Come to London! One of the great cities of the world and the world’s most-visited city, London is hip, historic, filled with international visitors and culture, and top in world university rankings for its large concentration of higher education institutions. World-class art and history museums, monuments and palaces, cathedrals and formal gardens, the Roman Wall, the Tower of London, Kate Middleton—it’s all right here. The London arts scene sets the pace for the rest of the world—its music, opera, dance, and literature are renowned.
London’s theatre scene is unparalleled. Actors you’ll recognize perform in traditional as well as ground-breaking new plays and musicals in the West End, the heart of the theatre district.
In this two-course joined program, you attend classes and theatre during the week, but your weekends are free to tour Buckingham Palace, ride the enormous ferris wheel, the London Eye, and tour the Warner Brothers Studio where Harry Potter was filmed.
This summer program is a 3-week dual course for 6 credits set in London. Students meet in a classroom most mornings during the week, and then attend cultural events in the afternoons or evenings. Weekends are free to further explore the UK. One course, Theatre Appreciation, explores and reflects upon theatre and British culture, and is taught by Marquette University theatre faculty Prof. Deb Krajec. Students will read and attend plays in London. In the second course, Critical Writing About the Arts, taught by journalism faculty Dr. Pamela Hill Nettleton, students write critical arts reviews of those plays, plus reviews of museums and restaurant dining. Students will also gain an important historical perspective through a cultural excursion to Stratford-Upon-Avon to explore Shakespeare's life and attend a performance.
Orientation Students will participate in a comprehensive in-person orientation prior to departure as well as an additional orientation upon arrival. The in-person orientation date is t.b.d.
This program is a 3-week pair of two courses for a total of 6 credits.
THAR 4951: Theatre Appreciation (3 credits)
Taught by Prof. Deb Krajec, Marquette University theatre faculty
In this course, students will learn to reflect on the art of theatre and its relationship to society's culture. An introduction to theatre, students will explore the varied methods of presentation, concepts, vocabulary, and range of techniques and experiences involved with theatre. Students will explore the important components that make up a traditional theatrical production and reflect upon the connections between these productions and the society they represent. In addition, they will critically examine the connections and differences between British culture and that of the U.S. This course is equivalent to THAR 1020.
Note: This course is an approved course in the Literature and Performing Arts learning area within the Marquette Core of Common Studies. For theatre majors who do not need the additional LPA UCCS, this course will be accepted as one of the two required supporting dramatic literature courses needed for the major. However, additional analysis of the texts read for the plays attended will be required.
JOUR 4951 Critical Writing About the Arts (3 credits)
Taught by Dr. Pamela Hill Nettleton, Marquette University journalism and media studies faculty
In this writing intensive course, students learn skills and theories of arts criticism, develop critical thinking about evaluating the arts, learn the principles of writing an informed and reasoned critique, read and evaluate writing in the field, write and rewrite reviews, and edit each other’s work. Students attend performances, dine out, visit museums, and then write reviews based on those experiences. This course is equivalent to JOUR 4932.
Note: This course fulfills three required credits towards a major in journalism and also applies to the writing-intensive English major at Marquette.
Most mornings, students will attend a combined class session of Theatre Appreciation and Critical Writing. During the afternoon or evening, the group will participate in cultural visits, traveling together to theatre performances, museums, and scheduled dining experiences in London. Students will reflect on their cultural experiences through reflective writing, and practice critical writing by reviewing and critiquing the arts events they attend, considering the arts through the lens of culture being produced in the UK. A final paper for each of the two courses is required, due two weeks after the course concludes in London.
Students will room with other program participants in an apartment or student residence in the Bloomsbury area of London. Students can walk to the monumental British Museum, filled with antiquities and artifacts and art from around the world, and to the course classroom, where we meet most mornings. Bloomsbury has many shops, cafes, and parks.