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SOC 260/460: Through the Sociological Lens: The Netherlands

March 7-15, 2014
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

This is a Global Classroom series class, a semester-long course taught at Marymount that includes an international field experience during Spring Break.

Course Description

SOC 260: This course is an introductory sociology class that focuses on applying sociological concepts to study abroad in the Netherlands. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the discipline of sociology and the practical use of the discipline by exploring the impact of social forces on everyday life. Through the Sociological Lens I involves a focus on culture, diversity & community using a sociological perspective. Students will also be introduced to basic qualitative sociological inquiry by applying visual research tools. Sociology broadens social insights, fosters critical thinking, trains students in methods of gathering and analyzing data, and helps students develop their writing skills.

Designation: SS-1
Prerequisite: None

SOC 460: This course involves a focus on culture, diversity & community. This advanced sociology class focuses on using visual research methods to gain a comparative perspective during study abroad in the Netherlands. The purpose of this course is to enable students to gain practical experience using of the discipline by comparing the impact of social forces on everyday life. Students will engage in qualitative sociological inquiry by applying visual research tools. Sociology broadens social insights, fosters critical thinking, trains students in methods of gathering and analyzing data, and helps students develop their writing skills.

Designation: SS-2
Prerequisite: SOC 131, SOC 203, SOC 260, or permission of the instructor


Faculty: Dr. Janine DeWitt

Dr. DeWitt is a co-designer of The Global Village, a globally networked course taken by students at Marymount and in the Netherlands. Her work on intercultural teaching and passion for photography will guide your exploration of the canals and cultural diversity found in Amsterdam.


Tentative Schedule
January - February Class meetings at MU, Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:15 pm
March 7 Departure
March 8 Arrive in Amsterdam / NEMO Science Center
March 9 Explore Amsterdam / Photo Shoot / Canal Tour
March 10 Overview and tour of multi-cultural Amsterdam: Tours of red light district w/ advocacy group, public housing, and religious neighborhoods
March 11 Explore Amsterdam neighborhoods: Team photo shoot & field notes
March 12 Day Trip to The Hague, Delft, Rotterdam and Kinderdijk
March 13 Student Inquiry Day: Amsterdam
March 14 Student Inquiry Day: Amsterdam
March 15 Return to Marymount
March - May
Class meetings at MU, Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:15 pm

Program Cost: $900

The program fee includes:

  • Round-trip economy-class international airfare
  • Double occupancy accommodations
  • Ground transportation
  • Entrance fees to all required site visits and cultural events
  • Daily continental breakfast

MU reserves the right to make any necessary changes including adjustments in cost in the event that unforeseen circumstances arise. Financial aid may apply. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.

The Center for Global Education will register selected students for this course class after receiving a signed Acceptance of Participation Form. Full-time students do not need to pay additional tuition for this course provided they are registered for no more than 18 credits during the spring semester, including this course. Full-time students enrolled in more than 18 credits are subject to over-enrollment fees.


Application Opens: September 13, 2013

Application Deadline: October 19, 2013

Application Status Updates Sent to Applicants: Week of October 21, 2013

Acceptance of Participation Forms Due: November 6, 2013

Before you start the online application it is strongly recommended that you meet with a representative from the Center for Global Education. Schedule an appointment online using your MU ID and password.

Learn more about the application process