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International Programs

Summer 2015 Wroxton Courses

Four courses are being offered this summer, two by Merrimack faculty and two by Fairleigh Dickinson University faculty. Students choose two (1 course from Merrimack and 1 course from FDU) and earn up to 7 credits.

MGT4415: Electronic Commerce: Comparative e-Business and Social Media in the US and England, Professor Patricia Sendall, Merrimack College, 4 credits

Satisfies Merrimack College’s Liberal Core requirements X (Experiential), and Management and Marketing electives.

This course emphasizes the three major driving forces behind e‑commerce—technology change, business development, and social issues. It is designed to familiarize students with current and emerging electronic commerce technologies.  It will provide students with an overview of the following topics that pertain to the business of electronic commerce: Organizational applications—metrics, branding, customer interfaces, supply chain, auctions; social, mobile and local marketing;  e-Commerce business models—B2B, B2C, G2G, m-commerce, etc.; Policy Issues—ethical, social and political issues; privacy, intellectual property rights, tax implications, international EC laws and policies; Technology infrastructure—overview of electronic payment systems, authentication, security, privacy issues Internet, Web, and Mobile platforms.  Emphasis will be placed on shared learning through student exchanges of contemporary e‑commerce issues. Students will create a basic web presence for a local enterprise using Wix.[1]

PHL3650: Aesthetics: Identity, Mortality, and Self-Knowledge in the British Literary Imagination, Professor William Wians, Merrimack College, 4 credits

Satisfies Merrimack’s Liberal Core requirements E (Ethics) and X (Experiential)

 This course focuses on four philosophically rich works of English literature—Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Tempest, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. The four are not just “great” literary works.Each text explores the central philosophical problem of the search for self-knowledge,raising questions of personal identity and the nature of subjective experience, the development of moral and ethical character, and the role of chance and human finitude in the world we inhabit—and each does so in ways that allow the reader to consider the narrative dimension in the formation of personal identity. Students’ reading will be enhanced through excursions to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and the Globe Theatre in London and tours of Jane Austen’s Bath and Dickens’ London—including houses in which each author lived. 

INTER 3430: Anatomy of Contemporary Britain, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 3 credits

Satisfies a Social Science Requirement in the LS Core

A special 3 credit inter-disciplinary program intended as a helpful companion to finding oneself not only in a foreign country but also in a foreign culture. It has been specially designed to introduce the student to the environment and life-style of Britain today, and to set these in their necessary context. Common use of ‘English’ language in both the United States and Britain often conceals essential differences that exist in culture and in attitudes. These differences will be identified and explored through the study of a variety of topics both in the classroom setting and outside. Students will be encouraged to focus their own observations in order to deepen and broaden their understanding of Britain, its inhabitants and its culture, and to do so in a way that will enable them to reflect more fully upon their own country, culture and ‘way of life’. Just because things may be - indeed are - different, does not make them, by virtue of that fact alone, either ‘better’ or ‘worse’ than what individuals are used to and find comfortable within their own home environment. ‘Different’ should not be a value judgment. There are reasons why differences occur, reasons why things are the way they are. It is the task of the student to pinpoint these reasons, to ascertain why. In doing this, one will be able to come to an awareness - and greater understanding - of Contemporary Britain. 

HIST 3422: Britain in the Modern Era, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 3 credits

Satisfies a Historical Requirement in the LS Core

A history of Britain with a focus on the political, social, economic and cultural developments that have “made” contemporary Britain. Course outline include topics such as: Britain after Napoleon; The Era of Lord Liverpool; The Whig Reforms and Parliamentary Reform; Chartism; The Birth of the Modern Party System and the Ministries of Sir Robert Peel; William E. Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli - the Great Rivals; The Origins of industrial Decline; The Rise of Labour; The Liberals and the Lords; Votes for Women, Britain between the Wars and The Post-War Attlee Government and the Birth of the Welfare State.