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THEATER ARTS

FALL SEMESTER IN LONDON

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Study Theater in London

Experience the heart of drama in the city.

As a CAPA study abroad theater student, you'll engage with the world of theater in the classroom and beyond. You’ll see a variety of shows, from rebooted classics to challenging and exciting new works in a range of venues, and enjoy additional activities that will further enrich and expand your theatrical experience. 

In recent terms, students have enjoyed an exclusive post-show meeting with the cast of The Woman in Black; explored the city's Shakespeare on Screen program with actors from the BBC’s The Hollow Crown; toured Shakespeare’s Globe theater; encountered the haunted past of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane; visited the National Theatre’s workshops to see the puppets from War Horse; and worked with a leading UK magician. 

CAPA also has its own black box theater space in the London center with a fully-equipped lighting rig and sound system. It can host student performances, visiting shows, and a range of creative workshops. At CAPA, you'll feel like you're at the heart of the drama in the world of theater as both an audience member and a performer. Either way, you’ll feel you’re at the heart of the drama!

Arrival: September 2, 2020
Departure: December 12, 2020
Program Fee: $18,345
Application Deadline June 4, 2020
All prices, dates, and deadlines are subject to change.

The London Experience

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Experience

Explore the diversity of cosmopolitan London with our My Global City events: tour Camden, the birthplace of Punk culture; taste an authentic curry on Brick Lane; or see a performance at Shakespeare's Globe theater.
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live

Live like a Londoner and stay in a shared apartment or opt for a homestay, all within a one-hour commute to the CAPA London Center. Plus, CAPA offers students Health & Wellness support.
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learn

CAPA's theater offerings are designed to give you a background in theater as an art form and a vocation. Choose from a variety of courses taught by theater professionals under the leadership of playwright Michael Punter.
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intern

Choose an optional internship directly connected to theater arts where you'll acquire real-world professional skills. This is a great way to enhance your resume! Learn More

Learn About Studying with CAPA in London

 

CAPA program fees are comprehensive and include tuition, housing, excursions, My Global City events and activities, 24/7 emergency support, insurance, and more!

Courses & Credit

Earn 12-18 credits per semester (courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted; the internship placement and accompanying course earns 3-6 credits). Credits are issued by the University of Minnesota.

Housing

You can opt to live in shared apartments or a homestay (with your own room and two meals a day), all within commuting distance to the CAPA center.

Local Transit Pass

A Zone 1-2 London Underground pass is included for use on the Tube (subway) and buses for students living in apartments. Zones 1-3 is included for students in homestays.

Excursions & Activities

Enjoy a half-day coach tour of London, a full-day excursion to Stonehenge and Bath, plus choose one from: full-day excursion to Oxford, Brighton, Stratford-upon-Avon and Kenilworth Castle, or Salisbury and Glastonbury. Social events include an arrival tea, midterm dinner, and a farewell ceremony. 

Intern & Volunteer

Participate in an internship opportunity, earn credit, and gain valuable skills. Note: Students interning in London require a visa.

My Global City

These events always include a walking tour of the iconic South Bank on your first weekend; taking a riverboat tour to Greenwich; touring multicultural Brixton, A Beatles and Abbey Road Magical Mystery Walking Tour, and feasting on a multi-course curry dinner in Brick Lane. Other activities reflect what is on in the city at the time.

24/7 Emergency Support

We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan with staff available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

Insurance

As a student on our program, you’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.

Support

The CAPA London team is available throughout your program to help you make the most of your experience.

Fall Courses

Our London Theater program offers a variety of theater and related courses, including Writing a Play, Witchcraft and Magical Performance, and Theater in the City. Additionally, you may choose courses from the wide variety of our Global Cities offerings.

20th Century British History  

This course will explore how Britain has responded to political, social, and cultural forces during the 20th century. Students will develop a deeper understanding of life in Britain today by examining such topics as changing perceptions about the role of the state; the decline of empire; the effect of two world wars; economic strategies; the development of multiculturalism; and the role of women, with an emphasis on how the lives of ordinary British people have changed during the last century.

