All info sessions are in the Health Sciences Building
Thursday, January 24th, 3:30 - 4:20, HSB Room T 359
Wednesday, January 30th, 1:30 - 2:30, HSB Room E 214
Friday, February 1st, 3:30 - 4:20, HSB Room T 359
The Dark Empire curriculum focuses on the United Kingdom's colonial history, role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade, and development of the Nathional Health Service. We look at how these impact and compare with race and minority issues, health outcomes, and health care systems between the UK and the US.
Dark Empire is a four week Exploration Seminar based at the University of Greenwich's Maritime campus, in Southeast London, England. We explore historical and contemporary factors responsible for the well-being (health) of Black and other racial and ethnic minorities in Britain with implications for America and the rest of the world. England played a major role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and among the first of the slave-trading nations to abolish slave trading in 1806 and slavery in 1834. Non-whites now make-up about 10% of Britain's 60.5 million residents. Roughly one-third of London's 32 boroughs comprise of people-of-color. Guided by an African American professor with expertise in health and race-relations, the seminar explores the intersection of the National Health Service; immigration; urban upheaval; religious fundamentalism, assimilation and acculturation related to population health. A guided bus/walking tour, field trips, guest lecturers, and participant-observation immersion involving current and historical issues of race/ethnic-relations addresses the social determinants of health within British society, the United States, and the world. In-depth discussion of prize-winning books are themes in Brick Lane by Monica Ali, Americanah by Chimananda Adiche, and Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. A 5-7 page typewritten double-space report with bibliography from a choice of more than 40 health topics is due on the last day in September following our return to the states. Classes are Monday-Thursday from 10:00am-3:00pm at the Greenwich Maritime campus. Housing is Cutty Sark Hall, located a few minutes from the Greenwich's Maritime campus and home of the Old Royal Naval College. Accommodations include private room with shower/toilet, once-a-week change of towels/linen, full kitchen and free internet service. The Notting Hill Carnival, the second largest street celebration in the world, and the South Asian Mela Festival both occur in London at the time of the seminar. Each student is issued a Weekly Travel Pass to access public transport throughout London. Credits: a total of 5 for the seminar under HSERV 488.
London, United Kingdom
All students and the two on-site staff (Director Spigner and Program Staff Tu) are housed at the University of Greenwich's Cutty Sark Hall, 1 Welland St. London SE 10, 9ED. London, with the students but in a different part of the building. Cutty Sark Hall offers 231 single study/bedrooms with ensuite shower/toilet flats and with shared kitchens. Each student will have a private room with mini-refrigerator, free internet service, change of bed linen and towel once-a-week, a shared full kitchen, and 24/7 receptionist This accommodation sits above the Dockland Light Railway (DRL) station in the heart of Greenwich Town Center. The building has direct access to public transportation, grocery stores, restaurants, banks, post offices, pharmacies, coffee shops and the Maritime Campus where classes are held.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
No prerequisites though we do have a rigorous interview process. We incorporate a walking/bus tour designed to speak to historical and contemporary issues of race, ethnicity, class and multi-culturalism in London. The tour combines walking and riding but more walking through such areas Brick Lane and the Old Spitalfields Market and White Chapel. The bus takes us to Westminster where we walk to Buckingham Palace (changing of the guard) and into Westminster Abby and Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Locations such as where riots occurred, and where abolitionists met and the changing ethnic composition of neighborhoods are visited and discuss on the spot with license tour leaders.
5 UW Quarter Credits
HSERV 488: Dark Empire: Race, Health & Society in Britain (5 credits) I&S, DIV
Dark Empire is a four week Exploration Seminar based at the University of Greenwich's Maritime campus in Southeast London, England. We explore historical and contemporary factors responsible for the well-being (health) of racial and ethnic minorities in Britain, with implications for America and the rest of the world. England played a major role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and among the first of the slave-trading nations to abolish slavery in 1806 and slave trading in 1834. Non-whites now make-up about 10% of Britain's 60.5 million residents but roughly one-third of London's 32 boroughs comprise of people-of-color. Guided by an African American professor with expertise in health and race-relations, the seminar explores the National Health Service; anti-immigration laws; urban riots; Islamophobia; Muslim fundamentalism; assimilation; and acculturation issues related to health. Tour-guided bus and walking tours, field trips, guest lecturers, and participant-observation provide a cultural immersion into current and historical issues regarding race/ethnic-relations and the intersection of the social determinants of health within Britain and by extension, the world. There are in-depth discussion of themes in prize-winning books such as Brick Lane by Monica Ali, Americanah by Chimananda Adiche, and Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. A 5-7 page typewritten double-space final report with bibliography from one out of 40 health topics is due at the end of September following the return to the states. Classes are held Monday-Thursday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Greenwich Maritime campus. Student accommodations are in Cutty Sark Hall, located minutes from the Greenwich's Maritime campus and home of the Old Royal Naval College. Accommodations include private room with shower/toilet, once-a-week change of towels/linen, full kitchen, free internet service, and 24/7 reception/guard. Cultural events such as the Notting Hill Carnival (the second largest street celebration in the world) and the South Asian Mela Festival occur in London at the time of the seminar. Each student is issued a Weekly Travel Pass for use on public transport during the program. Credits: a total of 5 for the seminar under HSERV 488.
Learning goals include:
To describe the historical and contemporary complexity of health policy within a multicultural society. To effectively compare and contrast critical elements in the sustainability of population health within a nationalized health care system. To recognize the dynamics of history and the diaspora in the present make-up of a major Eurocentric society.
Professor, Health Services, School of Public Health
Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1100.00)
Food (about $25.00)
UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
Other health expenses/immunizations
Personal spending money
Payment Due Date: October 11th, 2019
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.
A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW Study Abroad administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you 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.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements 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: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.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.
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.
$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. 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 will be 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 business day a withdrawal application is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.