Study Abroad in London

Liberal Arts

Department Dean: Jessica Bloom

Degrees:
  • M.F.A., University of Essex
  • Final year of PhD in Middle Eastern Literature; School of Oriental and African Studies
Jessica Bloom taught English as a Second Language in the Middle East, Africa and Scandinavia. Upon her return to the UK in 2000 she has taught courses in English and Comparative Literature, as well as Theory of Religion, Biblical Hebrew and Religious Texts, at a number of UK universities. She has been a full-time faculty member at AIU London since 2004, and is director of the Liberal Arts Department, managing the General Education curriculum. She is enthusiastic about being part of a university with such a diverse student body.

"At AIU London we have students from all over the world, and the faculty in my department are also an exciting and diverse mix of nationalities and backgrounds. I also love AIU's focus on the student learning environment, and being able to use London as a resource, through field trips. Although I have lived and worked in the States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, I still feel that London is the most truly diverse and exciting city I have ever lived in. I enjoy working with my faculty to help our students get the most out of their stay here."

She has published critical work on Arabic and Hebrew literature, short fiction, and is currently working on several literary translation projects.

AIU London Liberal Arts Courses*

London Liberal Arts Syllabi

ART 200 HISTORY OF ART I

Prerequisites: None
A well-rounded student requires exposure to the history of humankind's artistic achievements.The purpose of this class is to acquaint students with a historic panorama of the visual arts, trends and the creative spirit of the masters.The scope of the course covers time from ancient cave drawings to the Baroque Period.

ART 301 PHOTOGRAPHY AS AN ART FORM

Prerequisites: None
This class aims to introduce students to a diverse range of photographers' work since the turn of the century, paralleling some of the major art movements of the 20th century. It will also offer students the opportunity to develop their own visual skills through project work and group seminars.Technical skills are not required for this class. Materials required include any camera the student can use, (e.g. instamatic, SLR, black and white or color).

ART 303 SURVEY OF BRITISH MUSEUMS

Prerequisites: None
In London alone there are dozens of museums and galleries housing a remarkable series of displays. In this course, students will have the opportunity to visit as many of the major institutions as time permits. Course content includes an explanation of historical and design collections.

ART 304 AESTHETICS

Prerequisites: None
This course seeks to explore a range of theoretical and experiential tools through which art might be encountered and judged.This course will investigate whether particular objects have defining characteristics that determine their value as art, or if, in fact, aesthetic value comes from culture or a special aesthetic interest on the viewer's part.

ART 312 HISTORY OF THE THEATRE

Prerequisites: ENG 101/ENG 103
History of the Theatre is structured to give students the opportunity to gain understanding and insight into contemporary theatre using current productions as the basic study units. Classroom time is spent in group discussion of these productions and lectures by the instructor on the history of the theatre (Ancient Greek drama to the present), elements of production, and current trends in British and American drama. A supplemental fee will be charged to students enrolled in this course.

ENG 101 COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC

Prerequisites: None
The ability to communicate effectively through use of the written word is a requirement in today's increasingly complex world. Students in this class can learn the basics of grammar, composition and rhetoric.The class will include parallel reading for the study of composition topics.

ENG 102 RESEARCH AND ADVANCED COMPOSITION

Prerequisites: ENG 101
This class introduces students to advanced composition with emphasis on research papers.The class includes library usage, outlining and research mechanics.

ENG 210 CREATIVE WRITING I

Prerequisites: ENG 101 or ENG 102
This class introduces students to various genres of writing (i.e., short story, memoir, poetry, drama) and provides opportunities to write in each genre.

ENG 312 SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE I

Prerequisites: ENG 101 or ENG 102
This course involves the study of major works and literary movements in British literature from the Old English period, to and including the British Renaissance.


ENG 412 THE ENGLISH NOVEL ON FILM

Prerequisites: ENG 101 or ENG 102
This course involves the investigation of the English novel through print as well as film. Students will read novels and view films based on those novels.

ENG 413 LITERARY LONDON

Prerequisites: ENG 101
This course introduces students to selected texts and themes in English literature, establishes a context for understanding the development of literary genres, and helps students understand critical theory as it affects the reading of literature.The course is designed to broaden understanding of British culture as experienced and reflected by chosen writers in their works, and includes visits to places in London which formed writers' perceptions in selected works.

HIS 301 HISTORY OF LONDON

Prerequisites: Junior Status or Program Chair Approval
This survey course aims to introduce students to key aspects of the political, social, economic and cultural development of London. Students will begin by examining the impact of the Roman, Saxon,Viking and Norman invasions. Emphasis will be placed on London's emergence as a commercial and political center during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, its role in the building of the British Empire, and its transformation into the financial center it is today.

