William lived and studied in Great Britain in the spring semester 2010 at York St John University with the Calvin College Semester in Britain program. He took 4 courses, the first two of which were taught by Calvin professor of English, Dean Ward:
- Tracking British Literature (STBR 295): As the course studies some of the essential works and writers of the nineteenth and early twentieth-century, it will emphasize the relation of place to literature. Students will visit authors' homes, the places that inspired their ideas, and the specific locations that shaped their imaginations and that anchor their literature to the ground of their experience. Students will concentrate on three major Romantic, three Victorian, and three Modernist writers, supplementing those works with readings from other writers of the period.
- Studies in British Culture (STBR 312): A topical introduction to political, historical, religious, artistic, and popular aspects of the culture of Great Britain. The course engages the culture through a combination of classroom and experiential learning. Includes speakers, field trips, excursions and tours.
- The Medium is the Message: Media Evolution and History: The module will look at how different media determine what we think and even how we think. We will explore how the evolution of media and communications technologies affects our understanding of the world and our place in it, how we organise ourselves and how we act. The module takes a historical look at the development of the media – from cave paintings, through the printing press, telegraphy, radio and television to the internet – as an essential step in helping us to understand the media of today and tomorrow.
- Roads to Revolution: England 1558 - 1642: The main aims of this module are to examine the development of English society during one of its most controversial phases; to investigate the process of transition from apparent stability under Elizabeth I to the brink of civil war under Charles I; and to debate the historical factors by which this process was impelled. It will examine subsequent perceptions of the period in novels, plays and films as well as in historical writings.