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MSASS Netherlands: Gender and Sexuality Justice - LGBT Life in Contemporary Dutch Culture (SASS 375/575)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Program Terms: Spring Break
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
CWRU Short-Term Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Credit Type: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
Number of Credits: 3 Program Advisor: Debby Jacobson, MSASS
Courses Offered: Applied Social Sciences Case Credit Type: Engineering Social Sciences Credit, Global and Diversity Credit, Social Work Minor
Deposit: $200
 Total Program Cost:
Included in Program Cost: breakfasts, Housing Not Included in Program Costs: Dinner, Flights, Lunch, Passport Fees, Tuition, Vaccinations, Visa fees
Program Purpose: Study
Program Description:
Gender and Sexuality Justice- LGBT life in Contemporary Dutch Culture
Ms Elisabeth Roccoforte
Director, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center

SASS 375/575
In-Country Dates: March 9-16, 2014
Pre and post trip seminars:  Saturday February 1, 22 & April 19, 2014

The course satisfies the Global and Cultural Diversity requirement for B.A. students. Course credit can also be applied towards a social work minor.

This experiential and hands-on course explores the Dutch concept of "tolerance" through the lenses of sexuality, gender identity and gender expression. The course will investigate the Dutch concept of  'tolerance” as it applies to LGBT people, by interrogating the ways in which the social discourse of acceptance is complicated by other salient sociopolitical factors such as historical and contemporary realities about  immigration, religious diversity, age, ethnicity and race.

Students will have opportunities to meet with academics, activists, social workers and LGBT community volunteers who work with a wide variety of the community. Special attention will be paid to best practices in caring for LGBT elders, ethnic minority LGBT youth, as well as transgender individuals within the sex work community.

This course seeks to teach students the value of cross-cultural dialogue, especially within the context of the challenges and triumphs of LGBT people. Ultimately, students will be exposed to the complexities embedded within the experience of being LGBT in the Netherlands and compare it to the ways it is both similar and dissimilar to the experience of U.S. LGBT communities.
1) SASS 325  Social Justice: Health & Violence Prevention
(UNDERGRADUATE SECTION) Dean Gilmore, Sarah Parran
2) SASS 575  Social Justice: Health & Violence Prevention

3) SASS 575/350   Integrated Mental Health & Substance Use
Mr Patrick Boyle
4) SASS 575/350  Gender and Sexuality Justice- LGBT life in Contemporary Dutch Culture  (FOR GRADUATES AND UNDERGRADUATES)
Ms Elisabeth Roccoforte <>
3 - Credit Courses Offer Global and Cultural Diversity Credit
Financial Aid May Be Used For Travel Costs
Note that a $200 deposit is due at the time of application.  This deposit should be submitted to the Office of Education Abroad.  Instructions for payment can be found within the application.
Contact:  Nancy Issa  for Financial Aid eligibility details and procedure
Take an educational holiday overseas during Winter Break or Spring Break. Engage in cross-cultural studies of social policies and practices for health and human services. Several three-credit-travel courses are available for all students from all majors and programs as well as working professionals in health and human services. Groups are traveling to Ecuador, The Netherlands, Guatemala, and Switzerland.
Each trip is led and taught by experienced faculty from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Faculty fly and stay at same accommodations with students. Travel options are designed around a course syllabus that promote interaction with international policymakers and direct-service providers.
Contact:  Debby Jacobson for more information
or visit travel courses( 
Students -  to register for course on SIS:  Grads: SASS 575 and Undergrads: SASS 325/350 

Sunday evening usually includes a tour of the Red Light District. The Gender & Sexuality Justice section may have the opportunity to tour the District with a local scholar who is knowledgeable of the district’s history as well as its contemporary reality. This tour will be focused on providing information and context of the Red Light District through the lens of queer theory, gender studies and feminism.

On Monday four lectures from Dutch experts at Vrije Universiteit (Free University), in Amsterdam will include Dutch tolerance, euthanasia, substance use and abuse, and sex work (prostitution). Students are encouraged to analyze the lectures through a gender and sexuality lens.

