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Marketing, Hospitality, and Legal Studies – Mr. Chase Edwards

BLAW 440 – Beer Law and The Business of Brewing

Explore and enjoy the oldest pubs in England and the newest breweries in Acadiana.
A pre-departure class will be held at Bayou Teche Brewery in Arnaudville where the founders and owners of the brewery will give students a private tour of the facility and answer questions about brewing beer, starting a business, and overcoming obstacles as a small business owner. We'll cover topics like manufacturing liability, zoning and ordinances; then we'll enjoy great local music and food at the brewery's tap room. Once we reach England, our class will explore historic districts and some of the oldest pubs in the world. We'll study how these businesses serve as so much more than just a watering hole. The English pubs serve as cultural, social, and business hubs of the local economy. By engaging in structured learning in a casual environment, students will also hone "soft skills" such as negotiating outside of the office and "sealing the deal" during an interview.
Note: All BLAW classes count as upper division business electives and taking these two classes will put you ONE class away from a BLAW concentration AND they count toward the International Business Concentration!

BLAW 330 – Working Like a European

Students will also focus on the differences in employment benefits and workplace between English/European companies and American companies (i.e. Maternity/Paternity Leave). Activities in England will include tours of fascinating British courtrooms where traditionally robed and wigged Barristers and Solicitors fight for their clients in a scene reminiscent of Downton Abbey. hese two classes will put you one class away from a BLAW concentration AND they count toward the International Business Concentration!

Psychology – Dr. Brooke Breaux

PSYC 360/HUMN 300/HONR 385- London on my Mind

Much of what American students know about how the mind works comes from research conducted by Americans on Americans. But, how different is seeing, hearing, understanding, and remembering across different cultures . . . even when the cultures appear on the surface to be very similar? Let’s find out by comparing our own cognitive experiences to those of Londoners.  Throughout this course, you will have the unique experience of being both a participant and a researcher. You may be surprised to find that although some cognitive experiences are very similar across cultures, others are quite different.

PSYC 405/HUMN 400/HONR 485 -  Death and Dying: A British Perspective

This is your chance to think about death in a different way... through the lens of British culture. Psychological, social, cultural, and historical factors will be considered. Get exposed to the British perspective on death, dying, and bereavement through the literature of C.S. Lewis, the poetry of John Keats, and first-hand accounts of the Black Plague. Continue this conversation into the present, and add your own attitudes and reactions to the mix. Death is a part of life, and understanding death through the lens of a different culture can help us to understand and experience life more fully.

Visual Arts – Mr. Daniel DiCaprio

VIAR 309/HUMN 300/HONR 365– Design: Past, Present, & Future

London is one of the worlds most vibrant and creative cities for design. Globally it is a field that is continually evolving to meet current tastes, while there remain “classics” that can withstand the ebb and flow of trends. London will be our design lab with access to crafts, graphic, furniture, fashion, and architectural design. You will have the opportunity to experience the history of design first hand, attend contemporary exhibitions, and translate this knowledge into your own work through drawings, photography and writing. We will visit the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Design Museum, and many galleries for which London is famous.

VIAR 309/HUMN 300/HONR 365 – The Art of War- Arms and Armor

The history of England has been forged through warfare by military conquests. Arms and armor were used in battle to gain power and prestige. Armor was also used to signify the wealth and power of the wearer. This course will look closer at the aesthetic and technological development of arms and armor through history. London will serve as our classroom with some of the largest collections of military antiques in the world. You will get a firsthand look at the tools that made England one of the greatest world powers.

