IDIS W24 Dutch Sustainability: Is Orange the New Green?

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  • Location: the Netherlands
  • Dates: January 4–28

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this off-campus program has been suspended. The information on this page is available for reference and planning purposes, but may no longer be accurate. If and when Calvin is able to re-open this and other off-campus programs, information will be provided at the main Off-Campus Programs website. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Off-Campus Programs office.

Through daily field excursions, students learn about this country’s richly varied history of land reclamation, water management, infrastructure design, energy production, food production, and environmental preservation.

When faced with sustainability challenges, the Dutch have always innovated their way towards a more stable and resilient environment. Through daily field excursions, students learn about this country’s richly varied history of land reclamation, water management, infrastructure design, energy production, food production, and environmental preservation. These innovations are each an important part of understanding the complex interrelationships between Dutch society, technology, and environment. Starting from our home base in a 13th century castle, we explore historic and culturally significant places. Excursions throughout the Netherlands are guided by short reading assignments, pre-excursion briefings, visits to a variety of sites featuring Dutch innovations, presentations made by local experts, and interpretive assignments. Course assessment is based on these assignments.

Students can expect to learn some Dutch on this trip, but Dutch fluency is not required since most people in the Netherlands are also fluent in English. This course fulfills the CCE requirement and the international and sustainability degree designations in Engineering. It may also count towards program requirements in Biology, Dutch, Environmental Health and Conservation, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, and Netherlandic Studies.

Included in the course are seven days for personal travel (not included in the course fee). Fee: $3940. January 4–28. Prerequisites: none. D. Koetje and R. Hoeksema. Off Campus.


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