Economics - Sociology Study Abroad Program
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
July 14 - August 6
Economics 410 Efficient Markets in the Low
Countries: Sex, Drugs, Rocks, and Flowers
Sociology489 Deviant Behavior -- Amsterdam
Economics 410 Efficient Markets in the
This course will focus on
economic markets. The Low Countries (The Netherlands, Belgium, and
Luxembourg) offer a unique opportunity to study the diamond and flower
markets, both of which are centered in the Netherlands and Belgium.
The diamond market is largely oligopolistic, and the flower market is
competitive. In addition, we will study prostitution and drugs -- markets
that, due to social legislation, do not function openly in the United
States and due to regulation in the Netherlands operate in markets of
imperfect competition. We will also explore the workings of the European Union as a
social and an economic institution. Students completing the course will (1)
have a heightened awareness of markets and how they work; (2) better
understand social legislation in the economic markets; (3) better
understand how cultural differences affect international business; and (4)
have a better understanding of the EU and how common currency and the free
flow of labor affects the economies of Europe and the individual member
Sociology 489 Deviant Behavior --
Courses in social deviance examine how groups define certain behaviors,
beliefs, and conditions as violations of group norms.
Those who violate group norms are considered deviants or
outsiders and are subject to both stigmatization and negative sanctions.
Norms however vary overtime, cross-culturally, and among
subcultures within a given society. Thus the nature
of deviance is dynamic rather than static.
Amsterdam, a cosmopolitan, world-class city has a
long history of tolerance toward many behaviors and lifestyles that are
considered deviant by many social groups. With its
red light district, coffee shops, Anne Frank House, and needle exchange
provides a unique, natural setting to study social deviance.
Academic and Cultural Program in Amsterdam, the
The Van Gough museum. See
original paintings of Van Gough, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Toulouse
The Rijksmuseum. Contains twenty
Rembrandts and works of other Dutch Masters.
The Anne Frank House. Visit the house
where the Frank family hid from the Nazis during World War II.
Special tour and lecture.
House Museum. Housed in the home of Rembrandt van Rijn, the
Rembrandt House Museum recently celebrated the 400th birthday of the
noted painter. The museum contains an extensive collection of
Rembrandt's etchings along with the works of many of his
Canal Tour of Amsterdam
Bike Tour of Amsterdam,
including highlights on the history of Amsterdam, and important
sociological and economic facts.
Joint Academic Field
Prostitution Information Center.
Founded in 1994 by a former prostitute, the PIC provides information
and advice about prostitution to anyone who has questions. The
visit will include a lecture and guided tour of the red light
exchange visit and lecture.
Hash, Marijuana, and Hemp
Union Headquarters. A trip, including an overnight stay, is planned to Brussels, Belgium, the home of the European
Union. A lecture is planned by the staff of the
Bloemen Veiling Aalsmeer. The
Aalsmeer Flower Auction accounts for over forty-four percent of the
world's flower and plant sales and sets the price of flowers and
plants daily. The auction is housed in the largest commercial
building in the world. The visit includes a guided tour of the
flower auction and a lecture.
Factory Tour. Amsterdam is the home of many diamond cutting
and mounting enterprises. We will visit one of
Sociology Field Trips
Travel opportunities are available on two weekends, and students may
extend their stay beyond the end of the class (with additional cost). Classes will
end no later than noon on Friday, allowing independent student
travel. Locations easily reached by train or low cost air
What is the
estimated cost is $3,500 excluding meals. This
includes round-trip air transportation from Nashville to Amsterdam,
housing, local transportation in Amsterdam (bus-subway-tram pass),
entrance fees to required programs, and three hours credit. The
final cost depends on the cost of air fare and exchange rates when
final arrangements are made.
in dormitories at the University of Amsterdam. Students will
share apartments with other WKU students.
When do I
have to pay?
non-refundable deposit is due with your application This reserves your space on the trip. A
payment of $750 (total $1,000) is due by March 15. A payment
of $1,000 (total $2,000) is due on April 15. The balance is due
If I cannot
attend, may I get a refund?
refund (including the $250 deposit) will be given if the program is
cancelled or if the cost of the program exceeds the estimated cost
at the time of your acceptance. For other withdrawals, refunds
will be given in the following amounts (total due less $250 deposit
less actual expenses incurred). 75% refund through March
15. 50% refund March 15 - May 23. 25% refund after May
Does financial aid apply to
This program is considered
the same as any other academic term at WKU. Students eligible
for student financial aid for the Summer Term may apply those funds
towards this program.
Western has a special
scholarship for students participating in study abroad programs, the
World Topper Scholarship. A link to the application is provided
below. You need a letter of recommendation from a faculty
member to be eligible, so have one faculty member provide one copy
for the World Topper Scholarship and one for your application.
The deadline for application is the Monday following Spring Break, but the earlier you
apply the better.
How do I sign up?
Complete the application
for the program (link found below or available in the Ford College
of Business, Economics Department, Sociology Department, and Study
Abroad Office). Return it, along with a letter of
recommendation from a faculty member to the Gordon Ford College of
Business, 445 Grise Hall or mail it to the address on the
- Depart Nashville on Wednesday, July 14 at 11:45 on Continental 2458
- Arrive Houston on Wednesday, July 14 at 1:39 p.m.
- Depart Houston on Wednesday, July 14 at 3:40 p.m. on Continental 58
- Arrive Amsterdam on Thursday, July 15 at 8:20 a.m.
- Depart Amsterdam on Friday, August 6 at 10:10 a.m. on Continental 59
- Arrive Houston on Friday, August 6 at 1:50 p.m.
- Depart Houston on Friday, August 6 at 3:25 p.m. on Continental 2474
- Arrive Nashville on Friday, August 6 at 5:22 p.m.
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