Study Abroad

ETLA 240/SOCI 260 Sociology of Culture

Sustainability has three main pillars: environmental health, social equity, and economic well-being. However, different cultures approach sustainability in different ways.

After comparing and contrasting the Swedish, Dutch and American approaches to sustainability in the classroom, we spend 11 days in Amsterdam and Stockholm learning about how these countries are preparing for a changing world. We visit a carbon-neutral neighborhood, meet with officials about gender equality, travel to a refugee camp, tour the red-light district, as well as bike through the countryside on a farm tour and attend cultural landmarks and museums.

Students gain knowledge about how different social systems operate and hopefully return with new ideas for their own communities.