Study Abroad -- Summer 2014 June 3, 4, 5 – on UNT Campus
June 7-26 – London, England
(June 20-23: Optional trip to Paris)
Dr. Sandra Spencer, Faculty Leader
This course will cover an array of British Literature having ties to London and nearby areas of Britain. We will read poetry written by John Keats, Matthew Arnold, and WilliamWordsworth. The novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens will be our one longer work. Other authors will be discussed as we visit various venues connected with their work.
Students will be able to
Discuss the intersectionalities of literature, culture, and history of England and London
Describe the influence of various authors on their culture
Develop an awareness of differing perspectives from the 19th century to the present
Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens. Any Penguin paperback edition.
Poetry will be provided in student packets.
Class will meet formally several times as well as at specific venues during this semester. As the bulk of our time will be abroad, students are expected to attend everything that is on the attached schedule. The major assignment, a 7-10 page essay on suggested topics pertaining to Oliver Twist will be due upon return to Texas. Student conduct is expected to be the same as it is on campus.
Please visit the website http://www.vpaa.unt.edu/academic-integrity.htm for the University’s policy on students and academic dishonesty. This policy covers cheating, plagiarism, forgery, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, and sabotage.
Grades will be based on assigned responses to things read or sites visited as well as on the final paper. Grades will reflect the quality of student observations in the responses. Grades on the essay will be based on evidence of critical thinking, quality of supporting research, and use of proper composition style and execution.
June 3 Meet on UNT Campus
9-12; 1-4 Introductory Lecture “Our World Today” by Dean Gloria Cox
Orientation to Foreign Travel, Safety, Keeping a Journal
Orientation in navigation public transportation in London
Discussion of course schedule, flexibility, grades, rules, etc.
June 4 Introduction to ENGL 2221 and HNRS 4000
9-11:30 History of London (documentary)
2:45-4:00 Discussion of documentary and coursework
June 5 Meet at Denton Train Station for Field Trip
10-4 How to read a train schedule
Lunch followed by Pre-departure schedules; return to campus
June 7 Depart from DFW
June 8 Arrive in London
3 pm Tour of Jane Austen’s House in Chawton; discussion of Pride and Prejudice
June 18 Guided tours
10am-12 British Library
2-5 pm British Museum (specific attention to Elgin Marbles, Egyptian Mummies, Rosetta Stone, Sutton Hoo Treasure, Lewis Chessmen, Lindow Man, Ozymandius, Benin Bronzes, and the Oxus Treasure. Literary commentary where appropriate on these specific sites.)
June 19Guided tours
10:30 am-12 St. Paul’s Cathedral
2-4 pm National Portrait Gallery
June 20-23 Paris trip (optional)
June 24 Meet outside Buckingham Palace 10:30 am/Changing of the Guard 11:30-12
2 pm Churchill War Rooms/Self-guided Tours
5-6 pm Tea at Scoff and Banter
June 25Final day of Study Abroad