New Summer Study Abroad Program in the Netherlands

UConn Sustainable Amsterdam, Netherlands (Summer) (Faculty-led) – The overarching goal of the course is to provide students with an opportunity to do field-based research into various topics relating to sustainable urban and transportation planning. Methods will include standard qualitative approaches such as structured and unstructured interviews and direct observation. Research findings will be documented in a short film which the students will design, shoot, edit and produce during their time in the field.

The course has three main objectives:

1. To provide students with a solid foundation in seminal literature on alternative planning paradigms from both a theoretical and applied perspective, and to introduce them to emerging debates in sustainable transportation and sustainable cities.

2. To provide students with an opportunity to collaborate in an interdisciplinary setting to broaden their perspectives about and experience in addressing cross-cutting issues.

3. To provide students with training and guidance on how to distill complex ideas into clear and concise communications that are easily understood by a general audience through a variety of media, particularly short films. This objective is important because any approach that adopts a sustainability orientation requires public engagement. Too often, academics are not equipped with the necessary skills to be able to work with a variety of stakeholders beyond the academic realm. These courses therefore seek to enhance students’ communication skills to allow effective engagement to take place.

4. For Graduate Students only: In addition to the film, students taking the graduate course will prepare a 10-page research paper on their chosen theme.

For more information or to apply visit http://abroad.uconn.edu/program/sustainable-amsterdam/



Posted December 6, 2016