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India is often known as a country that simultaneously lives in many centuries at once. Straddling the ultra-traditional and high-tech modern, Indian society evidences deeply regressive and surprisingly progressive values which differently affect people's lives across gender, caste, class and region. This program introduces students to an amazing roster of Indian activists, scholars and everyday change-makers who are working to expand the frame of human rights and social justice for poor people, disenfranchised minorities and women.
To better understand how social change takes place, we will focus on the weaving arts as an entry point and lens. We'll spend time understanding how sarees, carpets, clothing, and handicrafts are made, who makes them, how the chain of production has changed over the decades, and what globalization has meant to the people who work in these industries. We'll learn how colonialism influenced the centuries-old weaving and handicraft industries, and consider how globalization, gender, sexuality, caste and class play out in these communities nowadays. Students will participate in site visits to weaving centers throughout South India as well as engage in numerous hands-on experiences with front-line activists and thinkers.
In addition to exploring the weaving arts and Indian society, our program will also foreground the study abroad experience as a site to discuss, question and appreciate. We'll discuss the ethics of going abroad as Westerners, and what it means to grapple with our good intentions and different identities. How might we navigate our privileges with an eye toward justice and dignity toward ourselves and others? How do we "sit with discomfort" productively so we can learn and stretch well, not only during the program in India but even after we return home?
If these conversations sound interesting, please do consider joining us. All students across campus welcome to apply!
Students will be housed in a combination of university dorms, home stays, hostels and hotels.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
No formal prerequisites are required, but a willingness to think expansively about social and global issues is a great plus. A fair amount of walking will be required on this program while we are in India. Unfortunately, with the large population and often broken pavements, most public spaces in India are not suitable for wheelchairs or other mobility assistive devices.
12 UW Quarter Credits
CHID 390: Indian Expressions (5 credits) I&S
CHID 390 is a reading, discussion and writing course centered on general questions of knowledge and interpretation that emerge from the historical and comparative study of human people and their narratives. Since we will be living in South India during this time, we'll have the opportunity to witness both the everyday lives of people, as well as some extraordinary moments if we're lucky. From our vantage point, we will ask: How do different people narrative their lives? Is there a particularly "Indian" way to think, know, be, imagine and express life? How have scholars, writers, and filmmakers across the disciplines answered this question, especially as society rapidly and ceaseless globalizes and changes? To help us grapple with these grand issues, we will read books and essays, watch films, engage in site visits and explore the region with a modest but curious step.
Learning goals include:
- To better understand how "India" and "Indian society" is put together, fractured, tenuous and sedimented all at once - To better understand how writers and filmmakers express this complex ethos through their texts or films - To better understand our own context in Seattle and the US by closely investigating another site in a comparative framework. Students will be assessed via writing assignments and creative projects.
CHID 474: Postcolonial Literatures & Cultural Studies (5 credits) I&S
This course focuses on major texts and writers from South Asia from a postcolonial and cultural studies framework. We will engage with the critical questions and debates in South Asian postcolonial literature, including issues of identity, globalization, language, and nationalism, all while living and traveling through South India.
Learning goals include:
--To better understand how postcolonial literary theory can be applicable to real life situations -- to better understand how South Asian cultural studies plays out in public life -- to become better informed about the historical roots of contemporary Global North and Global South relations Students will be assessed via writing assignments and creative projects.
CHID 470: Introduction to India (2 credits) I&S
Introduction to India, Indian culture, and social relations.
Learning goals include:
-increased familiarity with Indian culture and politics
Dr. Anu Taranath
Senior Lecturer, English & CHID, English & CHID
Dr. Anu brings passion and expertise to her teaching and study abroad work. She's led 11 UW programs focused on social justice themes, and consults with faculty, program staff and universities invested in creating more ethically-just exchanges with people from different parts of our globe. The recipient of UW's Distinguished Teaching Award and several national Fulbright Fellowships, her book Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World will be published in Spring 2019. For more information on her work, please see www.anutaranath.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Ravi Ramaswamy
Mr Ravi is a Theater of the Oppressed practitioner, trainer and facilitator who has worked with students and adults in schools, universities, medical colleges and community spaces across India. As a core member of the Centre for Community, Dialogue and Change, Ravi weaves his passion for experiential theatre with his social work background and deep knowledge of development, urban poverty, education, child and youth rights, gender and sexuality issues.
Estimated Program Fee: $4,600
Included in the program fee:
$450 Study Abroad Fee
$350 CHID 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 $10/day)
UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
Other health expenses/immunizations
Personal spending money
Payment Due Date: July 12, 2018
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.
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There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW 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.
For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. 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 orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.
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 a contract has been submitted. 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 business day a withdrawal form 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 signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.