UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE CREDIT AVAILABLE
The United Kingdom in an Uncertain World:
Brexit and the Challenge of Globalization
Study at Oxford University
August 7 – August 14, 2016
Earn 3 credits
Dr. Stuart Kewley, Program Director, Oxford
Michal McElwain Malur, Director, External Programs; Schar School of Policy and Government; George Mason University
$4,500 (tuition included)
As the global economy emerges from a long period of recession and uncertainty, Britain is on the cusp of major political and constitutional change. In September 2014, Scottish voters decided to remain part of the United Kingdom, but only just. During the May 2015 general election, the Scottish National Party (SNP) decimated the traditional Labour heartland of Scotland, where Labour lost 40 seats to the SNP. David Cameron remains as prime minister, but this time in a majority-Conservative government. His former Liberal Democrats coalition partners suffered large losses during the election and are a spent force politically. If elected, Cameron promised to renegotiate the terms of Britain’s European Union membership. At the European level,the European single-currency project has been shaken by the Greek debt crisis. Ireland and Spain, also affected by the euro crisis, are seeing unemployment dropping and economic growth increasing. Greece is seeing none of this and it is expected that it’s economy will further contract by 2 per cent before the year is out. This course will examine developments in the UK in light of the election result; will explore Britain’s relationship with the EU; and will reflect on Britain’s role more broadly in an uncertain world, continuously coping with the challenge of globalization.
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On June 23, Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU). The road to eventual “Brexit” will be long and difficult, and the long-term consequences are unclear. In the near-term, however, British politics have been thrown into crisis. The governing Conservative party is in the midst of a leadership struggle, and the opposition Labour Party is imploding. The Scottish National Party is resurgent, and may soon press for another referendum on Scottish independence. Apart from the constitutional and political fallout of Brexit, the economic impact is already clear. The value of the pound sterling has plummeted and investment into the UK is likely to fall. Britain’s relationship with the EU and with the rest of the world is being fundamentally recast.
This course will examine developments in the UK in light of the referendum result, as well as what it means to be British in 2016; the options for Britain’s continued relationship with the EU; and Britain’s global role more broadly.
Professor Stuart Kewley, Program Director, Oxford
Professor Desmond Dinan and Ms. Michal McElwain Malur, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
Jeremy Paxman, The English, reprinted edition, Overlook Press, 2013
Denis McShane, Brexit: How Britain will Leave Europe, I.B.Tauris, 2015
Michael Emerson, Britain’s Future in Europe: Reform, Renegotiation Repatriation, or Succession? Rowman & Littlefield, 2015, available at: http://www.ceps.eu/system/files/Britain%E2%80%99s%20Future%20in%20Europe_0.pdf (may also be purchased as a paperback or eBook)
The economic consequences of leaving the EU: The final report of the CER commission on Brexit 2016
Britain will hold a referendum on its membership of the EU on June 23rd 2016, three years after Prime Minister David Cameron announced his ‘renegotiation and …
BBC News, UK Politics, http://www.bbc.com/news/election/2015
European Policy Center, “Britain and the EU,” http://www.epc.eu/pub.php?cat_id=13
The Guardian, http://www.theguardian.com/uk
The Independent, http://www.independent.co.uk
EP Information Office in the UK, www.europarl.org.uk
The Scottish Government, Scottish Independence, http://www.scotreferendum.com
- Book review of Paxman, The English.
Guidelines: max 2,000 words; should briefly synopsize the book and comment on its salient points; should give the student’s opinion of the author’s arguments and perspectives). Deadline: August 6 (before the start of the Oxford program). How to submit: e-mail to Professor Desmond Dinan, SSPG academic liaison for the Oxford program (email@example.com).
- Briefing paper on a topic relating to the Oxford program.
Guidelines: Topic to be decided in agreement with Dr. Stuart Kewley, Oxford Program Director (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Professor Desmond Dinan (email@example.com), by August 26, 2016. Max 5,000 words; should explain the salience of the topic and explore key issues relating to it. Deadline: September 30, 2016. How to submit: e-mail to Professor Desmond Dinan (firstname.lastname@example.org). How to submit: E-mail to Professor Desmond Dinan (email@example.com).