This hybrid program offers a unique opportunity to study at UW Tacoma and in Brazil in summer quarter. Students will engage in experiential learning projects with Brazilian students and visit indigenous and African-descendant communities to develop a critical understanding of human rights claims and the intersections of race, gender, class, ethnicity, and sexuality in contemporary Brazil. This is a hybrid program with two weeks of classes at UW Tacoma followed by two weeks in Brazil and then four more weeks of classes at UW Tacoma. During the first two weeks students will learn about Brazilian history, rudiments of the Portuguese language, current events in Brazil and the differing social movements and their rights claims. They will also discuss key themes of the philosophy of human rights. Upon returning from Brazil, students will have mostly online course assignments with 2-3 classes at UW Tacoma and time to work on their final projects.
Then students will travel to Campo Grande, Brazil to take part in workshops with Brazilian students for a total of 14 days in Brazil.
The students will work with professors and students at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul and the Dom Bosco Catholic University on collective projects to answer questions dealing with human rights, and the intersections of race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and gender. They will connect these discussions with real issues by taking trips to visit an urban indigenous village within Campo Grande, a rural African-descendant community (Quilombo) 30 minutes from Campo Grande, a center for violence against women, and a nearby eco-tourism ranch. They will also engage in discussions with professors from the History, Law, Anthropology and Social Work departments of the universities.
The city of Campo Grande is the capital city of the state of Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil. It has a very diverse population and various social movements. Due to previous interactions with professors and institutions, including the Human Rights Institute of Mato Grosso do Sul we can develop mutually beneficial projects with students in Brazil and UW students. UW students will be able to engage with Brazilian students in learning the local/global dynamics of specific issues and analyze social categories within the regional context of Campo Grande, Brazil. This program offers a unique experience to actively work together with Brazilian students, have access to community groups (listed above) and discuss issues with activists and community members.
Students will be required to reflect on the experiences they have had and their relationship with human rights and the intersectional approach by presenting a final PowerPoint presentation to the UW Tacoma group and Brazilian students and professors, writing a final essay and taking a final test.
This program does not have any prerequisites or language requirements. Students will earn 12 credits for this study abroad program for the following two courses:
TEGL 498 or TGH 399 (7 credits) – Study Abroad: Intersections
TEGL 498 explores intersectionality of differing social categories such as race, gender, ethnicity, class, religion, sexuality and so on in Brazil to enhance understanding of global-local dynamics. This course includes on-site interactions/collaborations with local organizations, scholars, activists and students, visits to cultural venues, and participation in community experiences.
Credit for TGH 399 will be available for students in UW Tacoma's Global Honors program.
Learning Goals Include:
Describe the theoretical application of the intersectional approach
Recognize and critically analyze historical, social, cultural, economic and political factors that give rise to social identities, categories and divisions within Brazil.
Analyze the ways in which ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality and class intersect within the current regional context(s).
Analyze the representation of different social categories and identities within the region of Campo Grande
Engage with scholars, activists and residents concerning social categories and possibilities for change.
Discuss how global divisions and representations cross borders
TPHIL 3XX (5 credits) – Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Rights
This course provides an Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Rights with a specific focus on Brazil. Considers historical developments from colonialism to postcolonial processes, race relations involving the Afro-Brazilian struggles for freedom, citizenship, and human rights, and philosophical considerations on environmental rights, especially as they relate to the rights of indigenous peoples. Provides an overview of basic concepts and discussions in these areas, relating them to selected philosophical thinkers and discusses how they have a concrete impact on contemporary initiatives on human rights in the Brazilian context.
Learning Goals Include:
Understand key themes in recent debates on the philosophy of human rights
Learn about the work of philosophers and activists on human rights in Brazil
Establish a direct dialogue with people involved in initiatives to address the problems of coloniality, racism, self-determination, and environmental degradation.
Read key texts connecting human rights and environmental rights and connect them to real issues
Evaluate philosophical discussion in Brazil and develop your own position on human rights issues.
The program runs from June 22 - August 21, 2020. The program will begin with two weeks of classes at UW Tacoma (June 22-July 3) followed by two weeks in Brazil (July 5-18) and four weeks of class again at UW Tacoma (July 20- August 21), including 2-3 in-person meetings.
Students will stay in a family owned hotel, Hotel Paradise, in the downtown area of Campo Grande
There will be three day trips to an eco-tourism ranch, Quilombo (rural African-Brazilian community), and another urban indigenous community. Students will learn about struggles and strategies within these areas and intersections of land/territory/ethnicity/race/gender/capitalism. Students will also visit a museum, women's center, city fair and other organizations within the city of Campo Grande. All costs associated with this these field trips (transportation, accommodation and meals) are included in the program fee.
Students studying philosophy, political science, ethnic, gender and labor studies, environmental studies may be particularly interested in this program. However, we welcome undergraduate students of all majors. Graduate and non-matriculated students are also welcome to apply. There are no prerequisites or language requirements.
Applications are due on January 31, 2020. Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions February 14. Once accepted to the program, applicants will need to confirm their participation in the program by February 28, 2020. Click the "Apply Now" button above to begin.
Travel Documents and Insurance
Passport and Visas
A passport and visa are required for entry into Brazil. You must obtain your Brazilian visa in advance from the Brazilian Embassy or consulate nearest to your place of residence in the United States. Once you are accepted into the program, the program director will walk you through this process.
The University of Washington requires students engaged in educational activities abroad – including study, research, internships or community engagement – to purchase UW Student Abroad Insurance. If you are a current UW student, you are required to purchase coverage UW Student Abroad Insurance. Details are on the UW Study Abroad Insurance page.
Personal expenses (phone calls, eating out, etc.).
Payment Due Date: July 10, 2020
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.
The $450 UW Study Abroad Administrative Fees 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 (please refer to Emergency Withdrawal information below, if applicable). The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by the Office of Global Affairs. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and copy your program director(s) providing notice that you will no longer be participating in the program. You will also need to respond to any further communication from the Office of Global Affairs to finalize your withdrawal.
If you cannot participate in a study abroad program, you may submit an Emergency Withdrawal Petition. If granted, the Emergency Withdrawal may allow for partial relief from your financial obligations to the program.
An Emergency Withdrawal Petition may be submitted in the following circumstances:
Unanticipated change in financial situation
Death in immediate family
Active military duty
Unusual or extenuating circumstances
To submit an Emergency Withdrawal Petition, complete this form and email it to email@example.com.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
For UW Tacoma students, 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 UW Tacoma Office of Financial Aid.
For UW Seattle or Bothell Students, you can apply by filling 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 Financial Aid.
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
Please also review this list of scholarships: these are opportunities that can help fund your study abroad experience. Please note that many of them have deadlines before your study abroad application is due. For help with the application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
UW Tacoma students can attend a How to Fund Your Study Abroad event - more information is on the Events page of our website.
To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an online pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Office of Global Affairs/UW Study Abroad as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program directors. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
Changes in Cost or Scope of Program
In the event of significant devaluations of the dollar, some adjustments to program activities may be necessary. If there are any political events that might compromise the safety of the participants, a rescheduling or cancellation of the program may be necessary. If such changes occur, students will be notified of the changes and options will be presented.
If viable enrollment is not reached by April 1, 2020 the program will be cancelled. Participants will be notified and the administrative and program fees will be refunded.
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 tacoma.uw.edu/drs.