Case’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will again offer its “Study in Amsterdam,” program, March 10-19. “Eye opening,” “engaging” and “a powerful learning experience” are how undergraduate students have described a past spring-break experience in the Netherlands.
“Transformational” is what Grover C. Gilmore, dean of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, has to say about what students see and experience on their tours throughout Amsterdam, in its public buildings and in meetings with government officials and social workers and about how the country is driven by “harm-reduction” public policies in contrast to America’s “law and order” social mentality.
Following last year’s trip, undergraduate students made the following
comments about their tour to the Netherlands:
“The class in the Netherlands has been one of my most memorable experiences
at Case. It helped me to get a sense of the world.”
Another student said, “I have never been in a course like this one, and I have found the hands-on experience so much more interesting and informative than a classroom lecture...It really helped me understand and look critically at various aspects and policies that we have in the U.S. and see how culture greatly influences these policies.”
According to Gilmore, up to 45 students will have the opportunity to experience internationalism in a new light as they view how the Netherlands through its social policies and leniency towards prostitution, euthanasia and drug use have taken a radically different approach from many other countries in the world.
MSASS will offer five, three-credit hour courses during this alternative spring experience and tap into the internationally recognized expertise of its faculty. The courses also reflect what makes the Netherlands unique in its approach to social issues, according to Gilmore.
He will accompany MSASS faculty members and teach the undergraduate seminar (CRN 52970, SASS 350) with Deborah Jacobson, an assistant professor and also an expert on women’s health issues.
At the graduate-level, MSASS will offer the following courses:
The fee for the 10-day trip is $1,650, which covers airfare, transportation in the Netherlands, lodging and continental breakfast. Students will stay in a three-star hotel which is near the museum district and the Leidseplein. The latter is a popular entertainment area with many restaurants, clubs and shops. In addition to the cost, students will need a current passport.
After meeting with the faculty leading the course and getting a permit required for registration, students can register for the experience while signing up for spring semester courses.
Posted by: Heidi Cool, December 8, 2005 11:02 AM | News Topics: Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
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