Taking Courses in London

Temple Faculty-Led Course

Each Temple student will enroll in two courses with a Temple faculty member to help them contextualize their experiences in London in a broad, academic manner. The Temple faculty member will teach one special topics course that relates to their area of expertise while the second course would focus on representation in British mass media. Course descriptions are included below.

Goldsmiths Courses

All courses listed below are offered during the fall semester, and students must select their top 10 choices of the following courses offered at Goldsmiths University of London. All students must register for a minimum of 12 credits to be eligible for financial aid and be in compliance with U.K. laws.

Archaeology of the Moving Image: In order to be able to make sense of what is happening now in our culture of moving images, we need to understand its past. This course situates itself within the emerging field of inquiry called “media archaeology,” which searches through the archives in order to account for the forces that make up the contemporary world. The course will look at the deep history of audiovisual mediations through specific “turning points” so as to understand the recurrent forces, motives and forms of experience that have animated the movement of images for the past 400 years.

Culture, Society and the Individual: Investigate some of the key changes in society, from family, love and intimacy to education and welfare. Throughout the module students are encouraged to reflect on their own work experience in creative worlds.

Embodiment and Experience: Students will draw from an exciting interdisciplinary field of body studies, which crosses the arts, sciences and cultural theory. The theories and concepts we consider will allow us to consider all the ways in which media touch our lives in registers that exceed rational, conscious experience. As part of the module the student is invited to consider an aspect of their own embodied experience as a topic and resource in order to reflect on the theoretical issues at stake.

Film and the Audiovisual: This module serves as an introduction into the theorising and analysis of film and other audiovisual media. You’ll study an overview of the development of cinematic modes of expression and experience and their key conceptualisations. Topics will range from the realism of cinema to the powers of montage, from cinema's quality as bodily attraction to narrative film forms, as well as from the nature of film spectatorship to novel forms of engagement emerging today. Each lecture will be accompanied by a film screening.

Key Debates in Media Studies: Students will focus on important debates concerning media, power and mediated identity. Students will also examine the different traditions and disciplines that have contributed to media analysis in this area. Students will explore the roles played by ideology, politics and audiences in the making of meaning and requires students to use a critical perspective in the analysis of specific media texts and media events.

Music as Communication and Creative Practice: Why does music matter so much in our lives? This module will concentrate on answering this simple yet complex question through focusing on music and sound as forms of communication. Students are not expected to have technical knowledge or a background in music theory, but they must have an interest in analysing songs and finding their deeper meanings, that go beyond lyrics. An open-mind is a must as students will be listening to a wide variety of music from dubstep to disco to death metal. Students are encouraged to share their own musical examples too, either in class or on the module’s collaborative Spotify playlist.

Media, Modernity and Social Thought: The purpose of this course is to give students the opportunity to gain a basic knowledge of the thought of some of the most prominent social theorists (Marx, Weber, Durkheim and Simmel) and to explore how these works have influenced our understandings of the media, modernity and power. This course provides students with a theoretical map on which to locate some of the key issues confronted in media, communication and cultural studies. 

Media, Memory and Conflict: Media representations of both historic and recent conflicts, social movements and popular struggles play a significant part in the way these events are subsequently remembered and commemorated. Media portrayals are also significant in terms of psychological affect and emotional responses to violence upheaval and social change. Students will be equipped with the skills to understand the relationship between symbolic, mediated aspects of violence and conflict and the underlying social, political and economic processes which may be lost in the process of remembering. Studentsl gain the skills to analyse visual and textual representations of war and social conflict in a variety of media material including newspapers, feature and documentary film, archive newsreels and photographs and digital sources.

Media Law and Ethics: Knowledge and skills to avoid the transgression of defamation and contempt and other principal media laws in the UK, the USA and Australia; An appreciation and ability to critically apply principles of ethical conduct in all fields of the media; A critical understanding of the cultural, social and political context of media law making and professional regulation; A critical appreciation of alternative methods of media law and those factors contributing to self-regulation by media practitioners.

Mobile Journalism: This is a practice based module aimed at teaching students how to create journalistic video content using a mobile phone or similar device. Students will learn the practical and editorial skills involved in recording video with sound and editing content to produce multimedia journalism. Students will also learn how to identify stories with potential for mobile journalism and how to upload and configure their work for social media and online publication.

Organisations and Organisational Strategy: You will be introduced to key theories, insights and methods within Organisational Studies through this module. In particular, it will critically examine different organisational forms, processes and contexts. The module places an important emphasis on the meaning and content of organisational strategies. It will help you develop the tools you need to analyse an organisation’s positioning within the marketplace, and think/plan strategically in order to make it more competitive.You'll gain an understanding of strategic management and appreciate the interrelated dynamics of both strategic and organisational research and practice.

