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Courses for Summer 2014

  • All students must register for a minimum of 6 credit hours; please check with your advisors before registering for courses.

  • Each course has a maximum enrollment of 10 students, with priority given in the order you pay your deposit for the program.

  • Tuition and fees for coursework is in addition to the program fee for Baylor in Oxford.

  • Financial aid may apply to study abroad.


BIC 4389 British Imperialism

Dr. Stuart Rosenbaum

At one time, it was literally true to say that "the sun never sets on the British Empire." Britain owned, as an Empire, a tremendous amount of the world. The social and political repercussions are still widely felt. Moreover, the British have contributed a language, a literature, a history still studied in secondary schools worldwide, and philosophies studied and embodied in cultures they have controlled or just visited. British contributions to the arts, sciences and industry have been foundational in human history. Cultures influenced by Great Britain range from Australia to the Zulus, including those of the U.S., India, Pakistan, China, and others; a study of British influences on those cultures illuminates all human culture. Selected readings in British history, and in literature and philosophy (including works by Joseph Conrad, C.S. Forester, Bertrand Russell and Simon Blackburn) appear in the course.

This is a capstone course for BIC students. Students in any level (sophomore-senior) are permitted to take a capstone course.


ENG 2301: British Literature

Dr. Josh King

What would it be like to read some of the best literature composed in the last six hundred years in the places its authors knew and wrote about? We'll find out this summer as we take a "literary pilgrimage" through Great Britain and major works by British authors. We will see Shakespeare's birthplace, and a show at the Royal Shakespeare Company; we will explore sites in Oxford associated with poets and novelists such as Gerard Manley Hopkins, W.H. Auden, Evelyn Waugh, and Dorothy Sayers; we will read Wordsworth's poems as we stand among the lakes, mountains, and valleys he describes in England's stunning Lake District; and we will contemplate Dylan Thomas in Wales, his homeland.

British Literature is a required course in most undergraduate degree plans at Baylor.


ENG 3372: The Oxford Christians

Dr. Josh King

As we live and study in Oxford, where the famous Christian authors C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien wrote most of their fiction, we will read some of their most engaging creations, as well as works by the Christian mystery writer, dramatist, and essayist Dorothy Sayers, who was a friend of Lewis. We will focus on Lewis' provocative fiction about spiritual reality and our eternal destiny, such as Till We Have Faces, The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce. We will also consider the theological and ethical perspective underpinning Tolkien's famous Hobbit and his lesser-known, but equally fascinating, short stories and essays. Sayers is best known for her detective fiction, but her cycle of plays, The Man Born to Be King, might be the only successful modern attempt to turn the life of Christ into a gripping drama that remains faithful to the biblical texts. As we read the play cycle, originally aired on the BBC and re-broadcast in May 2011, we will also meditate on Sayers' masterful non-fiction prose, in which she claims that Christianity is itself "The Greatest Drama Ever Staged."

This course may satisfy the requirement for upper-level elective credit.


LDS 3301 British Leaders Yesterday and Today

Dr. Laine Scales

Learners will explore British leaders in history in order to deepen appreciation for British culture while at the same time meeting community leaders within Oxford. Through reading, written assignments, and discussions, learners will attempt to discern differences and similarities between British leadership culture and American leadership culture. Stories of leaders (written and film), as well as some of their primary documents (speeches, letters, poems) will serve as texts. Field trips to sites within Britain as well as actual interviews with local leaders, will enhance these texts.

This course satisfies the requirement for upper-level elective credit, or for the Leadership Minor.


LF X1XX Walking for Fitness (British Version)

Dr. Laine Scales

This course will introduce the lifelong benefits of walking, including its physical, mental, and spiritual aspects. Students will learn to improve their walking skills and stamina, while exploring Britain and experiencing its natural beauty. The sociological and political aspects of developing a culture of walking will be included, as students observe walkers of all ages. Students will reflect upon the "walkability" of Britain and the factors that encourage walking for leisure, transportation, and exercise. Readings, tests, reflective assignments (blogs) and a final group project will round out the academic experiences.

This course satisfies one of the four hours of LF credits needed for most degree plans.


PHI 3305 British Philosophy and Culture

Dr. Stuart Rosenbaum

Iris Murdoch was an Oxford philosopher and a prominent novelist of the 20th century. We'll read her "on her home turf." Other figures will enable us to assess the significance of British philosophy and culture. The French existentialist, Albert Camus, will contrast significantly with Murdoch, as will the native Austrian, Ludwig Wittgenstein. Bertrand Russell is the best known British philosopher of the 20th century, and C S Lewis the best known religious thinker. These prominent British intellectuals come alive in their native settings in Oxford.

This course satisfies the requirement for upper-level elective credit. Or, by petition, for a social science elective.


SOC 1305 Introduction to Sociology (British version)

Dr. Laine Scales

Using British texts, this course provides a first impression of the field of sociology, which is the study of social life. Sociology attempts to answer questions such as: "How is society structured? What does society look like? What groups make up a society and what is their contribution to the social landscape?" as well as many others. Our particular section, taught in the Baylor in Oxford program, will engage both British and North American examples as well as a comparative view of the two. We will read about, observe, and discuss British norms and behaviors, as well as societal structures in Britain: families; schooling, work, and religion.

This course may satisfy requirements for a social science elective (9 hours required for most programs) or upper-level elective.


THEA 2374 Theatre History I

Dr. DeAnna Toten Beard

Theatre reveals the interpersonal and philosophical concerns of human beings in different periods and in various socio-political systems. This course approaches the subject of theatre from a historical and cultural perspective, relating theatrical activity and dramatic literature to a broader understanding of the society from which it comes. Namely, this class will examine theatre made in Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, Medieval Christian Europe, and Renaissance Europe. Special attention will be paid to the history of theatre in Britain during the Middle Ages, the Age of Elizabeth, the Civil War, and the Restoration. While in England, we will visit sites of theatre history such as Stratford-on-Avon and the reconstructed Globe Theatre. We will also visit the Bodleian Library at Oxford University to see texts of importance to theatre history.

Theatre History satisfies the Fine Arts requirement for all B.A. degree plans.


THEA 3333 Theatre in Cultural Context

Dr. DeAnna Toten Beard

Theatre in Cultural Context will explore the social, cultural, historic, and artistic issues surrounding British theatre. The work of the class consists of play attendance in Oxford, Stratford, and London followed by discussion and reflective writing. Special consideration will be given to concepts of theatre space, architecture, and audience-actor configuration. We will see commercial theatre in London's West End, the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-on-Avon, and local contemporary and classical theatre in Oxford.

This course satisfies the requirement for upper-level elective credit.


THEA 4373 Playwriting
(For non-Theatre Majors)

Dr. DeAnna Toten Beard

The experience of international travel presents a special opportunity for creative writing. This course provides students with the opportunity to explore original writing in dramatic form. Students will experiment with creating interesting character, dialogue, setting, conflict, and style through a series of short writing projects. Original scenes will be set in airports, on trains, in Westminster Abbey, outdoors in Wales, etc. Written work will be discussed in a "workshop" fashion within the class. Students will have the opportunity to revise and get feedback on new drafts. The course culminates with the Final Project of a staged reading of selected works for the entire Baylor in Oxford group. The class will also attend two professional play productions to gain insight on play structure and theatrical effect.

This course satisfies the requirement for upper-level elective credit.


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