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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Program Terms: Summer II
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer II 2018 02/26/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer II 2019 03/15/2019 ** 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.
Program Description:
Amsterdam
POLS 465/PA 565: Comparative Public Policy: Netherlands
Summer 2017
 
Course Description:
 
This course is an introduction to cross-national policy research and to the fascinating and challenging issues of comparative research. Our case study for this course is the Netherlands.  Amsterdam and the Netherlands take a progressive and innovative approach to solving social problems such as housing, drug laws, transportation, architecture, urban planning and design, prostitution, and crime.  Amsterdam, often known as the “Venice of the North” and referred to by some scholars as an “ideal” city, along with the Netherlands, is a laboratory of innovation that provides a model for the United States and rest of the world.
 
The goal of this program goal is to expose students to public policy, particularly urban policy and planning, from a comparative perspective. This course will examine the Dutch solutions to policy and planning through a sociological, economic, political, historical, and policy perspective. Comparative policy studies allow countries to learn from each other’s successes and failures and to better understand how cultural factors influence policy adoption and implementation.  

For more information about the program, contact Dr. Matthew J. Hanka at 812-461-5204 or mjhanka@usi.edu.