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Professor David Eaton Offers Field Courses in Japan and China

The LBJ School will accept alumni as participants in two upcoming 2013-14 international programs. Up to 5 alumni participants can be accepted for each of the 2013 Japan and 2014 China programs, respectively. Alumni will be accepted into these programs on a first-come, first accepted basis. Interested alumni should contact Ms. Jayashree Vijalapuram at (512) 471-8959 to receive more information and to request copies of the syllabi.

Hiroshima, Japan Program, August 3 to 21, 2013

The LBJ School and the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation of Hiroshima University will offer a joint course during August 3 to August 21, 2013 on “Preparing Professionals for Climate Negotiation and Sustainable Growth Policies.”  The course will cover the most recent innovations and insights from the climate sciences (40%), training in mediation, negotiation and multi-party climate negotiations (45%). There will be a four-day mock multi-party climate negotiation involving representatives of 20 nations (15%), designed to mimic the experience of United Nations Convention on Climate Change negotiators in meetings, such as in COP-15 in Copenhagen in 2009 and COP-18 in Doha in 2012. There will be supplemental opportunities for study of the Japanese language and Japanese culture (religion, arts, music, politics, etc.) in the evenings for those who wish to participate. There will be about 40 participants from round the world, most of whom will come from developing nations and Japan.  The course will take place in Hiroshima, Japan in a hotel of the Japan International Cooperation Agency. There will be field travel within Japan on weekends. On August 6 class members will travel to central Hiroshima to participate in the event marking the anniversary of the atomic bomb in 1945. 

The total cost for all local expenses (program fees, food, lodging, local travel, recreation, etc.) will be $2,400 for lodging in a shared double hotel room or $2,900 for a single hotel room. In other words, if the alumnus handles the personal international air travel costs and any passport/health insurance fees directly, the only charge will be the program fee listed above. Alumni will be joining current LBJ School students taking the course for credit in Hiroshima.

Xiamen, China Program, May 16 to June 3, 2014

During May 16 through June 3, 2014, the LBJ School will be offering a program in “Global Environmental Health” in cooperation with the Xiamen University of Technology in Xiamen, Fujian, P.R. China and the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. The program includes three weeks of field study and classroom study taught in English by Chinese, Texas and Canadian faculty, as appropriate, comparing North American and Chinese approach to address Global Environmental Health issues. The field program will include fourteen field trips within the Xiamen region, including beaches, natural protected areas, cultural landmarks, etc. to observe Chinese practices first-hand. Lodging will be in a hotel on the Xiamen campus. There will be supplemental opportunities for study of the Chinese language and Chinese culture (religion, arts, music, politics, martial arts, etc.) in the evenings for those who wish to participate.

The total cost for all local expenses (program fees, food, lodging, local travel, recreation, etc.) will be $2,400 for lodging in a shared double hotel room and $2,900 for a single hotel room. In other words, if the alumnus handles the personal international air travel costs and any passport/health insurance fees directly, the only charge will be the program fee listed above. Alumni will be joining current LBJ School students taking the course for credit in Xiamen.  There will be about 50 participants in the program from China, Canada and Texas.