Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Spring Break Studying in Japan?

Are you interested in:
· An international or domestic career in the non-profit or government sectors?
· Environmental policy and nuclear energy?
· Disaster recovery and preparedness?
· Social reform in a global context?
· Japanese culture and Japan-U.S. relations?

...Then apply for Spring Break 2015 in Japan: "Civil Society, Recovery & Reform in the Wake of Disaster"

1 week in Japan + 4 weeks of online coursework and special events at UMD

Weeks 1 and 2: Pre-departure activities (early March, 2015)
· Online discussions of Japanese culture and the impact of disasters in the U.S. and Japan
· Guest lectures by experts on the Japan-U.S. relationship and Japan’s nuclear energy issues; documentary screening on the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster
Week 3: Travel to Japan! (March 14 to 21, 2015)
· Participate in service learning with Japanese university students from Tohoku University  (Tohoku was the region of Japan most affected by the March 2011 disaster)
· Explore Tokyo and Sendai; meet with organizations involved in disaster relief and social reform
Weeks 4 and 5: Post-travel activities (late March and April, 2015)
· Develop and deliver a presentation for the civil society audience of your choice about the situation of disaster victims in Japan, and on disaster preparedness
· Participate in the Sakura Matsuri, the Japanese cultural festival held as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.
Knowledge of Japanese language is not required. Open to UMD sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students. Participating students will be enrolled in the 3-credit course UNIV 318: “Civil Society, Recovery & Reform in the Wake of Disaster.”    Program fee (which does not include airfare) is $1,850.00.

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