|Dates||Departure from U.S.:||Sat., July 1, 2017|
|Arrival:||Sun., July 2, 2017|
|Mandatory Orientation:||Mon., July 3, 2017|
|First Day of Class:||Tues., July 4, 2017|
|Last Day of Class:||Fri., Aug. 4, 2017|
|Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
|Sat., Aug. 5, 2017|
The different nations that populate Ireland and the British Isles are at a crossroads with respect to their relationship to one another and to Europe. Two years ago, Scotland voted in a closely contested referendum on whether to leave the United Kingdom and seek independence as a sovereign nation. Just a few months ago, British voters decided to leave the European Union, to which the United Kingdom has belonged since 1973. Northern Ireland is in a process of reconciliation between Protestants and Catholics, while the Republic of Ireland is rapidly recovering from a sharp economic downturn. All of this makes it an exciting time to visit Dublin and learn about these ongoing processes. Dublin is a lively and youthful city, known for its music and culture, its rich history, as well as for its easy-going charm. The program will explore this city and its culture and politics, but will also take you to the beautiful countryside of Western Ireland, as well as on a long weekend excursion to London.
This program is open to all students with an interest in the politics and societies of Ireland, Britain, and other European countries. It is a political science seminar, but the courses are not technical and there are no specific prerequisites. You may find it useful to have some background in comparative politics, European politics, or history, but none of this is necessary, only an interest in and curiosity about contemporary Europe.
Kaare Strom is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and has taught at UC San Diego since 1991. He was born and raised in Norway and came to the United States as an undergraduate. He received his BA from St. Olaf College (Minnesota) and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. Before coming to UCSD he taught at several other universities, including the University of Bergen in Norway.
Strom teaches in the areas of Comparative and European Politics, and has published extensively on political parties, Scandinavian politics, and the institutions of parliamentary democracy. His most recent book is "The Madisonian Turn: Political Parties and Parliamentary Democracies in Nordic Europe," which he co-edited with Torbjorn Bergman of Sodertorn University, Sweden.
Strom was EAP study center director in Lund, Sweden, and Copenhagen from 2002 to 2004. For several years he taught in the Joint Summer School on Critical World Issues in Lund.