Bangalore, India 2013

Social Justice & NGO Activism

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July 25 – August 24, 2012

20 credits: Honors Social Science, Humanities, and Special Topics (Variation of credits may be available per preapproval with your department)

All UW students are welcome to apply, priority given to CHID and College/Interdisciplinary and Departmental Honors students.

This program will satisfy the following 5 credits of Honors Humanities requirements, and 10 credits of Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. Honors 398 and Honors 400 may be joined and count toward an additional 5 credits of Honors core per Honors advisor approval.

*Students can choose to receive English credit for these courses per pre-approval by the English Department advisor.

CourseCreditsCredit Type
Honors 394/ CHID 498 5 Honors Interdisciplinary (VLPA & I&S) (taken Spring Quarter 2013)
Honors 394/ CHID 474A 5 Honors Interdisciplinary (VLPA &I&S) (taken Summer 2013 while abroad)
Honors 210/CHID 474B 5 Honors Humanities (VLPA) (taken Summer 2013 while abroad)
Honors 499/CHID 498 2 Honors Independent Research (may count toward VLPA or I&S, per discussion with instructor) (taken Summer 2013 while abroad)
CHID 498/Honors 398 3 Honors Special Topics: Humanities, VLPA (taken Fall Quarter 2013)
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Applications due: February 8, 2013

Information Sessions

  • Tuesday, December 4th, 12:00-1:00, Honors Seminar Room, MGH 211B
  • Wednesday, January 16th, 11:30, CHID Lounge (Padelford C101)

About the Program

The "Social Justice and NGO Activism" program to Bangalore, India asks many questions:

Everyone talks about becoming a “global citizen,” but what does this really mean? How do events unfolding across the world—and India in particular-- intersect with our lives here in the Pacific Northwest? How do outsourcing and globalization play out in actual people’s lives and livelihoods? Is there such a thing as transnational solidarity and an international movement for social justice? If so, what might that look like?

To help answer some of these questions, we will learn about and explore the current scene of social justice activism in Bangalore through partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGO) throughout the city. We will be introduced to issues of urban dislocation, gender and sexuality issues, traffic and transportation, waste disposal, children's rights, rural women, and development. Our program in Bangalore will help us learn about the city and its people, and encourage analysis that takes into account history, language politics, gender relations, caste divisions, poverty and affluence. We hope to cultivate an appreciation of the incredible challenges that organizations and activists face in Bangalore, as well as the joys and gifts of doing this work.

Academic Credit / Program Components

The "Social Justice and NGO Activism" program consists of 20 required credits spread out in three stages:

  • Spring 2013—5 credit course at UW Seattle
  • Summer B Term 2013—12 credits while in India
  • Autumn 2013—3 credit seminar at UW Seattle

All of the UW Seattle courses will be taught by the Program Director, Dr. Anu Taranath. Courses in Bangalore will be taught by Taranath as well as Bangalore-based experts.

This is a joint collaborative effort between Honors and CHID. All program courses will be "withered" with Honors and CHID.

Global Citizenship - Moving Beyond the Buzz Words

Spring 2013
5 credits
Honors 394/CHID 498

This 5 unit course serves as the pre-departure requirement for the learning we will do in India. Students will read and discuss a wide variety of texts – including literature, ethnography, and theory—to develop a shared vocabulary around issues of power, privilege, travel, and global relations. We will become acquainted with South Asia, develop lenses from which to view ourselves and our travels, and work to build a vibrant teaching and learning cohort.

Globalization & Social Relations

B-term, Summer 2013
5 credits
Honors 394/CHID 474A

While in Bangalore, students will learn from local activists and scholars about the changes Bangalore has recently undergone, and what these changes mean to different communities of residents. We will consider what “globalization” means from the vantage point of Seattle and Bangalore, and use our time in India to complicate and stretch our ideas.

Transnational Justice: Challenges and Possibilities

B-term, Summer 2013
5 credits
Honors 210/CHID 474B

Since "social justice" as a philosophy and practice means different things for different people, our time in India will help us reflect on transnational justice. Does “human rights” or "justice" in the US mean the same thing as "human rights" in India, or are these concepts situational and specific to each context?

Honors Independent Research

B-term, Summer 2013
2 credits
Honors 499/CHID 498

Students will work on research and projects to be determined once we arrive in India.

