The Netherlands Study Abroad Spring Break

A river with boats in Amsterdam

BETH 315G/415G
Death, Dying & Euthanasia: Netherlands and the USA

Spring Break 2023 (tentative)*

This course is open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students from any discipline.

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

Course Description

This course will compare how two liberal democracies, the United States and the Netherlands, have handled difficult end-of-life issues, including: 

  • The Dutch regulation of euthanasia; regulation of physician-assisted suicide in the several states in the USA where it is now legal; 
  • Treatment limitation in both countries; 
  • Palliative care and hospice; 
  • Public trust in medicine and physicians.  
  • How culture and history have shaped policy making in both countries. Assuming student’s familiarity with American culture and history, the course will place great emphasis on understanding those aspects of the Netherlands.

To gain insight into the unique Dutch attitude toward end-of-life practices, students will learn about the uniqueness of Dutch national development and culture through: a guided walking city historic tour, lectures, and site visits to the Hague; the red light district; and a shop where cannabis is legally sold (perspective of shop owner).  We will also take a day trip where we will learn about Dutch management of water both historically and currently and how it has helped shape Dutch national character.  Students will be encouraged to contemplate and discuss how culture, history, and social factors have influenced the contrasting policies in the United States and the Netherlands. They will also be asked to explore how becoming familiar with Dutch policies toward intractable social problems has influenced their own thinking on these matters and how it has challenged their own cultural assumptions.

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.

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.

Email Questions to bioethics@case.edu

*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 any changes.