Austrian Social Policy

POLI 221

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Enrollment limit

15 students


Arrival in Salzburg - May 9th, 2021

Departure from Salzburg housing - June 2, 2021 (mandatory) but students may remain and travel throughout Europe at their own expense

Course fee


Included in course fee

While in Salzburg: lodging, some meals (breakfasts and lunches, Mondays through Thursdays; dinners, Mondays through Wednesdays; use of shared kitchen throughout May Term), class activities within Salzburg, class trip to Berlin, and day excursions to Munich and Vienna (cultural activities only).

Beyond course fee

Round Trip Airfare to Salzburg (Approximately $1500), Eurail Pass, some meals (see above), optional weekend travel, and souvenirs.

Course Description

An examination of how culture, history, and politics interact to produce social policies in Austria, with special focus on the areas of education, health care, and poverty policies. Examination of how these policies in Austria compare with the rest of Europe and the United States.

Together we will spend almost a month in one of the most beautiful parts of Europe, hear from local officials about Austria’s education, health, and anti-poverty programs, take class trips to Berlin, Vienna, and Munich, visit a Nazi concentration camp (Dachau) and Nazi Documentation Center (Berlin), take the Sound of Music tour, tour a salt mine, and have the opportunity to take optional trips with the professor to Budapest and Prague, or venture off on your own to locations such as Amsterdam, Paris,
Venice, or Assisi.

There will be a virtual information session with Professor Thorson for this course on Tuesday, September 29th at 4:30 p.m. PST in Zoom.