SFU Field School: NATO Field School 2019

Latvia, Europe Belgium, Europe Italy, Europe Romania, Europe Past Program Political Science History Interdisciplinary

This Field School is open to non-SFU/visiting students across Canada. Please refer to "Eligibility" section on the SFU Webpage for more information.

NATO Field School offers applied learning and directed practice in the areas of national security and defence as well as international cooperation and diplomacy. This Field School introduces students to civilian and military practitioners and how an international organization, such as NATO, manages internal and external complexity in its attempt to translate national interests and principles into policy and common policy into operations. The professor and students will go on several day-trip excursions in British Columbia, Alberta, Italy, Belgium, Latvia and Romania. The classroom learning, professional briefings and demonstrations culminate in a week of NATO crisis-management simulation at the NATO Defense College in Rome supported by background documents, video-based scenarios, and continuous feedback from NATO officials. In Latvia, the cohort will observe the Canadian Battlegroup and visit NATO's Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence. In Romania students will join a cohort of students from Eastern European universities for a week of simulating NATO decision-making and visits to defence and NATO facilities. In Belgium students will visit NATO HQ, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, and EU Military Staff HQ.

NATO Field School will offer 12 credits for undergraduate students and 6 credits for graduate students:

Undergraduate Students: POL 484-12: NATO Field School and Simulation Program

This intensive international policy engagement course and field program includes classroom learning, excursions in Western Canada, multiple short Visiting Expert sessions, two weeks of briefings and observations at NATO HQ, SHAPE, Embassies, and the EU in Brussels and Riga. There will be one week of UN-NATO crisis management simulations at NATO Defense College in Rome and simulations, briefings, and visits to defence and NATO facilities.

Graduate Students: POL 880-6: NATO Field School and Simulation Program

This intensive international policy engagement course and field program includes classroom learning, excursions in Western Canada, multiple short Visiting Expert sessions, two weeks of briefings and observations at NATO HQ, SHAPE, Embassies, and the EU in Brussels and Riga. There will be one week of UN-NATO crisis management simulations at NATO Defense College in Rome and simulations, briefings, and visits to defence and NATO facilities.

Dates

February 28: Acceptance Session (TBC)

March 6 - 20: Field School 101 Online Canvas Program (mandatory)

March 21: Pre-departure Orientation 

May 6 - June 7 (TBC): Sessions in SFU (Burnaby/Vancouver/Chilliwack/Victoria/Comox)

  • In-classroom learning about Canada's security and defence policies, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  • Several day-trip excursions to Canadian defence installations, including Maritime Pacific Command in Esquimalt, Canadian Forces Base Comox (RCAF), and CAF facilities and training in Chilliwack
  • Guest lectures by academics and foreign military officers, and briefings from members of the CAF and the Department of National Defence
  • NATO simulation training before departure with guidance from NATO and NDC officials in preparation for the NATO simulation in Rome.
Two Days in May: Wainwright and CFB Edmonton
 
(Alberta) (TBC)
 
June 9 - June 15: Brussels, Belgium
  • 1 week of briefings and observations at NATO headquarters (including the Canadian Joint Delegation), SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) in Mons, and the Canadian Mission to the European Union
  • Briefing with EU Military Staff

June 15 - 22: Rome, Italy

  • 4 days of professional NATO simulation, using NDC curriculum and the support of NDC staff.
  • 1-daytrip guided battlefield tour of Monte Cassino and Commonwealth Cemetery.

June 22 - 29: Riga, Latvia

  • 1 Week to observe the Canadian Battlegroup at Adazi Military Base, visits to the Canadian Embassy, Task Force Latvia HQ, Latvia Ministry of Defense and visit NATO's Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence.

June 29 - July 6: Bucharest, Romania 

  • 1 week of briefings, simulations, and observations joined by a cohort of students from Eastern European universities to simulate NATO decision-making and visits to defence and NATO facilities. 
  • 1-daytrip to Mihail Kogalniceanu (MK) air base in Constanta to observe the NATO Enhanced Air Policing mission.

*These dates are provided as guidelines and are subject to change.

Please email fieldschools@sfu.ca for more information.

Application Deadline: February 18th, 2019 (conditional rolling admissions)