Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies
FYP London College Academics
The courses on the FYP London College program
are taught by the accompanying St. Lawrence University faculty member, Dr.
Cynthia Bansak, and faculty from British universities. The courses are
designed and offered exclusively for St. Lawrence University Program
FYP: The Hogwarts School of Finance:
British Children'sLiterature and
links to Economic Concepts
For many our first endeavor into the world of
business is the lemonade stand and the first key decision is what to charge for
a glass of lemonade. A nickel, a dime, or a dollar? The price
will make or break the business. Welcome to your first lesson in
business. Or is it? Our business education starts at a much earlier
age. Children's literature is ripe with economic metaphors and references
to business. Paddington the Bear teaches children
adventures at various markets in London, while Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory allows us to explore the dreams of a boy named
Charlie Bucket whose family barely has enough money to survive. In these
and other ways, stories exert a profound influence on humans, by engaging our
imaginations and teaching us economic concepts while entertaining us.
While learning about the power of story-telling, students will become better
versed in some basic economic principles and explore the many ways these ideas
are communicated to children at a very young age.
in the London FYP will connect regularly with an on-campus FYP course on
"Children's Literature and its Life-Long Lessons." Joint class meetings
held virtually will allow students to compare perspectives and interact with
their colleagues in the Class of 2017.