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Ethics in Edinburgh

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Course # SA 10203
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2018 05/06/18 to 06/02/18

Program Leader

Name Michael Roe

Program Description

Scotland is the home of the Scottish Enlightenment, an intellectual movement that included the fields of philosophy, chemistry, geology, architecture, poetry, engineering, technology, economics, sociology, medicine, and history. Many historians today believe that the ideas and advances that emerged from the Scottish Enlightenment helped to shape the modern world. Modern Scotland is the product of this progressive and principled approach to social responsibilities of the individual. Edinburgh became known as the “Athens of the North”. This Study Abroad is designed for students to learn about the unique ways that Scotland has shaped modern economic and ethical thinking.  The Scottish Investment Trusts were the model for the development of the mutual fund industry and other managed investment practices in the United States. 

During our 4-week, 3 credit hour experience, students will utilize learning through these lived experiences as a lens through which they will be able to compare the global application of ethics, character, and leadership.  Students will engage and interact with leaders in the banking and investment communities as well as mainstream individuals.

The ethics course will build cultural self-awareness by examining the insights into rules and biases of one’s own cultural upbringing. Studying in Scotland will add another perspective of a cultural worldview. Indeed, Sir Winston Churchill said “Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind”.

  Activities in Edinburgh (subject to change):



·         No visit to Edinburgh would be complete without a tour of the imposing Edinburgh Castle and its apartments, chapels, great halls, and private chambers.

·         The iconic tartan plaid is synonymous with Scotland and a visit to the Tartan Weaving Mill will teach you about its importance and history.

·         We will have tea in the Elephant House, famous for the writers such as J.K. Rowling who used to spend hours there honing their craft.

·         Explore the supernatural history of Edinburgh with a nighttime Ghost Tour!

·         A walking tour of the New Town takes you along the modern thoroughfares to the breathtaking Princes Street Gardens, from which you can view the monuments to writers Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns.

·         Explore the National Gallery and its collection of masterpieces in European art.

·         A day trip to Dunfermline and St. Andrews takes you to the once-royal Dunfermline Abbey and Palace and the 13th-century St. Andrews Castle with its nasty Bottle Dungeon.

·         A day at Bannockburn and Drummond Castle will bring to life movie scenes from Braveheart and Rob Roy.

·         Visit the Writers’ Museum and its treasures of portraits, relics and manuscripts from Scotland’s greatest writers.

      An introductory walking tour of the Royal Mile will take you through centuries of history as you    visit the High Kirk of St. Giles and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.


·         Ground transportation, 26 nights and 26 breakfasts, one lunch and dinner, guides, all tips, admission fees, country guidebook, pre-travel documents, embedded medical insurance and 24/7 emergency support.


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Academic Credit

  Three credit hours total. Two credits for 39800 which qualifies for the CSR 48100 two-credit hour requirement, Ethics and Compliance in Financial Counseling & Planning. One credit for 39800 - Culture in Edinburgh (paper).

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