S50-5064/S55 5364: Gender, Physical Activity and Urban Development in Berlin, Germany (3 credits)
This TPS course will be held on-location in Berlin, Germany May 19-30, 2020 (with preparatory sessions on-campus in the spring) and will be taught by Dr. Heather Cameron.
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Course Domain Statement:
Berlin, the site of the first gender and sexualities studies institute and current center of debates about migration and the development of active healthy cities will be the setting of our seminar. We will explore of strategies for social work and public health workers to respond to changing understandings of gender and embodiment and their relation to moving through and in Berlin. We will prepare in St Louis for a series of visits in Berlin with professionals developing and delivering programs for transgendered youth and adults, sex workers, sexual health clinics, sports clubs working in the inner city, services to mothers and children, services for refugee and migrant women and programs for a variety of queer youth. We will meet with policy makers in this space to explore how German law makers and lobbyists approach some of the structural challenges and the funding mechanisms. In addition to larger agencies we will meet with startups and activist groups in this space. We will stay in a social innovation hostel – Regenbogenfabrik – a formerly squatted community kindergarden, cinema, woodworking space and communal bicycle repair shop in the center of Kreuzberg. We will work together with staff from Camp Group charitable LLC who have created and lead projects like respect.org, boxgirls.org, girlsinthelead.org and camp-group.org. There will be opportunities for international practicums with Camp group starting in January 2020.
Description of Main Course Activities:
Possible Visits/Workshops include:
- Working with local partners, we will put together on-site visits, podium discussions, and several opportunities to talk with decision makers in social work and public health, including government agencies in Berlin
- Students will have the change to visit different places of interest in Berlin
- Selected students will have the opportunity to do an international practicum at Camp Group where they can spend the rest of the summer in Berlin after their time at the Institute
- Visit to a policy maker/civil servant in Berlin Department of Urban Development
- Visit to Quartiersmanagement (local community development)
- Visit to Sports for Development organization (local - Seitenwechsel, and national – Integration durch Sport)
- Visit to a self organized refugee empowerment through sports group (Fluchtlinge Fussballliga)
- Visit to a sexual health center
- Visit to an international sports for development program
- Visit to regional leader of one of the German Social Servie Agencies (Paritaische Verband)
- Discussion with a member of the Berlin House of Representatives or German Parliament
- Visit to a queer youth center
Deliverables to be graded:
- Tour of Berlin by boat with NGO leaders and students
- Visit to Government district
- BBQ with German students and NGO workers in park
In order to better understand the German social systems, students will choose from and research a topic and present their findings to the class. The topics all center on better understanding the context and institutions that are working in the United States and Germany in the field of social innovation, gender and sports.
- Transdisciplinary problem solving: This course integrates concepts of social work, public health, and urban development. Subsequent to taking this class students will be able to integrate unique programmatic efforts to reduce public health problems (i.e. – global physical inactivity) and understand the public health impacts of pressing urban issues, such as refugee resettlement.
- Social and behavioral sciences: This course provides students with the opportunity to study a program’s effect on changing health behavior and resulting in improvement of the health of populations. Students will have the opportunity to engage with stakeholders that are involved in programmatic and policy efforts to improve health and ensure overall health and wellness of Berlin residents. Students will also see the process of planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs, policies, and interventions that improve health.
- Diversity, culture, and health disparities: This course emphasizes programmatic efforts and policy development in response to the women's health and LGTBQ health in Berlin, an urban social issue that many areas across the world are facing.
Triple or quadruple occupancy rooms for all students in a local hostel.
This course is open to all Brown students. Students must apply via this website and the deadline is October 18, 2019. If chosen, you will be required to enroll in the course for the spring.
The cost per student is $1000. This will cover flights from Chicago (students are responsible for getting to Chicago), housing, and a few meals. Students are responsible for the costs of any meals, in-country transportation, visas or other expenses not noted.
, please contact Tammy Orahood, Director of Global Programs, Brown School, at firstname.lastname@example.org