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  • Locations: Amal, Sweden; Stockholm, Sweden
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Cost:: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/15/2019 01/25/2019 05/13/2019 05/31/2019
NOTE: Dr. Osgood will confirm the program dates after the application and deposit deadline.
Program Description:
Location IconWhat to believe? What to support? Intensive discussions are currently taking place regarding how best to define, shape, and maintain what might be called The Good Society. The United States and Northern Europe have received much of the attention in these discussions, with particular focus on economic practices and social welfare programs. To be frank, much of this conversation relies on incomplete or misleading information--not necessarily “fake news” or “alternative facts” but misunderstandings about the actual nature of and practices regarding taxes, social safety nets, immigration, refugees, demographic diversity, and economic opportunity.

SSCI 389: Sweden and the United States - Defining a Nation, Conceiving the Good Life (C-BB, C-AD) with Dr. Osgood, which focuses on one representative nation--Sweden--aims to unpack and untangle these major issues. While the scope of the topic does not allow for in-depth examination of these, major social structures and practices will be identified and explored in order to provide students with a basic understanding of similarities and differences between Sweden and our own country, the United States. Readings will be supported by extensive interaction with a variety of Swedish social institutions and civic leaders. Visits to hospitals, health clinics, social service agencies, refugee housing, schools, universities, and community centers will enhance our appreciation and understanding of the Swedish approach to developing The Good Society and allow for informal but valuable comparisons the practices in the United States.


Orientation IconYou are required to attend the Pack+Prep session facilitated by the Center for Global Engagement during the Spring 2019 term. Please see the Events page for the date, time, and location. You also will engage in pre-departure programming with Dr. Osgood prior to your departure.

Academics IconSSCI 389: Sweden and the United States - Defining a Nation, Conceiving the Good Life is a 4-credit course offered by Dr. Osgood during the Summer 2019 term. The course is approved as advanced beyond borders (C-BB, C-AD) for the core curriculum.

As a result of participating in the course, you will:
  • Explain general historical developments leading to the emergence of the current Swedish social welfare system.
  • Provide a current, accurate general description of Swedish social policies concerning health care, social services, taxation practices, demographic diversity, immigration policy, refugee accommodation and support, and educational opportunity. 
  • Articulare government rationales in support of these policies.
  • Describe general challenges to executing these policies equiably and effectively.
  • Authoritatively compare Swedish approaches to these issues to those of the United States. 
Housing IconStudents will reside in short-term cottages in Amal, and a hotel or hostel in Stockholm.

Travel IconNo visa is required to travel to Sweden for under 90 days. All students must have a valid passport. U.S. Immigration requires all passports to be valid for up to 6 months after return date. 

Contact IconFor more information, please contact the faculty director (Dr. Osgood), the program assistant (Dr. Pyne), or Dr. Jeremy Doughty