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1. What are the opportunities available for students to engage with the national and international community?

Keywords: Erasmus, University of California, SSLC, SU Economic Society

The few opportunities within the Economics Department for students to engage with the international and national community are:

International Community:

Students have the opportunity to engage with students and staff in foreign universities through the Erasmus and University of California study abroad programmes administered by the Economics Department.

Erasmus:

The Economics Department at Warwick has links with nine European Universities under the EU’s Erasmus exchange program. These universities are: Amsterdam (Netherlands), Barcelona Autonoma (Spain), Lille CU (France), Madrid Carlos III (Spain), Munich (Germany), Paris Sorbonne (France), Paris IEP (France), UFSI Antwerp (Belgium), and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain).

University of California:

The Department has two placement opportunities for students to spend a year studying at the University of California.

Study Abroad Programmes: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/ug/admissions/socrates/

 

National Community:

There are very arranged opportunities for the department’s students to engage with the national community. The opportunities that do are highlighted by the department are limited to engagement with staff and other students here at Warwick.

This is mainly through membership in:

Staff Student Liaison Committees:

The SSLCs are an opportunity for students to raise any issues to the attention of the Economics Department staff.

SSLC: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/ug/sslcThe Students’ Union Economic Society:

This student run society organizes the annual Warwick Economic Summit allowing students to learn from and engage with academic staff and professionals in economics. It however should be noted that this society is managed independently from the Economics Department.

The SU Economics Society: http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/economics/


Conclusions:

Students have opportunities to engage with the international community through the Erasmus and University of California exchange programmes.

Formal arrangements by the department for students to engage with the local community are not explicitly mentioned. However students have the opportunity to engage with the administrative and academic community here at Warwick by becoming members of the departments Staff Student Liaison Committee (SSLC).

Students also have opportunities to engage with local and international academic and professional economists by becoming members of the Students' Union Economic Society.


DISCOURSE ANALYSIS:

 

Reference: What are the opportunities available for students to engage with the national and international community?


It is clear from the discourse that the university values engaging with the international community. In describing its Erasmus exchange program, the university lists nine European universities it has developed links with as evidence of its appreciation to engagement with the international academic community; even in its undergraduate studies. Similarly, its link with the University of California overseas emphasizes further that it strives to provide the opportunities for its students to engage with the international community.

Study Abroad Programmes: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/ug/admissions/socrates/


However, it emphasizes this engagement only within academics. Unlike in other departments, such as the Biological Sciences, there is no mention of intercalated year programs within industry.

Nationally also, the discourse gives somewhat little and superficial claims on opportunities for undergraduates to engage with the national or local community. The little information I did find on local engagement was limited to a link to an outdated 2005 SU Economic Society website and an SSLC website link with restricted access.

Undergraduate studies: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/ug