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Magical Britain

  • May 13 - Jun 3, 2018
  • English 485
  • Dr. Marja Mogk
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Magical Britain exlpores the rich cultures of England, Scotland, and Wales from the age of Stonehenge to the age of chivalry.  We will travel across the island of Britain with the legends of King Arthur and the Round Table, visitng Medieval castles and cathedrals, ancient monuments and modern museums.  We will learn about the Celts and their mythology, the Roman occupation of Britain, the invastions of the Saxons and Normans, and how they all changed British culture and shaped what we know of King Arthur, his knights, and the Arthurian world.

Throughout the semester and during travel England, Scotland, and Wales, students well learn:

  • The legends of King Arthur in Medieval and popular literature and culture
  • The history and culture of Britain under the Celts, Romans, Saxons, and Normans
  • How these different eras of British history provide key contexts for the evolution of the Arthurian legends

This course will satisfy the Core 21 upper division literature requirement and is 4 units total - 3 units assigned to spring 2018 semester and 1 unit assinged to the fall 2018 semester.  The course will be taught during the spring 2018 semester with classes continuing abroad during the first three weeks after the semester ends.

Graduating seniors are welcome to participate and will have all four units of the course assigned to the spring 2018 semester.

Pre-requisite: English 111

The application for Magical Britain is now closed.




Itinerary is subject to change

Day 1         Depart LAX

Day 2         Arrive Edinburgh

Group Dinner

Day 3         Edinburgh, Scotland

Walking Introduction to Edinburgh via Calton Hill
Optional visit to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery with Dr. Mogk

Day 4            Edinburgh, Scotland  

Edinburgh Castle
Hiking to the top of Arthur’s Seat and Journaling

Day 5            Stirling, Scotland 

Stirling Castle & The Wallace Monument

Day 6            Edinburgh, Scotland  

Free Day

Day 7            Alnwick, England 

Alnwick Castle & Gardens

Day 8            Hadrian’s Wall, England 

Hiking Hadrian’s Wall
The Roman Army Museum & 
Vindolanda Roman Army Fort Archaeology Site

Day 9            Travel to Caernarfon via Conwy 

Conwy Castle

Day 10           Caernarfon, Wales

Caernarfon Castle
Hiking Merlin’s Mountain from Beddgelert in Snowdonia National Park

Day 11         Caernarfon, Wales

Free Day

Day 12         Travel toBath via Hay-on-Wye

Day 13        Bath, England

The Roman Baths

Day 14         Glastonbury, England

Glastonbury Abbey & Glastonbury Tor

Day 15          Avebury, England

Avebury Stone Circle & Alexander Keillor Museum
Group Dinner

Day 16         Winchester & Stonehenge, England

Winchester Great Hall, City Museum & Cathedral

Day 17         London via Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle & St. George’s Chapel 
Group Dinner

Day 18         London, England

Westminster Abbey

Day 19         London, England

Free Day                        

Day 20         London, England

The British Museum
Globe Theatre Performance

Day 21         London, England

Tower of London

Day 22         Depart UK for LAX

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

To learn more about the Magical Britain Travel Seminar, you can attend an information session and hear about the course from the faculty leader.  We will be discussing the course in more detail, in-country itinerary, as well as approximate cost.  

Dates are as follows:

Wednesday, Sep 27
Swenson 101

Tuesday, Oct 10
Swenson 101