In less than fifty years, Norway moved from being one of the poorest and most homogenous countries in Europe to one of the richest in the world with a population that is increasingly multicultural. Twenty-five percent of Oslo residents, for exampl...
I found it worthwhile, I learned things I never would have leraned in a classroom. Being able to actually live and visit as well as talk to government and social officials and people who lived in the city was a great experience.
- Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
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In less than fifty years, Norway moved from being one of the poorest and most homogenous countries in Europe to one of the richest in the world with a population that is increasingly multicultural. Twenty-five percent of Oslo residents, for example, are not of ethnic Norwegian background. The New Norway program investigates dramatic changes in Northern Europe by critically analyzing the development of the Norwegian welfare state through a wide range of topics such as globalization theories, nation-building and national identity, governance and political party systems, European integration, racial thinking, histories of racialization, international aid politics, sexuality, and environmentalism. The topical organization of the program is cumulative and deliberately contradictory, illuminating the international relevance of the Scandinavian case study.
The program was formerly known as "Scandinavian Urban Studies Term" or "SUST." While now taking up many issues beyond classic "urban studies," the program is firmly rooted in the home base of Oslo. In Oslo, meetings with political parties and community organizations give students firsthand insight into policy-making and community organizing in Norway. As a result of their analysis of the Scandinavian context, students are equipped to think critically about their experience in the United States.
Relevant Study Subject(s):
Urban and Regional Planning
Western European Studies
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies