Program Overview
University of Glasgow is a campus partner of MSU, and has an excellent Social and Political Sciences program with faculty the leader will  collaborate with. Glasgow is also the center of the Scottish Enlightenment, and a great place to teach on the ground about Adam Smith, David Hume and the emergence of capitalism. Glasgow is also the home of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Robert Owen, both of whom offered artistic and political/social critiques of capitalism. 

Course Information
PSCI 491 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to expose students to the ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment and the history of "modernity" as it emerged in Scotland. Students will read a combination of primary texts and secondary texts, and expand on the information encountered textually through a series of expeditions in and around Glasgow. Broadly, the theme is the emergence of capitalism and its critics in Scotland. 

Learning outcomes include:
- Understand aspects of the history of Scotland, related to its economic and political development 
- Understand certain key philosophers associated with the Scottish Enlightenment, particularly Smith and Hume
- Understand major critiques of early commercial society and emergent industrialism, particularly Robert Owen's utopian socialism and Charles Rennie Mackintosh's art nouveau 

June 17-July 4, 2020

University of Glasgow student housing

Students will have access to kitchens in their dorms, so can eat many meals at home and share meals with other students in this program and other programs.

During expeditions, students will purchase meals, using their own money budgeted as a per diem. An average meal off campus would likely run under $15. 

Program Fees
$3,290 per student

Eligibility Requirements/Prerequisite
PSCI 250 and 323, or consent of instructor

Faculty Leader:  
Dr. Sara Rushing, 994-5165

Application Deadline:
November 29, 2019
Decision date:  December 9, 2019
  • APPLY ONLINE HERE through My Global Connection.  A complete application includes: 
      • $300 Faculty Led Application Fee
      • Official Transcript
      • Acknowledgement of Faculty Led Participation and Pre-Departure Requirements
      • Additional Application Information
      • Faculty Led Application Short Essay
      • FERPA Information
      • Health History Form
      • Passport Information
      • Complete an interview with the Faculty Leader 
      • Upon program acceptance, confirm participation and complete Post-Acceptance Application Materials in My Global Connection

      Please contact Wendy Rivers, Faculty Led Coordinator

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Language of Instruction: English

Language Prerequisites: None


Minimum Class Elligibility: Sophomore

Minimum GPA: 2.5


Housing Options: Lodgings


Program Type: Faculty Led

Subjects Available

  November 29, 2019