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Consortium Classes

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Classes are six credits, incorporating both lectures and significant outside research. Classes will operate on a seminar style format with all students actively participating in discussions with their professor as well as the numerous guest lecturers. Each lecture will be a supplemented with a field experience that will add practical application to the issues that have been raised in class. Students enrolling in a class will be provided with a syllabus before they leave the United States. Research projects or papers will be completed upon return to the U.S. and sent to the professor of record for a final grade. Lecture and research must both be completed for a student to receive a final grade. Specific course schedules and outside activities may vary, depending on speaker and venue availability. Additional course information (including syllabi) can be found at the Midwestern website.

Course availability will vary from year to year - check the current program brochure.
  • Art - Graphic Design with an International Perspective - The lecture and studio component of this class will allow students to learn the historical and contemporary contributions that London has provided to the field of graphic design. Students will visit museums, design firms and receive lectures from some of London's greatest designers in order to broaden their perspective on the design world. Each student will create a design campaign that will be portfolio and exhibition worthy by the end of this course.
  • Art - Photography in Great Britain - This studio class will address historical and contemporary photographic practices in Great Britain. London.s museums, galleries, and institutions such as Royal Photographic Society will be utilized; important British photographers will be invited to class to discuss their work. Field trips to various locations such as Stonehenge and Lycock Abbey will be an integral part of the course. Each student will compile a photographic portfolio as a final project.
  • Business - International Issues in Business - This course examines international issues in business. Components of marketing, management, accounting, finance, and economics will constitute the core of the lectures while each student will also complete a research paper with the topic decided upon by the student and professor of record. Guest lecturers from the European community and field trips to various British and E.U. points of interest will be included within the course. Consent of the instructor for all business classes is mandatory.
  • Business - International Business Ethics - Contemporary business culture reflects complex ethical territory – ethics requires weighing evidence critically and navigating significant uncertainty in making decisions that may profoundly impact employees, the natural environment, and entire cultures in developing nations. International business adds additional complexity, introducing concepts like multiculturalism and differing mores and laws regarding populations – what is assumed to be true or right in our culture may be viewed very differently in another culture, producing a conflict in setting domestic and international corporate policy. These are a sample of the topics the course covers, providing students with the tools needed to navigate the complexities of current domestic and international business. Taught by Dr. Matthew A. Butkus.
  • Criminal Justice - Comparative Criminal Justice - This course examines the criminal justice system found in the U.K. and compares and contrasts it to other systems including the U.S. and throughout Europe. The class will look at criminal justice system responses as part of the larger historical, social and political trends of the U.K. Scheduled field trips include Parliament, Magistrates Court, and Crown Courts.
  • Engineering Economics/Thermodynamics - This course will cover kinematics of particles and rigid bodies in plane motion, including work-energy and impulse-momentum principle. It will also cover fundamental principles of fluid mechanics; properties of fluids, fluid statics, control volume & transport theorem, equations of Bernoulli & continuity & momentum & energy, inviscid & viscous flow, laminar & turbulent flows, incompressible & compressible flows, internal & external flows. The course will be supplemented by field trips to relevant companies, sites, and lectures given by guest speakers.
  • English - History of the English Language - This is the ideal course for anyone interested in how the English language has evolved.  From its earliest beginnings to the present day, the course will ocver changes in vocabularty, pronunciation, and grammaer, with special attention to such issues as the differences between British English and American English, the effects of printing and books on language, how standards for correctness are determined, and historical connections between language and politics and between language and the church.  The course will include guest lectures by English scholars, as well as field trips for studying original manuscripts (Beowulf, Chaucer, Milton, and Shakespeare), the influence of the Norman Conquest, and the history of printing and bookmaking.  Taught by Dr. Molly Martin.
