PSY/SOC 249: Sex and Society - Cultural Comparisons Between the US and the Netherlands (CD) header
Psychology or Sociology 249 (3 credits) (CD)
This 3 credit class titled Sex and Society: Cultural Comparisons Between the US and the Netherlands (PSY 249/ SOC 249) will provide the opportunity to learn about the history, culture, and belief systems of the Dutch people. The program includes a stay in Amsterdam as well as excursions to other historically significant towns within the Netherlands, including Rotterdam.
The class explores how various social and political decisions such as legalized prostitution, wide acceptance of LGBTQ+ rights, federally funded abortions, and comprehensive sex education. It also includes a further examination of the relationship between these norms and the Netherlands’ rates of STIs, teen pregnancies, abortions and ages of sexual debut in Dutch youth. Travel days end with an evening class discussions to debrief and process the day.
- Analyze the impact of globalization on the Netherlands
Learn about the history, culture, and belief systems of the Dutch people
Explore the various social and political decisions made surrounding sex and society as well as their impact
Why consider this course abroad?
- It offers both major/minor related credit in the fields of Psychology and Sociology.
- It can be used to replace WRC 370 for your core requirement for the Intercultural / Cultural Domain.
- Work on a key competency employers are looking for:
Tentative Program Fee : $4,000
Program Fee Includes:
- $200 deposit
- Roundtrip airfare
All excursions & cultural activities (except free days)
Travel medical insurance
Spend 2 weeks immersed in the beauty, history, and culture of the Netherlands. Hear presentations by sex researchers and educators, and experience excursions that help build a foundation of understanding of the Dutch culture, including trips to a stroopwaffle company, the Anne Frank Museum, the Red Light District, the sex education floor of the children’s Museum and the Homomonument.
Tentative Itinerary - May-term 2020
Day 1: Departure for Amsterdam
Day 2: Arrival in Amsterdam; boat tour of Amsterdam
Day 3: NEMO Museum; guest lecturer by author & educator Arjet Borjer; Sex Museum
Day 4: Grand Holland Tour
Day 5: Waves boat tour to CASA; guest lecturer Hella Dee; Red Light District tour
Day 6: Rotterdam tour; high rise Euromast
Day 7: Anne Frank Museum; Homomonument; Pink Point (LGBTI information kiosk); other LGBT organizations site visits
Day 8: Free day in Amsterdam
Day 9: Greenhouse, geothermal & agri-auction tours
Day 10: Van Gogh Museum; Damrak shopping trip; photo op at Amsterdam sign; photo journalism presentations
Day 11: Departure from Amsterdam to Knoxville
U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet
Level 2. Exercise increased caution due to terrorism https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Netherlands.html
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
Visit the Embassy of the Netherlands website for the most current visa information.
The Netherlands is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter the Netherlands for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see the State Dept Schengen fact sheet. Source: US State Department
CIA World Factbook - the Netherlands
The Netherlands Tourism
Lonely Planet Guidebook
(note: external resources not sponsored by or endorsed by Maryville College)
Map of the MC in the Netherlands Travel Study Program
How it Works:
- Travel with two expert MC faculty members (Dr. Beale and Mr. Bevins)
- Travel with a group of Maryville students on a short term study abroad program
- 3 academic credits
- This is an interactive learning experience. You are not sitting in a classroom abroad, but learning about the course topic with the international destination as your classroom.
- May-term course & travel
Who can participate?
You! Travel Study programs are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. This program will admit approx. 16 students.
Registration & Application:
Please follow the below instructions to apply for a Travel Study program. Do not miss our application deadlines!
You may list up to 3 preferences on the travel study program application. You are encouraged to select more than one site as this improves your chances on being placed on a travel study program. Only list programs you would be happy to be selected for. You will be considered first for your first place site.
Selection will be conducted by the faculty leaders. Selection decisions are based upon the entire application packet: application, essay, references, GPA, student conduct, etc. In addition, faculty leaders look for a match between the student's goals and the goals of the programs. The selection process varies by program, however applicants should be prepared for an interview as part of the acceptance process.
Many locations will not be wheelchair accessible and terrain may be uneven in many places. There will be a moderate amount of walking 2-3 miles at a leisurely pace.
Get More Information:
- Travel Study Program Information Meeting: Meetings will take place during early Fall 2021 (Watch Today@MC for information)
- Talk to Faculty Leaders about the program you are interested in.
- Travel Study faculty-led program application form
- Due: ONLINE by October 1 by 12noon with a $100 application fee. This fee will be used towards the cost of the program.
- Travel Study scholarship applications will be due to the Center for International Education (International House) by October 1. Scholarship deadlines will not be extended for late applicants.
Tentative Timeline: MAY 2022
Tuesday, October 1, Noon
All online materials, including scholarship application must be submitted by noon
Monday, October 4 – Friday, October 8
All students will interview with the faculty leader(s)
Notification of Acceptance (and scholarship)
Monday, October 25
Via email before 5:00pm
Confirmation of Acceptance Due
November 1, Noon
Confirmation of acceptance with $200 deposit due by 12noon
Payment 1 Due
Dec 1, Noon
50% of Payment due (Full balance may be paid at this time) before 12noon.
Final Payment Due
February 1, Noon
Remaining balance due
Mandatory CIE Pre-Departure Orientation
Three part webinar. Quiz due by Feb 15th.
Program Specific Pre-Departure Orientation
As determined by Dr. Beale
Applications received without a $100 application fee will not be considered. The $100 application fee does not go towards the program fee, but the deposit does.
REFUND POLICY: Students who are not selected will receive a refund of this application fee. Otherwise it is non-refundable. If you decline a place offered to you it is non-refundable. Visit here for more information on our Travel Study Withdrawal Policies
*Sample Confirmation of Commitment Paperwork you will be asked to sign when you make a deposit.
Worried about your program investment - check out Cancel for Any Reason Trip Interruption insurance (not included)