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Engineering – Dr. Jonathan Raush

MCHE 470/ENGR 400 – Energy Systems & 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, a solar power plant, and an optional trip through the Chunnel to a tidal power plant in northern France, along with efforts in green product production and sustainability. 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 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, the engineering works of the Victorian era Tower Bridge, the Imperial War Museum Duxford, which CNN voted #2 aviation museum in the world, showcasing the byproduct of the development of thermodynamic principles, and the Royal Institution, founded in 1799 by the leading British scientists of the age, where Michael Faraday’s discoveries lead to the development of modern electric motors.

**Students must have achieved a grade of C in ENGR 301

MCHE 470/ENGR 400 - 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. Venture through the British countryside to Cambridge, 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 362 or equivalent (CHEE 310) and Pre/Co-requisition of ENGR 304 or equivalent (ENGR 305).

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 the libraries of Oxford and Cambridge (arguably the models for Hogwarts). As a woman, she noted in A Room of One’s Own, she would need “a letter of introduction” to enter. 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 – The Public & Its Performances

What if we went to the theaters of London and demanded actors replay our favorite scenes? What if we hurled rotten cabbages at actors we 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 regular theater experience. 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. The theatre was as much a stage for public performance as it was for plays. 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 performances in London, from new productions of old works to first-time productions of fringe theater and even stand-up comedy. 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.

Management – Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto

HMGT 416/HUMN 400/HONR 485 - Motion Pictures & Tourism in 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 Downton 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 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 filmmakers 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/HUMN 400/HONR 485 - International Tourism

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
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.

Psychology – Mrs. Monica Tauzin

PSYC 312/HUMN 300/HONR 385 - Adolescent Psychology: A Cultural Comparison of Teens

Ever wonder if teens in other countries are different than teens in the U.S.? Examine the theories of human development and how these are similar and different in England as compared to the society in the United States with this course Adolescent Psychology. Many parallels of your own physical, cognitive and socio- emotional developmental processes with the fantastical world of the J. K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series set in England will be realized. The course will re-visit these tales of the angst-ridden teenager, his friends and the their extraordinary growing pains. What will be accomplished with this exploration is a deeper understanding of mind of the adolescent and an appreciation for the common struggles all occur during this tentative time of human development. Also explored are some of England's historical figures of note and their experiences in their own adolescence, like King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth and William Shakespeare.

PSYC 405/HUMN 400/HONR 485 - Psychological Interpretations through British Literature

Want to experience the true meaning of "life begins at the end of your comfort zone"? This England course will be a journey of self-discovery and an understanding of how it is affected by the environment. Different approaches and considerations will be probed to enhance interpersonal skills and coping with the common issues of adult life. The topic of this course will be the adjustment and maladjustment of people as told through the pilgrims of Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales". With a modern-day interpretation of this classical piece of British literature, we will explore specific behaviors of interpersonal skills, motivation, sex and sexuality, frustration and stress, competition, good and evil, work and leisure through the characters in the tales of "The Wife of Bath" and "The Miller's Tale" just to name a few and through some of Shakespeare's plays. Through existential exploration at places like the Globe Theater, the Royal Observatory-Greenwich and The British Museum, you will be transformed into a deeper understanding of you and your place in the world.

Visual Arts – Mr. Jeffrey Lush

VIAR 309/HUMN 300/HONR 365 – Passing Time, The Artist Book

Sketchbook’s of artists and designers can be a work of art in and of themselves. The time and energy taken to document both the written and the visual is inherent in all of us. For this class, we will learn several different book binding methods and create our own artist book. Using the holdings of places like the British Museum, the British Library, the Royal Academy and the Tate Modern, to name a few, we will document our experience as we look at the work of historical artists like Leonardo da Vinci, William Blake and Édoard Manet to contemporary artists like Julie Dodd and David Hockney among others. We will ask ourselves what is it that makes an artist book different than a travel journal. Upon our return, we will work in a studio to create an artist book of our travels.

VIAR 321/HUMN 300/HONR 365 – The Voice of the Oppressor in British Art & Design

At the height of British Empire, the United Kingdom governed over 400 million people on every continent on the globe. British rule promised an organized government and advancement in medicine and economics. Philosophical and artistic traditions were also carried into “uncivilized” parts of the world, as printing presses and other artistic means of production were installed in new locations to alert the population as to both the news of the day as well as to decorate subject’s homes. As the empire ceded back territories to their rightful owners, the visual language used to subjugate the masses was instead used as a weapon against the oppressors. The class will meet in places like the British Museum, the British Library and the Royal Academy of Arts to view their collections of printed documents to trace the influence of the world’s influence over the British Empire and the results of the fall.