Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Veenhuizen, Netherlands
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Summer
This program is designed to examine social problems and criminal justice in the Netherlands, and to compare and contrast the Dutch approach to the American approach in dealing with these issues. For example, while the United States is struggling with an opioid crisis, the Netherlands enacted social programs years ago that have essentially eradicated heroin use. Students will engage in direct experiences with the Dutch system of tolerance and social welfare, while also seeing some of the problems that the country faces. Students will observe Dutch ideology and practice in the design, rationale, and implementation of criminal and social justice. 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 Rotterdam and 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.
The lecturers in this program will come from different backgrounds and will include academics, policymakers, 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 coffee shops.
Summer: This program will not run in summer 2021, but hopes to resume operation for 2022. Contact the faculty leader or check back on this page for information about future travel on this program.
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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