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LNDN HIST 3310

Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: London, Modernity, Empire, and Globalization  

This course will introduce the impact of globalization on London, one of the world's most significant global cities, in comparative context. Students will examine London’s changing identity as a world city with a particular emphasis on comparing the city's imperial, postcolonial, and transatlantic connections, and the ways in which past and present, local and global intertwine in the capital. Students will combine classroom work with experiential learning, centred on field studies to areas such as Brixton, Spitalfields, Southbank, and the Olympic sites in East London.

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LNDN URBS 3345

  • Globally Networked Learning
Arts Administration: The Creative Industries in a Digital World  

This course will focus on the structures of creative industries, and how arts administrators successfully share creativity with the public and leverage the commercial opportunities of creative production. Students will explore such topics as the arts as a business, managing financial imperatives and the artistic process, and promoting and presenting cultural products; examine case studies from a variety of fields such as film, digital media, gaming, theater, museums, and publishing; and engage directly with practitioners successfully working in fields of arts and culture, and those managing the interface between creativity and business in London.

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LNDN ARTA/BUSN 3338

Campaigners, Activists and Radicals: Gender and Citizenship in Modern Europe  

This course will analyze women's claims for citizenship throughout the 20th century from a variety of European perspectives. Students will chart the ways women have adapted to, and attempted to challenge, ideological, political, and material conditions of citizenship in 20th century Europe; examine such topics as women’s political activism, citizenship and warfare, consumer citizenship, sexuality and reproductive rights, and citizenship within the context of multicultural society; engage with a wide array of historical and contemporary sources; and attend field studies around London.

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LNDN SOCY/WNST 3354

Child Development in a British Context  

This course will investigate the aims and principles of developmental psychology as a scientific discipline, and describe the methods used to obtain knowledge about children and their development. Students will explore issues such as children's early attachments, the development of the self, the emergence of consciousness, and the role of play; develop an understanding of the role of education and child care practices and policies in the UK in shaping children's development; and examine childhood from historical, global, socio-cultural, and policy perspectives.

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LNDN PSYC 3352

COMMUNICATE: Basic Acting Techniques for Confidence-Building and Better Presentations  

This course will introduce basic acting skills and demonstrate how acting techniques can improve self-confidence, presence, and vocal presentation in a range of work and life scenarios. Students will learn to improvise, undertake creative challenges, and begin to master a range of techniques; keep a developmental journal during the semester; and perform a dramatic monologue. For the final assessment, students will deliver a 5-10 minute speech they’ve written at Hyde Park’s famous Speaker’s Corner to fellow students and an audience of Londoners.

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LNDN COMM/BUSN 3329

Community Engagement: Service-Learning in London  

This interdisciplinary course with a sociological focus will present a unique opportunity in which students will become directly involved in the realities of community engagement and grassroots politics through community service placements. Students will engage in critical thought and reflection on urban inequalities in London while examining the historical, sociological, and political context of community service and social, economic, and political exclusion in the UK. Students will explore three key interrelated themes: urban life, super-diversity, and welfare and exclusion. This course is 6 credits.

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LNDN SOCY 3349

Contemporary British Film  

This course will chart the development of British film from 1994-2012, a period of confidence and success mirrored by a major structural and financial reorganization in the industry. Students will critically analyze key films and how they both emerge from and transform earlier British cinema tradition; develop an understanding of important British genres and film-making tropes; explore the ways in which British films reflect and respond to contemporary social and political conditions and events; and develop an awareness of specific ways in which UK and US film differs.

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LNDN FILM 3311

Creative Connections: Advertising and Marketing in Britain  

This course will explore the topics of advertising and marketing in Britain. Students will develop an understanding of the ways in which advertising is effectively planned to achieve the objectives set in the overall marketing plan, with reference to London as a global center for creative and production excellence; and conduct a comparative analysis of British advertising methods and styles. A complete syllabus will be available soon.

