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Media Ethics in London (WMU Faculty led short term program)
London, United Kingdom
Program Terms:  
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer II
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Graduate
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 Program Specialist:
Anastassia Kaml
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Arts & Sciences, Communication, Film, Video, Media Studies, Public Relations
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Program Overview

This program will not be offered for summer 2016.  Please check with the WMU Study Abroad and Program online brochure for summer 2017 program availability in September 2016.

Special program information sessions:
The faculty Director, Dr. Borden, conducts info sessions where she delivers detail about the trip and the itinerary. She will also answer questions.  It has proven helpful  in the past for students interested in the trip.                     
Come to meet the program faculty director, Dr. Borden and Study Abroad specialist, Anastassia Kaml and learn more about the program:
Information sessions.

Program faculty director:
Dr. Sandra L. Borden
(269) 387-0362

Summer II 2015 program dates: 07/09/2015-07/24/2015
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 makes clear how they are relevant to students’ consumption and production of media

For 2015, the mandatory pre-departure classes will be 4-6 p.m. July 2-3, 6-7.
Bath and London classes-2 weeks (July 10-July 24) departing on July 9th.
There is also a mandatory post-return class from 4-6 p.m. August 10.

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).

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Cost & Financial Aid

Summer II 2015 undergraduate level program fee: $4,925
Summer II 2015 graduate level program fee: $5,344

Program fee includes: undergraduate tuition (3 credit hours), administrative fees, instructional costs, international health and emergency insurance, some breakfasts (4), 2 dinners and 1 lunch , program related cultural excursions and program accommodations.
The program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for  summer II semester.
The program fee does not include: passport, airfare, some meals, local travel and miscellaneous expenses. $125 housing damage deposit may be required.
Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences.
This budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.
Please see program fees and financial aid budget estimations under "Budget sheets", summer I" link at the top of the page.

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.
Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing to be divided into qualified fees (tuition) and non-qualified fees (non-tuition costs).   The total program fee equals the study abroad commitment fee plus qualified fees and non-qualified fees added together.
   Study abroad commitment fee
+ Qualified fees (tuition)
+ Non-qualified fees (other costs)
= Total program fee

Commitment fee:  The study abroad commitment fee is billed in advance, after the student submits the commitment form.  The remainder of the program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for summer II semester.

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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Summer II 2015 SHORT Itinerary:
Students depart U.S.: Thursday, July 9, 2015
Arrive London: Friday, July 10, 2015
Arrive Bath: Thursday, July 16, 2015
Arrive London: Monday, July 20, 2015
Depart London: Friday, July 24, 2015

Media visits
The Guardian, BBC Studios, Isobar global ad agency, Independent Press, Standards Organisation, Advertising Standards, Authority.
Media experts
Press victims advocate, Joan Smith, Journalists’ union, Ethics chair Chris Frost, Digital journalism, ethics expert Jane Singer, Film expert Sarah Street
London culture
Double-decker bus tour, West End play, British Museum, British Library, Kensington Palace, Changing of the Guard, Fleet Street.
Bath side trip
Harry Potter film locations, Stonehenge, Roman Baths
Western Michigan University Media Ethics Bath and London July 2015

Friday July 10
AM Student group to arrive in London Heathrow
AM Student group to take private bus transfer to London Student Residence
PM Orientation session in Atlantic House Classroom
PM Casual welcome dinner at London Student Residence

Saturday July 11
AM Sightseeing Tour of London, including Changing of the Guard walking tour
PM Ghosts of Fleet Street walking tour

Sunday July 12
Free Day

Monday July 13
AM Class in Kensington – Dr. Borden (photo journals, media law & regs)
PM Seminar at the Guardian Education Centre
PM Visit to the British Library

Tuesday July 14
AM Class in Kensington--Dr. Borden (media journals, BBC, case adjudication assignment)
PM Guided tour of BBC Broadcasting House Studios
PM Workshop at IPSO

Wednesday July 15
AM Class in Kensington—photo journals, Joan Smith
AM Class in Kensington—Chris Frost
PM Visit to Advertising Standards Authority

Thursday July 16
AM Class in Kensington—media journals, Jane Singer
PM Group to depart London by train and head to Bath
AM Arrive in Bath and check in to YMCA accommodation
PM Group dinner at Rajpoot Tandoori restaurant

Friday July 17
AM Class in Bath Meeting Room—photo journals, Sarah Street
PM Guided walking tour of Bath’s historic center
PM Roman Baths with audio tour

Saturday July 18
All day Mad Max Daytrip to Stonehenge, Castle Comb and Lacock Abbey.

Sunday July 19
Free day in Bath

Monday July 20
AM Class in Bath Meeting Room—Dr. Borden (media journals, media and celebrities)
PM Depart Bath by train and return to London for remainder of program
PM West End Theater performance

Tuesday July 21
AM Class in Kensington (reflection paper instructions and help with case adjudication assignment)
PM Visit to Isobar Ad Agency
PM Scavenger Hunt at the British Museum

Wednesday July 22
AM Visit to Kensington Palace
PM Free afternoon in London

Thursday July 23
AM Final class in Kensington—Student press conferences (2.5 hours)
PM Group farewell lunch
PM Free afternoon in London

Friday July 24
AM Check out of accommodation & transfer to airport
AM Depart UK

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Program Video

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
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.