HIS 312 MODERN EUROPE

Prerequisites: None
This course is an intensive study of the major aspects of European history from the Congress of Vienna to the end of World War II.

HIS 410 THE U.S. IN THE WORLD AFFAIRS

Prerequisites: None
This course is designed to provide an understanding of major issues and trends facing the U.S. in the contemporary international system.

MES 315 HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST IN THE 20TH CENTURY

Prerequisites: Junior Status or Program Chair Approval
This course is a survey of Arab history from 1900 to the present, including colonial rule and decolonization, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the roles played in regional and international arenas.

MTH 111 LIBERAL ARTS MATHEMATICS course offered online

Prerequisites: None
This is an introduction to fundamental operations of mathematics with polynomials, first- and second-degree equations, systems of equations, inequalities, progressions, interest and geometry.

MTH 120 DECISION MATHEMATICS

Prerequisites: None
This course covers basic quantitative methods used in business management and the social sciences. Emphasis is placed on application of topics to decision-making problems.

MUS 270 CLASSICAL WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY

Prerequisites: None
This is an introductory survey of formal Western music from Gregorian chants to 20th century minimalism.This course aims to give students a broad overview of major developments in Western musical history through a series of informal lectures and listening seminars.

MUS 271 AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSIC HISTORY

Prerequisites: None
This course is an introductory survey of African-American music in the 20th century from blues to hip hop.The course gives a broad overview of the major developments in African-American music, and places those developments in a social context through a series of informal lectures and listening seminars.

PHL 201 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY/LOGIC

Prerequisites: None
This course is a survey of fundamental problems in several major divisions of philosophy, such as ethics, logic, philosophy of religion, philosophy of art and metaphysics.This course offers an overview of the basic aims, approaches and issues of philosophy, while enabling students to explore philosophy's place in the development and justification of personal values.

POL 301 CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL ISSUES IN BRITAIN

Prerequisites: Junior Status or Program Chair Approval
This course aims to introduce students to the debate on the post-war British State and its society. It will do so by concentrating on the political system with special emphasis on constitutional theory, party politics, and current debate on policy issues inclusive of Britain's position in the European Union and the New World Order.

PSP 101 PUBLIC SPEAKING

Prerequisites: None
This course is designed to build confidence and give poise to the public speaker. Students experiment with narrative, informative, persuasive and descriptive speeches. Current developments in communication theory and social psychology are discussed. Students can learn the interaction between the speaker, speech and audience.

PSY 201 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I

Prerequisites: None
This course is designed to introduce students to various theories and contributions in the field of psychology. It includes the topics of learning, memory, language development, perception, theories of emotion, personality theory, child development and social psychology.

PSY 415 PSYCHOLOGY OF ADVERTISING AND MASS MEDIA

Prerequisites: PSY 201 or Program Chair Approval
The role of mass media and the effects of advertising on sexual roles, sexual attitudes and violence will be examined. An investigation of behavioral, psychological and physiological reactions on the acquisition of imitative response will be stressed.

SCI 201 CURRENT ISSUES IN BIOLOGY course offered online

Prerequisites: None
This course is a study of the basic aspects of biology and their application to topical issues. Special focus is given to ecology, population, and an overview of the scientific method.

SCI 202 GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Prerequisites: None
This course is designed to introduce important environmental issues that are pertinent to the society in which we live and to increase awareness of these issues.The course includes a discussion of relevant science, the development of environmental threats since the 1960s and how people have influenced nature's fine balance.

SOC 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY course offered online

Prerequisites: None
This introductory course to sociology studies social life and analyzes sociological structure, change and problems.

SOC 217 CROSS-CULTURAL RELATIONS course offered online

Prerequisites: None
This sociology course examines the dynamics of communication and understanding between cultures and nations. It employs a linguistic and anthropologic approach to solving the universal problems of ethnocentrism and cultural misinterpretation.The course explores the basic structure of language and the roles which syntax, semantics and kinesics play in successful crosscultural communication. It introduces the anthropological concept of cultural diversity and can provide the student with practical insight in overcoming those perceptual barriers, which often hinder people from appreciating others' cultural points of view.

SOC 302 WORLD RELIGIONS

Prerequisites: Junior Status or Program Chair/Dean Approval
Major world religions will be surveyed in this course. Each will be studied integrally, while similarities and differences among them are highlighted. Socio-anthropological and psychological, as well as theological perspectives, will be taught and applied to gain a multifaceted view on one of the most vital aspects of human nature throughout history, and one of the motivating factors among populations in the world today.

SOC 319 SOCIOLOGY OF DRESS AND ADORNMENT

Prerequisites: SOC 101 or Program Chair/Dean Approval
Clothing, appearance and social interaction are fundamental to society.This class examines the origins and purpose of dress and adornment as a means of communication and negotiation of social identity.


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