Study Abroad in Taiwan 2019: Explore Environmental and Social Resilience

Program on the Environment lecturer Yen-Chu Weng has worked with UW Study Abroad to develop a new study abroad program to Taiwan.

See details below and look out for final program details via UW Study Abroad or contact Yen-Chu for more information: yweng@uw.edu.

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION:

As societies around the world are facing daunting challenges of global environmental change in the 21st century, Taiwan stands out as an exemplary country in East Asia that adapts quickly to changing environments. As a densely populated island nation, Taiwan is full of diversity, both in natural landscapes and in culture and history, and continues to demonstrate its resilience and adaptive capacity to a changing world.

This program will explore environmental and social resilience in Taiwan on the following themes: (1) green urbanism and circular city, (2) renewable energy, (3) post-disaster adaptation of aboriginal communities, and (4) sustainable agriculture.

Through lessons from local experts, site visits, field trips, and project-based learning, students will gain both content knowledge and a deeper understanding of how local communities work together to address these challenges.

One highlight of this program is that students will travel around Taiwan with three main home bases: Taipei (northern Taiwan, the capital city), Changhua (central Taiwan), and Kaohsiung (southern Taiwan) to experience Taiwan’s diverse culture and natural beauty. Another highlight is that students will collaborate with students from National Taiwan University (NTU), the top-ranked university in Asia, through a “COIL” model: Collaborative Online International Learning. In the spring quarter, students from both campuses will take a course together (remotely) to gain background knowledge¬†on the themes of environmental and social resilience. While in Taiwan, students from both campuses will take classes, go on field trips, and collaborate on projects together. The intended final project deliverables are comparative case studies of resilience and¬†adaptation challenges and strategies between Taiwan and Washington State.

This program is interdisciplinary in its essence as students will learn about how science, technology, economy, culture, history, policy, and other factors are intertwined and manifested through the lens of environmental and social resilience.