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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: CWRU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2022 01/21/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Sponsorship: CWRU-arranged Click here for a definition of this term Program Purpose: Study
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: NO
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Program Director/Assistant Director: Leah Jeunnette, Bioethics (lsj11@case.edu)
Credit Type: Graduate, Undergraduate Case Credit Type: Engineering Humanities Credit, Global and Diversity Credit
Number of Credits: 3 Deposit: 200
Click here for a definition of this term Remainder of Program Fee: 2650 Included in Program Cost: Admission fees, Breakfast, Housing, In-country transportation
Not Included in Program Cost: Dinner, Flights, Lunch, Visa fees
Program Description:

BETH 315J/415J: Dutch Perspectives: Drugs, Decriminalization, and Detention

March 8 -13, 2020

Due to COVID-19, International travel for Spring 2021 programs has been suspended.  
We are hopeful to offer Bioethics Study Abroad courses in Winter Break 2021-2022 and Spring 2022.  Inquiries can be sent to bioethics@case.edu.

This 3-credit intensive course will be held mostly in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with potentially a day trip to The Hague. It will offer students the opportunity to compare and contrast the ways in which the Netherlands and the United States approach drug use. In particular, students will be asked to carefully examine the ethical dimensions of harm reduction programs, policies regarding the availability and the decriminalization of drugs, and the critical role of detention and correctional medical care in addressing drug use. The course will include an introduction to the Dutch and U.S. health care and health insurance systems and will consider how the construction of the patient-physician relationship impacts the prevalence and treatment of drug use in each country. In addition, students will explore the ethics of public health initiatives and social programs aimed at drug users in both settings, including those designed for particular populations such as immigrants and older users. The course will pay special attention to the unique challenges and ethics of the opioid crisis in the U.S.Prior to the trip, students will attend two class sessions at CWRU, during which students will learn about U.S. policy and practice regarding the issues listed above. In The Netherlands, students will attend site visits, lectures, and discussion sessions. Following the intensive course week in-country, students will attend two final sessions to debrief on the experience, address questions or concerns, and prepare for the final assignment.