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MBC in Europe: Global Justice and International Humanitarianism

Term To Study: May-Term 2014
Application Deadline: Nov 02, 2014
Program Starts: May 01, 2014
Program Ends: May 30, 2014
Program Category: Multi-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $3,600
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Program Locations:

Netherlands Amsterdam, Hague
Switzerland Geneva
Contact Phone: 54-887-7096
Contact Name: Professor Chandra Mason
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What is Included: - All travel
- Lodging
- Some meals
- Admission fees for scheduled visits
What is not Included: - Passport
- Some meals
Program Description

Course Numbers: PHIL 211: Modern Political Thought (with an emphasis on Global Justice) or PSYC 277: Colloquium: The Psychology of Social Justice

Note: students enroll in one course but study and travel together and are enriched by the cross-disciplinary exchange.

Cost: Approx. $3,500-3700 (Includes all travel, lodging, breakfasts, dinners as noted, and admission fees for scheduled visits.) Please note that the $3600 figure listed above is an approximation.

Instructors: Professors Roderic Owen & Chandra Mason
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This May Term offering will explore issues of global social justice through an international organization perspective. Two European centers of social justice, Amsterdam and Geneva, have been chosen as our destinations. While in the Netherlands (lodging in Amsterdam each night), we will travel to The Hague to visit the International Peace Palace, the International Court of Justice, and the International Criminal Court. We also will consider the issue of human trafficking in the context of legalized prostitution, and continue this exploration with a day trip to Amersfoort to visit the CoMensha Foundation, an organization that is committed to bettering the lives and advocating for victims of human trafficking. While in Amersfoort, we will also visit one of the three concentration camps in Holland during World War II. Back in Amsterdam, we will visit the Mama Cash Foundation, the oldest international women's fund in the world that is committed to women's rights initiatives globally. In addition to these rich experiences, there will be free time for you to visit world-renowned art museums, Anne Frank’s house or take a canal cruise around the city.

After a short flight from Amsterdam to Geneva, we will have a walking tour of the old town of Geneva to become acclimated to our new home for the next six days. During our time in Geneva, we will visit a number of the international councils and organizations located there, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Councils on Human Rights and Refugees, the International Labor Organization, the World Trade Organization, and the International Red Cross. We will also visit the CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider and the birthplace of the Internet. In Geneva, there will be free time to explore on your own the over 850 year old St. Peter’s Cathedral and catacombs, the house where Jean-Jacques Rousseu was born, and Musée Rath (Geneva’s flagship art museum), all within easy walking distance of our hotel.

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Time Zone: (GMT + 01:00 hour) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris

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