On Tuesday morning we will visit the most famous parts of LGBT Amsterdam including, the Homomonument which opened in 1987 and is the only gay monument in the world. We will also visit Pink Point a gay and lesbian information and souvenir shop situated at the Homomonument, Westermarkt (on the Keizersgracht). Volunteers will be available to answer student’s questions about LGBT Amsterdam.
On Tuesday afternoon we usually travel to the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam,, the largest tertiary care hospital in the country. There are course will meet with globally renowned and controversial researcher and academic Dr. Dick Swaab and listen to a special lecture about his theories about transexualism, gay men and the brain.

On Wednesday we typically have travelled to Rotterdam. In Rotterdam we will visit Humanitas, and take time to converse both with the LGBT elders who live in the facility as well as the coordinators of the acclaimed programs developed for the care of LGBT elders.

Thursday we will likely visit a variety of locations in Amsterdam. Some possibilities include:

• IHLIA, an international gay/lesbian library, archive, information and documentation center about homosexuality and sexual diversity.
• Volunteers with COC Netherlands, the country’s largest LGBT advocacy group
• Members of the Transgender Network of Amsterdam
• Possible lectures and discussions with faculty members from the Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS) at the University of Amsterdam
• Meetings with members of Workplace Pride,  a non-pro?t umbrella foundation based in Amsterdam that strives for greater acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people in the workplace and in society.

Friday is usually reserved for the "Great Debate" where you have an opportunity to make persuasive arguments for or against various Dutch practices or social policies as they apply here at home (or "not").

Travel Considerations: The Netherlands can be cold and rainy (sometimes snowy) with the day time temperature often in the 40-50 degree range. We do a lot of walking, often several miles per day and take public transportation (tram access will be provided for the course) so wear comfortable shoes and consider layered clothing. It can feel colder than the actual temperature since it is below sea level and windy. They didn't invent windmills for nothing! The streets of Amsterdam are crowded with people and bicycles. Though the hotel may not be of the same standard with which you are accustomed, it is quite nice. The trip over will be tiring because of jet lag and during the week because of evening activities on your personal time. English is spoken everywhere, the water is okay to drink everywhere (though often you must pay for it in a restaurant), and it often costs to use public restrooms. We arrive early Saturday morning. There is a walking tour of the fabulous neighborhood around our hotel given by Case faculty while we wait for access to our rooms in the early afternoon. The course begins with a brief orientation and reception on late Saturday afternoon and your Saturday evening will be open to see the city! Sunday is also an open day but in the evening there is a walking tour of the Red Light District with Dutch and Case faculty. You will also have unstructured free time on the second Saturday in the Netherlands.

Hotel: All students and faculty will be staying at Leidse Square Hotel Amsterdam. The website is: located on a quiet side street off Leidseplein, near museums, the City Theatre, Casino, cinemas, and with countless restaurants, bars and disco's close by. The historical city centre with its canals, the Leidsestraat with numerous shops and famous museums are all within walking distance, as is the Vondelpark. The hotel has a wake-up call service, a safe in most rooms, bathroom, phone, TV, radio, soap, shampoo, hair dryer & shower cap with a full breakfast starting at 7:00 a.m. every day. It does not provide a wash cloth or lotion, exercise facilities or pool. WIFI is available for free and a computer is available in the lobby.

Expectations: Smoking is not allowed in the hotel rooms.  You may not bring prohibited items back to the United States.  All students are expected to follow the laws of the United States while in the Netherlands. Your behavior in the Netherlands should conform to behavior appropriate for students in the U.S. Most importantly, you are to behave as representatives of Case Western Reserve University while guests in the Netherlands.

Amsterdam is a large, old cosmopolitan city which has an unending supply of historical sites, world famous museums, Renaissance architecture and appealing nightlife. The course content is fascinating and our students have a wonderful time exploring all that the city has to offer during the site visits and their free time. We hope you will join our experienced faculty during your spring break to see this magnificent city and learn about the Dutch culture and liberal social policies.

This program is currently not accepting applications.