UB Semester in London
Famous for its museums, theatre, nightlife, architecture, and shopping, London is a magnet for the lover of culture. It is also a center for international business and politics, allowing residents and visitors to feel that they are closely connected to the rest of the world. This global connection is further strengthened by the fact that London boasts one of the most international populations worldwide. Its location and vast transportation network make it easy to explore all parts of the British Isles and travel to any European capital within hours by plane or ferry.
University at Buffalo (SUNY) is pleased to sponsor a study abroad program in conjunction with CAPA The Global Education Network in the heart of London, one of the most vibrant, cultural, and truly global cities in the world. The program provides an insider’s view of London by combining comparative coursework on cutting-edge social issues, the opportunity to pursue independent research, and a professional internship for academic credit. The internships are designed to integrate students into a local organization and provide students with an opportunity to enhance intercultural skills and career prospects while making an active contribution to the company or organization. In today’s complex world and competitive job market, the decision to study abroad may be one of the best decisions you ever make. No wonder most students who study abroad rate their experience as one of the most important of their undergraduate career!
SOC 467 Sociology and Social Policy (3 Credits, letter grade) REQUIRED
Using London as our classroom, we will critically evaluate how sociological and other social science research approaches can affect the development, revision, and application of social policies in different contexts. Studying in London will give us an opportunity to apply an “outsider” perspective to learn about UK social policy, combined with enough distance from home to understand our own social policies better. We will examine legislative and economic issues related citizens’ daily lives, through analysis of social policies such as, income support, affordable housing, environment and planning and sustainable urban development. Non-sociology/interdisciplinary students may be able to count this course towards meeting requirements for their major, subject to approval from their departments.
SOC 352: Sociology of Consumption and Sustainability (3 Credits, letter grade) REQUIRED
Social scientists often study the relationships between individual consumption (particularly in affluent societies) and sustainability—how the carrying capacity of the planet as it is shaped by human behavior. Sociologists are particularly concerned with how social behavior—tourism, energy use, transportation, dining, and “stuff” (material objects purchased for individual use)—reflect structured inequalities (for example, those associated with gender, race/ethnicity, and social class) and contribute to (un)sustainable patterns of resource expenditure—whether those resources are time, money, tolerable environments, livable cities, drinkable water, arable land, etc. This course uses sociological concepts and categories to better understand processes and experiences of social consumption that center around ideas of short and long-term sustainability.
SOC 499 Independent Study (3 Credits, letter grade) OPTIONAL
The intellectual content of the London experience can be tailored to meet students’ specific needs and interests by completing an independent study (subject to agreement on expectations with the instructor, for 1-3 hours of academic credit)). For sociology and IDP majors, independent studies could involve intensive review of theoretical and research literature on a focused topic ,or supervised research associated with internships. Non-sociology students may be able to arrange with professors in their own majors to do a “distance” independent study for credit in a non-sociology course, subject to approval from their departments. Individual students are responsible for making all independent study arrangements with an appropriate professor and having them approved by the Program Director by December 1. The purpose of the independent study is to make London experiences about YOU.
SOC 496 Internship Program (6 Credits, S/U grade) REQUIRED
Your internship placement in London provides a unique—and increasingly valuable to future employers—opportunity for international work experience. You will be able to observe and participate in a variety of work experiences related to your interests. This will help you become totally immersed in daily work/life experiences of your host country as you become a Londoner yourself! Non-sociology/interdisciplinary students may receive internship credits in their majors, subject to approval from their departments.
The internships are designed to integrate students into a local organization and provide students with an opportunity to enhance intercultural skills and career prospects while making an active contribution to the company or organization.
In the past, interns have been placed with such companies as British Water, Devonshire Hospital, FORWARD UK, The Enterprise Forum, the British Museum, Lambeth Council, the Liberal Democrats, the Conservative Party, the Labour Party, the Refugee Council, Transport for London, Domestic Violence Intervention Project, The Campaign Company, and The Baytree Centre.
Please read the UB Semester in London Spring 2018 Study Abroad Program Guide for more information and note that this will also be available to students accepted to the program through the online application system.
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on the term.
In addition to UB Study Abroad Scholarships, students with financial need should also consider applying to CAPA Scholarships and Grants.
Debra Street (Director of the 2018 UB Semester in London), Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at UB is the recipient of the 2011 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2016 Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education from the Council on International Studies and Programs, Professor Street teaches on north campus, in London, and in the UB-SIM Singapore program. Born right across the border in Fort Erie Ontario, and holding Canadian, U.S. and British citizenship, Street’s research and teaching expertise is international in scope. Professor Street designed and implemented the UB Semester in London program in 2009; Spring 2018 will mark its tenth year of operation. From 2011-2013, Street was Senior Research Fellow at the King’s College (London) Institute for Gerontology. Her three edited books and over 75 articles and reports cover topics ranging from social policy (including gender and work, pensions, health, and long term care) to research on the medical professions, to social capital and financial decision-making by older couples. Much of her research is cross national and comparative. Her extensive international teaching and research experience, along with her intimate familiarity with London, will be a valuable asset for students seeking to make the most of their 2018 UB Semester in London study abroad experience.
Students will reside in flats located in central London. Each flat will have two to four bedrooms, two or three students per room. Rooms are cleaned and linens are changed once a week. There is a shared kitchen available within the flat so students can cook their own meals and basic cooking
utensils are provided. The residences will be located no further than a 45-minute commute by public transportation to the CAPA center. Students will be notified of their residence address and location approximately two weeks prior to the start of the program.
PROGRAM EXCURSIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Orientation Tour: Get to know London! A fully guided, half-day sightseeing tour will give a great overview of this beautiful city.
Day Trip to Stonehenge and Bath: In Bath, discover the cultural and architectural history of a city whose influences span the centuries. Its landmarks include the medieval Abbey, the unique double bridge over the Avon River, and the Roman Baths (entrance included). You’ll also visit the mysterious monoliths at Stonehenge (entrance included). Your excursion includes coach transportation, a local guide, and a tour escort.
Theatre Evening: Experience London’s famous West End with a group outing to a major theatrical performance (show to be determined prior to arrival).
Independent Travel: Make the most of your weekends and explore the English countryside or travel to Europe’s great cities. CAPA’s local staff will assist you in choosing destinations and transportation. Student favorites include Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin and the French Riviera.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Visit the CAPA website.
In addition, you are also welcome to contact the Faculty Program Director:
Dr. Debra Street