Join this course to examine the connections among popular culture, politics, and youth activism in 20th and 21st century Britain.Popular culture directed toward youth—such as social media and the popular Harry Potter series of books and films—is often cast aside as trivial escapism. However, this course centrally claims that, rather than being an escape from “real life,” popular culture actually provides a mechanism for contemplating and deploying different approaches to politics—and that politics is itself deeply affected by popular culture.
The immersive nature of our course—which primarily takes place in London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland—will enable students to experience the connection between place and politics and to examine techniques of visual storytelling. While traveling through and between these two cities, you will learn about the ways that mediums like film, television, music, and cartooning have been utilized to craft progressive political messages. We will converse with academic experts and youth activists about the effect of gender, race, and nationality on 20th and 21st century British politics, with a particular focus on the contemporary crisis brought on by Brexit.
We will analyze the Harry Potter series of books and films as a specific case study that illustrates the possibilities of using pop culture toward progressive ends, examining the ways that it engages with contemporary and historical patterns in British history, such as nativist sentiment, sexist politics, and labor rights. Our visits to both real-world sites used in the film and to the Warner Brothers studio will demonstrate the ways that filmmakers use place to ground fantastical stories and to embed politicized messages. In addition to more traditional methods like taking field notes, we will also utilize social media throughout our trip in order to put into practice one of the central claims of this course—that social media can be an effective and essential mechanism of distributing peer-reviewed information in an accessible manner.
Program Dates: December 28- January 7th Credits: 4 Augsburg Credits Faculty and Staff: Adriane Brown Apply by: September 30, 2017
Academic Calendar: Winter Break 2018 Language of Instruction: English Local Currency: The EURO Population of London: 8.6 million
WST 220: Topics: From Harry Potter to #Brexit: Youth, Media, and Social Change in the UK:
Meets LAF-Humanities requirement
Elective for GSWS major and minor
Youth Studies minor
In London, we will:
Take the Warner Brothers Studio Tour of Harry Potter film sets
Visit the Cartoon Museum
Enjoy New Year’s Eve festivities
Meet with youth activists
See art at the Cartoon Museum and throughout the streets of London
In Edinburgh, we will:
Take a walking tour to examine Edinburgh’s cultural connections to the Potterverse
Meet with members of the Youth Parliament
Explore the Royal Mile
Housing & Meals
We are staying in hotels in both cities. Rooms are dual-occupancy. Hotels are easy walking distance to transit stations. Breakfast provided at hotel; lunch and dinner provided through cash stipend, which students can use how/where they wish for other meals.
This program is open to all majors. Students participating in this program must have a GPA of 2.0 and have completed at least one year of college/university.
Program Cost--Augsburg Undergraduate Day Students
Program Fee: $4100 Tuition: $0 Total Cost: $4100
The Program Fee includes all meals, except during international transit; lodging, in-country travel and transportation and entrance fees. The tuition has already been included within the spring semester tuition fees.
Program Cost--Augsburg Adult Students
Program Fee: $4100 Tuition (4 credits): $1680
Global Scholarship: - $1176 Total Cost: $4604
The Program Fee includes all meals, except during international transit; lodging, in-country travel and transportation and entrance fees. The tuition has been reduced because of the Global Scholarship awarded to you by the Center for Global Education and Experience.
Dates / Deadlines:
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.