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Theatre, live performance, museum collections, and street markets are integral parts of English cultural history; they also represent Britain’s international heritage. London theaters not only celebrate English history, culture and language, they also carry the banner of the English artistic imagination into the future. London’s museums make it one of the most visited cities in the world for the range of its collected artifacts and images. Outside the theater and museum doors, markets teem with life. From Borough Market, established in Roman times to those established in the nineteenth century, the farmers' markets, flea markets and antique markets present a unique juxtaposition with the established forms of representation and performance found in museums and theaters. We will glimpse at how theaters, markets and museums create a magical intersection of past with present and future, of art with life and politics, of cultural stasis with social change. We will question our own approaches to these sites of tourism, entertainment and consumption: what does it mean to perform a service vs. perform for entertainment? How do individuals and groups represent themselves in an effort to draw crowds, customers, audiences, and viewers? The goal of this study abroad program, offered in conjunction with the School for New Learning (SNL), is to bring London “alive” in both the past and present, and to deepen participants' understanding of London, and the global marketplace the city itself both performs and represents.
MEET THE FACULTY
Caroline M. Kisiel is an Assistant Professor and a member of the SNL Resident Faculty. She holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts (Columbia College Chicago), an MRes in Humanities and Cultural Studies (Birkbeck College, University of London), and a PhD in Literature (University of Essex, UK). Her background includes work in the fields of immigration law, training and development, creative writing, and improvisational storytelling and movement. Integrating the arts with workplace, cultural, and identity concerns, she aims to cultivate onsite and online classrooms that enable adult learners to express themselves deeply and authentically.
School for New Learning (SNL) students must register for two competencies and may register for up to four: L-7, A-1-X, H-1-E, H-2-X, L-10, L-11, E-1, E-2. Students can register for up to four competences.
Non-SNL students receive a total of 8 credits: SAP 200 in the winter quarter (EL) and SAP 200 (usually an elective) in the spring quarter:
Course: SAP 200, Independent Study Credits: 4 credit hours Term registered: Winter 2017 Liberal Studies Domain: Experiential Learning (EL) Taught by: Professor Caroline M. Kisiel Course Description: Student-designed course incorporating reading and research conducted under faculty supervision.
Course: SAP 200, Independent Study Credits: 4 credit hours Term registered: Spring 2017 Taught by: Professor Caroline M Kisiel Course Description: Student-designed course incorporating reading and research conducted under faculty supervision
Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND CULTURAL EVENTS
Arts/Culture: Visits to Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, the British Museum, The Tate British Museum, the Museum of London, the exhibition at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (mandatory); also the Tate Modern Museum, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the British Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the Natural History Museum, the London Transport Museum, Charles Dickens House, the Soane Museum (optional); three theatrical productions—one in the West End, one at the Royal National Theatre, and the third at the Royal Court Theatre; St. Paul's Cathedral (including Evensong performance).
Industry/Tourism/History: Guided tours of the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Southwark Cathedral, Bankside; bus tour of London; visits to Columbia Flower Market, Covent Garden Market, Borough Market, Portobello Road Market, Leadenhall Market.
Education/Research: Experiential research will be at the heart of this course, thus education/research will be conducted through the arts/culture and industry/tourism/history locales noted above. Additionally, students will visit the mecca of London's research world, the British Library.
Students stay in shared rooms in hotels.
COSTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND FINANCIAL AID
All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.
DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines. Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.
PASSPORT AND VISA
If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. At this time, students do not need a visa for this program. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. The Study Abroad Program will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.
STUDY ABROAD CONTACT
Questions about this program? Contact your study abroad advisor, Erica Rideaux. DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.
Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.