Jimmie D. Agnew, Ph.D.

GST 356 Traveling through time along the Thames

Millennia ago, glaciers moved the River Thames southward towards its present course.  In 43CE (AD), Romans invaded Britain and formed a settlement on the Thames called Londinium (present-day London).  This easy access to the sea has impacted Londoners and people throughout the world.  London’s docks made significant contributions to the war effort during both World Wars and were a major target during the Second World War Blitz. This seminar will investigate questions such as the following:  Are the docklands still vital to London?  What role has the Thames played in the incidence of deadly illnesses?  What problems does living alongside the Thames create?  What solutions to those problems have been accomplished or considered?  What are the consequences of the proposed solutions?  Explore these questions and more through guided visits to museums, readings, writings, investigations, and regular walks alongside the Thames as it flows through London.

This study abroad course was taught during the spring semester of 2009 in London.  For more information about Elon University's study abroad program, please visit the Isabella Cannon Centre for International Studies.

Link to GST 356 Syllabus--Traveling through time along the Thames

Elon students Tower Bridge

Elon Students near Tower Bridge

Stonehenge in snow, Feb 2009

Stonehenge in the snow, February 2009