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Media Ethics and Culture in London (WMU Faculty led short term program)
London, United Kingdom
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This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Graduate
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Anastassia Kaml
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Arts & Sciences
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Program Overview

Upcoming program information session: 02/18/14 at 4pm, Brown Hall- second floor, Clifford Center.

Come to meet the program faculty director, Dr. Borden and Study Abroad specialist, Anastassia Kaml and learn more about the program!

Program is administered with the support of WMU approved provider, AIFS.
This program is an intensive, comparative introduction to media ethics and media literacy in London. As an international media capital, London is the perfect “text” for exploring media discourses in another historical, political and cultural context. Students will compare ethical expectations regarding freedom of expression, professionalism, and public service in the media. Specific topics may include:
  • The dynamic nature of identity across borders, across media, and across time. Focus on class, ethnicity and Europeanization in media representations of “Britishness.”
  • Normative press theories and the relation of the U.K. press to the state
  • Legal frameworks for media regulation in the U.K.
  • Models of professionalism and their relation to unionization in the U.K. media
  • Global media discourses (e.g., immigration, austerity, celebrity, terrorism, consumerism, sports)
  • Global media events (e.g., royal weddings, Olympics, FIFA World Cup)

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London is a vibrant, bustling, multi-cultural city, offering more than 2000 years of observable history, heritage and culture. The city boasts 300 museums and art galleries. This location offers visitors an opportunity to visit classic landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Royal Albert Hall, Westminster Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey. With over 30,000 shops and stores to choose from, London securely maintains its reputation in the fashion world, from designer labels in Bond Street to bustling street markets in Camden, Notting Hill or Brick Lane. From London, tourists can easily visit the rest of the British Isles and Ireland, as well as hundreds of popular European destinations.

Bath is a city in the ceremonial county of Somerset in South West England. It is situated 97 miles (156 km) west of London and 13 miles (21 km) south-east of Bristol. The city was first established as a spa with the Latin name, Aquae Sulis ("the waters of Sulis") by the Romans sometime in the AD 60s about 20 years after they had arrived in Britain (AD43), although oral tradition suggests that Bath was known before then. The City of Bath was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1987. The city has a variety of theatres, museums, and other cultural and sporting venues, which have helped to make it a major centre for tourism, with over one million staying visitors and 3.8 million day visitors to the city each year. The city has two universities and several schools and colleges. There is a large service sector, and growing information and communication technologies and creative industries, providing employment for the population of Bath and the surrounding area. (Adapted from

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Academic Eligibility
Undergarduate students in Good Academic standing; Junior or Senior Status; Graduate students in Good Academic Standing; Preference given to declared communication majors/minors and M.A. students.

Academic Program
Learning objectives
1. Demonstrate increased cultural self-awareness as a result of engaging with and reflecting about host culture
2. Demonstrate awareness and understanding of differences and commonalities between media ethics and media culture in the U.S. and U.K.
3. Articulate intercultural gains in a way that accurately describes them and examples from British news, film, reality television, and literature.

Academic Credit
3 WMU credit hours will be awarded for COM 5060 successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major).
Bath and London classes-2 weeks (July8-July 22)
Pre-departure classes-June 26, 27 and July 1-2, 2014

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Cost & Financial Aid

Program fee includes WMU tuition, orientation, administrative fees, WMU international health insurance, some breakfasts (4), 3 dinners (counting afternoon tea in Bath), program related accommodations. Students are responsible for the following expenses: passport, airfare, some meals, local travel, miscellaneous and personal spending money.
$125 housing damage deposit may be required.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship. Apply online for this scholarship. Students may also be eligible for the College of Arts and Sciences' Dean's International Study Scholarship.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad. After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs. It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time). *Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Note: Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

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Housing at the YMCA in Bath. Students will be accommodated in twin, triple or quadruple rooms with shared bathrooms. A light breakfast and bed linen will be provided and a towel hire facility is available. WiFi available.

In London, students will be housed in University of Richmond dormitory accommodations in Kensington or nearby (an affluent residential neighborhood with excellent transportation connections) in twin or triple rooms. Students will have access to shared bathrooms, basic kitchen facilities and WiFi. Students will also be able to use the laundry facilities, library and computer labs (with printing privileges) at Richmond’s Atlantic House, where our classroom will be located (a 15-minute walk from the students’ housing).

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014
AM Students arrive into London Heathrow & transfer to Bath
PM Check in to accommodation at YMCA
PM Orientation session in YMCA meeting room
PM Welcome Dinner at Rajpoot

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
AM Guest lecture in YMCA meeting room
AM Guided Walking tour of Bath
PM Afternoon Tea in the Pump Room Restaurant
PM Visit Roman Baths

Thursday, July 10, 2014
ALL DAY Mad Max Stonehenge day trip

Friday, July 11, 2014
AM Guest lecture in YMCA meeting room
PM Depart Bath and take train to London
PM Check in to accommodation

Saturday, July 12, 2014
48 hr Sightseeing bus pass begins
AM Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace
AM Picnic lunch in Green Park (arranged by students/faculty)
PM Visit Museum of London
PM Ghosts of Fleet Street walking tour

Sunday, July 13, 2014
Free Day – Students will still have their sightseeing tour ticket from yesterday to use.

Monday, July 14, 2014
AM Class in Kensington
PM Seminar at the Guardian Education Centre
PM Visit to the British Library

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
AM Class in Kensington
PM Guided tour of BBC Broadcasting House Studios
PM Workshop at Press Complaints Commission

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
AM Guest lecture in Kensington.
PM Visit the Cabinet War Rooms
PM Performance at The Globe

Thursday, July 17, 2014
AM Guest Lecture
PM Visit to Isobar Ad Agency for talk.
PM Scavenger Hunt at the British Museum

Friday, July 18, 2014
AM Class in Kensington
PM Visit to Kensington Palace
PM Visit Harrods

Saturday, July 19, 2014
AM Class in Kensington
PM Chelsea FC Tour

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Free day

Monday, July 21, 2014
AM Class in Kensington
PM Farewell dinner at Sofra, Mayfair

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
AM Check out of accommodation & transfer to airport
AM Depart UK

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Additional Resources

Program Faculty Director
Dr. Sandra L. Borden
School of Communication
325 Sprau Tower
(269) 387-0362

WMU Study Abroad
Anastassia Kaml
Study Abroad Coordinator
Haenicke Institute for Global Ed
B 2425 Ellsworth Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone: (269) 387-5890
Fax:     (269) 387-0630

Demographic Information (external links)
CultureGram - U.K.
Country Specific Information - U.K.
Lonely Planet - England

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This program is currently not accepting applications.