Study at Oxford University
Earn 3 credits
Students will also earn a certificate of completion from Oxford University.
This program is open to graduate and undergraduate students.
Professor Stuart Kewley, Program Director, Oxford
Professor Desmond Dinan and Ms. Michal McElwain Malur, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
There has rarely been a more interesting time to study United Kingdom (UK) politics and policies. Following a snap general election in June 2017, the Conservative government, under Prime Minister Theresa May, lost its slim majority in Parliament, and now rules with the support of a small, regional political party from Northern Ireland. The opposition Labour Party fared better than expected in the election, given the turmoil within its ranks over the leadership of the far-left-leaning Jeremy Corbyn. The Scottish National Party remains the dominant political movement north of the border, where support for Scottish independence is still a potent force. Brexit - Britain’s departure from the European Union (EU) - was the most important issue underlying the election and its unexpected results. Indeed, the decision to leave the EU, by a narrow majority of voters in a national referendum in June 2016, has been one of the most consequential events in modern British history. Negotiating Brexit is a daunting challenge for Britain and the other EU member states. The outcome of the negotiations—either an agreement on the terms of Britain’s departure or failure to reach agreement—will affect every aspect of British public policy for years to come.
This course will examine developments in the UK in light of the recent general election and the ongoing Brexit negotiations, in the context of Britain’s global role and responsibilities. Presentations will examine what it means to be British in 2018; prospects for Britain’s new relationship with the EU; key issues in British public policy, and Britain’s place in an increasingly uncertain world.
Refund and Cancellation Policy
- All application fees and deposits are non-refundable.
- If a participant cancels or withdraws, voluntarily or involuntarily (including dismissal from the program), less than 45 days prior to the program start date or after the start of the program, no refund will be issued.
- All cancellations or withdrawals from a program must be made in writing to Michal Malur at email@example.com.
PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES
- 3 credits tuition
- All classes, site visits
- Day trip to London
PROGRAM FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- International Airfare
- Some meals
- Expenditure for items of a personal nature
Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the Intent to Use Financial Aid form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have applied to a program as a material item in your application. If your completed form shows an anticipated aid amount that will cover either your deposit amount or the full program fee, the deadline for making these payments can be extended while we wait for your financial aid to be applied to your student account for the term you will be studying abroad.
Students who submit the Intent to Use Financial Aid form, will be provided with a Confirmation of Financial Aid form which will also need to be completed and submitted to the Global Education Office later in the application process once aid for the term can be confirmed.
RECOMMENDED READING AND VIEWING
Robert Peston WTF Hodder& Stoughton; (2017)
Harold Clarke, Matthew Goodwin and Paul Whiteley, Brexit, why Britain voted to leave the European Union Cambridge University Press (2017)
“The Crown” (2016 Netflix series)
“The Queen” (2006 movie)
“House of Cards” (1990 UK TV mini-series)
“Yes Minister” (1980-1984 UK TV series)
On British Politics
Financial Times, UK coverage: https://www.ft.com/world/uk?mhq5j=e2
Economist, British politics, http://www.economist.com/topics/british-politics
BBC, British politics, http://www.bbc.com/news/politics
YouGov, General Election 2017: https://yougov.co.uk/uk-general-election-2017/
Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street (official website): https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/prime-ministers-office-10-downing-street
UK Parliament (official website): https://www.parliament.uk
Jeremy Paxman interviews Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May, May 29, 2015 (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KllymYee9AI
Financial Times, Brexit Briefing: https://www.ft.com/brexit
Financial Times, Brexit Predictions for 2018 https://www.ft.com/content/a3fcb328-e4b5-11e7-8b99-0191e45377ec
Economist, Brexit coverage: http://www.economist.com/brexit
Center for European Reform (London), Britain and the EU coverage: http://www.cer.eu/hot-topics/britain-eu
London School of Economics Brexit blog: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/category/uk-renegotiation/
BBC, “Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU”: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-32810887
BBC, `What next for Brexit in 2018` http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42410584
Chatham House Primer, “The Vote for Brexit” (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfAKL7BeXxA
Michael Emerson, “What’s next after Theresa May’s spectacular own goal?” CEPS, Brussels, June 12, 2017, https://www.ceps.eu/publications/whats-next-after-theresa-mays-spectacular-own-goal
Center for European Reform, “The Economic Consequences of Leaving the EU: The Final Report of the CER Report on Brexit,” http://www.cer.eu/publications/archive/report/2016/economic-consequences-leaving-eu-final-report-cer-commission-brexit
This course requires two assignments: one book review on any of the books listed above (the WTF book is highly recommended) of 1000 words, and a paper (4000 words) on any topic relating to the Oxford program.
Students should choose their topic in agreement with Dr. Stuart Kewley during their time in Oxfor or with Professor Desmond Dinan (firstname.lastname@example.org), before the end of August. The paper should explain the salience of the topic and explore key issues relating to it.
30% Book Review
Deadline for submission of the book review August 1, 2018 and the paper: August 24, 2018.
How to submit: e-mail to Professor Desmond Dinan (email@example.com).
Length: 4,000 words maximum.
Examples of possible paper topics:
“Brexit: Implications for UK security and defense”
“The Future of the National Health System”
“Brexit and Northern Ireland”
“UK trade policy after Brexit”
“The UK-US Special Relationship: Myth or Reality?”