The University of Maryland, in conjunction with the University of Memphis, is once again offering the 'Sport, Commerce & Culture in the Global Marketplace' Study Abroad program in London, England. We will be in England July 8-21, 2012, which is in the period immediately before the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games (July 27-August 12).
The course will be of interest to graduate and undergraduate students interested in the intersection of the sociology of sport, globalization, international sport business, sport management, and the general production and consumption of sport. In addition to formal academic lectures and readings the course features lectures from and discussions with industry executives, and 'behind the scenes' tours of the organizations that we visit. The organizations that we plan to visit this year include the FA Premier League, Octagon, Visa, BSkyB television company, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, the Rugby Football Union, British Olympic Association, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club, and Lord's Cricket Ground. In addition to the program in London, there will be pre- and post-travel activities that will be conducted on-line. Once again, the program is being run jointly with the University of Memphis. Along with myself, Michael Silk (University of Bath) and John Amis (University of Memphis) and will again be co-leading the course.
Students can earn 6 credits (2 courses) for participating in the program.
A major reason for the success of the program in previous years has been the diversity of students that have participated from different universities across North America, including Arkansas State University, Clemson University, University of Denver, George Washington University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Iowa, Laurentian University, Louisiana State University, University of Michigan, Middle Tennessee State University, Mount Union College, North Carolina State University, Quinnipiac University, Rice University, University of San Francisco, University of Tennessee, Towson University, and University of Windsor.
I am hoping that you would be willing to publicize the program among students that might be interested at your institution. Please have anybody that would like more information contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or download the orientation booklet from last year's program from here: http://cl.ly/
UPDATE (Dec 16)