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LNDN COMM 3322

  • Globally Networked Learning
Detective Fiction: Crime and The City  

This course will address the development of the modern detective novel—British and American—from the late 19th century into the 21st century. Students will focus on cities as sites of criminal imagination, and on detectives as explorers of the city’s hidden connections; develop an understanding of the concept of the detective story and why crime fiction is one of the most popular forms of narrative; and explore specific connections between detective fiction and the urban environment, social dynamics, and the writers’ attitudes to such topics as diversity and ethnicity.

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LNDN LITR 3315

Ethics in the Media  

This course will address principle ethical issues facing journalism, advertising, entertainment media, and online content. Students will examine the moral obligations of the producers as well as the responsibilities borne by consumers; develop an understanding of applicable ethical principles and philosophies; apply these to present day cases in the media through case studies; and critically engage with content in order to analyze ethical issues present in the production and consumption of media on an individual and societal level.

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LNDN COMM 3321

European Government and Politics  

This course will explore the transformation of contemporary Europe by the European Union and competing political visions for the EU’s future. Students will investigate the impact of immigration and attitudes towards migrants, European ‘enlargement’, and the cultural politics of identity; examine Europe’s relationship with others outside the European region, the legacy of conflict between member states, and challenges offered by globalization to contemporary understandings of ‘Europe’; analyze a variety of case studies; and develop an understanding of globalization and the impact of diversity on the social dynamics of an urban environment such as London.

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LNDN PSCI 3352

Experiencing Globalization: Society, Space and Everyday Life in London  

This course will explore London’s complex relationship with the forces of globalization and the ways in which everyday life and experience in London, as well as its people, institutions, and organizations, have been shaped by—and are contributing to—global change. Students will critically examine the effects of neoliberal globalization, the growing (though uneven) global dominance of projects promoting increasing freedoms for capital under the banners of “free markets” and “free trade; develop an understanding of a variety of collective challenges to these projects; analyze their economic, political, cultural, and ecological aspects; and address several theoretical and conceptual concerns.

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LNDN SOCY 3355

Global Internship Course: London (3 credits)  

The Global Internship Course is designed to be completed alongside an internship placement, allowing students to earn academic credit. Students will attend weekly, discussion-led sessions that include educational support and mentoring in a classroom environment; develop personal and professional skills, learn to contextualize their internship experience socially and culturally, and employ the use of Globally Networked Learning technology to conduct a comparative global analysis with other CAPA students. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through CAPA Masterclasses led by professionals in a diverse range of fields.

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LNDN INTP 3347

Global Internship Course: London (6 credits)  

The Global Internship Course is designed to be completed alongside an internship placement, allowing students to earn academic credit. Students will attend weekly, discussion-led sessions that include educational support and mentoring in a classroom environment; develop personal and professional skills, learn to contextualize their internship experience socially and culturally, and employ the use of Globally Networked Learning technology to conduct a comparative global analysis with other CAPA students. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through CAPA Masterclasses led by professionals in a diverse range of fields.

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LNDN INTP 3348

Global Perspectives on Human Rights in Action  

The notion of human rights has become central to global politics today. It is not a single subject but a broad field of potential investigation: this intensive seminar provides a multi-disciplinary introduction to the topic, critically examining the politics of human rights, their contentious nature and uneven global implementation. Throughout, the focus will be on practical issues and the contested politics of human rights in action through a range of topical case studies. Students will evaluate key debates about the politics and morality of human rights, analyze and explore the theoretical foundations of human rights concepts and topical issues relating to human rights from a variety of global, regional and local perspectives. The course critically examines the history and development of concepts of human rights and the philosophies underpinning them, as well as current frameworks of international human rights law and the relationship among current debates in human rights, political power and social injustice. Topics to be covered will include human rights and international relations; humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect; postcolonial and feminist critiques of human rights; the intersection of human rights with gender, sexuality, ethnicity and class; the relationship between human and civil rights; women's, children's and indigenous peoples'; rights; and the practical implementation and enforcement of human rights.

