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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Glasgow, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/14/2019 05/27/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 6. Sophomore, Junior, Senior Minimum GPA: 2.75
Area of Study: Economics, Political Science, Urban Studies Type of Program: Academic Study
Program Description:
Program Name:  Healthy Cities: The Political Economy of Urban Policymaking

Course Credit:  POLS 470 and Foundations Credit for F11

Location and Dates: London, UK and Glasgow, UK, May 14 - 27, 2019

Eligibility Requirements: GPA of 2.75 and students must be in good social standing at the time of application and remain in good social standing throughout the spring semester.

Prerequisites: ECON 100 or POLS 151 or POLS 205 or URBAN 201 or permission from instructors.

Program Description:
(2017 Information) This course introduces students to the political and economic forces that shape urban economic redevelopment and health care policy through a study abroad experience in London, England and Glasgow, Scotland. London and Glasgow offer instructive comparative case studies for understanding how political context and economic relationships generate variations in local urban governance and policy. London, a center of global finance, has increasingly adopted, along with England in general, a more market-based approach to urban social problems. Glasgow, on the other hand, is at the center of the Scottish independence movement and has been slower to discard Keynesian policies in order to maintain a more robust role for the state within fiscal and health care policy. Both of these sites provide learning opportunities about the diverse strategies cities use to implement policies that are often constrained by economic and political processes operating at other scales.

This intensive course will examine two key areas of urban public policy: economic development and health care delivery. Both of these policies will be framed as integral to the production of ‘healthy’ cities. It will explore how both London and Glasgow have approached these contemporary urban challenges with a particular emphasis on the political and economic context that have structured local urban responses. Two weeks will be spent in London using academic literature and the city itself to investigate these issues through the urban landscape. Another week will be spent in Glasgow to offer a comparative perspective to the policies in London.

This course will incorporate classroom-based learning, outside reading, guest lectures by local experts and government officials, and site visits throughout the cities of London and Glasgow to immerse students in the controversies of the urban environment. The course will be based at International Education of Students (IES) branch offices in London and a youth hostel in Glasgow. Student accommodations and classroom facilities are located in the center of these two historic cities, thereby providing an opportunity to complement course instruction with engagements that occur outside of instructional time periods.

Program Fee: $4,400
Contact: Professor Peter Hossler and Professor Renee Johnson