Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender


Previous college-level coursework or other preparation in sexuality and/or gender studies, as assessed by SIT.

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The program includes two guest lecture series, one around LGBT and feminist studies and one around migration, gender, and sexuality. They are presented by academics, professionals, and grassroots activists. Lecturers represent a range of disciplines, including women’s and gender studies, LGBT studies, migration and ethnic studies, anthropology, sociology, and sexology. Students also participate in a community volunteer experience with a Dutch or international organization.

The following syllabi are either from a recent session of this program or for an upcoming session. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

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Theory and Application of Feminist, Lesbigay, and Queer Studies – syllabus (PDF)
(GEND 3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
The seminar presents an interdisciplinary look at selected topics in sexuality and gender. Topics include the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) movements, feminism in the Netherlands, sex education, sex work, LGBT education, same sex marriage rights, and transgender issues.

Students attend a guest lecture series in which researchers, practitioners, and activists provide a broad range of perspectives on sexuality and gender in Dutch and international contexts. The lecturers represent a range of disciplines, including political science, women/gender studies, homo studies, media studies, and anthropology. Lecturers include prominent academics, professionals, and activists. Students also attend some of the public lectures at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) presented by the Amsterdam Research Center for Sexuality and Gender (ARC-GS), the George Mosse Foundation, and UvA Pride.

The course also includes a mini seminar series on critical theory. This series explores multiple, often contradictory, theories in describing and analyzing sexuality and gender. The focus of this aspect of the course is on the application of theory in the broader context and in relation to the student’s Independent Study Project.

Migration, Gender, and Sexuality - syllabus (PDF)
(GEND 3005 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
This course examines migration and migrant communities in the Netherlands, focusing primarily on postcolonial migration from Indonesia, Suriname, and the Antilles and on labor migration from Turkey and Morocco. The course explores how issues of migration, gender, and sexuality impact the experience of migrants in the Netherlands; the perception of migrant communities by mainstream Dutch society; and Dutch political and everyday discourse on migration and assimilation. During a two-week excursion to Morocco, students examine these issues from the context of one of the primary migrant-sending nations.

Introduction to Dutch Language - syllabus (PDF)
(DUTC 1000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Emphasis is on a working knowledge of Dutch related to sexuality, gender, cross-cultural adaptations, and skills building. For example, students read a Dutch children’s book on sexuality while also learning vocabulary and basic grammar. Students are placed in beginning classes.

Research Methods and Ethics - syllabus (PDF)
(ANTH 3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
This course explores the concepts of conducting field research, research methodology, and research ethics, particularly in an intercultural context. Course content includes topic selection and refinement; appropriate methodologies; field study ethics; the World Learning/SIT Human Subjects Review Policy; developing contacts and finding resources; developing skills in observation and interviewing; and gathering, organizing, and communicating data. A cornerstone of the course is the oral history module, in which students learn research methods for gathering knowledge through life stories and personal narratives. This portion of the course is especially useful for students incorporating life stories into their Independent Study Project. In addition, each student engages in a community volunteer experience with a local organization throughout the seminar.

Independent Study Project - syllabus (PDF)
(ISPR 3000 / 4 credits / 120 class hours)
Conducted in Amsterdam or another approved location appropriate to the project. Sample topic areas: multicultural approaches to sex education and tolerance education; Dutch-Moroccan women’s conceptions of virginity; gay men and HIV testing; same-sex marriage.

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Amsterdam

Language Study: Dutch

Prerequisites: Previous college-level coursework or other preparation in sexuality and/or gender studies, as assessed by SIT. Read more...

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