Summer Institute on Addiction

Addiction and its accompanying health social concerns are major problems in today's world. From substance abuse to technological and sex addictions, there are often tragic consequences for individuals, families, and the societies that they belong to. But what does it take to think through these challenging interdisciplinary problems, and how do we begin to tackle them?



Programme at a glance

 

Academic dates: 30 June - 12 July 2019
Housing dates: 28 June - 15 July 2019
Academic fee: € 1400
Housing fee: € 550 and € 75 deposit. For more information, see Housing and practical matters.
Credits: 4 European Credits
Who is this programme for? Participants must have a Bachelor degree (minimum). Master's students and PhD candidates as well as working professionals with experience in the field will be given preference.
Academic director: Helle Larsen
Early application deadline: 10 January 2019
Regular application deadline: 1 April 2019

 

Programme description

While addiction is not a new problem, few countries have sufficient resources allocated to address it. Further, the language and scope of addiction studies has grown in recent years. As our hyper-globalized world brings people, substances, ideas, and potential sources of addiction closer together than ever, researchers, care providers, academics and professionals need to look at addiciton studies in a new, dynamic light. This two-week Summer Institute seeks to provide an interdisciplinary approach and lens to the study of addiction.

The concept of addiction brings to the forefront social, medical and moral questions. The intertwined dynamics of health systems, economic considerations and moral (inter)national politics have a combined effect upon the prevention and treatment of people living with addiction. Participants will use Amsterdam as a case study as they encounter academic debates, and bolster and challenge their classroom learning with field work and excursions. Addiction takes many forms, and Amsterdam offers a unique chance for students to become familiarized with cutting-edge research and practice in every field.

The programme is built around four themes: an overview of policies and the history of the concept of addiction, contemporary prevention services, the current state of affairs, and an assessment of treatment innovations. Each module concludes with a workshop integrating concepts into daily clinical, policy, and research practices.

A central aspect of the institute is the opportunity to learn from colleagues from around the world. During the course, participants will be invited to briefly present in their areas of specialization the current state of affairs in their home countries (e.g. policy, prevention, treatment). Following the presentations, facilitated workshop session assist students to integrate the research and practice information from instructors and peers into tangible goals and plans for applying course information to their professional work upon their return home.

Study load

The programme schedule from Monday to Friday includes:

  • Morning lecture (2.5 hours)
  • Lunch break (1 hour; provided by the University)  
  • Afternoon workshop (2.5 hours; includes symposia, expert speakers, and relevant excursions).

Credit Transfer

As a Summer Institute student you receive a participation certificate with an official seal from the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Students who wish to earn credits receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained. The programme is the equivalent of a 4 European Credits module. Students are responsible for ensuring that their home university will accept the credits and final credit conversions need to be made by the home university. If you have questions about credit transfer, or need more information on the programme for your home university's administration, please email us at summer-info-gsss@uva.nl.

 

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Mode
Short-term
Credits
4 ECTS, 2 weeks
Language of instruction
English
Starts in
June

Published by  GSSS Summer Programmes Office