Spend 12 days in Stockholm and neighboring cities, Sweden, Copenhagen, Denmark, Oslo, Norway, and finally Reykjavik, Iceland, interacting with locals ranging from activists and non-profit workers to students, visiting organizations and academic institutions, touring museums and famous landmarks, and of course basking in the glorious natural beauty of these countries while absorbing, understanding and reflecting on the role played by cultural norms in advancing gender equality, one of the cornerstones to the success of these countries.
The refreshing and breathtaking Scandinavian landscapes combined with egalitarian perspectives on human development make this an ideal destination to learn about cultures which have supported and enacted some of the most powerful legislations to transform gender roles and foster a more equal society. Not surprisingly, countries in this region are ranked among the happiest in the world.
This course will begin in Spring 2016. Participants will be required to attend several pre-orientation sessions in order to read and participate in discussions which will help them understand the social and political culture of the countries we will visit. The required readings and reflections will prepare us for the trip and help us to understand the cultural basis of gender roles in the different countries. Most teaching will therefore happen in Spring 2016 at CSB/SJU. Interviews and interactions in the countries we visit will help fortify and evaluate what we study in Spring and form the basis of more reflection assignments in Summer. Students will also be expected to write a reflection paper based on comparing gender roles in Scandinavia and the United States, towards the completion of course requirements.
Students will enroll in a 2 credit gender course 2 (GEND 180) which will also fulfill the Intercultural Competence (IC) and/or Gender (GE) requirements of the Common Curriculum (GE is pending approval).
The estimated Program Fee is $4,850 plus the cost of 2 CSB/SJU credits at the reduced summer tuition rate (approximately $525 per credit).
This price includes:
The Program Fee does not include:
We will be staying in comfortable hotels in the various cities we visit. Breakfast is included at each hotel that we stay at.
Sucharita Mukherjee will be directing this program to Scandinavia. Sucharita is an Economics Professor who has led the semester long study-abroad program to India as well as this program in 2014.