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England: The Hansard Program

The Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government in association with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

The Washington College in England Program is a Tuition/Room based at The Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government in association with The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

The Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government (HSP) developed The Hansard Scholars Programme in Parliamentary and Public Policy Studies to offer students a chance to study the workings of parliamentary democracy and to stimulate interest in its principles.

Students majoring in political science, economics or other social sciences, history, international relations, or business administration will find the program particularly relevant to their studies. Hansard Scholars are assigned to work with Members of the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the political parties, public, social policy, and research institutes.

The Hansard Scholars Programme internship placement is accompanied by three courses at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a unique institution among UK universities. It is the only British university specializing soley in the study of the social sciences, and has a world-wide reputation in the field.

The program is located in London, considered to be one of the world’s most exciting cosmopolitan cities, offering various amusements, such as, trendy clubs, cinemas, restaurants, shops, theaters, historic sites, and two thousand years of architectural history.

Faculty

Classes will be taught by senior British university faculty and also involves outstanding practicioners and other specialists. The Coordinator of the Hansard Scholars Programme will advise Washington College students.

Requirements

All well qualified sophomores, juniors and first semester seniors are eligible to apply for the program. This program is open to students in all majors. Students should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above with appropriate background and approval of the program advisor.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Evidence of good character, maturity, and motivation.
  • Ability and willingness to adapt to a foreign environment.

Living Arrangements

Students will be housed in shared accommodations located in central London provided by The Hansard Scholars Programme.

Curriculum

Students must complete the following courses: Politics and Parliament, Politics and Public Policy, and a Supervised Research Project. Students will also be expected to complete an internship as part of the program.

Approximate Semester Dates

  • Fall Semester: late September to mid-December.
  • Spring Semester: mid-January to early April.
  • Summer Program: mid-May to mid-July.

Politics and Parliament

This course examines the constitutional and political process in Britain with special reference to the students’ internship programs. External lecturers include leading British politicians, political commentators, and lobbyists. 3 credits.

Politics and Public Policy

This course analyzes current policy issues, seen in their historical context and in a European dimension. Topics include the economy, social policy, education, the role of the media, and ethnic and regional problems. 3 credits.

Supervised Research Project

Each student works on an individually designed research project leading to a substantial paper of between 8,000 and 12,000 words. Usually, this is based on research undertaken during the internship. 3 credits.

Political Science and International Studies Internships are available for qualified juniors and seniors in Washington, D.C. and abroad through the Department of State, the US. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Information Agency (USIA), and the United Nations.

Most federal government internships are in Washington, D.C., but some opportunities occur each year for interns to serve abroad as Junior Foreign Service Officers. Depending on the needs of the agency, interns are assigned junior-level professional duties, which may include research, report writing, correspondence, analysis of international issues, and assistance in cases related to domestic and international law. The department actively helps students prepare applications and find internships with government agencies.

Students from Washington College have served in Bangledesh, Barbados, China, Ecuador, Fiji, The Gambia, Hong Kong, London, New Zealand, the Philippines, Switzerland, and Washington, D.C.