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LNDN PSCI 3355

Global Workforce Management  

This course will provide students with an integrative framework for understanding the challenges associated with effective workforce management on a global scale. Students will compare international labor markets in terms of labor costs, labor supply, workplace culture, and employment law; and analyze high-profile news events from both developed and emerging economies that illustrate the cultural and regulatory complexities that multinational firms face in such areas as talent management, performance management, offshore outsourcing, downsizing, and industrial relations.

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LNDN BUSN 3378

  • Globally Networked Learning
International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior  

This course, based on interdisciplinary research, will examine how theories, research, and current issues in the field of organizational behavior apply in the context of the international workplace. Students will focus on the international application of core management theories and strategies; develop an understanding of human behavior within the setting of a global work environment, and across a variety of historical and current issues; reflect critically on how theoretical frameworks can be applied and developed within the organizational setting; and collaborate with CAPA Sydney students through CAPA’s Globally Networked Learning (GNL) technology.

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LNDN BUSN 3376

  • Globally Networked Learning
International Economics  

This course will examine key economic issues in the global business environment. Students will develop an understanding of how global businesses are impacted by real world developments in economics, politics, and finance; and explore such topics as globalization, country differences, cross-border trade and investment (both goods and services and capital and labor), the global finance architecture, and competing in a global marketplace, as well as two underlying themes evident throughout the module: contemporary context and localized content of the material.

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LNDN BUSN 3374/ECON 3360

  • Globally Networked Learning
International Finance  

This course will explore the topic of international finance and the fact that, in a globally integrated world, it has become imperative to trade, invest, and conduct business operations internationally. Students will analyze opportunities and risks associated with international finance; acquire knowledge of theoretical concepts of finance and their adaptation to the international context; develop an understanding of historical perspectives and foundations of international finance, foreign exchange markets, exposure management, and financial management of a multinational firm; and investigate the impact of current economic and political developments on international finance.

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LNDN BUSN 3373

International Marketing  

This course will explore terms, concepts, and theories of marketing in the international context, as well as its scope and challenges. Students will examine the ways in which global dimensions technology, research, capital, investment, and production impact marketing, distribution, and communication networks; gain insight into the increasingly interdependent global economic and physical environment and its impact on international marketing; analyze current international marketing issues and their implications; and develop an understanding of how companies develop strategic plans that are competitive to survive and succeed in global markets.

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LNDN BUSN 3372

  • Globally Networked Learning
Islam, Politics, and Britain: A Case Study of London's East End  

This course will examine how complex, multiethnic diversity shapes and defines our understanding of modern Britain, through a specific focus on Muslim communities in London and the nature of their interactions with wider society. Students will analyze the ways in which imperialism and its legacy, as well as Britain's global relationships, have influenced political policies and social attitudes toward multiculturalism and Muslim groups in particular; explore London’s spaces of diaspora identity, including Southall and Spitalfields; and develop an understanding of contemporary race relations in Britain.

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LNDN PSCI 4450

London Across History, Literature, and Film  

This course will introduce London across history, literature, and film through canonical literary texts from Samuel Johnson to Arthur Conan Doyle, and to contemporary representations of multicultural London from Hanif Kureishi to Zadie Smith. Students will read both literary and filmic texts; take a historical tour of London through the eyes of great writers and filmmakers; and examine questions of race and culture in contemporary London as represented through literature and film. It is hoped that Hanif Kureishi and Stephen Frears will visit the class.

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LNDN COLT 3312

Managing Global Supply Chains  

This course will focus on issues within operations of relevance in a firm’s ability to remain competitive in a global economy. Students will analyze examples of companies collaborating across the globe; develop an understanding of the operational and tactical aspects of managing a network of multiple facilities; investigate their strategic implications; consider legal, ethical, operational, venture risk, and reliability factors; and examine such topics as outsourcing and offshoring, information technology in operations, designing and managing global supply chains, managing inventory and global logistics, and sustainability.

