Texts & Contexts: British Writers
Professor Gearing
3 credits
This course will study three important British texts from the last four hundred years: Shakespeare's Macbeth, Charles Dickens's Great Expectations and George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. The objective of the course is to impart an in-depth knowledge of these texts, a critical framework within which to discuss them, and a more general knowledge of the historical, cultural and social context from which they emerged. All texts should be read prior to the start of class.

ENGL 2000 - Texts & Contexts: British Writers
Professor Panjwani
3 credits
This module offers an opportunity to study adaptation/remediation in diverse forms, genres, and styles across stage, page, and screen. First, we will analyze the language, structure, and politics of specific texts from the sixteenth- to the twenty-first centuries. Then, we will investigate how these texts change as they transition from one form to another and/or from one context to another, and to what effect. The works selected have a clear relationship with Britain and students are guided towards ways to explore these connections in London.

ENGL 3068 - Writing London
4 credits
By studying classical Greek and other myths, Joseph Campbell’s ideas on universal story structures, superhero and Bible stories, we will learn how stories are built. We will then analyze great literature and ‘Harry Potter’ to see how other people employ these ideas. Throughout, we will practise how to observe, listen and analyze better as a first step to writing better, all the while using London as our sensory playground. Field trips include: A Harry Potter walk, a film, a play, a museum and a gallery visit.

FITV 3587 - United Kingdom & Irish Cinema (Formerly COMM 3416)
4 credits
The course introduces a wide range of issues concerning the role of cinema in the British cultural context, as distinct from and in connection with the cinemas of Hollywood and Europe. The course focuses on the following aspects:

  • cinema as an economic system operating within an international audio-visual market
  • cinema and national identity
  • genre in cinema - heritage, post-heritage, comedy, spy and gangster films
  • cinema as a formal system, considering questions of authorship, narrative, audience
  • the relationship of cinema with other areas of cultural activity

The course is delivered by way of screenings, lectures, seminars, reviews and location visits. Screenings range from the silent period (E. A Dupont's Piccadilly) to the work of contemporary directors Guy Ritchie, Michael Winterbottom, Stephen Frears and Steve McQueen.

HIST 3620 - 20th Century Europe
3 credits
World War I and peace settlement; postwar problems; communism, fascism, nazism; totalitarian aggression and World War II; international cooperation and reconstruction; the cold war and the collapse of communism. (Alternate years)

MUSC 2031 - Rock and Pop Music since World War II
4 credits
The Beatles. The Rolling Stones. Dusty Springfield. Led Zeppelin. Tom Jones. Shirley Bassey. David Bowie. Elton John. Deep Purple. Black Sabbath. Sheena Easton. Judas Priest. Soul II Soul. Sade. Loose Ends. Slick Rick. Floetry. Joss Stone. Duffy. Estelle. M.I.A. Amy Winehouse. One Direction. Adele. Sam Smith. These are just some of the British bands, singers and rappers who have ‘… broken America’ – the much prized term used to describe the feat of commercially (and in some cases, culturally) succeeding in the largest music market in the west.

Utilizing key theories from the social sciences and musicology, ‘Breaking America: Exploring the value of British music, national identity & culture via international success,’ will examine why the measure of domestic musical accomplishment is so couched in another country.

GSB students may fulfill the Fine Arts requirement by taking this course.

PHIL 3000 - Philosophical Ethics
3 credits
This course involves philosophical reflection on the major normative ethical theories underlying moral decision making in our everyday lives. The principal focus of the course is a systematic introduction to the main normative ethical theories, i.e., eudaimonism, natural law ethics, deontological ethics, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, and feminism. The differences amoung these approaches are illuminated by studying various moral issues. In each section of the course, at least half the readings will be selected from Aristotle and Kant. Each section will include writings by at least one contemporary figure. (Core Curriculum; Prerequisite: PHIL 1000 - Philosophy of Human Nature.)

POSC 3621 - European Politics
4 credits
This course focuses on the main features of contemporary political systems in Europe, with special emphasis on Western Europe. The course provides an introduction to European electoral and party politics, political behaviour, and the theoretical foundations of different types of government. Case studies will be used to highlight the functioning of different political systems across the continent such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Southern Europe and France.

THEA 1100 - Invitation to Theatre
3 credits
This course provides and introduction to Theatre through an examination of a variety of its aspects; historical, practical and theoretical. Based in London, the course concentrates mainly on British Theatre from Shakespeare’s time to the present. During at least seven theatre visits in London and elsewhere students learn to express a lively critical response to performances: they also develop an understanding of theatre’s relationship to society together with a wide range of other art forms. Recent visits to the class have involved Dame Judi Dench and Ralph Fiennes. The course involves a considerable amount of reading as well as writing responses to performances.

GSB students may fulfill the Fine Arts requirement by taking this course.

THEO 3200 Sacred Texts and Traditions
3 credits
The New Testament texts are ancient texts, but also sacred texts being used, applied and called upon every-day in political and ethical discourse. How then should one read and understand these documents? The aim of this module is to show how understanding of the New Testament has developed over time; to teach skills of critical engagement with the texts as both ancient and modern documents; and to engage with sacred texts as academic and cultural documents.

Gabelli School of Business Electives

Students are eligible to enroll in one course offered in the GSB London program.

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British Universities

Direct enroll students select a university in which to take 1 or 2 courses (modules). These direct enroll courses (modules) offer students the experience of studying within the British system. For a listing of possible modules available at the various universities in London, please select the links below. Please note that 10 UK credits are generally equivalent to 3 credits at Fordham and 15 UK credits are generally equivalent to 4 credits at Fordham.

Please note that the British university academic calendar is different from Fordham's, so in the spring semester particularly the term will begin earlier and end later than a semester at Fordham. For precise dates, please review the information at each university's link below. Students enrolled in courses at University of Westminster or Queen Mary University of London during the Spring 2016 term will pay supplemental housing fees ($1,150 at UW and $1,925 at QMU) due to an extended semester for examinations and class end dates.

City University
Queen Mary, University of London (Fall Term Only)
University of Westminster

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Housing

Students are housed in shared student residences in residential areas in Zone 1 or 2, both of which offer a commute by public transport to classes at the London Centre and your chosen host university. The residences have self-catering facilities with a shared lounge. All of our housing is centrally located within London, in areas with shops and transportation and within reach of city attractions.

Student Services

The London experience begins with a comprehensive orientation that acquaints students with health, housing, travel, academic, and safety information.  Program costs typically include co-curricular activities in and around the city of London and one long weekend visit to another European country.