OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

India

OSU: India, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Travel Seminar

Program Administrator: 
OSU
Country: 
India
Host Institution: 

The program will be hosted by PSGR Krishnammal College for Women.

Location: 

Coimbatore, Kochi, Delhi, Agra and Jaipur India

Duration: 
Winter term
Language: 
English
Class Format: 
Classes Primarily with US Students
Housing: 
Other
Requirement: 

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS & PREREQUISITES

  • Enrolled in the MA or M.A.I.S. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, or instructor consent
  • For graduate students from other programs, WGSS 514, WGSS 518, WGSS 585, or instructor consent
  • For undergraduate students, WGSS 223, WGSS 224, WGSS 280, or instructor consent
  • Good academic standing, with a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Clear OSU Student Conduct Record
  • Maturity and the ability to participate in a rigorous daily program
Program Details: 

ABOUT THE SEMINAR

Students have a unique opportunity to learn about women, gender, and sexuality in India through this short-term study abroad program, to be held for two weeks during winter term 2014 (Jan 15-31, tentatively). We will travel to Coimbatore, India, where, in collaboration with Women’s Studies faculty and students at PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, we will spend two weeks exploring women’s experiences in India. We will also travel to other parts of the country including Kochi, Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Using an experiential learning model, students will learn about Indian feminist movements, women’s history in India, and gender issues considered most significant to local scholars and activists. We will hear from activists and scholars working to end violence against women, LGTBQ organizers, advocates for reproductive health and justice, and rural women organizing within their communities. We will focus specifically on women, gender, and sexuality as they intersect with other categories (race, culture, caste, class, age, and ability) within the context of India. As participants in the course, students will engage in an active daily program of study, including visits to NGOs, temples, and sites of historic and cultural significance.

This seminar is designed for graduate students in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, to meet the Global Studies requirement (WGSS 586, 587, 588). However, undergraduates and graduate students in other programs are welcome to participate if they meet the prerequisites or by instructor consent. To prepare for the program, all students will be required to participate in pre-departure meetings.

For graduate students in WGSS, this travel seminar is embedded into two required courses: WGSS 518: Feminist Research (4 cred.) and WGSS 585: Transnational Feminisms (3 cred.). In addition, graduate students in WGSS should register for WGSS 586, 587, and 588: Global Experience (1 cred. each), and thesis credits.

 

ITINERARY AND PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The following are tentative details regarding program content and site visits:

  •   Meet with Women’s Studies faculty and students at PSGR Krishnammal College to explore women’s positions and roles in the Indian social structure
  •  Attend a panel on women in Indian literature and history
  •  Learn about the Dalit women’s movement in India
  •  Visit a women’s reproductive health clinic
  •  Visit Shanti Ashram
  •  Visit Perur Temple in Tamil Nadu
  • Meet with grassroots women’s organizations working in rural communities to advance social justice
  • Visit the Women’s Development Corporation and learn about women in the Indian economy
  • Meet with members of a women’s self-help (entrepreneurial) group
  • Visit Guild for Service to learn about the experiences of widows in India
  • Attend a lecture on ayurvedic medicine
  • Visit the Isha Foundation Yoga Center and attend a lecture and workshop on women and yoga in India
  • Visit Kali Press for Women and meet with founder Ritu Menon
  • Exchange experiences with local feminist community activists working to end violence against women
  • Visit the Taj Mahal
  • Listen to a panel on LGBTQ experience and same-sex legislation in India
  • Visit the home based care program for children at Naz India, an NGO working on HIV/AIDS and sexual health issues, and meet with founder Anjali Gopalan

 

PROGRAM LEADERS

Dr. Patti Duncan is an Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at OSU. She specializes in transnational feminist theories and movements, women of color feminisms, and feminist media studies. She is the author of Tell This Silence: Asian American Women Writers and the Politics of Speech (2004); co-editor, with Gina Wong, of East Asian Mothering: Politics and Practices (forthcoming), and co-director/producer of Finding Face (2009), a documentary film exploring the effects of gendered violence in Cambodia. Her current research focuses on representations of rescue, migration, and illegitimate motherhood among women in the global South. She has taught and/or conducted research in South Korea, Mexico, Cambodia, Vietnam, South Africa, India, China, and Brazil, among other places.

Dr. Mehra Shirazi is an Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at OSU. Her work focuses on health disparities through the lens of social justice with regard to class, race, geography, environment, immigration status, and gender. Her current research addresses breast health knowledge and early detection behaviors among immigrant and refugee women. She teaches “Global Perspectives on Women’s Health,” “Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Health,” and “Feminist Research,” a graduate seminar focusing on community-based participatory research.

 

THE APPLICATION PROCESS:

The application deadeline has been extended to October 31, 2013.

1. Submit the OSU Online Education Abroad Application: https://studyabroad.oregonstate.edu/apply/  (select Education Abroad, then select India, and then select the program OSU|COIMBATORE|WGSS SHORT-TERM TRAVEL SEMINAR)

2. Submit a one page (minimum) typed essay via email to Patti.Duncan@oregonstate.edu and Mehra.Shirazi@oregonstate.edu which answers the following question:

How do you anticipate your participation in this seminar impacting your academic experience and future career?

Applicants from outside of the WGSS department may be contacted for an interview with the program leaders before the acceptance decision occurs.

All applicants will be notified of acceptance by October 31, 2013.  The first required orientation meeting will occur shortly after notification of acceptance.

