IrelandWeek-Long Study Tour | Economics Program

Required Course(s)
Globalization and European Economies
Fall/Spring semester

Globalization is reshaping the world. On this Study Tour, we examine the forces behind globalization using economic theories of international trade, capital markets, institutions, and labor economics. We learn about the troubled history of Ireland as well as the country’s economic rise and fall and rise again. We gain insights into Irish competitiveness and productivity.

We also learn more about Europe and the EU, the euro, global competitiveness, the financial crisis, and the present economic outlook. We look into how Ireland is impacted by Brexit and how it is coping in the European Union without the support of its largest trading partner, the United Kingdom. We examine the consequences of economic integration and barriers of markets in goods, factors of production, and financial flows as well as the impacts of increased interdependence in these markets for economic policy decisions in Europe and the world.

Tour Objectives

  • Learn about the rich history of Ireland from ancient times to the Celts, Vikings, and Normans, alongside colonialism, independence, and modern times
  • Broaden your knowledge of the economic characteristics of Ireland and how the country has been shaped by globalization
  • Compare and contrast Denmark, the U.S., and Ireland in their economic structure and performance

Possible Activities

  • Attend the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council Secretariat to get an overview of the Irish economy
  • Visit the Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin to understand the role of multinationals in Irish business transformation
  • Tour Belfast to gain unique insight into ‘the troubles’; attend traditional Irish sports in Dublin; listen to traditional Irish music in Galway; attend Sheep Dog Trials In Donegal