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Building for Peace in the Wake of War

Dong Ha and Hanoi, Viet Nam

Term Offered: 
Students in Viet Nam
Approximate Dates of Instruction: 
June 15, 2011 to July 20, 2011
Application Deadline: 
April 1, 2011

Sponsored by The Comparative History of Ideas and The Department of History

In the summer of 2011, the Comparative History of Ideas program will sponsor a study abroad program led by Christoph Giebel (UW, Int’l. Studies/History) to explore the legacy of war and ongoing rebuilding efforts in Viet Nam.

In partnership with Peace Trees Vietnam, a Seattle-based organization working in Quang Tri Province on land mine clearance and environmental/community restoration, our group of 12-18 students will pursue historical studies in Ha Noi and Hue and participate in a community-building project with local people in Dong Ha, near the former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

Ability to speak Vietnamese is not required, and students from all areas of study are encouraged to apply.

  • CHID 498 Understanding Contemporary Viet Nam (2 credits)
    Most coursework for this class will take place during Spring ’11, but the credits will apply towards the summer quarter. Participants will build background knowledge on Vietnamese traditions, culture and society, as well as on post-war legacies, the rebuilding work still needed, and current trends in Viet Nam. They will develop their own Community Engagement Project to complete during the summer program.
  • SIS 330 The Viet Nam Wars (5 credits)
    Recent Vietnamese history and struggles for independence and national unification vis-a-vis French colonialism, Japanese occupation, American intervention, and internal divisions. Covers historical roots and contemporary contexts of revolution and war, objectives and motivations of participants, and the enormous human costs. Emphasizes socio-cultural changes and wars’ legacies.
  • CHID 475 S.E. Asia Study Abroad: Engaged Community Learning (5 credits)
    Students will work with Peace Trees Vietnam and residents of Quang Tri Province on designing and implementing a community development project, most likely involving the building of a playground for local kids and/or a tree planting project. For more information about Peace Trees Vietnam, see
Total Program Fees: 

The program fee will cover instruction costs, housing, and transportation for required field trips. The program fee does not cover: $250 IPE fee, airfare, meals, insurance or personal travel and expenses.

Make sure to read our Fees, Financing, and Withdrawal page for information on paying for your trip.