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Location Oslo, Norway
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 16 - September 8, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,450
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Kari Lerum; Emily Fuller
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Extended Application Deadline March 15, 2018
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.
HIGHLIGHTS
General This course addresses Norwegian culture in relationship to policies and practices around sexuality, the body, rights, citizenship, personhood, and social & global responsibility. The course will be centered in Oslo – Norway’s capital and known for its many museums, parks, and easy walkability, We will also take a two-night excursion to the smaller town and more rural region of Lillehammer, site of the 1994 Winter Olympics.
 

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:
- 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?
- 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)
- What is the role of Norwegian media in reflecting and shaping narratives about sexuality, gender, race, and citizenship?
- 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.?

LOCATION

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Oslo, Norway

Sites

Oslo, Norway; Lillehammer, Norway

Housing

Students and faculty will be housed at Cochs Pensjonat, a centrally located and moderately priced guest house is Oslo. Cochs Pensjonat has a conference/class room on site and free internet access.

ACADEMICS

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Prerequisites and Language Requirements

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 minimum an hour or two at a time. The terrain of Oslo is relatively flat, but students should be able to navigate stairs and uneven ground. 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 Credits

Courses

BIS 480: Sexual Politics, Culture, and Justice in Norway (5 Credits)

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 question:
- 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?
- 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)
- What is the role of Norwegian media in reflecting and shaping narratives about sexuality, gender, race, and citizenship?
- 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.
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PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

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Kari Lerum, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, Program Director

Kari Lerum (Ph.D. Sociology) is an Associate Professor in Cultural Studies and Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies at UW Bothell, and an Affiliate Professor in Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies at US Seattle. Her current research focuses on the cultural, institutional, and personal impacts of domestic and international policies on sex work and human trafficking. Her scholarship has also critically evaluated popular and academic discourse about the "sexualization of girls," and advocated for non-carceral strategies for racial, economic, gender, and sexual justice.
lerum@uw.edu

Emily Fuller, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, Program Co-Director

Emily Fuller is a graduate student in Cultural Studies at 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 works as a peer writing consultant for the UW Bothell writing center.
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 $44/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money


Payment Due Date: October 13, 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.

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 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.
  • 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. Here 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 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.

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 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:

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

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.