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Affiliated Department: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English UW Credits: 5
Estimated Program Fee: 4000 UW Program Director: Emily Fuller, Kari Lerum
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Katherine R Kroeger UW Program Staff Email: ef33@uw.edu, lerum@uw.edu
Program Information:

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Location Oslo, Norway
Academic Term Early Fall
08/22/2019 - 09/14/2019
Estimated Program Fee $4,450
Credits 5
Prerequisites There are no prerequisites or language requirements for the program. Individuals with adventurous, curious, conscientious, and open minded attitudes are encouraged to apply.
Program Directors Kari Lerum | lerum@uw.edu
Emily Fuller ef33@uw.edu
Program Manager Katherine Kroger | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Extended Deadline March 17, 2019
Information Sessions TBD - Please contact program directors for more information
HIGHLIGHTS
General This program introduces students to sexual politics and culture in contemporary Norwegian society. Based in central Oslo, we will have with frequent fieldtrips including an overnighttrip to the mountains, and opportunities to meet with gender studies students at the University of Oslo.
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.
 

Program Description

Contemporary Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland) are frequently lauded as the happiest, healthiest, and most gender equitable places in the world. This course will hone its attention on one of these nations: Norway. In particular, we will study the ways that sexual politics, feminist thought, and movements for social justice shape contemporary Norwegian institutions, culture, and daily life.

Course readings, lectures, exercises, and field trips will be centered around the following questions:

  1. How does Norwegian state feminism and gender policy impact the lives of people across a range of gender and sexual identities? How does it interact with the cultural and religious practices of new immigrants and cultures?
  2. How and why is sexuality education in Norway so different from the US, and what implications does this have for sexual health? (e.g. Comprehensive and readily accessible to children of all ages vs. limited and focused on abstinence and disease).
  3. What is the role of Norwegian media in reflecting and shaping narratives about sexuality, gender, race, and citizenship?
  4. How do Norwegian human rights legacies (resistance to Nazi Germany; home of the Nobel Peace Prize) inform responses to contemporary White Nationalist tensions across Europe and the U.S.?


Overall, the course will help students gain a deeper sense of how Norwegian (vs. American) cultural and ideological positions produce different logics of sexuality, the body, rights, citizenship, personhood, and social & global responsibility.

This course will be held in Oslo – Norway's capital and also the largest metropolitan area with a population of just under 1,000,000. Oslo is known for its many museums, parks, and easy walkability; it is also the center of Norwegian commerce, politics, and contemporary arts and culture. As a contrast to Oslo, we will also take an overnight excursion to Lillehammer, site of the 1994 Winter Olympics, as well as a traditional Norwegian mountain resort.

 

LOCATION

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Sites

Oslo, Norway

Housing

Our primary residence will be Cochs Pensjonat: http://www.cochspensjonat.no/ This is a guesthouse, not a youth hostel or a standard commercial hotel. We used this facility last year and were very satisfied. 

ACADEMICS

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Prerequisites and Language Requirements

There are no prerequisites or language requirements for the program. Individuals with adventurous, curious, conscientious, and open minded attitudes are encouraged to apply. This course will require regular walking to/from and within various sites; students should be able to walk at a moderate pace and/or be on their feet for at least an hour or two at a time. (The terrain of Oslo is relatively flat, but students should be able to walk on uneven ground., We will also use public transportation). Students will also be strongly encouraged, but not required, to participate in one guided rural mountain trek, also on relatively flat terrain.

Credits

5 UW Quarter Credits

Courses

BISGST 497: Sexual Politics, Culture, and Justice in Norway (5 credits) I&S; Diversity

Contemporary Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland) are frequently lauded as the happiest, healthiest, and most gender equitable places in the world. This course will hone its attention on one of these nations: Norway. In particular, we will study the ways that sexual politics, feminist thought, and movements for social justice shape contemporary Norwegian institutions, culture, and daily life.

Course readings, lectures, exercises, and field trips will be centered around the following questions:

  1. How does Norwegian state feminism and gender policy impact the lives of people across a range of gender and sexual identities? How does it interact with the cultural and religious practices of new immigrants and cultures?
  2. How and why is sexuality education in Norway so different from the US, and what implications does this have for sexual health? (e.g. Comprehensive and readily accessible to children of all ages vs. limited and focused on abstinence and disease).
  3. What is the role of Norwegian media in reflecting and shaping narratives about sexuality, gender, race, and citizenship?
  4. How do Norwegian human rights legacies (resistance to Nazi Germany; home of the Nobel Peace Prize) inform responses to contemporary White Nationalist tensions across Europe and the U.S.? Overall, the course will help students gain a deeper sense of how Norwegian (vs. American) cultural and ideological positions produce different logics of sexuality, the body, rights, citizenship, personhood, and social & global responsibility.


Learning goals include:

  1. To understand how cultural logics impact assumptions about what is "true" about sexuality and citizenship.
  2. To compare sexual health outcomes in Norway and other nations considering the effect of causes such as: social inequality, sex education, and ideology.
  3. Situate and analyze the production of gender, sexuality, and social justice in Norway at personal, cultural, and institutional levels.
  4. Collaborate with peers to engage in scholarly and creative activities that analyze cross-national (Norway vs. US) experiences of gender, sexuality, race, religion, and citizenship.
  5. Produce an authoethnographic account which includes personal reflections, observations, illustrations, and analysis of your experience in light of course readings and content.

 

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

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Kari Lerum
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Kari Lerum (PhD sociology) is an associate professor in gender, women, and sexuality studies at UW Bothell. Her research focuses on the intersections of sexuality, power, and context. Her current work focuses on domestic and international policies on sex work and human trafficking. Her scholarship has also critically evaluated popular discourses about the "sexualization of girls", sexuality education, and carceral strategies for racial, economic, gender, and sexual justice. This will be her second year directing this program.
lerum@uw.edu

Emily Fuller
hourly employee, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Emily Fuller has an MA in Cultural Studies from UW Bothell. Her research interests include queer community and culture, young adult media, and representations of sexualities. She has a passion for writing and storytelling, and has worked as a peer writing consultant for the UW Bothell writing center. This will be her second year co-directoring this program.
ef33@uw.edu

 

 

FINANCES

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Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,450

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,000)
  • Food (about $35)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money


Payment Due Date: October 11, 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.

Financial Aid

  • 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.

Scholarships

  • 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.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Below are some ways to find additional support.

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.

APPLICATION CONSIDERATIONS

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Application Process

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.

Orientation

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.

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. 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.

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 $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:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.