in London 2000 | Bucknell
in London 2001 | Bucknell in London 2003
Next Program Briefing Meeting:
Nov. 13th, 7:15 p.m., New Residence Hall 243
Note: The information
contained here describes the program as currently envisioned. As planning
continues, some elements are subject to change.
Richard McGinnis: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tom Greaves: Anthropology
better way to get to know London than to look at its transportation system?
Bucknell-in-London 2002 takes a close look at how people and goods are
moved in one of the world's most fascinating metropoles.
Students and faculty in London 2002, will experience and
discover London as an organic whole, moved by cabbies and busses, the
famous "tube," roads and bridges, lorries, railways, airports,
and energized by the people who make their lives within these systems.
London has arguably the most carefully planned transport
system among the world's great cities. Its coordinated system of taxis,
urban buses, and subways connects into the regional system of intercity
bus and rail lines, and links directly to international rail, ship and
air services. Intentionally de-emphasizing the private car, London's systems
give mobility to people of all social classes. Yet, London's system is
struggling. Privatization, the spread of suburban malls, deferred maintenance
needs, changing technology and huge costs are posing profound challenges
to the system on which London's functioning depends, putting London's
transport system at the center of national debates.
Bucknell-in-London 2002 is not just about transportation. It's an opportunity
to experience British culture, history, people and institutions first
hand, with your instructors and with your friends. We'll attend six of
the best of current West End theatre productions. We'll also examine many
of the great historic buildings of British history. And we see some of
its greatest art.
During fall, 2002, 16 Bucknell students will study London
transport and discover a great city in the process.
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The following four faculty conducted a
very successful London program in 1999. They are back together again
|Dr. Richard McGinnis (Civil and Environmental
Engineering) teaches courses in transportation and in urban planning.
He has done highway safety research in the UK and has met with many
European transportation and planning officials.
Dr. Tom Greaves (Anthropology) has long
been interested in the study of work and worker culture. He conducted
long term field research and published on tin miners, agricultural
field hands, and other wage workers in South America. His lifelong
avocational interest is railroads.
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London '02 faculty includes two British instructors who are favorites
of Bucknell's London Semester: Dr. Vesna Goldsworthy, Senior
Lecturer in English Literature at London's University of Kingston and
former film critic for the BBC, will introduce us to the latest London
theatre productions. A trip to Stratford-upon-Avon for a Shakespearean
play is also part of the theatre component of the 2002 program. Dr.
Patrick Conner, author of five books in art history and expert on
oriental art, will guide us through a judicious sampling of British
historical architecture and fine art in and around London, and at the
seaside resort town of Brighton.
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Students in the London Semester take four courses. None of the courses
has prerequisites and all are appropriate to students in all majors.
British Transportation: A Response to Changing Regional and Global
Realities (UNIV 274) - McGinnis and Greaves
The program's core course is team-taught by Greaves and McGinnis. England
has a fascinating set of transport services (air, rail, trucking and
inter-city buses, urban subway and surface networks, taxis, package
delivery services, etc.) that has been integrated into a planned urban
system that is widely admired. We focus on how this planned system has
emerged over the past 25 years and how it now responds to mounting challenges
and regional pressures. We will look principally at the London metropolitan
area, but also regionally within the rest of England, within Great Britain
as a whole, within Europe, and as part of the global system.
Field trips will be frequent. Indeed many
of our sessions will meet on site in Greater London, with demonstrations
and first hand observations of, for example, the London Underground's
Central Control Center, the canal system, British Rail, and London's
signature cab services. Three trips are longer: a three-day excursion
to Manchester, (central to the reshaping of transport to the 19th Century
Machine Age), and York (site of the National Railway Museum), another
to Brighton, Salisbury, Stonehenge and Bath, and a third through the
Channel Tunnel to France to compare the French and British "high-speed"
trains, examine plans for a unified network of high-speed trains to
serve Europe and England, and contrast the Paris Metro with its London
Theatre, Art and Architecture (THEA
265/ART 215=1 course) - Goldsworthy and Conner
Two British faculty will introduce Program students to contemporary
London theater and to London's historic art and architecture. Meets
twice weekly, with at least one session "on site" at the theater
or at a particular place of historic significance within London. The
course includes a visit to the Globe Theatre, a workshop at the Theatre
Museum, and a day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, home of the Royal Shakespeare
Company, for a Shakespearean play.
Elective Courses (choose two)
Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning (CENG 431) - McGinnis
Urban planning has had a major impact on
the development of England and particularly London over the last 60
years. The British methods of planning and controlling land use will
be examined through readings, discussions with British urban planners,
visits to planning agencies, field trip(s) to one or more of the British
new towns, a trip to the Cotswolds, and individual research by the students.
