In an historic referendum this past June, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Dubbed ‘Brexit,’ the aftermath of the referendum is still very much playing out in British and European politics. This monumental political event forms the center of the “British Politics: Brexit and Beyond” faculty-led study abroad program to London this May.
For over a decade, Dr. Jody Neathery-Castro has been introducing University of Nebraska at Omaha students to the political system in the United Kingdom. Her love of the country and its politics were shaped during her own study abroad experience in London, where she worked as a Parliamentary intern for a while in the office of (then backbench MP) soon-to-be Prime Minister Tony Blair. The course she teaches now, “British Politics: Brexit and Beyond,” combines a spring semester of interdisciplinary course work in contemporary British politics, economics and society with a two-week trip to London.
“I can’t wait to go back again one day,” writes one former participant. “I have yet to have an interview where I haven’t been asked about that trip; employers love hearing about it and how much we were able to see and do in a short time span. [It was] truly the best money I have ever spent.”
“I have yet to have an interview where I haven’t been asked about that trip; employers love hearing about it and how much we were able to see and do in a short time span. [It was] truly the best money I have ever spent.”
And it is no wonder that the program has made such an impression both on students and their prospective employers. In just two weeks in London, students are able to visit Parliament and the London Assembly, have a personal tour and watch a case in the UK Supreme Court, and learn about maintaining US diplomatic relations around the world from political and economic affairs foreign service officers in the US Embassy – unique experiences that are typically difficult for Americans to find in London.
Recent political events make this summer’s focus even more poignant, and the interdisciplinary program crosses many areas of interest. The spring semester course can be taken under any of the following course numbers: PSCI 4500/8506, INST 4140, or BSAD 4000. Students will take a comparative approach to politics in the US and UK, surveying the major political and economic institutions, elections and political activity (including the recent seismic political shifts prompted by the Scottish referendum and Brexit votes), Britain’s role in Europe and the impact of Europe on the UK, and contemporary public policies and their impacts.
Pay immediate witness to the UK’s political development post-Brexit in this unique and timely faculty-led program: apply to “British Politics: Brexit and Beyond” by December 1st! Check out this program and others on Horizons, and get in touch with Dr. Neathery-Castro to learn more.
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