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London, Dublin, England, Ireland

Program Description

This course, entitled the Culture of Leisure in London and Dublin, explores historical and contemporary leisure and recreation phenomena within the context of these two cities. The international evolution of leisure is examined, as well as contemporary perspectives of leisure within and across cultural and ethnic segments of London and Dublin. Diverse perspectives on the meaning of leisure and the role it plays within cultures and ethnic groups will be considered, as well as the potential implications of assimilation into dominant cultural norms. Specific issues to be addressed include the examination of leisure roles within the family, religion, government, economics, individual identity, social belonging, social rebellion, and as a mechanism for delivering benefits to society.

This program will offer an amazing opportunity for students to explore two European capitals that are thriving hubs for leisure and recreation. From visits to local leisure and recreation organization to insightful lectures, panel and group discussions, as well as reflections, students will get a good look at the differences and similarities between the American, British, and Irish leisure and recreation practices. Students will immerse themselves in the unique leisure activities, cultures, and experiences of these places by taking time to explore common sites and attractions.

Location Description

This program will be traveling through London, UK and Dublin, Ireland.


Emeka Anaza | anazaea@jmu.edu | Hart School

Augustus W. Hallmon | hallmoax@jmu.edu | Hart School


Twin or Triple/Quad rooming in vetted hotels with private bathrooms. Each student will have their own beds.
Locations will be near local shops and restaurants, with easy access to the Tube station.

Daily breakfast is included with lunch at an outdoor market.
Two dinners: 3-course meal with food that is authentic to both London and Dublin, which includes one beer, wine, or non-alcoholic drink.

Additional Items to Consider

Round-trip international airfare on major airlines
Transportation in-country: 7 day Tube card for each student and private motor coach as needed
Expertly trained tour director 24/7 from arrival to departure
Guided sightseeing with an additional local guide for multiple visits
An evening theater performance and celebrate London's vibrant drama scene

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Open to all majors and academic levels

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Academic references

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 


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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


SRM 490: Special Topic - The Culture of Leisure in London and Dublin (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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