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?

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.

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.

This two-week Summer Institute seeks to provide an interdisciplinary approach and lens to the study of addiction. The course will focus on a variety of topics, including policy models, prevention, and evidenced based treatment and positive emotion interventions. Bridging the gap between research and treatment practice and policy will also be highlighted throughout the course.

UvA Summer School
Housing dates

 29 June afternoon - 16 July morning 2018

Academic Dates

 1 July - 13 July 2018

Academic Director

 Dr Kristen Anderson
Application deadline:

 15 March 2018

4 ECTS, 2 weeks
Language of instruction
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Published by  GSSS Summer Programmes Office