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LNDN BUSN 3380

  • Globally Networked Learning
Modern Art in London: From Sublime to Ridiculous?  

This course will examine modern works of art from the late 19th century through to the present. Students will analyze the development of modern art, particularly in response to World Wars I and II, through to contemporary practice; experience a diverse range of works on display in London; investigate attitudes and ideas in modern art; explore the effect of historical events, sociological changes, and advances in technology on the art world; gain an appreciation of a variety of materials and techniques; and develop an understanding of the global art market.

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LNDN ARTH 3312

Post-War British Pop Culture  

This course will explore theories of popular culture from the British Isles, from 1945 through to the present day. Students will compare British and American experiences of popular culture, the differences, similarities, and cross-influences; examine countercultures and subcultures in Britain; explore their connections to music and political movements; develop an understanding of cultures that are based on ethnicity and sexuality, as well as concerns around diversity and related hate crime; and visit urban environments that will help contextualize these subcultures both historically and politically.

This course is available both as a semester and a four-week summer intensive. Please note that the syllabus is for the full semester program. The syllabus for the four-week summer intensive is currently under development and will be available soon.

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LNDN COLT 3311

Shakespeare and London  

This course will explore a selection of Shakespeare’s plays to uncover his style and craft within the genres of comedy, history, and tragedy. Students will engage in Shakespeare's timelessness and learn to appreciate how vitally his ideas, themes, and concepts move from the concerns of his day to our own; develop skills of paraphrasing and textual analysis; analyze the relationship between plays; and examine the structure of different dramatic genres. Students will pay $70 for this course upon arrival in London, which pays for theater tickets.

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LNDN LITR 3312

Strategic Communication and Social Media: Theory and Practice  

This course will explore the theory and practice of strategic communication and its implementation through social media platforms. Students will explore traditional and online communication strategies; review theories and principles of strategic communication and social media practices; investigate the effectiveness of messaging strategies employed by individuals and influencers, not-for-profits, and commercial organizations; and work for a real-world client to formulate an overarching communication strategy, inclusive of recommendations for messaging strategies across all platforms.

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LNDN COMM 3328

Theater in the City  

This course will place students at the heart of the experience of theater. Students will engage with the key ideas underpinning the creation of theatricality, and attend a range of different performances and tours of specific theater spaces. They will explore such topics as the qualities, conditions, and boundaries of drama, audience engagement, philosophical issues raised by the theatrical experience, the origins of theater, the changing roles of performers and spectators over time, and the theater's prospects in the 21st century. Students will pay $70 for this course upon arrival in London, which pays for theater tickets.

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LNDN THTR 3310

Understanding Modern Britain  

This multidisciplinary course will examine images, values, symbols, and individuals by which Britain represents itself as a means to understanding this nation. Students will investigate the ways in which modern Britain and British identities have been imagined, constructed, and experienced at home and internationally; engage directly with the heritage industry and contemporary British culture; and interpret the legacy of Britain’s past upon the ways in which the contemporary nation and British identities are structured in the 21st century.

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LNDN SOCY 3350

Witchcraft and Magical Performance in London  

This course will chart the representation of the occult in the city from the Early Modern period to the present day. Students will focus particularly on the performance and presentation of the occult and magical phenomena and its reception by the general public and social elites during specific time periods; develop an understanding of why magic has long been a subject of fascination; visit sites such as the Society for Psychical Research or the British Magic Circle; and attend a live performance of the magical or ghostly in London. Students will pay $40 for this course upon arrival in London, which pays for theater tickets.

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LNDN THTR 3314

Writing the City: London  

This course will introduce creative writing in relation to the city and the particular challenges of writing about place. Students will examine how various subjects such as the river, urban spaces, solitude, ethnicity, particular boroughs, and characters (both fictional and real) function in London narratives; develop an understanding of the role of memory and experience in literary psycho-geographical accounts of the metropolis; utilize their observations of London to practice creative writing; and investigate the potential of place within the narrative of various genres.

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LNDN CWRT 3317

  • Writing Intensive

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