Two-week stay in Amsterdam
Day trips to Utrecht and Rotterdam
Available as capstone seminar for Communication majors and an elective for non-majors
This six-week course will give students the opportunity to explore sexual communication in the Netherlands, a culture that prioritizes openness to sexuality, decriminalized sex work, and comprehensive sex education. Sexual communication will be examined in a variety of contexts (e.g., within the family, institutions, and the media) and relationship types (e.g. short-term and long-term). The first four weeks will take place in the classroom at UMass Boston, where students will be engaged in student-led discussions about topics including hook-up culture, sexual consent, and sexual health. The course culminates in a two-week stay in Amsterdam where students will visit museums, listen to guest speakers, and participate in sexuality-related excursions.
Courses and Credit
For majors in Communication who have successfully completed all other core courses in the department, students may enroll in Sexual Communication as the COMM 480 Capstone Seminar.
Students who have not yet completed the Communication major requirements, and students whose major is not Communication, may enroll in Sexual Communication as a special topics COMM 380 elective.
Credit is granted by UMass Boston; but students (or graduates) from any university are welcome. Prior to registration, students should verify with their home institution that transfer of credit from UMass Boston will be accepted.
Lodging, breakfasts, and ground transport will be managed by a travel vendor selected by UMass Boston. It is expected that students will make use of a combination of hostel and home stay arrangements.
Schedule and Fees
Pre-travel coursework: May 26 - June 27; class meetings TBA.
Travel dates: June 28-July 9, 2020
Tuition Fee*: $995 (subject to change); payable to UMass Boston
Logistics Fee*: $1,995 (subject to change); payable to travel vendor
Round-trip Airfare: Estimated, $800. RT airfare is the responsibility of the participant.
*Please note that tuition waivers cannot be applied toward any study abroad program fees. All program payments must be paid in full prior to departure in order to participate in the program.
Application deadline: February 14, 2020
Students will be notified by: February 21, 2020
Deposit due: March 15, 2020
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