Special Colloquia

Fall 2013
3 credits
CHID 498/Honors 398

Our seminar in Autumn 2013 provides a formal space for us to process and make sense of our travels in India. We would have asked each other many questions before and during our journey, and the “now-that-we are-back” seminar gives us the chance to formulate some possible answers. Classes will meet once a week for two hours.

Housing in Bangalore

Students will be housed in a combination of university dorms and home stays. Program Director Dr. Anu Taranath has built relationships with the staff at these facilities over the past decade.

Program Staffing

Dr. Anu Taranath has led five study abroad programs with UW students and has extensive experience teaching about international issues. She teaches courses in colonial and post-colonial literature, gender theory and cultural studies, as well as contemporary world literatures, including texts from South Asia, the Caribbean, and parts of Africa. She consults with faculty across the US on study abroad and international education issues. For more information on Anu and her work, please see

Program Assistants Amy Hirayama and Brandon Maust have collaborated with Anu over the past five years on radical pedagogy, writing, and social justice projects. Both Amy and Brandon have extensive experience assisting on study abroad programs in Bangalore, and are familiar with the city. Amy teaches 8th grade language arts and social studies in the Seattle Public School District, and Brandon works as a microbiology researcher at the UW.

Program Expenses

This program will cost approximately $3,200 per student. Course costs include administrative fees, accommodations, classroom and library use, field trips and excursions, admission fees to all museums and exhibits, and most meals. Students do not pay additionally for tuition; equivalent tuition costs are included in the $3,200. Course fee does not include an IP&E concurrent enrollment fee ($300); airfare ($1,500-$2,000 roundtrip, depending on when and where you buy your ticket); food (about $10-20 per day), and personal spending money, such as travel after the class is over, provided you are a full-time student.

The Financial Aid office can provide student loans for not only the cost of the course, but also travel, food, and other related costs, such as travel after the class is over, provided you are a fulltime student. In addition, short-term loans are available to cover pre-travel expenses.

IP&E will automatically charge student accounts for all program payments and fees.

Financial Aid

Students may use their regular financial aid and scholarship funds for study abroad. The exception is any scholarship in the form of a tuition waiver. Tuition waivers cannot be used to pay study abroad program fees. You may want to check with the Office of Student Financial Aid in Schmitz Hall for more information.

There are funding opportunities through the Global Opportunities Program, and the Office of International Programs and Exchanges also maintains a funding opportunities list.

Refund Policy

A $350 deposit is required at the time of acceptance. This $350 deposit is non-refundable. Any student withdrawing from the program within 4 months of the program start date will be responsible for a minimum of 25% of the total program fee. In addition, there may be other unrecoverable fixed program costs. Any student withdrawing from the program within 2 months of the program start date will be responsible for 50% of the total program fee. Any student withdrawing from the program within 1 month of the program start date will be responsible for 75% of the total program fee. Withdrawal after a program begins involves the loss of the entire program fee.

Once accepted to the program in order to formally withdraw, you must do the following, in writing:

  • Contact the program directors
  • Submit a signed IPE Withdrawal Form to the UW Office of International Programs and Exchanges
  • Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot

Your withdrawal date is considered the date (business day) your withdrawal paperwork is received by the UW Office of International Programs and Exchanges.

Getting There

To Bangalore

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Bangalore. Act quickly to reserve the lowest fares. If possible, program participants will have the option of traveling with others on a group fare.

Within India

The program cost of approximately $3,200 will include any travel that occurs as part of the program.

Application Instructions

Selection to the program is competitive and acceptance into the program will be decided based on application materials, interviews, and student's demonstrated motivation to challenge themselves intellectually across academic disciplines and cultures and to work both individually and in groups. The program directors are seeking students who are interested in engaging fully in the local communities and meeting and dialoging with a wide variety of people on site (e.g. youth, older generation, community activists, artists, politicians, and educators).

Students of color, GLBTQ students, and/or first generation college students are especially encouraged and welcome to apply!

The application link for this study abroad program will be available in early December. In the meantime, please complete the "Next Steps Survey" to receive more information and to be scheduled for an informational interview. Thank you.

Apply through the IP&E website »
Applications due: February 8, 2013

For More Information

For more information about the program components, please contact:

Naraelle Hohensee, CHID International Programs Outreach,
Dr. Anu Taranath, Bangalore Program Director,
Katherine Kroeger, UW Study Abroad Office,

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