Program Dates: June 23-July 21, 2012 (Summer A-Term)
The 5th Honors in Amsterdam program, established 2006
15 credits, (onsite in Amsterdam summer =12 combine with a 3 credit spring prep seminar in Seattle)
|Honors 230||5||Honors Social Science (taken in summer while abroad)|
|Honors 230||5||Honors Social Science (taken in summer while abroad)|
|Honors 397||3||Honors Social Science (taken in spring before departure)|
|Honors 397||2||Honors Social Science (taken in summer while abroad)|
- Monday, Dec. 5, 3:30 in Mary Gates Hall 258
- Tuesday, Dec. 6, 3:30 in Mary Gates Hall 258
About the Program
Amsterdam is one of Europe's most progressive and oldest cities. This four-week study abroad opportunity (established in 2006), based on a preparatory spring seminar, is open to all undergraduate students. We are recruiting students from a variety of disciplines. This year's program, summer 2012, will focus on crime, law, and justice in both the Netherlands and the United States. Amsterdam will serve as a laboratory for the study of both formal and informal social control, and the city will be a springboard for excursions to other key sites, such as national prisons.
The Honors in Amsterdam program is organized around student research, taking as its primary task a productive balance between structured research and international engagement on the part of its participants. The components of the program will include course instruction, guest lectures, field research, city walks, museum visits, free time for research, exploration and contemplation, and weekend excursions that will serve to inform student's research projects.
Read about student research from past years:
Students will receive 15 credits of Honors core credits (and VLPA / I&S credits). 12 summer credits and 3 spring seminar credits. Participating graduate students will coordinate the allocation of credits with their advisers. The culmination of this study will be student presentations at the University of Amsterdam. (Alternative credit may be available to non-Honors undergraduates; this must be arranged in advance with your departmental advisers)
Students enrolled in this program will take a 3 credit course during spring quarter, 2012. This course will: survey key readings that describe and analyze differences in crime policy in the Netherlands and the United States; ask students to develop a well-refined research question for their project in Amsterdam; and enable them opportunities to do related fieldwork in Seattle, to use as a basis for comparison after they acquire their Amsterdam field data.
Honors 230 (Two 5-credit courses)
During the month long summer program, students will employ the research designs developed in spring to engage in self-directed research as a means to learn about the differing cultural and institutional responses to the challenge of crime in the Netherlands and the United States. All cultures consider crime a major social problem, but not all cultures understand it, and respond to it, in the same way. Students in this course will seek to understand these differing political and institutional responses to crime by comparing how it is constructed as a particular type of problem in the Netherlands and the United States. Students will also compare the formal social control apparatus built to control crime in each nation. We will focus on two particular areas of regulatory control - vice and immigration - and on two particular institutions of social control - police and prisons. The study of the politics and policies of crime control will provide an opportunity to reflect more broadly on the similarities and differences between the two countries.
Honors 397 (2 credits)
Students will conduct independent research within the context of small group collaborations, dependent on research project. Students will prepare research proposal, engage in onsite field work/research, and present their research in a "colloquium" at the end of the program. The students will also write up their presentations and post to their program blogs.
Throughout the four weeks in Amsterdam, students will also learn about Amsterdam's history, art, architecture, public policy, and its urban culture. The program will invite a number of guest lecturers - experts on Dutch crime policy - to speak with the class. We also envision group and individual excursions to government agencies, police stations and/or prisons. On a more individual basis, students may choose to conduct interviews with government, police and/or prison officials; to do formal or informal surveys of Dutch citizens; and to do observations of on-street surveillance and other forms of formal and informal social control. We plan to share the results of the students' research projects with a local audience in a public presentation.
Professor, Geography/Law, Societies, and Justice; Director Law, Societies, and Justiceskherb@uw.edu
My work is focused on the regulation of space, largely through the work of law and of the uniformed police. All of my projects are deeply qualitative, and use ethnography and interviews to probe the deeper processes and meanings that structure social life. My interest in law and social control is underscored by my joint appointment in the Law, Societies, and Justice Program , an interdisciplinary undergraduate program whose faculty span the gamut of the social sciences. Indeed, interdisciplinary inquiry is a cornerstone of my approach to research and teaching.
Professor, Sociology/Law, Societies, and Justice
Professor Beckett's research interests include current drug law enforcement strategies in the context of political struggles over urban space and development; origins, effects, and theoretical implications of the transformation of urban social control currently underway in Seattle and U.S. cities more generally.
University of Amsterdam's Graduate School of Social Sciences Summer Institute
Students will be housed in shared student dorms near the University of Amsterdam-ISHSS, located in the city's center on the Prins Hendrikkade. Classes will be held on the University of Amsterdam campus and, more often, the city itself. Students will conduct urban research and have guided instruction M-F, with weekends open for study, exploration, and relaxation. There will be opportunities for excursions on the weekends.
Program cost is approximately $4,100 per student (includes tuition, lodging, classroom and lab fees, some group meals, admission to all museums and exhibits, excursions, ground transportation, and conference fees). Course fee does not include IP&E fee ($275), airfare ($900-$1,400 roundtrip, depending on when and where you buy your ticket), food (about $20-45 per day), and personal spending money.
Students may use their regular financial aid and scholarship funds for study abroad. The exception is any scholarship in the form of a tuition waiver. Tuition waivers cannot be used to pay study abroad program fees. You may want to check with the Office of Student Financial Aid in Schmitz Hall for more information.
There are funding opportunities through the Global Opportunities Program, and the Office of International Programs and Exchanges also maintains a funding opportunities list.
IP&E Refund Policy
A $350 deposit is required at the time of acceptance. This $350 deposit is non-refundable. Any student withdrawing from the program within 4 months of the program start date will be responsible for a minimum of 25% of the total program fee. In addition, there may be other unrecoverable fixed program costs. Any student withdrawing from the program within 2 months of the program start date will be responsible for 50% of the total program fee. Any student withdrawing from the program within 1 month of the program start date will be responsible for 75% of the total program fee. Withdrawal after a program begins involves the loss of the entire program fee.
Once accepted to the program in order to formally withdraw, you must do the following, in writing:
- Contact the program directors.
- Submit a signed IPE Withdrawal Form to the UW Office of International Programs and Exchanges.
- Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.
- Your withdrawal date is considered the date (business day) your withdrawal paperwork is received by the UW Office of International Programs and Exchanges.
Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Amsterdam. You may wish to explore budget fares offered on websites such as Travelocity and Expedia, as well as STA and Council Travel on the Ave.
Students and instructors will take at least one overnight trip during the course. In addition, we will be making several day-excursions. Students will also have opportunities to travel on their own for two or three day-jaunts.
All participants must have a passport valid for the duration of the program. It may take as long as six weeks to obtain or renew a passport.
This program is designed for undergraduate students who possess a strong interest in the subject matter and who are capable of conducting individualized research in an international setting. Preference will be given to students in the University Honors Program. Acceptance into the program will be decided based on application materials, interviews, and the student's demonstration of motivation to challenge themselves intellectually across academic disciplines and cultures and to work both individually and in groups. Too, as representatives of the University of Washington while abroad, students must conduct themselves in appropriate fashion.