PLEASE NOTE:  All applicants must hold a valid passport at the time they apply for this program given the quick turn-around time required in order to secure a visa to travel to India.

Program Costs: 

Estimates as of August 2013 are as follows:

The program fee $1500 (includes in-country transportation, lodging, meals, excursion fees, and honoraria for guest speakers, depending on the total number of participants.)

Student participants are responsible for paying round-trip airfare from PDX to Delhi (depending on when purchased, approximately $1400).

To enter India you will need a passport ($135 if you are applying for or renewing your passport) and visa ($75). In addition,

OSU requires that you be enrolled in safety and risk insurance (charged to your student account): $60

Student participants are also expected to cover their own personal expenses (communications, laundry, spending money, etc.)

Note: The School of Language, Culture, and Society has generously agreed to cover the costs of the two trip leaders, a fee normally included in program cost. This significantly reduces the expense for student participants (estimated to lower the cost per participant by approximately $500-750).

Academic emphasis: 
Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies

SAS: Semester At Sea

Program Administrator: 
Semester at Sea
Country: 
Multiple Countries
Host Institution: 

Semester at Sea is a pioneer and leader in global, comparative education—a form of international study that focuses on surveying the world's peoples, patterns, cultures, and traditions. Global, comparative education is the element that distinguishes Semester at Sea from other study abroad programs. Operating a traveling shipboard campus allows diverse learning communities to live and learn in close quarters as they travel the world, and SAS provides opportunities for intensive engagement, reflection, interaction, and exchange that simply aren't available with other programs. Field-based, experiential learning is a vital component of Semester at Sea. The ship becomes a campus where participants study in a traditional setting, while the world is transformed into an academic laboratory where students earn 20% of their grade. Field Labs are designed and led by a faculty member who has expertise in a particular culture, location, or subject matter. These in-port labs enhance and explore course content. SAS directed trips are led by staff or faculty. May be recommended by a faculty member as an excellent complement to a student's syllabus. Independent Practica are opportunities for a participant to conduct independent research. Requires faculty approval to count as fulfillment of field requirement.

Click here for a presentation from an OSU Student who participated in this program.

Location: 

Classes and residences are on board the MV Explorer, a 590-foot ship made into a floating campus. There are seven decks, student residences, dining halls, a library, recreational facilities, and more. Check out the Semester at Sea website for more information! There are voyages summer, fall, and spring with different routes around the world. The destinations vary slightly every year. While in port, students have the choice to stay in country or on the ship.

Duration: 
Fall term
Winter/Spring Semester
Language: 
English
Class Format: 
Classes Primarily with US and International Students
Housing: 
Other
Requirement: 

Minimum 2.75 GPA, Consistent full time student status where one full term has been completed, 300-500 word essay.
See the Semester at Sea Application Checklist for more information on application requirements.

Mandatory Application Checklist: 
Program Details: 

Please see the Semester at Sea website for more information.
See the SAS video to learn more about the program.

Program Costs: 

Please see the Semester at Sea website for program cost details
$350 per term OSU Education Abroad Administration Fee

Academic emphasis: 
Anthropology
Applied Visual Arts
Art
Asian Lang & Cultures
Biology
Business Admin.
Civil Eng.
Digital Comm Art
Earth Science
Economics
English
Environ. Econ. Policy
Environ. Science
Ethnic Studies
General Science
Geography
History
Int'l Business
Management
Marketing
Natural Resources
New Media Comm.
Philosophy
Political Science
Public Health
Psychology
Sociology
Spanish
Speech Comm.

CIEE: Hyderabad, India (Arts & Sciences)

Program Administrator: 
CIEE
Country: 
India
Host Institution: 

The University of Hyderabad, over twenty-five years old, was the first federally funded university to be established in the southern part of India. The University has over 200 faculty and 2,100 full-time students in eight schools: chemistry; life sciences; mathematics and computer & information sciences; physics; humanities; social sciences; management studies; performing & fine arts; and communication. The campus is located approximately 30-45 minutes from the downtown area by public transportation affording students a more tranquil environment outside of the city center to learn about student life in Andhra Pradesh.

Location: 

Hyderabad is the fifth largest city in India and is at the heart of India’s rapidly developing global  economy. The newly coined “Cyberabad” area, the IT-outsourcing hub that contains the famous “Hitech City”, has brought much attention to Hyderabad in recent years. Good public transportation makes Hyderabad an excellent base from which to visit other areas of the country. The language of the state is Telugu, but in Hyderabad, Urdu is widely spoken, and people are comfortable with Hindi. English is also spoken by large numbers of college-educated people.

Duration: 
Winter/Spring Semester
Academic year
Summer/Fall Semester
Language: 
English
Class Format: 
Classes with Host-Country and International Students
Housing: 
Residence Hall
Host Family
Varies
Requirement: 

Overall GPA of 3.0. Junior standing.

Mandatory Application Checklist: 
Program Details: 

Visit the CIEE program page for more information.

Program Costs: 

Visit the CIEE program page for more information.

Academic emphasis: 
Animal Sciences
Anthropology
Applied Visual Arts
Art
Biochem. & Biophys.
Botany
Computer Sci.
Crop & Soil Science
Economics
English
Environ. Econ. Policy
History
Horticulture
Mathematics
Philosophy
Political Science
Sociology
Speech Comm.
Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies