This course is an introduction to cross-national policy research and to the fascinating and challenging issues of comparative research. Students travel to The Netherlands for two weeks and earn three credits studying comparative public policy. The Netherlands take a progressive and innovative approach to solving social problems such as housing, drug laws, transportation, architecture, urban planning and design, prostitution, and crime. Amsterdam, often known as the “Venice of the North” and referred to by some scholars as an “ideal” city, along with the Netherlands, is a laboratory of innovation that provides a model for the United States and rest of the world.
The goal of this course goal is to expose students to public policy, particularly urban policy and planning, from a comparative perspective. This course will examine the Dutch solutions to policy and planning through a sociological, economic, political, historical, and policy perspective. Comparative policy studies allow countries to learn from each other’s successes and failures and to better understand how cultural factors influence policy adoption and implementation.
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Students who are interested in applying should contact Dr. Matt Hanka or at 812-461-5204 for more information. Applications will be available in the fall through the University of Southern Indiana Center for International Programs (/international/studyabroad/). For more information about study abroad and its personal and professional benefits, see /international/study-abroad/why/reasons.