This course is an in-depth look at the best of British Culture. It has six focal points: History, Literature, and Drama as well as Art History, Archaeology, and Architecture.
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Books, Plays, Buildings, Pictures, People & History: London! This course is an in-depth look at the best of British Culture. It has six focal points: History, Literature, and Drama as well as Art History, Archaeology, and Architecture. Watch this short video clip to learn more!
Number of credits: 3
How You Will Learn and Work
This is a Global Classrooms Connections Course. This course will include a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning. Lectures and discussions are conducted via Zoom as we make our way around London through time and space, looking at historic and archaeological sites, buildings, galleries, museums, and backstage at several theaters and rehearsal spaces. There are also guest lectures by friends working in such fields as theaters, archaeology, architecture, geology, historical biology, and local history.
Based on research topics that engage you, students are expected to write several short papers on various topics. There are no exams; just writing and regular & happy contributions to class discussions.
We shall also watch streaming versions of 6 recent or current London plays. Another feature of the course is to walk around the streets and parks of London (and the insides of museums and art galleries) via Google Earth. The archaeological BBC show, TIME TEAM, will be used to investigate sites associated with London in various times (PreHistoric, Roman, Medieval, Tudor, and Victorian Industrial).
London, United Kingdom
General Education Credits
College of Arts and Humanities
Prerequisites & Restrictions
Michael Olmert has taught this course 20 times. He holds both a B.A. and a Ph.D. (both in English) from Maryland. He also has an M.A. in English from Georgetown. He’s taught in the Maryland English Department for the last 36 years, and has written 5 books, 8 plays, 3 feature films, an IMAX film, over 100 television documentaries, and more than 200 articles, essays, and reviews. He has also been awarded 3 Primetime Emmys. In 2005, he was inducted into the University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame.