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Women's Studies in London, England

Women's Studies in London, England (UK)

What is this program about?

The Women's Studies Program in London offers the opportunity to study the lives of British women of diverse backgrounds. London is a perfect setting for cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary investigation into British women's writings and culture, feminist movements, and feminist theories and perspectives. British women and men have made vital contributions to women's progress and have had intellectual, social, and political links to the United States since the 18th century.

Who are/were British women? What are/were British feminisms? What influences have constructed notions of gender, race, class, ethnicity and sexuality had on British women's lives? How has the role of empire and British nationalism influenced British women's writing and politics? How have British women of different ethnic and racial backgrounds been represented in literature and culture and to what effects? By focusing on an overview of the ideas and history of the British Women's Movement primarily from the 19th and 20th centuries to the present, on an overview of selected British women writers over about the same period, and on feminist views on art and the theatre, we hope to come to some answers to these questions and to raise other questions as well.

Discussions and readings will be enhanced by contacts with women's organizations and a trip to the Women's Library - London's premiere archive of British women's activism. We will go on London walking tours, to the theater, art museums and on trips to Stonehenge, and Leeds Castle. Along the way, we will compare U.S. notions of gender with England's and examine ways in which culture is influenced by legendary and ordinary women.

What can students study?

Students will be required to enroll in a minimum of six (6), maximum of nine (9), semester credits from the following courses:

WS 491 Women's Studies in London: Special Topics in Women's Studies 4 cr.
IAH 241C Women's Studies in London: Gendered Social Practices; Culture and Politics in British Women's Lives 4 cr.
Students must enroll in either WS491 or IAH 241C.
WS 490 Independent Study 2-5 cr.
Individual reading and research on women and gender. (Enrollment for independent study may require office assistance.)

Course prerequisites may apply; see Course Descriptions (on the MSU Web site) or program leader for details. For example, in order to enroll in IAH 241C in this study abroad program, students must have earned credit for their first IAH course requirement (IAH 201-210) prior to the beginning of their study abroad program.

What are the requirements?

Students must be in good academic standing, with a grade point average of at least 2.00 at the time of application. Meeting this minimum grade point average does not, however, guarantee admission.

Applicants' participation may be denied or their participation approval may be revoked if their conduct before departure raises doubts as to their suitability for program participation.

Where will students live?

All students will stay in shared flats (apartments) arranged by Regent's College. Each flat will include a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, a separate lounge/dining room, television, and wireless Internet. The flats are cleaned at least once a week and managed by a full-time staff. Housing is located near bus and subway connections for convenient access to classrooms, field trips, entertainment, museums, theaters, libraries and other attractions.

Who can tell me more about this program?

Joyce Ladenson

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