Dr. Krzemienski, Department of History
June 19, 2014 – July 28, 2014
Students will enroll in the two courses listed below for a total of six credits (3 credits each). In addition, students will participate in a mandatory one day per week Creative Arts Seminar which will focus on a different topic each week delivered by experts in their fields. The seminar will prepare students for tasks to be completed on the weekly excursions to famous sites of cultural and historic significance.
British Sporting Culture (HIST 299X)
This course will be taught by Ed Krzemienski, who will also be the on-site director of the program. The course details the nature of sporting culture in Great Britain in general, but will focus on three specific sports: rugby, cricket, and soccer. In emphasizing these three particular sports, we will study the history, development, and basic rules and regulations of British games, as well as how and where they interact with British life and society. Most importantly, we will study the culture of the fans of these British games, including topics such as hooliganism and racism, the changing social status of sport, and the transfer of British sports throughout the world. Included in our study will be field trips to watch professional contests in and around the Worcester community. Worcester is home to a first level rugby team, the Worcester Wolves, and the oldest cricket club in England, which hosts the Worcester Royals (Pears); and both clubs will welcome our class. Finally, we will visit the Birmingham home of Aston Villa FC and attend a Premier League Football match. Students will design individual projects based on their interpretations of how British “sporting culture” has influenced and continues to influence society both in England and around the world.
British Life & Culture (SOC 260 / SOC 299X / GEOG 121)
Taught by a faculty member of the University of Worcester, this is an overview of various socio-cultural facets of English life. Whenever relevant, discussions will focus on differences that exist between England and the United States.
*Honors students interested in the possibility of transforming or augmenting a course to satisfy an Honors College requirement should contact Dr. John Emert, Associate Dean of Honors College. Permission will be given on an individual basis and will depend on the student’s past honors work, current honors work, and overall plan of study.
This program is located in Worcester, England, a charming town of 80,000 2-1/2 rail hours northwest of London. It is surrounded by the beautiful rolling hills of Malvern, near the Welsh border. The famous towns of Oxford, Bath and Stratford-On-Avon are all within one hour of Worcester.
Worcester is an historic town. Its grand 11th century Normal cathedral holds the remains of King John, signer of the Magna Carta. It is also the place where Oliver Cromwell headquartered
his efforts to overthrow the monarchy in the mid-17th century. Participants live on the campus of the University of Worcester (UW), which has a reputation for excellence in scholarship and is a
prime destination for students who want to study abroad in England. While on campus students have library and sport facility privileges accorded to regular UW students.
Housing and Meals
Worcester Centre participants are housed in a private room with private bathroom/shower in a residence hall on the campus of the University of Worcester. The program fees include meals from Monday breakfast through Friday breakfast. These are provided by the university’s dining services.
Round-trip transportation will originate in and return to Indianapolis. In Worcester transportation connected with program activities will be covered.
One of the outstanding features of the program is the “Cultural Package.” This consists of course-related field trips plus weekend excursions to places of cultural and recreational interest such as museums. A two-night, three-day weekend to London is provided in the program’s cultural package.
2014 Estimated Cost: $TBA Program Fee + 6 hours BSU Tuition
(Tuition charges based on credit hours, residency and Undergrad/Grad status)
The program fee includes:
Round trip airfare from Indianapolis
Some meals (Monday breakfast - Friday breakfast)
Interested students can meet with an advisor in the Study Abroad Office (Student Center, Room 102), to discuss the program or click "Apply Now" above to start an application. Appointments can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org