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*MU Global Classroom Series: POL 360 Global Political Economy
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 04/21/2017 04/28/2017 01/02/2018 01/13/2018
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Global Classroom Series Program Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:
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POL 360: Global Political Economy
Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Fall 2017
Travel Dates: January 2-13, 2018

Course Name
POL 360: Global Political Economy
Course Description
This course investigates the relationship between, on the one hand, political actors such as national governments, social and political movements, firms, and international organizations, and, on the other hand, developments in national and world economies such as inequality, migration, trade, investment, and the environment. A key theme throughout the course will be that “globalization” is uneven, and that within all countries there are ongoing conflicts over whether to open themselves to investment, migration, trade, and so on, and these conflicts are fought separately by parties, social groups, firms, unions, and international actors.
Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation GP, SS-2
Tentative Class Meeting Time and Location
Wednesdays, 10:15 am to 1:00 pm, 4040 (Ballston), room 314

Travel dates: January 2-13, 2018

This Global Classroom Series program leads students to Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta where they will examine Vietnam as a case study of globalization. Excursions to museums, historical sites, local development organizations, multinational corporations, and a trip to the countryside provide layers of context for topics covered in the classroom. Activities with Vietnamese peers and a homestay give students the opportunity to make personal connections to the changes they explore academically. Students return home with a nuanced understanding of trade, growth, inequality, and the actors involved in the development process.

Highlights and excursions:
  • Visit the Ho Chi Minh City Museum
  • Connect with local students
  • Tour the World Bank Development Project Office
  • Explore the Mekong Delta and its traditional markets
By participating in this program, students will be able to:
  • Identify the challenges of globalization
  • Describe the key players involved in globalization


Dr. Chad Rector
History & Politics Department

  • Course prerequisites: either POL 102, POL 103, or POL 104
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5  
  • Preference will be given to those students who:have strong academic records, have prior travel experience, represent diverse majors, are in the honors program, and are juniors or seniors. 

The Program Fee of $1,500 includes:
  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Double occupancy accommodations
  • Transportation from MU to and from airport
  • Course related activities and excursions
  • On-site transportation
  • Some meals
  • International medical and emergency travel insurance
  • Visa processing
Note: Full-time students do not need to pay additional tuition for this course provided they are registered for no more than 18 credits during the fall 2017 semester (including this course). Full-time students enrolled in more than 18 credits will be subject to over-enrollment fees.

Estimated additional expenses include:
  • Passport: ~$145
  • Some meals: ~$180
  • Miscellaneous expenses (e.g. books, supplies, personal spending): ~$250


Students will not register themselves for this course. The Center for Global Education will register accepted students for this course after receiving a signed Confirmation of Participation form.


Students must apply for this program online by clicking the “Apply Now” button on this page. Submission of an application does not guarantee program acceptance. Students must be approved by faculty leaders, the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, Student Accounts, and Student Access Services in order to enroll in this course. Applicants will be notified by email regarding the status of their application.

Selection Criteria: 
Preference will be given to students who: have strong academic records, have prior travel experience, represent diverse majors, are in the honors program, and are juniors or seniors.