Students live and study in the most famous university town in the world. The program is 3 weeks. Students choose 2 courses from the following types of courses: (a) a tutorial (individual study) with an Oxford University Don (professor), (b) a world affairs seminar with lectures by 10 Oxford University professors, and/or (c) courses taught by Maryville and another St. Louis-area faculty. Up to 7 excursions, many to London. Students will live in flats (apartments) in Oxford. Estimated total cost (includes tuition, housing, food, excursions) for 6 credits is estimated at $5,335 plus airfare (approximately $1,500). 3 additional credits are available for $750.
History of Health Care in England (Linda Berry: Nursing – Maryville)
This course explores the history of the health professions from their earliest beginnings to the present. The development of the profession from a social and cultural aspect is emphasized. Learning experiences will include site visits to London’s famous health-related institutions.
Cultural Competence in Health Care (Olaide Sangoseni – Maryville)
This is an introductory course to cultural competency based on cultural competence model, which consist of several cultural frameworks including awareness, knowledge, skill, encounters and desires. The goal is to facilitate the student’s sensitivity to other culture or worldview. To emphasize to students that an unfamiliar culture is not necessarily superior or inferior, rather it should be seen as different. Finally, students will learn that cultural differences are not always easily obvious, the fact that an individual have similar physical features does not necessarily translate to similar cultural views. Oxford, England is panoply of culture among cities in the UK; it is widely recognized as city of the oldest university in the English speaking world, thus a well-educated city. It is also today recognized as the most multicultural city in the UK. It has the second most culturally diverse population in the UK because one in six Oxford residents speaks a language other than English; twice above UK national average.
British Museums and Galleries (Germaine Murray – Maryville)
Students will trace the origin of the museum movement from Oxford University’s Ashmolean Museum to the Pitt-Rivers anthropological Museum to the British Museum and National Galleries in London. The course is a primer that will explore why modern museums began, why these early museums were organized as they were, and why they came about in the first place. Students will visit a total of 15 museums of all types: anthropological, historical, artistic, scientific and more. Students will also have a chance to visit Oxford Castle, Christ Church, The Bodleian Library as well as museums off the beaten path.
British History of Scientific Psychology (Graham Higgs – Columbia College)
This course begins at the birth of Western Science during the Renaissance, the Copernican revolution and the growth of scientific societies in England. The early scientists were philosophers whose ideas gave birth to psychology and science. The most notable scientists and their ideas are explored in archives scattered throughout the cities of Oxford and London’s unequalled museums and library collections. The course is designed to be taught as exploratory walking lectures.
Karl Marx in England (Kent Bausman – Maryville)
This course will examine Karl Marx’s life in England with consideration of the intersect between England’s early industrial history and Karl Marx’s developing critique of capitalism. Through assigned readings and visits to London, the British Museum, Karx Marx’s gravesite, Soho, and possibly Manchester, students will witness how Marx’s lived experience in England came to shape his thoughts on economic history and his ideas related to economic theory. Additional reflection will explore the contradictions of Marx’s life in England with the Proletarian ethos to which he is associated.
Playwriting in England (Caleb Corkery — Millersville)
This course invites students to explore the theatre of England as both literary critics and writing practitioners. Students will read plays from some of England’s most prominent playwrights: Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, Harold Pinter, Noel Coward, Sarah Kane, Mike Leigh, Caryl Churchill, Tom Stoppard. Students will examine selected plays for their literary value: the context out of which they emerged, the contribution they made to theatre, the particular themes they communicate. Students will also look at these plays as examples of writing craft, analyzing their structure and style. Following the inspiration of these models, students will develop dramatic pieces of their own. The work of the course will be roughly divided in thirds: 1, reading plays as students of literature; 2, reading plays as students of writing; 3, developing individual writing projects based on styles and techniques studied. No prior experience with playwriting is assumed.
Social Research in Oxford (Graham Higgs – Columbia College)
In this course, students will explore the visual culture of human behavior in Oxford and London. Students will master the various functions of the digital camera and will create professional images that can be used in social science and humanities research. The class will be focused on photography as image production. Using the mind and the eye to see information and understand how images are rich data that can be used in research on human social and individual behavior. We will be documenting the culture and behavior and built artifacts of social culture. Students will have the opportunity to photograph important iconic cultural spaces, and will create images that inspire reflection and deeper inquiry. Students can expect to complete the course with a portfolio of high quality images that document the social culture and their interpretation of the visual world.
Assignments will mainly be based in practical photography exercises. We will be highly active and will mainly be spending class time on the streets exploring and capturing human behavior and built expressions of culture. Students will be required to create their own catalog of images and write a reflection paper on potential uses of the images in social science or humanities research.
Crime, Poison and Deception in Victorian England (Kristin Bruzinni & Geri Brandt – Maryville)As one reflects over the Victorian era, an image of a time built on security and tradition comes to mind. The Victorians of the time, however, saw something very different. They viewed their era much the same as we view our own…a time of change. This era was a time in which many technical innovations inspired hope for the future and fear of change. Among these changes, were those related to the modernization of the police force and forensic science? Much of the mystery related to crime during the Victorian era is related to the absence of scientific understanding and modernization of the rules of law, both of which were undergoing drastic changes during this period. Crimes in the past exist today. The major difference however, was that many of these crimes were accepted within certain social classes, or were not truly unearthed as crimes until scientific testing existed to unearth proof of the crime.