  • English - Shakespeare in London - This course is an experience-based exploration of the life and work of William Sharespare from historical, textual, critical and performance perspectives.  In addition to lecture/discussion, class experiences will include site visits, workshops, guest lectures, and live performances.  In this course, you will: (1) explore and examine the historical context of Shakespeare's life and works, (2) acquire and utilize an understanding of Shakespearean textual production and reproduction, (3) master and apply basic terms and techniques of Shakespearean criticism, and (4) consider and articulate your views on the variety and impact of Shakespearean performance, both historically and in contemporary English culture.
  • Fine Arts - Theatre - This course involves experiencing professional productions, then critiquing them from the standpoints of both performance and design. Instruction will be bolstered by actors, directors, designers, stage managers and technicians invited to class to discuss their efforts and/or to conduct workshops. The course will also include trips to British theatre museums and collections. Stratford-upon-Avon and the annual Shakespearean Festival will be included as part of the class.
  • History - Tudor-Stuart England - Students will study the reformations in England and Scotland that transformed the religious landscape, the social and economic changes that challenged the political and economic hegemony of the aristocracy and the monarchy, the emergence of parliamentary government, and the movements within art, literature, and science that created a "golden age" in British society. Site visits will include Hampton Court, Parliament, the Banqueting House, St. Paul's Cathedral and other sites in London. Outside of London, a visit to Cambridge & Huntington will explore the impact of these events on the university town and the role of Oliver Cromwell.  Taught by Dr. Derek Blakeley.
  • History - Victorian History - Edwardian Britain - Students will experience, through immersion, Britain in the long 19th century (1815-1918): The Age of Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens and the Industrial Revolution. Through a combination of lectures, readings, a research paper, and visits to museums and to the great artifacts of Britain's past, students will gain the kind of understanding of the Victorian Age that can only be gained by being there.
  • History - World War II - Because of the unique history of London and all of England during World War II, this course will focus on the major military, political, and social issues surrounding the war with particular emphasis on the European Theatre. The class will rely on a mix of scholarly lectures, class discussion, and historical field trips. Churchill's underground bunker in London, the Imperial War Museum, and former allied air fields will be the centerpieces of field experiences that will supplement lectures and guest speakers.
  • Philosophy - Applied Ethics in Global Society - Contemporary society has been rocked by recent scandals in medicine (Phen/Fen and patient deaths), business (Bernie Madoff and investment pyramid schemes), and the sciences (Jessie Gelsinger and gene therapy research deaths). As such, there is significant public interest in ethical conduct in these fields, and contemporary medical, scientific, and business education institutions have affirmed the place of ethics in their curricula. The course is designed to meet these needs through instruction in ethical theory and applications to specific problems within these disciplines. The course will have four core components, beginning with seminal issues in ethical theory. Once the students understand these bases, the course will shift to address specific applications in medicine, business, and the sciences, using a problem-based learning and case study approach.  Taught by Dr. Matthew A. Butkus
  • Political Science - Contemporary British Politics - This course explores not only the world's oldest parliamentary system, but also Britain's vexed relationship with the European Community and with the United States. We will also explore political questions regarding race and gender issues. Guest lectures and classroom work will include the Houses of Parliament, Cambridge, and the Royal Court of Justice.
  • Public Health - Determinants of Health Disparities - Course will investigate: (1) geographic and demographic differences between the U.S. southwest border regions (SWBR) and Great Britain; (2) description of health disparities and measurement issues; (3) determinants of health disparities: politics and health insurance coverage, economics, social and physical environmental factors, behavioral and emotional variables; (4) impact of aging of the populations, increased racial and ethnic diversity and technological development; (5) intervention strategies and evaluation results.
  • Sociology - British Culture and Society - This is the perfect class for any student interested in comparing major institutions within Great Britain and the United States. Institutional issues surrounding the family, government, religion, poverty, education, and sport will provide the context by which students can examine modem living in the UK as well as the US. Field trips will include the Houses of Parliament, London's East End and modem Docklands, as well as the historical cities of Cambridge and Canterbury.