Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender

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Examine the history, cultural norms, and political structures that help shape attitudes toward sexuality and gender from Dutch and international perspectives.

Pragmatic, socially liberal Netherlands is known for tolerance and openness, yet issues of gender and sexuality are now a visible fault line among different communities in this increasingly multicultural society.

Internationally, the Netherlands promotes gender as a crucial aspect of economic and social development, and the country provides material support to women’s as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Based in Amsterdam, this program explores the intersections of Dutch and international perspectives related to sexuality and gender. Units of study include queer, LGBT, and feminist movements; migration, gender, and sexuality; sex education; same-sex marriage rights; sex work; and transgender issues.

Students participate in a community volunteer experience with a Dutch or international community organization. A two-week excursion to Morocco provides additional international perspectives on program themes.

Browse this program's Independent Study Projects/Undergraduate Research

SIT alumna Crystal Reed explores cultural sensitivity in mainstream sexual health programs in the Netherlands. In an interview, Crystal talks about the research she conducted among Dutch Afro-Caribbean women in the Netherlands while on the program. Read more.
Forum on Sexuality and Development SIT Netherlands sponsors successful Forum on Sexuality and Development, giving students the chance to network, interview, and introduce high-level speakers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, HIVOS, Mama Cash, and PSI Europe. Participants discussed how sexuality is related to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, global poverty reduction, and international development.

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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