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CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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BUSI 3004 AMNT
Business and Sustainability in the Netherlands
This course begins with the exploration of the Dutch culture of tolerance, both from a historical, an ethical and a business-centered point of view. The second part focuses specifically on the efficiency and effectiveness of Dutch business culture, in which questions of sustainability and the development of sustainable business practices will be of specific importance. The third section homes in on what a business is and which role it plays in Dutch society. The latter part of the course provides concrete examples of Dutch business culture(s) today and challenges the student to create her or his own Dutch business. The sequence of the themes illustrates how the various parts relate to each other and how they determine(d) contemporary Dutch business and society. These themes include: Dutch trade and tolerance, labor migration and integration, Dutch norms and work values, corporate responsibility, creating new business models, and starting a new business in the Netherlands. Contact hours: 45. Credits: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
NLST 3002 NETH
Contemporary Dutch Social Policy
Contemporary Dutch Social Policy analyzes specific themes within Dutch Society dealing with social policy issues and practice. The themes covered are: Drugs, Prostitution, Gender and Sexuality, Migration, Housing Euthanasia and Abortion. These specific themes have been chosen to reflect the distinctive social policies for which the Netherlands is known for. The underlying theme throughout the course is the issue of social tolerance. In a society like that of the Netherlands, for example, social policies on drugs and prostitution can be more liberal and open. The key question is whether these policies are successful and what tensions exist between theory and practice. The background, history, and development for these policies will be analyzed. The course thus moves from the micro level i.e., the actual social issue on hand, to the macro level, where the interrelatedness of the issues is studied. The combination of lectures and guided site visits of organizations related to the themes of the course will allow students to study how social policy plays out in practice. Students will develop a sociological and anthropological perspective of their surroundings and develop greater social consciousness. Contact hours: 45. Credits: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
COMM 3301 NETH
Intercultural Communication and Leadership in Amsterdam
In this class, participants will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in Amsterdam as well as in other intercultural contexts. Students will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of their experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that they can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. Participants will increase their own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help them become more effective in an interdependent world. Learning will involve in-class exercises, active reflection, discussion, readings, field reports, short lectures, and out-of-class activities that engage students in the local culture on a deeper level. Contact hours: 45. Credits: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
DUTC 1003 NETH
Students with no background can participate in the CIEE Beginning Dutch course. During this course, students learn the basics of the Dutch language in an interactive classroom and where Dutch language will be learned in the context of contemporary issues and events in Dutch society. Students with a prior background in Dutch language can participate in the appropriate level at the language institute of the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Dutch Language Education (Instituut voor Nederlands Taalonderwijs, known as INTT). While Dutch is not required, it is strongly recommended, particularly for academic year students and students in homestays. Contact hours: 45. Credits: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
PUBH 3001 NETH
Dutch Public Health
The Netherlands is facing today’s challenges of rising health care costs, an aging population and growing staffing shortages. In this course students will develop a better understanding of the Dutch approach to norms and standards in today’s public health care system. The course will touch upon culturally sensitive issues such as euthanasia, public insurance, and home birth, as well as global issues such as elderly care and children’s health. Through a series of thematic lectures, including guest lectures from professionals in the field, and guided site visits, students are able to place these challenges in a specific context, critically analyzing and comparing them to other countries. Contact hours: 45. Credits: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
VIST 3001 NETH
Beginning from the premise that we live mediated lives, and that the visual media texts we consume on a daily basis shape our understanding of the world around us, CIEE Screen Cultures will explore the ways in which media at large – and film and television, in particular – produce meaning, articulate ideology and identity, and both reflect and effect cultural change. After a brief critical introduction to the historical development of film and television, as well as an overview of the major theoretical approaches that inform the study of popular culture, this course will home in on the representation of gender and sexuality across a wide range of film and television texts, hailing from the post-World War II period up to the present. Ultimately, the goal of this course is to illustrate how media theory and media text exist in a dialogical relationship, paving the way for us to come to a renewed understanding of the complex dynamics that shape the changing representations of women and men on and off the screen. Contact hours: 45. Credits: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
University of Amsterdam Courses
Fall Semester (Subject to Change)
Corporate Social Responsibility
Human Resource Management
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Economics of Markets and Organizations
International Trade and Investment
Regulation, Regulatory Impact, and Reform
Advanced Corporate Finance
Money and Banking
Spring Semester (Subject to change)
Strategy and Organization
Political economy: Dialectical Methodology
Investment and Portfolio Theory 1
Investment and Portfolio Theory 2
Operations and Process Management
Financial Statement Analysis
Management Accounting, Intermediate
University of Amsterdam Institute for Dutch Language Education
(Instituut voor Nederlands Taalonderwijs, or INTT)
DUTCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE COURSES
For those who understand some Dutch but are incapable, or almost incapable, of making themselves understood in Dutch. The main objectives of the course are to help participants acquire a basic vocabulary of Dutch, enable them to understand simple spoken and written Dutch, and teach them how to make themselves understood in elementary spoken and written Dutch.
For those who have a global understanding of simple, everyday Dutch, and can make themselves understood in simple, everyday Dutch that is still full of mistakes. The aim of the course is to help participants extend a basic vocabulary of Dutch, enable them to understand simple spoken and written Dutch, and teach them how to make themselves understood in simple spoken and written Dutch.
For those who have a reasonable understanding of everyday Dutch and of Dutch used in the media, and can make themselves understood in simple everyday Dutch but still make many mistakes. The aim of the course is to help participants extend a basic vocabulary of Dutch, enable them to understand spoken and written Dutch in a variety of familiar contexts, and teach them how to make themselves understood in both spoken and written Dutch.
For those who have a good understanding of everyday Dutch and of Dutch used in the media, and who can make themselves understood in everyday Dutch but still make quite a few mistakes. The aim of the course is to help participants to extend their vocabulary of Dutch, enable them to understand spoken and written Dutch in a variety of contexts, and improve their basic writing and speaking skills.
Even those who have a thorough understanding of everyday Dutch and a good understanding of Dutch at an academic level still make systematic mistakes. Therefore, the advanced course can help those students who have a Dutch language background, but are still looking to improve. Objectives of the advanced level are to improve participants’ writing and speaking skills. Some attention is paid to reading, listening, and extending vocabulary.