Many criminal historians know the Victorian era as the Golden Age of Prostitution and Poisoning. Prostitution in Victorian England was a part of everyday life for people of all social classes. Poisoning during this time is one of the major reasons toxicology developed as a field of medicine. As medical knowledge increased so did the need for cadavers for the ever-growing medical community. During this time, body snatching by grave robbers and kidnapping became an ever-growing business, thus taxing the newly developing police force. Robert Peel faced many dramatic changes in the evolution of England’s police force, the development of street crime, serial murder and mysterious deaths were just a few “issues” plaguing law enforcement.
The History of London Theatre and the Country Crossroads in Brick and Mortar, Flesh and Blood (Harold Hynick – Missouri Valley)
This course will explore the history of the greatest theatre city in the world, with particular emphasis on the role played by communities such as Oxford in shaping that history. As a sleep-over stop for Shakespeare as he journeyed from Stratford, Oxford’s role in the history of London theatre is quite interesting. During his stops, his hosts John and Jane Davenant most likely put him up in the Painted Room at the Crown Tavern. The walls of this room were uncovered in 1927. Davenant’s son William was Shakespeare’s godson, and after the Restoration was one of two men granted official patents to perform theatre in the city of London. The link between Shakespeare and Davenant and the roles played by each in shaping the London theatre scene make Oxford a most interesting crossroad in the history of London theatre. This course will include visits to important locations in Oxford such as the site of the Crown Tavern and the Painted Room, Carfax Tower (all that remains of St. Martin’s Church, where William Davenant was Christened), it will also include locations in London such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Exhibition, the Drury Lane Theatre Tour, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the theatre section of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Ideally the course will include a matinee performance at the Globe. Students will be required to write a paper using their experience’s during the course as a thread to tie together a historical examination of London theatre. Students will also write brief reaction papers to each tour and performance. The text for this class will be “Theatreland: A Journey Through the Heart of London’s Theatre” by Paul Ibell. Excerpts from Colley Cibber’s “Apology for the Life of Colley Cibber” and Samuel Pepys diary will also be utilized. Students will be graded on the papers and participation in class discussions.
*The London locations and experiences can be accomplished with two trips to the city. In checking the train tables, trains return to Oxford as late as midnight. The course will also include preparatory lectures to orient students on aspects of the big trips to Bath and Stratford that are significant to the history of London theatre.
Monty Python and the Modern World (Harold Hynick – Missouri Valley)
This course will explore the impact of Monty Python on contemporary art, culture, and thought. This course will include visits to important locations from the Oxford origins of the group to a walking tour of famous Python locations in London. Students will also attend a performance of a contemporary comedy review. The text for this course will be, “Monty Python and Philosophy: Nudge Nudge Think Think,” edited by Gary L. Hardcastle and George A. Reisch. Students will write essays discussing the impact of Monty Python on various aspects of contemporary society.
King Arthur, Merlin and the Round Table Knights (Jennifer Eimers – Missouri Valley)
Surrounded by Oxford and its colleges, where Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote The History of the Kings of Britain (a significant early source of the legend of King Arthur), students in this course will explore the facts and the legends surrounding King Arthur and their meaning for the generations succeeding the Age of Arthur. The end of the course will examine how Arthurian legends survive in contemporary media. In addition to reading key texts (or excerpts) by Geoffrey of Monmouth, Tennyson, Malory, T.H. White, and Twain, students will visit British sites related to the legends, such as Tintagel Castle, Stonehenge, Winchester Castle, and Glastonbury.
Exploring the Culture of Britain (James Harf – Maryville)
This 3-credit course allows students to prepare for and reflect upon a wide range of both group and individual excursions during their 3-week program in Oxford/London. Students will participate in several day-long excursions, including city-wide excursions in Oxford and London, Stonehenge and Bath, and Windsor Castle.. Additionally, students will select other sites, activities, events, and programs to experience. Together students will select 15 individual excursions prior to departure for London. Students may change a handful of sites after arrive abroad. These latter 15 locations: (1) could represent a variety of student interests and would be simply used by the student to fulfill the total number of elective credits toward graduation; or (2) may be tied closely to a student’s general education requirements; or (3) may be tied to a student’s major/minor. In the latter two cases, thestudent should also seek prior approval of the list of 15 sites from his/her campus academic advisor if the course is to be used for a student’s general education requirements or major/minor academic program. The selected sites in these cases will relate to the specific discipline(s) of the general education area or the major/minor program. The student will write two short papers for each excursion, a “before excursion” paper where the student describes the reason for the choice and what he/she expects to find, and an “after excursion” paper where the student reflects on his/her experience. The “before excursion” paper is due prior to arrival in Oxford and the “after excursion” paper is due one month following the end of the overseas portion of the program. The “after excursion” paper must be accompanied by proof that you visited the location so described. It may be an admission ticket receipt, a digital camera photo, or some other piece of evidence.
World Affairs (Oxford Study Abroad Program faculty from Oxford)
This course focuses on a series of topics associated with relationships among countries: global politics today, clash of civilizations, evolution of modern diplomacy, wars of independence, modern Britain, world attitudes about America, President Reagan’s foreign policy, Bush’s and Blair’s war, America and the Middle East, terrorism, evolution of European security agreements, British foreign policy, war and history, U.S. foreign policy in the 20th century, Arab spring, U.S. and British intelligence, the after-effects of World War II, and Winston Churchill and world affairs. Lecturers include numerous Oxford professors and other former government officials with experiences in world affairs.
Tutorial Course with an Oxford Don
This course uses the famous Oxford University tutorial (Don) system, where the student meets the professor (Don) in a one-on-one setting on four occasions to present three essays on a selected topic based on a reading list provided by the Don. A grade point average of 3.0 is required.