Economics Down Under
Explore economics in Australia and earn 6 credit hours during the 2014 Winter Term.
Earn 6 credit hours during the 2014 Winter Term. Both classes will meet several times during the fall semester and culminate with a 19+ day study program in several key locations in Australia.
Economics of Australia
Taught by Dr. Brian Strow. Prerequisite: Econ 202, Econ 203, or Consent of Instructor
- Students should understand how economic theory applies to the development of economies over time.
- Students will learn to critically compare and contrast current Australian economic institutions with similar US economic institutions. They will gain an historical context for why these economic institutions, also evolved from Great Britain, evolved differently than they did in the US.
- Students should also be able to incorporate the tools of economic analysis into their own decision-making processes. We will witness and discuss the decision methods used by various Australian economic institutions while on our travels.
International Sports Economics
Taught be Dennis Wilson.
- To understand how economic theory applies to the spectator sport industry. In particular, the course will cover issues involved in the industrial organization of sports, labor economics, and public finance of sports at the professional levels.
- Students successfully completing this course should leave with an understanding of these basic economic concepts and their applicability to real world situations.
- You should also be able to incorporate the tools of economic analysis into your own decision-making processes. We will witness and discuss the decision methods used by various Australian organizations while on our travels.
The Program Leaders may determine other eligibility requirements, but at a minimum, all applicants shall meet these requirements:
- Graduate student: good standing (Graduate Catalog p.30)
- Undergraduate students: 3.2 cumulative GPA or good standing in the Honors College
- Permission of instructor
- Current WKU student eligible to register for WKU courses. Students from outside WKU may participate as visiting students.
- 18 years of age or older at time of departure (parent/guardian permission for anyone under 18 at time of departure).
- Possess passport valid for at least six (6) months after return date.
- No current disciplinary sanctions as verified by Judicial Affairs.
- Full payment prior to departure.
- Completion of all pre-departure orientations.
- Completing the Study Abroad & Global Learning application process prior to being registered in this course. We suggest you start this application process immediately and respond to all emails promptly
- A significant portion of the class assigments are due before the departure date.
- A minimum number of students required fro program to be offered. If you're interested, tell your friends so the roster can be set by September 9.
- Independent travel (before and/or after the programs start and end date) is permitted, but each participant is required to confirm travel with program leaders since there would be medical insurance requirements.
- Tuition for 6 credit hours ($2,118+ value for resident undergraduates; $2,802+ value for resident graduate students – see details of value)
- Round-trip international airfare (Nashville to Australia)
- Course-related in-country transportation
- International medical insurance
- Not included in program fee
- Transportation to/from Nashville airport
- Tips and personal expenses
- Cost of independent travel (non-program travel)
- Final program fee subject to change due to travel arrangements.
- Study Abroad courses are not eligible for tuition waiver or discounts.
Itinerary will be completed in the Fall 2013.
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The schedule is subject to change due to educational opportunities that may arise unexpectedly, the vagaries of weather, and other factors beyond the control of the course instructors and staff.
Undergraduates must be registered for both.
- Econ 410: Economics of Australia
- Econ 410: International Sports Economics
- Dr. Brian Strow
- Dr. Dennis Wilson
- Gold Coast
- Winter 2014
- Fall 2013
course work obligations
- $5.455 (estimate)
- The key is to start early.
- Check this link to fund you program.
- September 9 - Priority application deadline with deposit
- October 9 - Final application deadline with deposit
- October 11 - Program fee posted to student accounts
- TBD - Pre-Departure Orientation
- January 31 - Post-program assessment online
(subject to change)