Race, Empire and Nation: Consider how histories of Western imperialism have shaped the landscapes of the present. Our task is to explore how contemporary racial and national formations (ideas about ‘Britishness’, ‘whiteness’, and so on) exist in a complex and intimate relationship to longer histories of empire. In addition to introducing key concepts from critical race and postcolonial studies, lectures will also draw on phenomenology to explore how race structures the present often by receding into the background, as well as theories of affect and emotion to explore how security regimes become racial regimes. Our concern is with how histories of empire ‘get under the skin,’ and set reading include works that reflect on the experience of being or becoming strangers, or ‘bodies out of place.’ Students attend to the intersection between race, gender and sexuality throughout.

Structure of Contemporary Political Communication: Examine the actors and communication processes involved in contemporary political communication, in its local, national and international contexts through this module. It combines theoretical insights and empirical information from the fields of media studies, journalism, sociology and political science. It mainly focuses on democracies, particularly in the US and UK, but literature and examples are also drawn from other types of political system and country.

Understanding Advertising: This module explores the changing world of advertising and examines its growing prominence in the media and in wider society. It begins by investigating the origins of advertising in consumer capitalism and by developing an understanding of the main theoretical approaches to: advertising as a persuasive industry; as a set of socio-economic practices; and as media texts and cultural objects. The module looks at the fundamental role that advertising plays in financing media and in shaping media and cultural production. We also examine the centrality of celebrity in the growth of advertising and promotional content and the way that celebrity-centred business models, which anchor aesthetic values to marketing concerns, are now widespread throughout media and society. The second half of the module examines new developments in advertising with the rise of the internet and the growth of digital media, including: new models of online advertising based on algorithms and big data; the growth of celebrity and micro-celebrity as a promotional tools, as a way of engaging consumers emotions in our age of ad blocking; the challenges of advertising regulation online; and the blurring of lines between creative content and promotional content, news/factual content and sponsored content, and the rise of native advertising. The module also examines the recent and ongoing convergence in the advertising and promotional industries, the growth of huge multinationals that now dominate and asks you to consider the consequences of the concentration of economic power in an increasingly monopolistic industry, and its growing control over content creation. This module asks you to critically examine the impact of the growth and power of advertising for our media, culture and society.

Summer Courses

All students must enroll in the following two courses for the faculty-led summer 2022 term.

Fall Break Course

Applicants must have all prerequisite PR courses complete in order to apply for this program and be enrolled in this course.

Faculty Program Leaders

Summer 2022: LiRon Anderson-Bell, Advertising and Public Relations

LiRon Anderson-Bell is a strategic communication and digital media veteran with 20+ years experience across entertainment, consumer products and the pharmaceutical industry. Her specialties are public relations, crisis communication, and digital and social media marketing.

Ms. Anderson-Bell's professional background includes roles at MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Comcast Cable, Okayplayer.com, Bristol-Myers Squibb, CDNOW.com, The ROZ Group, WURD Radio, Time Warner Cable, The Terrie Williams Agency, and Manning, Selvage & Lee.   

She has served on executive and/or advisory boards of the Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society, the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications, New Life Family Development Center and MiND/Independence Media. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and resides in Philadelphia with her husband and children.

Fall Break 2022: Steve Ryan, MS, APR

Steve Ryan’s more than 30-year career as an award-winning communicator began as a stringer at his local, South Carolina college town newspaper. While covering the aftermath of a tornado outbreak, the National Guard held him at gunpoint because he had too many cameras (and violated curfew). His short time in that newsroom was a formative experience and helped shape his career trajectory. He also credits that experience with helping him become a better PR and communications practitioner.

After graduation, he entered the toy industry. In his first role he established one of the most successful national consumer events in the industry, which is still going strong.

While fun, helping sell toys didn’t square with his professional values. “During a photo shoot, as I struggled to make the product look bigger than it was, I realized I wanted to use my powers for good,” he said. That quest ultimately led him to the commercial insurance industry.

His roles and responsibilities in that industry included advertising, analytics, branding, internal communications, PR, media relations, executive communications, social media, crisis communications, digital, email marketing, thought leadership, event management and more. Additionally, he supported communications and branding for two global M&As.

He also has experience in nonprofit work that includes conservation and youth services.

Here at Klein, Ryan teach courses that include Public Relations Portfolio, News Writing and Media Relations and Digital Analytics. He is particularly interested in communication technology, including artificial intelligence and natural language processing; ethics; web and digital communication; writing; and crisis comms.

He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and holds their Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) credential. Ryan also belongs to the Educators Special Interest Group of the International Association for the Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC). Previously, he served on the board of the Insurance Marketing & Communications Association (IMCA).

Outside of work, he loves to bike ride and play bass (adequately). Ryan is bilingual in French and English.