English- Dr. David Squires

ENGL 370/HUMN 300- Museums & Libraries of London

When Harry Potter sneaks into the Restricted Section of Hogwarts Library in The Sorcerer’s Stone because he can’t get “a specially signed note” of permission, readers get a vision of the library as arcane, old, off-limits, magical, and powerful. Hogwarts Library is, of course, a fiction. But Virginia Woolf famously suggested something similar about libraries after being prevented from visiting one at Oxbridge (arguably the model for Hogwarts). As a woman, she needed “a letter of introduction.” Some of Britain’s oldest and most prestigious libraries remain off-limits to the public. Since the eighteenth century, however, Britain’s cosmopolitan center in London has led the world in building public educational institutions such as museums and libraries. This course will take advantage of London’s rich landscape of museums and libraries—well over 200 with public exhibits in the metropolitan area—to explore the city’s public culture, ask who has access to it, and what social values these diverse institutions celebrate. In addition to visiting some of the city’s grandest examples, such as the Tate, we will check out lesser-known examples, such as Pollock’s Toy Museum. We will prepare for our visits by reading fictional and historical works that ask, aside from their collections, what’s important about museums and libraries? We’ll learn that, although not magical like Hogwarts Library, they are indeed powerful cultural institutions.

ENGL 342 – New Worlds, Old Dramas

What if we went to the theaters of London and demanded actors replay our favorite scenes? What if we insisted on hearing a soliloquy elaborated with arguments explicitly in support of our preferred political candidates? And what if audiences in New Orleans saw the same plays but heckled the actors —even hurled cabbages at them—for performing characters they didn’t like? Today we might be arrested for such riotous interruptions. But in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, such disruptive behavior was part of the theater experience, from the old world to the new. Recent scholarship suggests, in fact, that audience engagement made up a crucial part   of theatrical performance and, more importantly, a crucial part of negotiating a modern world where the ideal of freedom ran up against the reality of enslavement, disenfranchisement, and impoverishment. This course asks how those early dramas of the modern world continue to influence our contemporary experience. We will address that question by attending several plays in London, from new productions of old works to first-time productions of fringe theater. To get a better sense of London’s leading role in staging public performances, we will explore the city’s famous busking scene as well as Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. And to prepare for the unsettling experience of entering the performative commons, we’ll review some basic theatrical conventions before leaving Lafayette.

Marketing and Hospitality – Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto

HMGT 416/HONR 485/HUMN 400–Motion Pictures and Tourism

On your mark… get ready… and “set-jet” to London When you picture London, what images pop into your mind? You may see Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, or the London Eye. Now think of the elegant Crawley estate from PBS’s Downtown Abbey, exploring the halls of Hogwarts Castle featured in the Harry Potter Films, or walking along cobblestone roads following the path of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as the famous duo Sherlock Holmes and John Watson from BBC’s Sherlock. Great News! These are some experiences awaiting you in London, where movie-induced tourism is sizzling hot as the city attracts movies and television as a prime filming and set location. In this course, you will learn about movie induced tourism. Fun topics include: travel motivation, image formation, issues of authenticity and expectation, impacts of movie induced tourism, and managing relationships between film makers and tourist destinations. We will begin the journey in Lafayette with readings related to movie induced tourism. A local movie expert will discuss how several motion pictures have helped shape the image of destinations including New Orleans (and Louisiana). Then in London we will visit several movie venue/sites around the city. To understand the impacts of movies on tourism, you will interview tourists in the film related places we visit about their motivations and expectations. While in London, you will also learn from local industry experts about how movies shape the image of London and how London works with movie makers to promote London as a tourist destination. So if you secretly wish you had received an acceptance letter from Hogwarts rather than your Muggle University, you should consider signing up for this course.

HMGT 431/HONR 485/HUMN 400– International Tourism

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

London Calling! In this exciting course you will learn about tourism as a global industry and human activity that promotes and facilitates understanding of historical and cultural values, and of international institutions that characterize the broader global system. London provides a unique setting for this course as it consistently ranks as one of the top ten destinations worldwide. We will begin our course in Lafayette with readings and discussion of several aspects of international tourism such as the push and pull factors, impacts of tourism (economic, socio-cultural, and environmental), destination image, information search, and managing and marketing tourism destinations. In London, we will visit several tourism attractions. You will also interview visitors and residents of London to learn about how they view tourism in London. In addition, you will meet with local tourism industry experts to learn about destination management and marketing. By end of the program you will better understand the role that international tourism plays in the global arena.

