Only Jackson School students are eligible for Task Force will be admitted. Selection within the Jackson School will be based on (1) major, (2) class standing, (3) GPA, (4) letters of recommendation, (5) reasons for wanting to participate in this particular program, (6) ability to adapt to new situations, (7) willingness to work with others, (8) interview.
Two task force projects: one on Chinese trade and investment in Europe, and the other on the possibility of a common European policy on migration will be combined with two other classes related to migration and international business and political economy.
This program will be the fourth offering of the Jackson School's 'Task Force Study Abroad' Program in Rome, first held in Winter 2017. The Task Force has been the senior capstone course of the International Studies major at the Jackson School since 1983. Graduating seniors conduct research and writing on current global challenges and international issues, working in teams that recommend responses to international problems. Their recommendations are evaluated by outside experts based on policy reports or briefings created under strict deadlines. 'Task Force in Rome' allows students to investigate Europe-related policy issues 'in country' with easier access to European experts and policymakers who can provide expertise and evaluated the Task Force reports and presentations. Visits to European and international organizations based in Rome and vicinity as well as visiting experts and speakers from nearby European countries enhance the experience of working on timely international policy challenges. In Winter 2017 the overarching program theme was 'Challenges to European Unity' and the program consisted of two five-credit courses on European economic integration and on European security challenges, as well as a five-credit Task Force investigating issues relating to those two courses. The content courses are uniquely conceived to prepared students for their work in Task Force as well as providing upper-level JSIS credit for seniors. All students in the program will be seniors in the International Studies major. In Winter 2018 modifications were made based on an extensive on-site evaluation of the 2017 'pilot program': students were divided into two Task Forces of ten students each, with each Task Force related to one of the intent courses, with each program faculty responsible for one Task Force. This will improve the ability of Task Forces to work together. These modifications were based on student suggestions. Otherwise the 2018 program investigated similar topics and policy issues as the 2017 program. In Winter 2019 modifications were made based on feedback from the 2018 program, but otherwise the 2019 program looked at similar topics and issues as the 2018 program. In Winter 2020 the task force will follow the Winter 2018 model with two senior faculty members leading two task forces each with a related content course, with each faculty member responsible for one Task Force and one related content course.
Private apartments are made available through the UW Rome Center.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Only Jackson School students are eligible for Task Force will be admitted. Selection within the Jackson School will be based on (1) major, (2) class standing, (3) GPA, (4) letters of recommendation, (5) reasons for wanting to participate in this particular program, (6) ability to adapt to new situations, (7) willingness to work with others, (8) interview. There are no special physical requirements.
15 UW Quarter Credits
JSIS A 304: Contemporary European Migration: Ethnography of Migration and Multiculturalism in Europe (5 credits) I&S
Because of the recent political importance of issues of international migration and the adaptation of migrant populations to European societies, anthropologists have produced much recent ethnography treating these subjects. Students in the class will read five selected ethnographies and write response papers on three of them. Two of the ethnographies will focus on Italy providing insights to students about the use of public space by natives and immigrants in Rome and Naples that they also can observe and investigate. The two ethnographies on Italy will be contrasted with ethnographies of France and Spain that will illustrate how modes of defining national identity, citizenship, and historical memory differ among the European countries and affect how immigrants can variously adapt. Room will be left for each student to select an additional ethnography tailored to a country and issue of their particular interest.
Learning goals include:
The main purpose is to give students examples of the complex interaction of national identity and citizenship with the use of urban space in historic cities, and of the pattern of use of various public spaces by native and immigrants alike in several contrasting European countries. This will help students understand the variety of ways different European peoples understand their historical experience, citizenship, and national identity, and how these differences lead to different immigrant experiences. This should also help students understand the complex and varying ways that economic and social institutions structure the immigrant experience. We will provide examples of institutions and developments such as ethno-psychiatry that ease immigrant adjustment in various European countries, as well. Students will be assessed by three response papers, one in-class presentation of field observations, and overall class participation.
JSIS B 330: International Political Economy: Global Business from a European Perspective (5 credits) I&S
This course prepares students to understand the most important aspects of the international political economy. It investigates the important relationships among nations and business and economic institutions that influence students' performances as managers, consumers, and citizens. Emphasis will be on the economic and business relations between European countries (especially the EU) and other large economic areas including the Atlantic and Pacific economies. Business and trade challenges for the EU arising from the rise of East Asian countries (especially China) will be a main theme of the course.
Learning goals include:
The course will categorize and explain the international and European institutions governing international business, corporate behavior and global trade. We will identify distinct approaches and explanatory models of politics and economics relating to regulation f business, including consumer issues and commercial behavior. We will apply explanatory models to specific issues concerning economic and business relations between Europe and other economic regions, specifically East Asia.
In addition to the two courses listed above student will take one of the following Task Force course:
JSIS 495: Task Force: A Common Asylum and Migration Policy for the European Union? (5 credits) I&S
On September 26, 2017 French President Emmanuel Macron in a major speech at the Sorbonne proposed as one of six keys for "rebuilding a sovereign, united and democratic Europe" the reform of European Union migration policy including establishing a European asylum office and European border policy to ensure "rigorous management of borders across Europe." He linked this new migration policy also to foreign policy coordination (another of his six keys). Students will be asked to prepare a white paper discussing the issues involved in coming up with a common migration policy for Europe taking into account fundamental issues of human rights as well as issues of national sovereignty, identity, and competitiveness and the concrete social issues involved with accommodating migrant populations already in Europe.
Learning goals include:
Students will learn how to cooperate with each other to produce a white paper that is more than the sum of each individual contribution. They will identity the variety of migration and asylum policies of major European countries in order to identify points of commonality and of difference. Students will discuss among themselves policy alternatives and come up with a plausible proposal for a common European migration and asylum policy that they can defend to an outside examiner. Finally students write write a common white paper persuasive enough to convinced a policy specialist of the viability of their proposal. This will give students skill of cooperation, research, problem solving, and writing in addition to the concrete contents they will learn about their subject matter.
JSIS 495: Task Force: The EU/European Economy in Global Perspective: EU-China Relations (5 credits) I&S
This task force will examine how Europe should deal with the rise of Chinese investment and trade in the European region.
Learning goals include:
Students will learn how to cooperate with each other to produce a white paper that is more than the sum of each individual contribution. They will identity the issues related to Chinese investment in and trade with China that are causing friction in Europe. How should Europe deal with the rise of China and its impact on Europe. Students will discuss among themselves policy alternatives and come up with a plausible proposal for how Europe should deal with China that they can defend to an outside examiner. Finally students write write a common white paper persuasive enough to convinced a policy specialist of the viability of their proposal. This will give students skill of cooperation, research, problem solving, and writing in addition to the concrete contents they will learn about their subject matter.
Clark W. Sorensen
Professor, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
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Estimated Program Fee: $8,300
Included in the program fee:
$450 Study Abroad Fee
Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,600)
Food (about $27/day)
UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
Other health expenses/immunizations
Personal spending money
Payment Due Date: January 24, 2020
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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.