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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

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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):

  •  Guided walking tour of the New Town, including visits to the National Gallery of Scotland, the Scott Monument and the Burns Monument
  • Visit to the Museum on the Mound.
  • Visit to the Edinburgh Castle, including St. Margaret's Chapel, State Apartments, the Great Hall and the Crown Chamber, which houses the Honours of Scotland (Scottish Crown Jewels).
  • Visit to the Tartan Weaving Mill
  • Lunch at the Elephant House, source of inspiration to writers such as J.K. Rowling and Ian Rankin
  • Full-day guide (8 hours) with coach to Dunfermline and St. Andrews. Visits to Dunfermline Abbey and Palace and the castle of St. Andrews. A visit to Bottle Dungeon.
  • Full-day guide (8 hours) with coach for a day trip outside the city. Visits to Bannockburn and Drummond Castle Gardens.
  • Visit the Writers' Museum.
  • Lots of free time!



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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