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* Shakespeare in Oxford, England (Honors Program)
Oxford, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 12/01/2017 12/15/2017 05/22/2018 06/26/2018
Priority Deadline: December 1 - Final Deadline: February 15 (pending spots available)
Fact Sheet:
Grade Point Average:
3.2
Language(s) of Instruction:
English
Program Coordinator:
Emily Garner Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
Areas of Study:
Interdisciplinary, Liberal Arts
Program Description:

Shakespeare in Oxford

England

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During this four-week summer program, students enrolled in the University Honors Program will commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death through an experiential study of his works in the CSU course, “Shakespeare in Oxford.”  Additionally, students will be matched with Oxford professors for one-on-one tutorials in their field of interest. Students will be affiliated with New College, Oxford University, and enjoy multiple day-long field trips to areas of interest.

Check out the Summer 2017 blog: shakespeareinoxford.wordpress.com

Program At-a-Glance

WHEN: May 22 to June 26, 2018 (depart the U.S. May 21 to arrive in London on May 22)

CREDITS: All committed students will be registered for 3 credits (HONR 392, HONR 492, E 392 or E393): Shakespeare in Oxford (3 credits) through CSU's Division of Continuing Education. Students will also take a tutorial (3 credits) with Oxford-affiliated faculty members as transfer credit. Students will receive 6 credits total. All tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the summer term.

COST: See Budget Sheet (also linked above) for details.  The program fee includes tuition, lodging, international medical and evacuation insurance, many excursions, on-site transportation, and faculty support.  Program fees do not include international airfare, meals, passport, books, and personal spending money.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applicants for this program are eligible for scholarships through the Office of International Program and the Honors Enrichment Award (February 20 deadline). 

PROGRAM LEADER: Dr. Aparna Gollapudi, Associate Professor of English at Colorado State University and affiliate of the University Honors Program.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Applicant must be either be a student in the University Honors Program or English majors/minors with a minimum 3.2 GPA.  Instructor Approval. Good disciplinary standing.


Academic Overview

This CSU faculty led summer program is sponsored by the University Honors Program.  A CSU professor, Dr. Aparna Gollapudi, will accompany the students to Oxford University where she will teach HONR 392/492 or E 392/393, “Shakespeare in Oxford” (3 credits).  Students will have the opportunity to study at Oxford University, the oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of the world’s most prestigious and rigorous centers of higher education. Students will also enroll in a 3 credit one-on-one tutorial in their area of interest taught by Oxford-affiliated faculty.

E 392/393 or HONR 392/492 Course Description
Students will study four or five of Shakespeare’s plays and have an opportunity to engage with them well beyond the page. Students will take field trips to see performances at the Globe Theatre in London, by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon, and by actors at Oxford University. Students will likely visit places familiar to Shakespeare (such as Windsor and the South Bank of London) and think about the ways in which the location factors into his plays. In Oxford, students will have access to examples of Tudor architecture (including the spectacular Duke Humphrey’s Library at The Bodleian, known by most as the library of Hogwarts), art (at the Ashmolean Museum), and religion (Oxford was the site of the prosecution and execution of Protestant martyrs). By walking in the footsteps of the past, students will investigate why and how Shakespeare still matters so much to “our” culture.

In addition to the experiential component of the course, students will study the plays and contexts as literary and historical scholars do. The course will emphasize the plays’ status as drama, paying attention to issues of scripts, theater, and performance.  And while students will focus on Shakespeare’s use of dramatic conventions and modes (e.g. “comedy,” “tragedy”), they will also place these texts in their social and historical context, giving them a more complete understanding of the circumstances in which they were written and the pasts to which they speak.  For example, students will discuss the history of the London theater, the status of the author/playwright in late sixteenth and early seventeenth century England, and issues of class, politics, gender, and sexuality.  Studying Shakespeare in England is a unique and enriching experience; studying Shakespeare there in 2016 will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! 

Oxford Tutorial Course Description:
All students will enroll in 3 credits for their major or topic of choice. Oxford University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world and offers students the opportunity to study one-on-one with an Oxford professor. Students can tailor their course proposal to match CSU courses as they will write their own course description and create their own reading list. Students should choose courses in topics they are familiar with or have taken relative coursework for the tutorial. Examples of CSU credits received include: BZ 400+ Genetic History of Europeans, Biomedical Science 300+ Neuroanatoomy, English 300+ Composition and Rhetoric, and more. Students will receive an Oxford University Official Transcript.

Course Objectives
Students will:

  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of Shakespeare’s language, be comfortable reading the language aloud, and show a facility with navigating the complexities of the plays’ plot structures.
  • Become familiar with the background and conventions of the dramatic genres in which Shakespeare wrote.
  • Gain a greater understanding of the historical context of the early modern theater.
  • Become familiar with the social and cultural milieu of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries in England.
  • Be able to make and support arguable claims about the texts, both in class discussion and in writing.
  • Continue to demonstrate close reading skills by attending to formal textual elements and figurative language, both in class discussion and papers.
  • Improve skills as literary critics and researchers by finding and incorporating secondary sources in writing assignments, thus participating in an already-existing critical conversation.
  • Gain a better understanding of plays in performance and the process of the play from page to stage.

Location

This program will take place in Oxford, England, about an hour and a half outside of London. Possible field trips during this summer session include range from Windsor Castle, the reconstructed Globe Theater, Museum of London, and various sites around Oxford. Students will have the chance to see Stratford-Upon-Avon to see Shakespeare’s birth and burial place, his likely grammar school (open to the public for the first time in 2016!) and a play by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
 


Housing and Meals

Students will be affiliated with New College, Oxford University as associate members and will live in residence halls. The fee does not include food and flights. As New College associate members, students can use the pay-as-you-eat meal plan in the New College dining hall - about £10 per day - or they can cook at home in the program's student apartments, all of which include fully furnished kitchens. Students do not need to pay for meals in New College in advance.
 

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