London Transport, a Cultural History
(ANTH 302) - Greaves
This seminar investigates London's history,
social class structure, growth and changing ethnic mix through readings,
guest lectures, fieldtrips and team research projects dealing with aspects
of London's transport - canals, trolleys, shipping, railroads, cabs,
etc. - in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. The focus will be on the
people who operated these systems and the people who used them.
Field Projects and Internships (May
be taken as ANTH 351, CENG 439 or CENG 490)- McGinnis or Greaves
Students delve more deeply into one or
more aspects of the anchor course through guided research projects or
supervised internships, mentored by the appropriate faculty member.
During the spring semester the BU faculty will work with those doing
field projects to define the project and approach. Contacts with London-based
agencies, companies and organizations will be made to facilitate these
projects. May be undertaken individually or in pairs or groups. No
prerequisites other than clearance by either instructor to enroll.
The Program Covers:
- Regular Bucknell tuition
- Average Bucknell room charge for a double
Expenses Not Covered:
- Academic Instruction
- Airfare: New York to London; London to New York
- Transportation pass in central London
- Program-related field trips and excursions
- Program-related theater tickets
- Entry fees, program-related museum visits
- Transportation between New York City and your home
- Independent Travel
- Personal Expenses
Students will be housed in shared flats in central London, each with
Classes will be held in educational facilities administered by Florida
State University, located on Great Russell Street one block from the
Facilities house a library, computer laboratory,
classrooms, Bucknell's program office, and fax, mail and e-mail facilities.
Students will be able to access the Bucknell Library and other campus
web and e-mail addresses via the internet.
Trips Outside London
While the number, destination and duration of fieldtrips may vary, program
trips are planned to Manchester and York; Stratford-upon Avon; Brighton,
Salisbury, and Bath; the Channel Tunnel; and Paris. In addition there
will be a 10-day recess in October which many students use for personal
travel in Europe.
Departure: approximately September 1st
Return: approximately December 15th
All potential applicants are asked to attend one of the following meetings:
- Tuesday, October 9th, 7:15 pm, RESH 243
- Tuesday, November 13th, 7:15 pm, RESH 243
- Tuesday, January 29th, 7:15 pm, RESH 243
Information can also be obtained by contacting
the program faculty and the International Education Office.
The 2002 London Program is limited to 16 students. Applications will
be provided at each of the above informational meetings and are also
available in the Office of International Education (105 Taylor). Applications
are due at the International Education office on February 11, 2002.
Criteria for eligibility include minimum 2.8 GPA, Junior or Senior status
during the program's semester, and recommendation of the program directors.
See "International Education" in the Bucknell catalog for
further information. A $200 deposit is due two weeks after acceptance
into the program.
Note: This information describes the program as currently
envisioned. As planning continues, some elements are subject to change.
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BUCKNELLIANS REFLECT ON BUCKNELL-IN-LONDON
can never have the opportunity to see London in this way ever
again. If I return to London it will never be in the way that
I have seen it this past semester. Studying London has been
an experience of a lifetime!
Not only did our myriad of day and overnight trips provide for
cultural enrichment, but the theatre and art & architecture
courses introduced a new perspective that as a science major I'm
not accustomed to getting.
felt the whole experience was extremely valuable. I can't
express how much I enjoyed myself. Academically it was the
best hands-on education one can receive
couldn't have gotten any better: living in a big metropolitan
area with everything at your fingertips along with British
citizens to guide you along the way.
If going abroad is an option
you should definitely do it. This program had absolutely nothing
to do with my major, yet I gained more knowledge this semester
in London than any other on campus.
most valuable thing to me
was my field research. I
learned so much about myself through my studies. I grew an
attachment to the community studied and made invaluable friendships.
Great program - a lot of support
set up to allow anyone to do it. But come with an open mind -
see everything - talk to everyone - taste new things - have the
experience of a LIFETIME!!
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One of the best guides to London's countless attractions - drama,
music, food, museum openings, art shows, is Time Out, a weekly must-read
magazine. Here's their website.
One of the best ways to explore London is with "London Walks,"
walking tours of London neighborhoods conducted by historians, actors,
and writers, usually in groups of about 20. They are inexpensive and
several are available every day.
Website of The British Museum, one of the world's top museums on the
world's cultures, archaeology, and history, situated just a block
from our London classrooms.
Museum of the History of London: A museum we will be using as part
of our investigation of the city that has depended heavily on transport
since its founding, nearly two centuries ago.
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