University of Washington

Summer A Term 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Spain and Germany Sign Agreement to Promote Jobs for Youth

Tuesday 21 May 2013

The Spanish Minister for Employment and Social Security, Fátima Báñez, and the German Minister for Labour and Social Affairs, Ursula Von der Leyen, met in Madrid on Tuesday to agree on ways to foster exchange and cooperation in terms of labour market policies aimed at strengthening the labour markets and promoting jobs for young people.

Germany and Spain Launch Joint Youth Jobs Project

Germany and Spain have signed a deal seeking to put 5,000 young Spaniards into German apprenticeships and other junior jobs each year. More than half of Spain's jobseekers aged 25 or younger have no work.
Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen enjoyed perhaps an easier journey to Madrid than some German ministers of late, greeted not by protests against Germany's role in advocating austerity measures, but rather with hope for a new plan seeking to reduce Spanish youth unemployment.  Read More...

Research Groups

“Social and Artistic Representations of Youth Unemployment in the Eurozone: a case study of Germany and Spain”
Updated May 29, 2013

Research Group titles should be refined to best reflect each group member and integration of each research topic within the larger topic.  

Arts (Literature, Music, Visual, Performance, Dance, and Multi-Media)
Stephanie Sampson

Health Care and the Economy
Jane K

Social Media, Technology (context of Education, Resistance, Youth, Employment)

Immigration (Education, Assimilation, Welfare State, Discrimination) and Unemployment, Education, Healthcare Services (as related to Institutional Structure and Policy and looking at disability services)
**Note: feel free to divide this group if more appropriate. Adapt titles as needed

Globalization and Identity/(past and current perceptions East and West Berlin and Nationals and Republics, i.e. the “wall” metaphor)
Jane W

Research Proposal Guidelines


“Social and Artistic Representations of Youth Unemployment in the Eurozone”
--Spring preparatory seminar Honors 397--
(updated May 29, 2013)

Project Proposals//Completed Proposal Posted to blog by June 14

Note: Preliminary proposal due by June 3, posted to blog, for presentations in class on June 3
6-8 pages posted to blog

1.     ABSTRACT of group project (approx 200-500 words). This is the main theme of the group, i.e. Health Care and Economics; Social Media, Technology; Arts; Immigration; Unemployment, Education, Healthcare Services; Globalization and Identity. (GROUP)

2.     BACKGROUND (approx 1,000 words).  This is an overview that synthesizes the group project. Include the process of coming to the main theme idea and consider context, i.e. why is the topic relevant? How will it advance your and others understanding? Remember to consider why it is of personal interest as well as why others (local and global communities) should care to know more about the topic. Also consider any struggles you have encountered while beginning your exploration. (GROUP or INDIVIDUAL)

Each group member will set up their own question as related to the main theme of the group project, which relates to the main theme of the program “Social and Artistic Representations of Youth Un-employment in the Eurozone: Germany and Spain as Case Studies”
Each member will discuss the background and relevance of question. Why have you chosen this question? What have you learned so far? (INDIVIDUAL)

4.     CULTURAL SENSITIVITY. What are your biases? What is your subject position? (INDIVIDUAL)

5.     DAILY SCHEDULE in Berlin, Madrid, and Leon. This will be tentative and may be a combination of group and individual schedules. This schedule will very likely be adjusted, but it’s good to start planning a tentative plan of action. How will you explore this question while you are in Berlin, Madrid, Leon? Where will you go? Who will you meet? (INDIVIDUAL)
People (names, titles, etc.)
Places (location and transportation)
Equipment (cameras, video recorders, paints, logbook, etc.)
Information you’ll gather (photos, notes from interviews, observations noted in logbook, etc.)

6.     REFERENCES at this point (bibliography, use correct formatting) (INDIVIDUAL)

7.     Groups will present their preliminary project proposals to the class on June 3 (five to six group projects 12 minutes approx per group with additional time for Q&A). We will have an extended class on June 3, 4:30-7:00 p.m.  with guest panel discussants per noted on the syllabus.
NOTE: you can present and post the above information in any format. Just make certain to cover all key points (post a copy on each group member’s blog).

Friday, May 17, 2013

Post Card Assignment

Regarding this week's postcard assignment, to recap:

1. Purchase a postcard of UW campus (or a place in Seattle). The postcard should be a relatively close view, not an aerial view, of a specific site, memorial, building, etc. 
2. Go to that site and observe. See what IS NOT reflected the postcard. What is missing from the postcard?
3. Take some time (I'd suggest 30 min at minimum of observation before you start writing) and keep all senses open. It is best to do this alone, but If you go with a friend, don't talk or text. Be silent and observe. 
4. Fill the postcard with your observations. Note time and space observations. Auditory, motion, visual. Totally fill the card. You might want to use small print. Again, what is missing from the picture on the postcard. What does your presence mean for the site (now being part of the site). Are people there? Animals? How are they interacting. Are they moving slow  or fast, or? Consider loud sounds, soft sounds, mixed sounds, visuals, and changing dynamics of the scene. 
5. Scan both sides of the card and post to your blog. 
6. Next step: reflect on the scanned postcard and write a short reflection that goes with the blogged postcard considering what you remember about writing the postcard at that location. What were you thinking of when you were in the process of doing this assignment? Now, remember one or two images from your time at the location and write a short narrative about your memory of these images. It might help to start the reflection with, "As I was writing down my observations for this postcard assignment at ______ location, I remember...".  The memory doesn't have to be literally about the site details. The memory might be a thought that was sparked by sitting down and doing this assignment. Be creative and take advantage of the freedom in this assignment. 

To get you started, please listen to these short TedTalks which will give you inspiration for this assignment. The first talk, FACE TO FACE French street artist, showcases art as a powerful tool to view the world and bring people together. The second talk is about taking "slow time" to observe your surroundings and your place within the world you inhabit:

Use Art to Turn the World Inside Out (this is excellent and showcases the Israel-Palestine FACE TO FACE installation: 

Slow Movement: