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ENGLISH 299, 499 or HISTORY 199


Drs. Laura Rotunno & Douglas Page                   



"By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show."


"You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."

—Samuel Johnson


After this immersion in London, you may, very well, echo Johnson's sentiments. This course lets you, at the very least, test his ideas, because this Study Abroad experience will provide you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and understanding of British literature, history, and culture through visiting key sites in the Greater London area. That is, a goal is to aid in your recognition of and ability to critically discuss the interrelationships between and cultural significance of British historical events, not just for Britain but for the rest of the world.

Designed to supplement and complement the readings and discussions undertaken in English 225N (WMNST 225N), 403, or 452 OR History 066 or 103, the course will explore different aspects of British historical and literary culture, ranging from the architectural to the intellectual. During the 1-credit spring course, we will do much in terms of practical preparation for the trip; however, beyond that, we will also challenge you to consider your goals in this travel and preparing you to be travelers who are curious about the sustainability efforts, efficiencies, and inefficiencies of the sites. While there will be numerous sites that will show us environmental sustainability efforts at work or needed, we’ll also be explore sites that will help us think about sustainability in terms of the sustainability of cities and communities (two of the UN Developmental Goals). Further goals for the summer/trip portion of this course include: 1) Undertaking international travel as a respectable representative of the U.S. and Penn State Altoona as well as a curious student of British history and culture; 2) Engaging elements of a familiar, yet foreign culture in a hands-on fashion; 3) Evaluating materials you have read in your prerequisite course(s) in respect to experiencing the sites, pieces of art, etc. that you will see in London; 4) Exercising your research, presentation, and writing skills.

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The British Museum, founded in 1753 and opened in 1759, is the world's first public national museum. The current collection of artifacts in the British Museum consists of around 8 million items that span across 2 million years of human history. Some of the museums most famous and historic pieces include: The Rosetta Stone from 196 BCE Egypt, The Parthenon Sculptures from 438-432 Athens Greece, The Bust of Ramesses the Great from Egypt’s 19...

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Palace of WestminsterThe Palace of Westminster is the meeting place for the houses of parliament. It was first built in around 1045-1050. It underwent several renovations, and then was rebuilt entirely in 1834 after a fire.It was damaged yet again during The Blitz in 1941.