Go Green in Scotland

Next Going Green Scotland faculty-led program is May 2020! 

The Going Green travel study is a six-week hybrid course with embedded travel-study designed for business students to study the impact of sustainability on business and culture in an international context. Two weeks prior to the trip, students will read academic and business articles that relate to international business, sustainability, and the culture of the country under study and participate in related quizzes and discussions online. During the two-week travel study, students will visit businesses, museums and other culturally relevant locations and complete related assignments on-site. Student learning will culminate in a final e-portfolio due (online) two weeks after the completion of travel. Students will recognize the importance of sustainable business practices and their benefit to business and society.

Why Scotland? Why now?

In July 2015, Scotland became one of the first countries in the world to adopt the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. From the Scottish Government: “In 2015, the First Minister pledged that Scotland would lead the way to deliver a more equal, more just world. In signing Scotland up to the Sustainable Development Goals, the Scottish Government made a bold statement of intent not just to the people of Scotland but to the world. Scotland should be a place where people can satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a good quality of life. Unfortunately, this is simply not a reality across our country today. These Goals give us the framework to achieve real change, from eradicating poverty to ensuring a good home for us all.”

Seventeen goals are listed. Of interest to this travel study are clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; industry, innovation and infrastructure; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life on land; and partnerships for the goals. Because of Scotland’s national dedication to sustainable business and responsible government, this way of life and doing business has become part of the overall culture. Studying sustainable business bleeds into studying the culture of the country at large.

Course Information

Course is offered as BUSA 376 special topics course during the May and June summer semesters. College of Business majors, minors and sustainability minors are welcome. Course counts as an elective in MKTG, BUSA, MIS, HR and as credits toward students earning 150 credits in the ACCTG degree.

Travel study counts as three credits (BUSA 376) with an additional three credits available as an optional Independent Study (BUSA 486) to those wishing to take a full load in the summer to qualify for financial aid funding.