UST: Economics, Politics and Brexit in Northern Ireland
- Course will be led by Dr. Renee Buhr (Political Science) and Dr. Monica Hartmann (Economics). Dr. Buhr has expertise in European politics, national identity and conflict. Dr. Hartmann has expertise in microeconomics and industrial organization, and experience analyzing market conditions in foreign countries. Both have significant experience abroad.
- Lectures on campus and presentations/site visits in Northern Ireland will provide students with the economic, political science, and area studies knowledge required to critically analyze the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland and the peace process.
- Students choose between: ECON 346 or POLS 398
- Prerequisites: For ECON credit: ECON 251 and 252. For POLS credit: POLS 104.
- Course fulfills:
- All students: WAC: Writing to Learn, Human Diversity (old core), Global Perspectives flag (new core)
- ECON 346: Economics major/minor elective; ECON elective for the B.S. in International Economics, B.S. in Public Policy Economics, B.A. in International Studies, and B.B.A. in International Business. Students may take ECON 346 more than once provided the specific country/region is not duplicated.
- POLS 398: POLS major/minor elective; POLS elective for B.A. in International Studies
This is an embedded study abroad course for students seeking upper-division coursework in the fields of Economics or Political Science. Courses will take place on campus at UST and onsite in Northern Ireland, in the cities of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. The on-campus courses will provide rigorous training in the economic, historic and political realities of contemporary Northern Ireland in preparation for the visit to Northern Ireland during UST’s spring break. While in Northern Ireland, students will receive briefings from professors at Queens University, meet students from local universities, see key historical, political and business sites, and embark on tours with experts in the Northern Irish conflict and the peace process.
The course will examine the challenges and opportunities associated with “Brexit” – the departure of the United Kingdom (and by default, Northern Ireland) from the European Union. The issues affected by Brexit range from human rights protections, to political dynamics, to economic development. These are particularly challenging for Northern Ireland, as a post-conflict society and a developing economy. It also provides an opportunity for students to think critically about conflict, particularly civil conflict, and its effects on human rights, politics, and economic development.
Please note that we will be walking and using public transportation to many of the locations we will visit in Derry/Londonderry and Belfast. Bring shoes you can walk in and be ready on time to depart as a group for all of our meetings in the host country.
This course is meant to achieve two key objectives. First, students will develop intercultural competency skills through the intensive study of Northern Ireland’s conflict and its political and economic effects. Students will be well-versed in these phenomena before their arrival in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, thus allowing them to communicate more effectively and with sensitivity/empathy with people who have personally been affected by the conflict and its aftermath. Second, this course will provide opportunities to develop advanced skills in Economics or Political Science and apply those skills to the situation in Northern Ireland and to EU/UK/Brexit interactions.
Research paper 25%
Data Preparation 20%
Journal Reflections (Spring Break) 10%
Participation – On campus 15%
Participation – Spring Break 20%
Location and Tentative Dates:
January 31 - March 18 Saint Paul campus (lectures)
March 18-27 Belfast and Derry/Londonderry
March 28 - May 20 Work on final paper; 2 class meetings to debrief about the program
May 3 Final paper due
Click on the Program Cost
link above for detailed cost information.
Total Cost Includes: Tuition, local transportation, course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms, all breakfasts and some additional meals. Students are required to take the provided group flight; this cost will be posted to St Thomas account.
Housing and Meals:
Students will stay in hotels during the program. Breakfast and some group meals will be provided, however students will be generally responsible for their own meals.
Application Procedures & Deadline
Priority Application Deadline: October 8, 2021
Final Application Deadline: November 5, 2021
Financial Aid/ Scholarship:
- Select the Apply Now button at the top to start your online application.
- Log in using your St. Thomas username and password.
- Complete all application materials by the application deadline. Students are encouraged to apply before the priority application deadline. Applications will be accepted after the priority deadline on a space available basis until the final application deadline.
The Financial Aid Office will include this course in your enrollment in the spring semester to disburse spring semester financial aid. Consider the additional costs (airfare, travel fees and meals) in determining any additional funding you may require. Review Financial Aid for Study Abroad
. Additional aid in the form of scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas and some co-sponsoring organizations. Refer to our Scholarships
page for details. Review Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures
for additional financial aid information.
Because of the mandatory travel component, you will not register yourself for this course in Murphy. If approved for the program, the Office of Study Abroad will process your registration. Register for all of your other spring classes following the usual process and timeline.
For more information:
Dr. Renee Buhr (email@example.com
Dr. Monica Hartmann (firstname.lastname@example.org
For updates on current events in Northern Ireland, please visit https://www.facebook.com/USTEconPolsBrexitNorthernIreland/
For questions regarding application procedures or logistical information, contact:
Office of Study Abroad |
University of St. Thomas
Murray-Herrick 212 | 651.962.6450 | email@example.com