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UCR Study Abroad - UCR Summer Abroad Program




2014 London, England



The History of London

The Summer Study Abroad Program "The History of London" takes advantage of Dr. Thomas Cogwell's celebrated walking tour of London and his expert knowledge.

The goal of this program is to use four performances at the Globe Theatre as well as London itself to introduce students to the religious, social, and political history of London. Designed for intellectually curious students, this course requires no prior knowledge of early modern or medieval history.

  • General Program Information

    If you want to understand English society and culture in the early modern and modern period, if you want to become well acquainted with a true ‘world city’ like London, and if you want to see Shakespeare performed in his theatre, then join me this summer for an unforgettable five weeks. A tentative itinerary for the four weeks in London will give you a good idea of what's in store!   

    London will be our classroom. While we will gather a few mornings a week for background lectures and discussions, we will often be on the move, traveling around the metropolis on foot and by bus.  But in short order, you too will become adept at navigating about the city.

    Professor:
    Thomas Cogswell, History

    Host Institution:
    To be determined in London, England

    Courses:
    History 151 (Britain 1485 - 1760; 4 units)
    History 152 (Modern Britain; 4 units)

    Dates:
    August 2-30, 2014
    Note that this is a 5-week Summer Session II course, and will require some academic work prior to departure.

  • Accommodations in London

    Students will be housed in Astor College from August 2nd - August 30th. Students should plan to depart from London on Saturday, August 30th, or make arrangements to stay elsewhere in England until their flight leaves the country. There are many safety features in place to keep the building and its guests secure.  Each student will enjoy comfortable standard accommodations with shared facilities (kitchens and bathrooms) with each bedroom having its private wash basin and fridge. 

    Astor College is ideally located in Central London (W1T 4QB). There is easy access to the West End and Oxford Street is a 15 minute walk away. 

    Astor College can accommodate 227 guests in single standard bedrooms, and 16 guests in twin rooms. Kitchens and bathrooms are communal and located on each floor.

    Although Astor College offers accommodation on a room only basis, breakfast and dinner may be arranged for groups at nearby Ramsay Hall. Individual guests can also purchase meal vouchers. There are many restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars to suit all tastes and budgets nearby.

  • Detailed Program Fees

    Program Fees

    Program-Related FeesUndergraduates Graduates 
    Non-refundable application fee/deposit $300.00 Same as undergraduate
    2nd Deposit $700.00 Same as undergraduate
    Course fees – 8 units $2,200.04 $2,699.58
    Remaining Program Fees – Accommodations, transportation, excursions $1,660.00 Same as undergraduate
    Estimated Additional CostsUndergraduates Graduates 
    Estimated Meal and Personal Costs $800.00 Same as undergraduate
    Estimated Pre-Departure Expenses (Photos, Passports, etc.) $350.00 Same as undergraduate
    Estimated Round-Trip Airfare $1,300.00 Same as undergraduate
  • Courses & Syllabus

    Courses:

    History 151 (Britain 1485 - 1760; 4 units)
    History 152 (Modern Britain; 4 units)

    Evaluation:

    • 5% Map Test: this is to be turned in before departure [see London in Songs].
    • 40%: three 3-5 page essays on the three plays [due within a week of each play].
    • 40%: a journal [double space, times roman fond, 12p] of at least 25 pages in length commenting on what you have seen and read to larger historical and literary themes.  Due within a week of the class's end.
    • 20%: active and informed participation in the class and prompt attendance at all events.  The grades of those late or absent without a medical excuse will be decline.

    The 'official' time piece for the class is the clock in the Astor Hall entrance, and we will set out each morning at the time announced on the day prior, both orally and by email.  [The exact time will vary each day depending on what we will be doing].  If you are not there, you will be marked absent.  Two absences without a medical excuse will cost half a letter grade; four a letter grade.  Ergo be on time; or better yet, early.

  • Tentative Program Itinerary

    Week I

    M: Intro to program and area - British Library, British Museum, Hunterian Museum;
    Welcome picnic - Primrose Hill, ice cream at Marine Ices

    T: St. Barts Hospital, Museum of London, Guildhall, the Monument

    W: Tower of London

    Th: Globe Theatre

    F: Knole House, picnic

    Week II

    M: Hampton Court Palace

    T: Victoria and Albert Museum, lawnbowling

    W: Osterley House -- picnic

    Th: St Paul's Cathedral

    F: Docklands Museum, Canary Wharf

    Week III

    M: Globe Theatre

    T: Hampstead Heath - 2 Willow Road, Fenton House, Kenwood House - picnic

    W: Imperial War Museum

    Th: Greenwich - Royal Maritime Museum, Queen's House, Greenwich Observatory

    F: Chelsea and Carlyle House

    Week IV

    M: Richmond Green, Richmond Hill, Ham House - picnic

    T: Globe Theatre

    W: Wallace Collection

    Th: Jack the Ripper Tour of the East End

    F: Westminster Abbey
    Farewell picnic: Primrose Hill

  • Faculty Letter

    London will be our classroom!


    Dear Prospective Student:

    If you want to understand English society and culture in the early modern and modern period, if you want to become well acquainted with a true ‘world city’ like London, and if you want to see Shakespeare performed in his theatre, then join me this summer for an unforgettable four weeks. 

    London will be our classroom. While we will gather a few mornings a week for background lectures and discussions, we will often be on the move, traveling around the metropolis on foot and by bus.  But in short order, you too will become adept at navigating about the city.

    The historical and cultural sites in and around London will keep us very busy.   We will visit ‘world class’ venues like the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace as well as relatively modest, but utterly fascinating places like Knole House, Ham House, and Osterley House.  We will inspect famous collections in the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery. Doubtless the highlights of our stay will be our nights at the theatre.  

    On many afternoons and evenings as well as on the weekends, you will be free to explore London on your own and with your colleagues.  And you will periodically have to do so, venturing to museums either to answer questions on cultural scavenger hunts or to research a more in-depth analysis of your favorite museum. You will find this easy to do since you will have a free pass to ride all London buses and free admission to many of the sites.  

    In addition, you are free to join me on various optional excursions.  My favorite things to do in the city are go to movies and other plays and to rummage thru various street markets for odds and ends, everything from clothes, shoes and hats, old and new, to pictures, prints, albums, magazines and bric-a-brac. While a movie will cost you about $12-15 and a play from $15 to $30, it is free to inspect the markets. Why not tag along?  

    You will live the life of an average British undergraduate, staying in Astor College, a “hall of residence” [read dorm] of the University College, London. You will have a private room with wash basin; toilets and showers are down the hall. There will be kitchen and washing facilities and a television lounge.  You will be surrounded by a wide array of tempting restaurants, running the gamut from cheap sandwich shops and “chippies” [fish and chips counters] to Asian noodle shops and Italian and Indian restaurants; doubtless you will try some of them. Far and away, the best part of Astor College is its location in the middle of Fitzrovia, a delightful residential district within easy walking distance of most places in central London.  

    Please feel free to e-mail by clicking directly on my picture to ask questions about the program.

    Thomas E. Cogswell, Ph.D.

    History Department

    Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
    former Keeley Fellow of Wadham College Oxford
    former Fellow of the Shakespeare Institute
    former Fulbright-Hays Fellow, University of London
    former Chair of the UCR History Department
    former Chair of the Academic Senate

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