London's Built Environment: British Society, Culture, Arts and History

This program is open to all Bucknell students who will be sophomores or juniors during the spring of 2018. The program is designed to accommodate students from across the curriculum in the College of Arts & Sciences. Courses from the humanities and social sciences are on offer and students can satisfy a broad range of their core curriculum requirements. Natural science, engineering and management majors can also satisfy many of their curriculum requirements not directly in the major.

Students participating in the program are required to take the core course plus three of the following elective courses: THEA 264/ENGL 217, ANTH 200, ARTH 215, ECON222/POLS221 or HIST 247.

Application Procedure

Students should attend an information session and meet with the coordinator of the Bucknell in London Program before submitting an application.  Applications are due on Sept. 7, 2017. This deadline may be extended if any spaces remain.  Apply Now

Core Course

London's Built Environment - UNIV 287 (Evans) 1 credit
This course will explore the relationships between Londoners and their built environment. By interweaving the human condition and social structure throughout the history of London with the resulting built environment, the course will provide students with opportunities to build and enhance their abilities to understand the social and natural worlds and to analyze, evaluate, and integrate the information available. The course will include classroom lectures, guest lecturers and field trips in London and beyond.
This course fulfills the W2, EVCN and GBCC requirements.

Elective Courses

Theatre in London/Studies in Dramatic Literature – THEA 264/ENGL 217 (Sullivan) 1 credit
This course in the London theatre introduces students to the influence and impact of British theater and to all aspects of the London stage. Students attend plays in the West End, in Off-West-End, and in Pub theatres. Students read plays and gain familiarity with theater criticism as well as with numerous aspects of production from backstage visits to Shakespeare’s Globe and to the National Theatre set design and property shops. Students will see a number of plays; keep a theatre journal of the plays attended; participate in and lead class discussions, write short essays, take examinations, and complete a theatre project that integrates aspects of their study and fieldwork in London theatres. This course fulfills the ARHC, AHLG and EGHU requirements.

Urban Anthropology – ANTH 200 (James) 1 credit
This is a course applying various anthropological methods to study cities in general and London in particular. Topics include urban societies, the built environment and political life. Students in this course will have the opportunity to explore community formation, multicultural identity, and the economics of neighborhoods. This course fulfills SLSC and EGSS requirements.

Art and Culture in London – ARTH 215 (Sparti) 1 credit
This course provides a background and context through which to view changes in British art, architecture, and design. Connections between social, economic, and cultural influences are reflected in the practice and content of the arts. Each class session begins with historical background and overview briefing, and is followed by a walking tour of a museum, historical area, or other nearby sites. This course fulfills ARHC, GBCC, and EGHU and GLSP requirements.

Political Economy of the European Union – ECON222/POLS221 (Edye) 1 credit
This course introduces students to the main political economy issues of European integration. It analyzes the history, evolution, and institutions of European integration relevant for understanding economic and social policies. It will familiarize students with the most up-to-date policy discussions relating to the EU— including Britain’s longstanding ambivalence about its status as a member. This course fulfills SLSC and EGSS requirements.

History of London – HIST 247 (Surridge) 1 credit
In this course, students will explore London’s rich history as the center of Britain’s political, cultural, and economic life, spanning from Roman Britain, through the Great Fire, the rise of the British Empire, to the Blitz, and on to contemporary multicultural London. This course will make full use of London’s own resources and will include many site visits across the city as an integral part of the course. This course fulfills the ARHC and EGHU requirements.

Program Contacts

Prof. Jeffrey C. Evans (civil & environmental engineering)
211A Dana Engineering Bldg., 570.577.1371

Anita Casper
Bucknell In London Program Coordinator
4A Botany Bldg., 570.577.1115

Information Sessions

Information sessions will be held throughout the spring and early in the fall. You are required to attend an information session prior to applying for the program.

Wednesday, March 8, noon, ELC 241A, pizza
Thursday, March 23, noon, ELC - Arches, pizza
Tuesday, April 4, 4-5 p.m., ACW 213
Monday, April 17, 4-5 p.m., ACW 211


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