Study Abroad


Gender, Race, Class, and Mass Media in London

Bookmark and Share

This course is no longer accepting applications for the Winter 2015-16 term.

UMAIE Course Number: T4674
SAU Course Equivalency: COMM 233, Topics in Communication or WMST 310, Topics in Women's Studies (four credits)
Instructor: Mark Neuzil & Tom Connery of St. Thomas University
Dates: December 31, 2015 - January 26. 2016
Location: London, England
Price: $6,440 (subject to change)

Program description

This course explores the crucial roles that journalism, advertising, and entertainment media play in creating, reinforcing and disseminating cultural values about gender, race and ethnicity, and class. We consider such questions as how media depictions may symbolically annihilate, stereotype and trivialize women and people of color, and how the decision-making status of women and people of color in media organizations may be connected to those depictions.

We also explore these issues in relation to class, which is often connected to race and ethnicity. We question the ability of media organizations to recognize and reflect the changing nature of the populations they have a social responsibility to serve. We also consider how international conglomerates use media messages to perpetuate a kind of one-size-fits-all global culture of commodification and materialism that may influence local cultural standards about identity.

What is included

  • Study abroad fee, in lieu of tuition
  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis 
  • Hotel Accommodation in double and triple rooms
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Two lunches and five dinners (subject to change)
  • Travel assistance
  • International health insurance

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Meals not included in the program price - estimated cost is $945.
  • Personal baggage fees and spending money

How to apply

Application Deadline: October 1, 2015
Step 1: Complete the online application. 
Step 2: Fill out a Liability Form. Upload the form into your online application or submit it to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
Step 3: Choose an airport and fill out a Deviation Form (pdf). 
Step 4: Submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL.
Step 5: If your application is approved, follow the next steps for accepted students.

Payment deadlines and instructions

  • October 1, 2015: $500 deposit due
    Turn in your deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). 
    Deposit checks should be made payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL. 
  • November 1, 2015: remaining balance due.
    Turn in your final payment to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
    Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University or pay online with credit card.
    Credit card users - Indicate that the payment is for the SPRING 2016 term.

Payment details

  • Read the UMAIE Rules and Procedures regarding additional payment policies.
  • The $500 deposit is refundable ONLY if you are not accepted or if the program is canceled.
  • If you are accepted, all payments are non-refundable after each payment deadline.
  • All payments are deducted from the total program cost.
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • Credit card users will incur additional service fees.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.