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UST: Australia: The Economy and Its Social Context
Canberra, Australia; Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: January Term
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Cost January Term
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Subject Areas: Economics, International Studies Housing Options: Hotel
Language Prerequisite: None Program Sponsor: UST
Program Description:

Program Highlights

  • Course will be taught by two professors with an abundance of knowledge and resources of Australia.  Both professors have led this course on multiple occasions.
  • Lectures and presentations in class as well as on numerous site visits help guide and increase students’ knowledge of the evolution of economics in Australia and its role in the global economy.
  • Visit sites throughout Australia, including Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, and Cairns.
  • Prerequisites: See Program Directors for more information
  • Fulfills: ECON346
Academic Overview
Course Description
It has been said that there are no major differences between the U.S. and Australia, only thousands of minor ones. Is this really so, or are there in fact some very important differences that help us understand the often very distinct experiences of both places? If so, what are the origins of these differences?
While this course is primarily concerned with the performance and development of the Australian economy over the past 200 years, we will examine how this experience is embedded in broader social realities. We thus explore Australia’s history, politics, and culture – through both lectures and guest speakers we try to understand the similarities and the differences between U.S. and Australian attitudes and behaviors and how these have affected economic outcomes.
By the end of the course we want you to do more than describe the macroeconomic performance of Australia. We hope that you can also explain how it reflects the broader attitudes and social norms that have been shaped by Australia’s unique history and geography. Further, we hope that this discussion encourages you to reflect on the nature and origin of American attitudes and norms, and instills in you the ability to discern differences across groups in terms of their beliefs and behaviors
Program Structure
This course consists of readings, lectures, guest lectures, cultural site visits, and group discussions/reflection time. Students will be responsible for two exams, a group presentation, as well as a final essay to synthesize ideas covered during the duration of the course. 
20%       General participation 
20%       Exam #1                           
20%       Exam #2                            
20%       Final Essay                                                                           
20%       Group Presentation                                                       
Location and Tentative Dates
January 2                             Depart for Australia
January 4 - 12                      Activities in Sydney
January 13 - 15                    Activities in Canberra
January 16 - 24                    Activities in Melbourne
January 25 - 28                    Activities in Cairns
January 28                           Return to Minneapolis/St. Paul
Click on the Budget Sheet link above for detailed cost information.
Total Cost Includes: Tuition, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations and some meals.
Housing and Meals
Students will stay in hotels during the program. Breakfast and some all-class meals will be provided, however students will generally be responsible for their own meals.
Application Procedures & Deadline
  • Select the Apply Now button at the top to start your online application.
  • Login using your UST username and password
  • Complete all application materials by the application deadline.  There will be a priority enrollment period from March 26 – April 5, 2012.  We encourage students to apply by the priority deadline of Thursday, April 5.  Applications will be accepted after April 5 for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 3, 2012.
  • Download and read Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures. You are responsible for reading, understanding, and abiding by its content.

Priority Application Deadline: April 10, 2015
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2015
Financial Aid/Scholarships
To apply for aid during January Term, submit a January Term Financial Aid Application, available in early November, to the Financial Aid Office. Additional aid in the form of scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas and some co-sponsoring organizations.  Refer to our Scholarships webpage for details. Review Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures for additional financial aid information. To verify and confirm all awards, meet with a Financial Aid Counselor.

For more information
On course content, contact: Prof. Brad Wilson, 651-962-5688, 
                                         Prof. Agapitos Papagapitos, 651-962-5686,

On application procedures or logistical information, contact:

Office of Study Abroad
University of St. Thomas
International Education Center (Murray-Herrick 212)
Mail 5026
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA
Tel: 1.651.962.6450
Fax: 1.651.962.5199

This program is currently not accepting applications.