Amsterdam Study Abroad Spring Break

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BETH 315A/415A
Women's Health and Public Health Ethics in The Netherlands

May Abroad 2023 (tentative)*

This course is open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students from any discipline. This is a Spring 2022 semester registration.

Approved for Global and Cultural Diversity Credit, College of Arts and Sciences; Approved for Humanities Credit, School of Engineering.

Course Description

This one week 3-credit intensive course will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Taught by faculty from Case Western Reserve University and a variety of academic, governmental, and community-based organizations in The Netherlands, this course offers students a cross-cultural perspective on ethical dilemmas raised by the policies and practices of public health in the United States and the Netherlands. Specifically, this course examines policies and practices related to access to health care, health disparities, substance use and misuse, infectious disease prevention, sex work, human trafficking, sex education, and reproductive health and considers how and why they differ given the cultural and political contexts of the U.S. and The Netherlands. We will examine the moral underpinnings, rationales, and outcomes of Dutch and American policies, and encourage course participants to interrogate their own assumptions on these often divisive issues. 

Prior to the trip, students will attend lectures which will acquaint them with the theoretical approaches to public health ethics and major issues raised in the practice of public health in the United States. In the Netherlands, students will attend site visits, lectures, and discussion sessions aimed at exploring the ethics of public health policy and practice in the Netherlands, with the option of concentrating their learning experience on matters pertaining to sex or drugs. Following the intensive course week in the country, students will prepare for the final research paper on a topic in their area of concentration.

Approximate Cost

Cost for Spring 2022:

  • $2550 (including deposit)
  • $200 deposit due with study abroad application
  • Remaining program fee billed to CWRU student bill

Program fees cover lodging, breakfast, course-related transportation, speaker fees, etc. Program fees do not cover flight, tuition, additional meals, passport or VISA fees, and activities or transportation outside of course.

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*Courses are subject to cancellation due to low student enrollment, health and safety concerns, or other extenuating circumstances. Director of Bioethics Study Aboard will communicate with students regarding changes in courses.