England: London Places and UK Spaces
Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies
Instructor: Tom Greene
Dates: July 27 - August 16
Cost: $4,800 + airfare*
Listing: PSYCH 220
Units: 1 SLU Unit/3.6 Credits
Course Description: This course will examine the application of the general psychological processes that underlie environmental cognition, perception and livability to the unique context of London. Within the broad framework of environmental psychology, we will encounter data and theories about spatial reasoning, behavioral geography and perception, and then apply our knowledge to molar experiences such as place attachment, landscape aesthetics, and the design of the built environments of London and environs. London is a cosmopolitan city of tremendous variety. It is notable in its integration of natural spaces and neighborhoods and the partial integration of various cultural enclaves into a place that at least appears cohesive. Its architectural and cultural richness reflect many layers of history (quite literally in some locations where Modern, Roman, and Neolithic artifacts rest beside each other) and successive periods of both conquest and peaceful immigration. Although the focus will be London, field trips will provide additional opportunities to think about the spirit of place (Neolithic sites near Swindon), and the sustainability of human habitats (the Eden Project in south west England). Finally, we will attempt to apply newly acquired skills of observation to an entirely new location, the historic town of Canterbury.
*This is an estimated cost for the program, and is subject to change.