Study Abroad in Japan during Early Fall 2013!
Program Dates: August 26 - September 23, 2013
Location: UW Bothell and Ehime University, Matsuyama, Japan
Program Directors: Matt DePies, Science & Technology, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Aspasea McKenna, Division of Enrollment Management, AMcKenna@uwb.edu
Estimated Program Fee: $800, which covers local transportation, housing, most meals, and cultural activities in Japan
Fee does not include: autumn quarter tuition, airfare (~$1,250), travel insurance ($37), some meals in Japan, personal expenses at UW Bothell and while abroad
Academic Credits: 5 Autumn Quarter 2013 credits (BST 498, can be petitioned to fulfill IPR requirement within IAS)
This early fall course explores the lessons learned from the Japanese experience with nuclear power, starting with the path to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August, 1945, and the subsequent development of nuclear power in Japan and around the world. It analyzes the broader concept of the nucleus and how it has dramatically altered our understanding of our place in the universe. The course also incorporates the cultural and social implications of nuclear power in Japan, as well as in the Pacific Northwest.
Japan is the only nation on Earth to have nuclear weapons used against its people during armed conflict. The bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which have a direct connection to the Pacific Northwest, stand as testaments to the destructive power of the nucleus, and as a warning about the potential catastrophe these weapons can cause on human society. In conjunction with its awesome destructive power, nuclear power plants are an effective solution to addressing the energy needs in many countries around the world.
A week of class meetings at UW Bothell (August 26-30) will be followed by two weeks of residence at Ehime University in Matsuyama, Japan (September 3-19), where students will participate in seminars, visit local cultural and historic sites, including Hiroshima Peace Park and Ikata Nuclear Power Station, and engage Japanese students and citizens on questions concerning nuclear power, energy policy, the response to last year's earthquake and tsunami, and prospects for the country's future. A wrap-up day of discussion will be held at UW Bothell following return from Japan.
- Understand, at a level appropriate for a general audience, the development of nuclear physics and the creation of a nuclear weapon in World War II by the United States.
- Understand the decision to use nuclear weapons on Japan by the United States, and the consequences of this action on Japan and the world.
- Discover the wider nature of the nucleus, from the creation of the basic elements to nuclear energy.
- Understand the political, social, and cultural perceptions of nuclear power in Japan and in other nations.
- Deepen knowledge of national and local culture, language, society, and residents’ attitudes toward nuclear power through a two-week stay at Ehime University in Matsuyama.
- August 26-29: Class meetings at UW Bothell, 12-4 pm
- August 30 (tentative): All-day field trip to Hanford B-Reactor
- September 3: Travel to Japan
- September 4-19: Morning class meetings and afternoon cultural activities at Ehime University, Matsuyama, Japan
- September 23: Wrap-up meeting at UW Bothell, 12-4 pm