London is arguably the very greatest of the early modern cities, a place always fabulous and often deadly. It has survived plagues, fire and war, and earned its place over and over as a center of innovation and power. Much of what we now understand about the world today was invented and tested in London, and what happened in this city in the last 1,000 years continues to have profound effects on many parts of modern life - including our culture, economy, technology, politics, health and religion.
This transdisciplinary study abroad program delves headfirst into a hands-on exploration of the complicated and fascinating questions of the inter-relationships between the contemporary city and its environmental, medical, technological and social pasts.
This 6-credit-hour program is based in London, and we spend 22 days exploring London and some of its surroundings, past and present. Planned day trips include the Roman ruins at Bath, Stonehenge and the Medieval town of Chichester. We devote most of our energy to adventures outside the classroom, discovering the past and present of this fascinating city first-hand—visiting the Tower and museums and exploring the streets, parks, suburbs and palaces. The program assumes no particular background in any field of study and is suitable for undergraduates from a wide range of majors.
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