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Creighton in Sweden - Environment and Justice
Uppsala, Sweden (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsorship: Creighton Sponsored Program Program Type: Exchange
Areas of Study: Ecology, Economics, Environmental & Energy Science, International Studies, Theology/Religious Studies Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: University/Student Housing
Open to Non-Creighton Students?: No
Program Description:

Overview


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Study abroad and experience that environmental change is possible!  The Newman Institute (NI) is a Jesuit College located in Uppsala, Sweden - a vibrant university city a short train ride from the capital, Stockholm.  The Environment and Justice Program (EJP) provides an unparalleled opportunity for students to study at the forefront of sustainable thinking and practice. The program also includes relevant excursions to Stockholm and Berlin.

Program Duration
Fall Semester:  mid-August through mid-December, including a week-long Fall Break
Spring Semester:  mid-January through early June, including a week-long Easter Break


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Costs


Financial Aid
Participants will pay tuition, fees, and accommodation directly to Creighton University and receive the equivalent at NI. Students will be responsible for board (average cost = approximately $270 per month), insurance, passport/visa costs, and any traveling expenses. If eligible, institutional and federal financial aid are portable. Please check with the CU Financial Aid Office for specific inquiries. Participants are also required to purchase Creighton's insurance for international activity (purchased through GEO).

Accomodation
Exchange students can select from two housing options:

1.  Newman House: on-site in Uppsala with private rooms, shared bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchens, and social spaces. Check out pictures here.

2.  Länna Manor: a historic manor located in the countryside 13-miles from the center of Uppsala. Students will live in either private or double rooms and share a community kitchen, bathrooms, and garden. Check out pictures here.


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Academics


Courses

Students are required to enroll in three environmental courses + two elective courses from the available offerings each semester.

Sample Required Courses:
International Climate Change Negotiations (7.5 ECTS credits) - Why are there such great difficulties in negotiating comprehensive international agreements which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently? On the issue of climate change, what has happened globally? How have countries’ positions changed over time, and why? The course will follow the developments of climate change negotiations in recent history. Students will learn the history of the UNFCCC’s work, in an attempt to understand the complexities of negotiation and implementation. Some countries and groups will be examined more closely. Aspects of climate justice and global equity will be studied. The interaction
between political process and scientific research will also be investigated.

Swedish Environmental Policy and Praxis (7.5 ECTS credits) - This course will explore how the Swedish government has managed, and continues to manage, the use of its natural resources. A selection of issues will be studied, such as water treatment, forestry, farming and energy policy. Strengths as well as weaknesses of this management will be discussed, as will the role of different institutions and of values and culture behind Swedish environmental policies. The role of government, local municipalities and different stakeholders will be studied. Important policy tools, such as the Swedish environmental objectives system and the Swedish carbon tax will also be investigated. The course will include excursions and guest lectures by experts.

Human and Social Development within Planetary Boundaries (7.5 ECTS credits) - This course will help students to explore a range of emerging approaches and concepts within sustainability science, such as the Anthropocene, planetary boundaries, the social-ecological systems approach and resilience thinking. Participants will be equipped with means of exploring pathways to ensure safe and just human development for present and future generations. This will be done by exploring key concepts of global environmental changes and their theoretical underpinnings, as well as studying current debates in the global sustainability arena and examples of approaches and solutions currently being developed. The course will use the Massive Online Open-source Course offered by the Stockholm Resiliency Center as a basic resource.

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Sample Required Elective Courses:
Climate Change and Inequality (7.5 ECTS credits) - We live in a world that is struggling with the effects of climate change, primarily caused by human activity and emissions of carbon dioxide. Climate change is a menace to entire ecosystems. It is also a threat to the health and well being of local communities and has the potential to make large areas of the earth uninhabitable. The changing climate affects us all.

Natural Law in Moral and Political Thought (7.5 ECTS credits) - Natural law ethics is introduced as a current within moral and political philosophy, in a historical, comparative and applied perspective. Initially, the origins of the natural law tradition are studied in the ethics of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas. The emphasis is on recent natural law theory and its areas of application in contemporary moral and political thought. The student is given the opportunity to apply theory independently, and discuss ethical problems within areas such as bioethics, social justice and the ethics of war and peace. The course also brings up alternative ethical traditions that question the idea of a natural law. Contradictions within and between ethical systems are discussed in order to enhance the student’s own capacity to evaluate and analyse moral and political arguments. 

Modern Swedish Culture through Literature (7.5 ECTS credits) - This course gives students the opportunity to read a selected number of novels, short stories and poems written by modern Swedish authors between 1900–2015, some of them awarded the Nobel Prize, some of them bestsellers. At the same time, students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the cultural and social traditions associated with these works. Five modern novels, a few short stories and one long poem will be studied from historical, literary and cultural perspectives. Issues of nationalism and ethnic minorities, gender and age, love and crime, urbanism and nature, secularism and religious belief are discussed. Excursions to libraries and museums in Stockholm (such as the Nobel Museum and the Nobel Library, Junibacken and the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books) are included.

Communication with Heart and Soul: The Craft of Moral Dramatization (7.5 ECTS credits) - “The responsibility of the writer as a moral agent,” Noam Chomsky once observed, “is to try to bring the truth about matters of human significance to an audience that can do something about them.” But what if the audience does not care about distant atrocities or gradual catastrophes? Through case studies and practical workshops, we investigate the creative methods that engaged citizens have used to communicate the ethical urgency of human predicaments.

Swedish Language for Foreigners Course (optional)


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Orientation


On-Site Assistance
The International Students Office and faculty are very accessible and able to provide personal support to students during their stay. Students who arrive on the proposed arrival date will be met at the Arlanda (Stockholm) airport and will be provided transportation to Uppsala.


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Application


Eligibility
A 2.75 GPA is required.  Students also must meet all Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements as outlined in Creighton's Study Abroad Policies & Procedures, complete an application process, and be accepted by the university.

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Visa Considerations
Exchange students are required to obtain a visa for prior to entering Sweden as a student. The good news is that the application can be completed online, and applicants will mail all required documents and fees directly to the Swedish Consulate. Students must begin working on the visa application as soon as an official letter of acceptance has been received from the Newman Institute, as this process can take several months. Students are not allowed to travel to Sweden without having received the visa.

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Note on Insurance
Creighton's required ISIC/April Premium Travel Insurance may not be sufficient to cover immigration requirements in Sweden.  Students may need to substitute this insurance with an additional policy in order to qualify for a student visa.

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Contacts


For questions, please e-mail studyabroadadvisor@creighton.edu, or call the Global Engagement Office at 402-280-2221.

To make a student appointment, please call the Global Engagement Office, or schedule online through Creighton Connect:
     - Go to http://www.creighton.edu/creightonconnect/
     - Click on “Access Creighton Connect”
     - Log in with your NetID@creighton.edu and Blue Password
     - Under Services, search “Cupich”
     - Click on “Members”, then “Schedule an Appointment”


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.