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HUM 106, British Life and Culture, 3 Credits

All students are required to take this interdisciplinary course taught by AIFS faculty in London. Three hours per week feature either lectures on British culture and civilization or field trips to historic and artistic sites in and around London. Topics include such subjects as the history of London, language differences, British theater, and the Thames River; and field trips to the Museum of London, the National and Tate Galleries, and the Houses of Parliament.

James Knox, Central Oregon Community College,

Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at COCC, James directs the Cascade Chorale and the College Choir, and he founded the vocal jazz ensemble, Central Singers. In addition to teaching music courses, he also serves as guest clinician locally and throughout the Northwest. Prior to COCC he was the Vocal Jazz Director at Portland State University and the Choral Director at Mount Hood Community College. Through James' studies, he has had the privilege of working with distinguished conductors and composers from around the world, such as Arvo Pärt, Frieder Bernius, Veljo Tormis, Fred Stoltzfus, Simon Carrington, Joseph Flummerfelt, Morna Edmundson, Yaccov Bergman, Maria Guinand and Vance George.

His involvement and love for music is also displayed in his own work as a baritone soloist. James' performances have included principal role-Guglielmo in W.A Mozart's Cosi fan Tutti PSU Opera Production, guest artist at Seattle, Washington's Opera Banquet, and Metropolitan Opera Guild's regional finalist. He has been featured with Douglas Webster in the Oregon Symphony's production of Leonard Bernstein's Mass, and Peace Through Music pieces Dona Nobis Pacem by R.V. Williams, Cantata Misericordium by Benjamin Britten, Faure's Requiem, Portland's Baroque Ensemble, portrayed Jesus in the premiere of J.S. Bach's St. Mark's Passion, principal role-Cascada in The Merry Widow, and Menotti's one act opera, The Telephone, and he was Pooh-Bah in Obsidian Opera's Production of The Mikado.

MUS 101 Music Fundamentals, 3 credits

Presents the fundamentals of music making, including notation of pitch, rhythm, music terminology, scales, key signatures, intervals and chord spelling. Requires no previous musical experience. Students will study the history and development of music through hands-on activities such as field trips, guest speakers and live music at churches, street fairs and pubs. Students will engage in lessons about the societies and music history of differing cultures through the duration of their stay abroad. In addition, students will complete a final project (journaling) based on their travel experience.

MUS 202 Understanding Music, 3 credits

Introduces the history of Western, fine art music and its literature. Encompasses the study of musical vocabulary, style, form, principal composers and the historical development of music in various style periods. MUS 202 discusses music and composers from the romantic period, twentieth century and contemporary periods. Special attention is given to British composers and musical developments.

MUS 299 History of Rock Music, 3 credits

The objectives of this course are to learn the history of rock music from its beginnings in earlier forms of popular music to the present; to understand the relationship of this music to larger cultural, political, and economic formations; and to become familiar with aspects of musical structure that have been used in rock music. The course will also look at the Beatles and the British Invasion and how British Blue Boom and Beat Music were a direct influence to many band created during the mid-twentieth century. Students will communicate their knowledge through participation with discussion groups, identifying listening examples, and a written project about a rock band that came out of Britain.

If we meet the 20-student enrollment target by the application deadline, OIEC can send a second Oregon instructor offering courses in writing and the humanities:

John Zackell, Portland Community College,

Of his background, John writes, "When I studied at the University of East Anglia in Norwich in 2003, I did so to take part in their prestigious Creative Writing and Literature program. However, every weekend I'd venture into London to explore the city, known for its literary history, and it changed my life. My understanding of my place in the global community changed: I was no longer limited, as a person, to a particular geographical region. I want to ensure students have the same positive, memorable experience studying in England that I had as an undergraduate myself.

In 2002, I acted as Leader, Counselor, and Chaperone for The Ohio Governor's Institute for Gifted Students, staying in the student dormitory (on-call 24 hours), making sure students arrived at their classes, meals, and rooms in a safe and timely manner. It was extremely rewarding since I offered not only academic knowledge, but also reliable guidance with day-to-day life decisions, ensuring that students had a positive experience from top to bottom. Currently, at PCC, I'm Faculty Advisor for the campus literary magazine, The Rock Creek Review. With the students, we make a campus-wide call for submissions, and then read hundreds of manuscripts sent to us. As Advisor, I've organized meetings, food get-togethers, and work sessions to keep the student club on a tight schedule. This past year, I've also been working as a committee member for Art Beat, PCC's weeklong interdisciplinary celebration of the arts. Collaborating with Art, Music, Dance, and other English faculty, I worked to invite artists from the community, develop a schedule for performances, and needle out the particulars of location and pay for each session. "It seems that John will be able to use such organizational and logistical skills in his term as London instructor."

WR 241 Creative Writing: Fiction, 4 credits

In this course, students new to creative writing and those with experience are able to practice and gain confidence in developing short fiction. London's impressive literary tradition will serve as the backdrop for our study of professional works, for which we'll examine techniques, structures, and styles. At the heart of the class, students go through the entire writing process by developing their own short story, submitting it to the class for peer feedback, and revising their piece as a honed manuscript. London-specific creative writing exercises will be assigned to practice elements of fiction. For example, students will write descriptions of key London locales to capture the essence of setting and will use their own travel experiences as fuel for the creative process.

ENG 250 Intro to Folklore and Mythology, 4 credits

This course allows students to take a cross-cultural perspective on myth, folklore, and legend. We begin with an overview of the study of myth from Euhemeros to Campbell, then undergo case studies of various archetypes, like the figure of the Trickster, in particular world folktales. Stories from Mayan, Norwegian, Korean, Nigerian, Sioux, and other world cultures are studied to develop a broad familiarity with etiologies and folklore. Students will then examine London-specific folktales (e.g., Spring-Heeled Jack; Gog and Magog, the giant guardians of London) and English legends (e.g., Arthur, Robin Hood)  and compare them to folklore from other world cultures. Artwork in the National Gallery that portray mythological figures will also be examined to see how artists contributed to the development of myths.

ENG 105 Introduction to Literature: Drama, 4 credits

Students will engage an overview of drama and the theater, reading plays by Aristophanes, Marlowe, Ibsen, Beckett, Shepard, and Hwang. Shakespeare's Hamlet will be given special attention, and we'll examine the history of the text of the play and its performances; a trip to the Globe to see a performance will naturally be in order.

If we do not meet the 20-student enrollment target by the application deadline, OIEC can send only one Oregon instructor, but will contract with a London adjunct to offer a course in the social sciences.

Gary Thorn, AIFS London,

With an M.A. in Comparative British and American Labour History and a Ph.D. in Social History, Professor Thorn brings a wealth of experience teaching at four British colleges and universities over the past thirty-five years. In addition, he has lectured for several American college study abroad programs in London, with specialties in nineteenth- and twentieth-century European history, contemporary Britain, International Relations, Comparative History: British and American, and Decolonisation: Europe, Asia and Africa (also the subject of his book End of Empires: European Decolonisation, 1919-1980, published in 2000).

HST 106 World History, 4 credits

World civilizations and their historical interactions. Impact of industrialization and imperialism in both a Western context and a non-Western context; the modern period of world history with a focus on WWI, WWII and postwar reordering of world civilizations. Focus on Great Britain will provide a model of empire and post-colonial development. Recommended pre- or co requisite: WR 121.