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  • Locations: Rome, Italy; Seattle, United States
  • Program Terms: Spring Quarter
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sociology italy
     QUICK FACTS
 Location Rome, Italy
 Academic
 Term
Spring Quarter
March 13 - 25, 2016 Rome
March 28 - June 10, 2016 Seattle
 Estimated    Program Fee $4,000
 Credits 6 credits
 Prerequisites  N/A
 Program      Directors Sarah C. Stroup (Classics); Liberty Bracken (Intercollegiate Athletics); Ink Aleaga (Intercollegiate Athletics)
 Program  Manager Katherine Kroeger | studyabroad@uw.edu 
 Application    Deadline EXTENDED November 30, 2015
 Information  Session(s) TBD
       HIGHLIGHTS
  General This intensive study abroad program will introduce students to the cultures of Sport and Spectacle, especially those of the gladiatorial munera (events), of ancient Rome.  Students will live in Rome, and study at the University of Washington’s Rome Center, for ten days over Spring Break.  Most mornings will be spent at on-site classes (antiquities; museums) of four to five hours in length.  Afternoons will consist of courses taught in the Rome Center, and will both review material covered on our site visits and prepare the student for subsequent visits.  There will be one overnight trip to the sites of Paestum, Pompeii, and Capua, and a day trip to Etruria, home of the Etruscans and likely birthplace of the gladiatorial events.
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Program Description

This intensive study abroad program will introduce students to the cultures of Sport and Spectacle, especially those of the gladiatorial munera (events), of ancient Rome. Students will live in Rome, and study at the University of Washington’s Rome Center, for ten days over Spring Break. Most mornings will be spent at on-site classes (antiquities; museums) of four to five hours in length. Afternoons will consist of courses taught in the Rome Center, and will both review material covered on our site visits and prepare the student for subsequent visits. There will be one overnight trip to the sites of Paestum, Pompeii, and Capua, and a day trip to Etruria, home of the Etruscans and likely birthplace of the gladiatorial events.

The course will continue to meet once a week during Spring quarter, during which period we will review the topics investigated in Rome, and I will oversee the research, draft-writing, editing, and completion of final research papers.  There will also be a Final Event, at which the students will present summaries of their research in Poster or Powerpoint format. 

Between our class time in Italy and our class time on the UW campus in the Spring, this class will meet for approximately 81 class hours.  

Location

This program is centered in the Palazzo Pio, the University of Washington's newly renovated facility in Rome. The Palazzo is located in the historic center of Rome, the area within the bend of the Tiber River, which has been occupied continuously since Etruscan times.  In addition to our “classroom work” in the Pio, students learn about Rome’s past through daily visits to many of the historic sites, monuments, and museums of Rome—and its environs.

Site visits will include: The Roman Forum, Forum Boarium, and Palatine; the Colosseum and S. Stefano Rotondo (gladiatorial / martyr frescoes); Stadium of Domitian (Piazza Navona); Circus Maximus; Baths of Diocletian and the Palazzo Massimo museum; Paestum (amphitheater; museum with gladiatorial frescoes), Pompeii, Oplontis, Pozzuoli (Flavian amphitheater), Capua (Spartacan amphitheater, gladiatorial museum); Scuola Gladiatori (modern gladiatorial educational and reenactment group); early Christian catacombs; Circus of Nero / St. Peter’s basilica; necropolis below St. Peter’s; Vatican museums.

Housing

As is typical for programs led through the Rome Center, students will live in apartments that are within a 5 to 25 minute walk from the Palazzo Pio, where the program is based.

Academics

Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements/Physical Requirements

This course is open to all students with an interest in ancient sport and spectacle, especially gladiatorial games, and their relation to modern-day athletic culture. 
There are no prerequisites. Students who have taken CLAS 324 or another general-introduction course in Classics or Ancient History may be especially well-suited; so too students who can bring their personal strengths and experiences to bear in our consideration of ancient sport and spectacle.  Because of the intensive nature of this course (taught over spring break), students whose schedule may make full-term study abroad difficult or impossible may be prioritized for consideration.
This program requires a fair amount of walking each day, occasionally over uneven ground.   

Credits

6 credits

Course

CLAS 399: Sport and Spectacle in Ancient Rome (6 credits)

The 2016 ‘Sport and Spectacle in Ancient Rome’ seminar has at its aim a rigorous introduction and detailed analysis of the history, progression, height, and decline of the ancient gladiatorial munera (“games”).  The focus of our investigations will be the city of Rome itself: every morning we will gather for approximately four-hour walking trips throughout the city.  Starting with the historical and political core of the Forum Romanum, we slowly expand our scope from there, visiting the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, and several other venues associated with these spectacles of sports—and violence. The morning ‘walking classes’ are supplemented by afternoon (3:00 – 4:30) classroom sessions in order to review the monuments we’ve visited and look ahead to what we’ll see next. 
 
There will be one overnight trip to the south—one of the alleged birthplaces of the gladiatorial events—where we will visit the remains of Oplontis, Paestum, Pompeii, and Pozzuoli. 
 
There will be one day trip to Etruria, to the north, where we will explore an Etruscan necropolis (City of the Dead) for possible clues to the birth and growth of these violent spectacles.
 
There is a midterm and final exam.  Students will write a final research paper, due at the end of the Spring term, and written in coordination with a 1-credit independent study that the Program Director will lead (see above).

Program Leaders

Sarah C. Stroup, Program Director, Classics

scstroup@uw.edu

Liberty Bracken, Program Coordinator, Husky Athletics

lpatos@uw.edu


Program Expenses

Estimated Cost

$4,000
  
The program fee does include student airfare and the Study Abroad Fee ($325), but does not include some food, Study Abroad Insurance ($28/minimum), and personal spending money.

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $325 4/15/2016
Program Fee Balance $3,675 4/15/2016
TOTAL FEES CHARGED $4,000 -

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the UW Study Abroad Office. You are also required to attend all program-specific orientations offered by your Program Directors.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend a scheduled session. You can visit the orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

1.     Revision Request Form
2.     Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing ipe@uw.edu.

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two faculty recommendations, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Visas

UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/fco/index.htm

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

$350 of the total program fee and the $325 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1.     Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.
2.     Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.