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Students have the choice between two tracks of academic study; novice and advanced. Students that major or minor in Women’s Studies, Sexuality, Gender or Queer Studies will take the advanced track. Students attend two thematic seminars: Theory and Application of Feminist, LGBTQI, and Queer Studies (novice track) or Advanced Theory and Application of Feminist, LGBTQI, and Queer Studies (advanced track), and Migration, Gender, and Sexuality (taken by both tracks). Each seminar is led by a professor who provides a strong theoretical basis for the course, and also includes presentations, workshops, and guided site visits from local researchers, practitioners, and activists. This combination of the theoretical with on-the-ground practice provides a broad range of perspectives on sexuality and gender in Dutch and international contexts.
The semester concludes with a month-long individual, in-depth exploration of a topic of particular interest to the student. Some students produce a traditional essay or a creative project, and others perform an intensive internship at a Dutch organization. Recent students have evaluated anti-sex work organizations, produced a photo essay, written a zine, published a podcast, prepped a year’s worth of tweets for a global sex education NGO, and worked with the director of an Amsterdam museum to write a draft of an article on a manuscript in the museum’s collection. Many students find their ISP to be one of the most rewarding experiences of their entire college career.
The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term. The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.
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