The Edinburgh & London trip during Spring Break 2018 will offer an opportunity to explore the the history and government in both Scotland and Great Britain. During class time prior to the trip, students will discuss the history of the European Union, the history of Britain, the vote for exit, and the implications for Great Britain.
The recent vote by a majority of voters in Great Britain to leave the common market of the European Union has opened up a large number of questions about the rationale for and possible outcomes of the vote. This class will examine some of those rationales and discuss some of the outcomes, even as the British themselves move down the unknown path on which they have set out.
The 10 days spent in Edinburgh and London will involve trips to both the Scottish and the British Parliaments and visits to National Museums and other historical sites in Britain, from Roman to modern day. The ultimate goal of the time in Britain is to provide students with an understanding of the complexities of the British culture and the experience of traveling abroad.
Econ 496, 3 credits, Spring 2018: class will travel during Spring Break 2018, but will meet on campus throughout most of the Spring 2018 semester.
Program Prerequisites: 3 credits in economics (recommended).
Criteria for Selection: 2.5 GPA, and willingness to walk in urban and rural locations.
Terry Alexander: firstname.lastname@example.org
; Amy Brandau: email@example.com
; Ivan Rudik: firstname.lastname@example.org
$3430.00 (includes airfare, transportation, lodging, entrance fees, required CISI emergency insurance).
Out of Pocket:
approximately $500 for meals on own, $135 for passport* (if you do not already have one), $100 for preventative medicine (if needed/desired), approximately $100 for incidentals (snacks, souvenirs, etc.) - this depends on your personal spending habits!
*If you are a CALS student, and a first time traveler without a passport, contact Mr. Jodi Cornell email@example.com
to find out how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed.
Thursday March 8 Depart
CIT Charter Bus to Des Moines Intl Airport
Friday March 9. Arrival to Edinburgh.
Introduction to Edinburgh.
Walking tour of the old city.
Adam Smith, the founder of modern Economics, lived in Edinburgh for the last years of his life. We will discuss Smith and other important contributors to the field of Economics when discussing the benefits of a common market
Saturday March 10. Scottish Parliament Tour and National Museum of Scotland
The tour of Parliament will provide students with insight into the issue of local control on the part of Scots and the possibility of a referendum for the creation of a an independent Scotland as a result of the Brexit vote.
Sunday March 11. Edinburgh Castle and Mary Kings Close
The castle has played an important historical role throughout Scotland's existence. The "Closes" are narrow lanes where city workers lived connecting the upper city (The Royal Mile) to the "new city". The visit to the Close will provide some insight to students on the living conditions of the common workers during the pre-industrial age in Scotland.
Monday March 12. Trip out of Town: Visit the Glenkinchie Distillery to observe the manufacture of this important agricultural product. Tour of the lowlands to observe agricultural activities in Scotland.
Tuesday March 13. Train to London. (4-5 hours)
Introduction to London. Hop on/Hop Off Tour of the city.
London is the political and economic center of Great Britain. Our time in the city will be spent visiting a variety of historical sites
Wednesday March 14. Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Room; Museum of London
The Museum of London provides an exemplary look at the development of the city from pre-historical times through modern times. The Churchill museum and War Room offer compelling insights into the reasons the Common Market were created following the Second World War.
Thursday March 15. British Museum, Natural History and Victoria and Albert Museums (choice)
The visits to these museums will provide students with insights into the historical role Great Britain has played in the world over the last 4 centuries.
Friday March 16. Small Group Choices (British Library, Tower of London, National Portrait Gallery, Westminster, Bank of England)
Additional activities to enhance student understanding of the important role Great Britain has played in the world: economically, politically, and historically.
Saturday March 17. British Parliament Tour and free time
The culmination of the trip will be the visit to the Houses of Parliament.
Sunday March 18, Depart from London Heathrow.