Examine London and its changing role in international trade in a globalized, post-Brexit world.
|Location||London, United Kingdom|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students, Non UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Students|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
Between the late 16th and early 18th centuries, the British Empire became the largest in history and a dominant global power. London has since emerged as an international city and one of the leaders in global commerce, given its long history of colonization and globalization. This seminar will examine the role of international trade in London and how it has affected everyday London socio-economic life. Importantly, we will examine trade from the beginning of the British Empire through the colonization period to its pre-Brexit and post-Brexit years.
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The course will be segmented in two parts: 1) London and its role in international trade in the global world and 2) London and pre- and post-Brexit.
History shows that London’s economy has mostly been shaped by trade with its global partners. London’s interconnectedness with the global economy has given rise to increase in trade over the years and has had an important impact on the structure of its economy. The city also attracts investors from all over the world. Openness to trade is vital for any economy since free trade increases the size of markets, encourages specializations, increases returns to innovation, and encourages competition and efficiency. This segment of the course will provide an overview of how London’s economy has changed over the years. We will also show that the forces of trade helped London to shift from lower productivity to higher-productivity activities.
Since Brexit, the United Kingdom is free to sign deals with countries that have no existing EU deals like the US. They are now also able to negotiate free trade deals with the EU after the transition period. We will discuss how Brexit is affecting the UK-Ireland relations and the peace process in Northern Ireland, as well as analyze Brexit’s impact on people crossing borders, on goods crossing borders, and on Ireland. The course will conclude with the study of Brexit’s impact overall on London’s economy and its people.
You will live in shared housing with other program participants. Welcome and farewell meals, and some other additional meals, are included in the program fee. Additional meals can be prepared in the housing or taken at local eateries.
Excursions may include:
All program participants are required to and responsible for booking their own round-trip flight through Village Travel, a local travel agency that the Learning Abroad Center works with. The flight is listed as a cost that you will incur prior to departure and the Learning Abroad Center will notify confirmed participants of flight options to book through the travel agency.
It might be possible to deviate your return flight. Inquire with your program contact if interested.
Fahima Aziz is a Lecturer in the Economics Department of the College of Liberal Arts who has focused largely on international business and finance throughout her teaching career.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Level||4000-level course|
Coursework will include class attendance, a group project and presentation, assignments, and a final paper, as well as a learning reflection.
Receive credit for: ECON 4428
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|May Session 2021||May 14, 2021 – Jun 6, 2021||Mar 1, 2021|
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 16 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
|May session 2021||TBD||TBD|
Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. You must also budget for the international flight, passport and passport photos, additional meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.
The Learning Abroad Center has worked with Village Travel to identify a coordinated flight that program participants will travel on together. You can view the coordinated flight itinerary here. We will notify confirmed program participants of when they should book this flight and at that point you will be responsible for booking it through Village Travel. The Cost of Participation lists the estimated flight cost in the Estimated Additional Expenses box. Please note that the flight cost is subject to change.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||May Session 2021|
|Program Name||Global Seminar: London: Economy, International Trade & Brexit|
|Track Name||London: Economy, International Trade & Brexit|
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For further information or questions about this program, send an email toRoslyn Udairam or call at 612.625.0475.