Law, History and Culture in Great Britain
- Study the history of the British and American legal history in Cambridge, England, home to one of the world's oldest universities.
- Experience traditional English student life by living and taking classes in Sidney Sussex College, founded in the sixteenth century during the first two weeks of the program.
The University of Kansas Department of History and School of Law collaborate to bring you an enriching and insightful program focusing on how conflict in Britain over centuries has shaped the law and culture within Britain, as well as the evolution of international crime and procedure with a focus on the International Criminal Court.
Students will be housed and classes will be held at Sidney Sussex College of Cambridge University for three weeks before the program moves on to Edinburgh and York for the final week of the program.
Cambridge and Cambridge University
Students will live and study in Cambridge for the first three weeks of the program, where you can meet students from numerous foreign countries, attend concerts, fairs, cultural events, and go punting on the River Cam and enjoy numerous small restaurants and other places of entertainment that cater to students. Students can also easily access events in the surrounding areas of East Anglia, or can travel to London, about one hour away by train.
The city of Cambridge surrounds the majestic buildings of the colleges of Cambridge University, a prestigious and world-renowned university, whose graduates, during an 800-year old history, include John Milton, Isaac Newton, and John Harvard (founder of Harvard University).
Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city, home of the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish seat of the British monarchy. UNESCO has named the city’s Old Town and New Town a World Heritage Site, and named the city as its first designated City of Literature. Students will have a front row seat to over 500 years of the city’s complex history and identity.
Founded by the Romans in 71 CE, conquered by the Vikings in 866, York’s history is on display throughout the area contained within its 2.5 mile long city walls, one of Europe’s most impressive and complete defensive fortifications.
Depart U.S.: July 7
Arrive Cambridge: July 8
Cambridge to Edinburgh: July 27
Edinburgh to York: July 31
Program Ends: August 3
Students will take two 3-credit courses. Both courses complement those taught at KU in the Department of History and the School of Law. Classes are held four hours every morning Monday through Friday, with one three-day weekend. Students will take a final examination or prepare a final oral argument in each course.
HIST 390: British Conflict and the Making of the Law
The course will cover a broad swath of medieval and early modern British history from the late fifth century to the Glorious Revolution in 1688. The main theme will center on how different conflicts, such as Viking raids, the Norman Invasion, witch trials, the Hundred Years War, and the Reformation, to name a few, shaped the long evolution of British law and culture.
HIST 390: International Crime and Procedure
The course will examine the development of international criminal law and procedure, with an emphasis on the establishment and operation of the International Criminal Court, a permanent criminal court with global reach that prosecutes those that are responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. This course will include a history of genocide, a discussion of United Nations tribunals for Rwanda and Yugoslavia, as well as coverage of crimes prosecuted by the ICC.
Students are housed in twin occupancy rooms at Sidney Sussex College of Cambridge University for three weeks, and in single occupancy rooms in student housing of the University of Edinburgh and York Saint John University. Daily continental breakfasts are included daily. In Cambridge, dinners from Monday through Thursday are included. Students are responsible for all other meals.
- Students will have the opportunity to explore the historic city of Cambridge. Breakfast is provided “in college” each day, as are dinners from Monday through Thursday at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge.
- Students will have “Legal London” fieldtrip during the program’s stay in London, including the Inns of Court (inner sanctum of barrister training), Royal Courts of Justice, and Bar Council. Students are free to stay in London for the weekend following the visit.
Open to undergraduate students from any accredited U.S. college or university.
David Hill is a PhD candidate and GTA in the Department of History. He earned Bachelors degrees in European history and religious studies (2010), along with a Masters degree in British history (2012) from Missouri State University. His historical interests are late Victorian/Edwardian social and religious history in Britain. His research focuses upon how religious groups, of all social classes, understood and sought to ameliorate poverty as well as other problematic social issues in late nineteenth century Britain. Hill has taught and assisted in teaching courses in American, British, and continental European history covering wide temporal periods since 2010.
Professor Elizabeth Cateforis joined the law school in 1999 as a supervising attorney in the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies. Prior to joining the faculty, she was an assistant appellate defender at the Kansas Appellate Defender Office for the five years following her graduation from law school. She received her bachelor's degree from Smith College and her law degree from the University of Kansas.
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