Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Study Abroad Opportunity: Leon, SPAIN, Summer 2015

The Department of Sociology, OMA&D and CWES are now accepting applications for our Summer Exploration Seminar, "Challenges in Contemporary Spain", in León, Spain. The program, which runs from 8/24-9/18, costs $3,950 and includes trips to Madrid and Bilbao. Students earn 5 JSIS/SOC credits. 

Travel to the UW León Center in Spain to learn about some of the critical issues affecting Spanish society in the wake of the global economic crisis! The program will explore a range of themes related to Spain's efforts to rebuild and reform after an economic crisis that threatens to create a 'lost decade' in this major European nation. Specific topics will include the challenge of regional diversity and separatist movements, integration of immigrants and minority rights, youth unemployment and the broader challenges and repercussions of economic austerity. The four-week program will be led by Dr. Edgar Kiser, UW Professor of Sociology, and includes the 5-credit course SOC 401/JSIS 488: “Challenges in Contemporary Spain”.

Founded as a settlement for a Roman legion (legio - hence the city's name), the ancient city of León today serves as the capital of León province in Northwest Spain. The historic city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its medieval architecture. The very popular Camino Santiago pilgrims' trail runs though León, and the city receives thousands of pilgrims and other visitors every year. A very livable and approachable small city, León is an excellent venue for getting acquainted with Spanish culture and society.

The program will begin with a four-day introduction to Spain in the nation’s energetic capital, Madrid. The session in Madrid is designed to introduce students to historical and contemporary Spain, and will include site visits and meetings designed to update students on the country’s current situation and challenges as seen from the nation’s capital. The program also includes an overnight stay in Bilbao, in the Basque Country, a visit to the Occupy Movement in Madrid, and to a Roma camp in León.

CWES and the Department of Sociology have partnered with the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity to offer this program to help further the University of Washington’s mission of preparing students to gain a worldwide perspective and engage in our global community. OMA&D offers study abroad programs in collaboration with academic departments that focus on minority perspectives all over the world. Course and excursions conducted in English. $3,950 program fee. Applications due March 1, 2015.