****For Hospitality majors, because HMGT 431 is a required course and HMGT 416 is an elective course, taking these two courses together will put you one class ahead of other HMGT students. HMGT 431 also counts toward the International Business Concentration.

Music – Dr. Wesley Bradford

MUS 413/HONR 365– London and its Symphonies

What city is known for refined elegance and high class? London, of course – and its symphonic history helps tell that tale. Become familiar with musical masterpieces that are dedicated to this great city, and learn how music can depict images and ideas, as well as the basics of how a symphony is put together. Investigate themes by Joseph Haydn, Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Williams to discover some of the ways in which the symphony orchestra captivates our imaginations. Plus, hear live performances of the famous London Symphony Orchestra as you get to know one of the world’s most popular instrumental genres.  *No prior music experience is necessary!

MUS 481/HONR 365/HUMN 300 – Vocal Music of Britain

If you like singers and love Britain, this course was made for you! Come learn about Britain’s rich history of vocal music, from Renaissance cathedrals to modern bands. Meet the composer who wrote religious music for four separate monarchs – both Catholic and Protestant. Later, hear the haunting tribute to victims of World War II before experiencing modern British popular music. Any study of British Vocal music must, of course, include some time with the Beatles! Gather up your Union Jack and get ready to discover vocal music throughout British history.  *No previous musical experience necessary!

Engineering – Dr. Jonathan Raush

MCHE 470/ENGR 400G – Energy Systems and Sustainability

Come get a global perspective on energy and sustainability. Geaux and see for yourself how countries and continents are handling the impact of global policy on one of the most important and pressing issues of our generation - right where the action is - Brexit, the Paris Climate Accord, and more! This course is set in the context of UK and EU efforts in sustainability and includes excursions to engineering projects including a British wind farm, the Rance tidal power plant, and a solar power plant along with efforts in green product production. This course will explore the impact of Energy Production and Consumption utilizing British and other European models as a case study. Students will learn how to analyze macro energy systems utilizing engineering principles in the framework of policy structure to and study the effects of those policies using real world examples. Visits to several local museums will be incorporated to display technical advances and societal changes in perspective and policy, including the world-class Science Museum of London, which will provide insight into the inventions that drove the industrial revolution, or the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, the Anchor Point of the European trail of Industrial Heritage, situated on the world’s first railway station, opened in 1830. Students must be currently enrolled in or have achieved a grade of C in ENGR 301.

MCHE 470 - Energy Systems Laboratory

Join us in learning principles of energy systems near the institutions and laboratories where those principles were first developed, thus driving the Industrial Age, including modern developments in power, energy, and transportation. For this course, we will utilize European engineering projects as our laboratory, both historical and ultra-modern. While experiencing all the trappings of European living, study in the surroundings of the birthplace of the industrial revolution and the technological revolutions brought with it. For example, students can explore the laboratory of Lord Kelvin and the legendary workshop of engineer James Watt, preserved as it was when he died in 1819, who developed the practical steam engine. That invention provided the impulse that drove the development of the engineering profession. Visit the Imperial War Museum Duxford, which CNN voted #2 aviation museum in the world, showcasing the byproduct of the development of thermodynamic principles. Venture through the British countryside to the Iron Works of Sheffield, where the inventions of John Bessemer allowed steel to become the backbone of the industrial age, or to a modern renewable energy power plant, supporting current sustainability developments. In this course students will learn to analyze energy systems utilizing Europe as the laboratory while seeing first-hand how fundamental principles were developed and applied with visits to laboratories and industry sites, while enjoying the accoutrements of UK living. Pre-requisites include MCHE 357, MCHE 362 and Pre/Co-requisition of ENGR 304.