Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Veenhuizen, Netherlands
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Summer
This program is designed to introduce students to concepts of crime and punishment in the Netherlands and to provide an opportunity for direct exposure to a system very different from our own. The students will observe Dutch ideology and practice in the design, rationale, and implementation of criminal and social justice. The Dutch society has a long-standing tradition of tolerance, diversity, and consensus-based politics. This translates into a specific approach toward crime and justice issues that is known around the world. Examples of this approach can be seen in various fields, such as the legalization of prostitution, the legalization of soft drugs, the medical instead of criminal justice approach toward hard drugs, and the way in which issues like juvenile crime, euthanasia, and same-sex marriage are dealt with.
This four-week program, based in Amsterdam, will deal with issues of criminal and social justice from a Dutch perspective and will explore such issues as the history of this approach, its rationale, and the way it works out in daily practice. We will also take a look at recent changes, such as in the globalization of the economy and the threat of international terrorism, which changed the "crime landscape" in The Netherlands.
More specifically, the program will deal with Dutch criminal law and the functioning of the Dutch criminal justice system (police, courts, prisons, etc.) along with Dutch social justice agencies. Many of these issues will be covered from a comparative perspective. Comparisons will refer to the United States but also to other European countries.
The lecturers in this program will come from different backgrounds and will include academics, policy makers, and professionals in the field. Students will attend class and participate in field trips during the week and will have free time to travel on weekends. In recent years, trips have included visits to the Anne Frank House, the International Criminal Court, Dutch Parliament, the Red Light District, Rotterdam Harbor, police stations, prisons, domestic courts, and coffeeshops.
Experience a first-hand view of what it's like to study on Amsterdam, Netherlands: Dutch Criminal Justice. Created in cooperation with the 2013 participants, the YouTube clip titled, "Deep Down Under", delves deep into the nitty-gritty topics students study in Amsterdam.
Summer: June 30 - July 26, 2019
Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. For faculty-led freestanding programs, there is a specific withdrawal penalty schedule.
Education Abroad makes every attempt at keeping the program and administrative costs to a minimum. However, when you commit to participating in a program, Education Abroad begins to make financial commitments on your behalf. In case of withdrawal, the following fees will be charged to your Bursar account
Upon Commitment - 90 Days Prior to Departure: 25% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
30 - 89 Days Prior to Departure: 50% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
29 Days - Departure Date: 100% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
Following the start of the summer semester, any adjustment of tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. More information can be found on the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.
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