Have you ever considered what it would be like to live in London, England, in the heart of the city? Now you can! With the Political Science Department’s May mini-term in London, we will stay in the heart of the West End – literally, just a few minutes’ walk from Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey and within easy walking distance of places of interest including Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, the West End Theatre District and the British Museum.
Students will earn either 3 or 6 UT Knoxville credit hours for this program – 3 hours will be earned during the May mini-term in London and, at the option of each student, a further 3 credit hours may be earned in summer 2014 via Independent Study supervised by the program leader, Dr. Ian Down. While in London students will enroll in POLS 410: Special Topics in Political Science--Politics in the UK, a course that examines politics and government in the United Kingdom, incorporating both meetings with representatives of political parties and interest groups as well as visits to locations of political importance such as Banqueting House, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Cabinet War Rooms, and others. This course satisfies the Comparative Government and Politics requirement within the political science major and minor and meets the UT upper-division course requirement. For the optional Independent Study, students do not need to declare their intention until they return from London. The focus will be some aspect of UK politics and government and /or a focused comparison of some aspect of the US and UK systems of government or politics more broadly, to be agreed with Dr. Ian Down.
We will be staying in fully self-contained, furnished apartments a minute’s walk from Marble Arch, in the center of London’s West End. The apartment building has 24-hour wireless connectivity, 24 hour reception, an entry phone and elevators to all floors. Each apartment has 2-3 shared bedrooms, a sitting room with a flat screen TV and DVD player, a safe for valuables, a telephone for incoming calls and a kitchen with a washer/dryer, a cooker, a microwave oven, a refrigerator and a freezer.
Dr. Ian Down
Associate Professor of Political Science
1008A McClung Tower and Plaza
Office Phone: (865) 974-7054