Netherlands, The Hague

Health, Well-being and Culture

when 1 July 2019 - 12 July 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 1750

What does it mean to be sick and what does it mean to be healthy? What is the role of culture in how we experience and practice our well-being in the world? How do people negotiate multiple approaches to health, while confronting a range of living conditions. Moreover, what does it mean to become a patient and undergo your journey through a health system? In The Netherlands, for instance, patients have mobilised themselves in professional organisations that influence health care delivery, political decision making and organisational change. The question rises, however, how attuned this system is to the needs, wishes and possibilities of a diverse population living in The Netherlands. This summer course will take a closer look at health, healthcare, well-being and agency within these systems from a cultural perspective. You will learn about health in the cultural context of The Netherlands, but will explore cultures from all over the world as well.

In this summer school students will explore different experiences and interpretations of health and well-being while learning about different cultural contexts. Health is more than the absence of disease. Living well can include a range of things, from living in harmony with nature, watching your diet, engaging in rigorous exercise or expressing oneself through the arts. Students will engage in seminar style sessions where they explore lessons learned. In addition, students are expected to do fieldwork and learn from engaging with various communities and institutions about what it means to “live well”. They will be expected to learn things about health and well-being agency that they will be able to apply in their home countries.


The course provides an interdisciplinary approach and combines multiple learning methods such as lectures, workshop, discussion, interviewing, group work, fieldwork and student presentation. Students will not only have the opportunity to explore a range of interesting topics, but can also improve their research and presentation skills.

Course leader

Aminata Cairo.

Target group

The program is open to anyone who has obtained the high school diploma (or its equivalent) and has at least completed the first year of their bachelor degree. All applicants should have a good command of English (Level B2 or higher). The Hague Summer School reserves the right to determine if the level of applicants' English is satisfactory.

Course aim

Students will explore various cultural approaches to thinking about health and well-being.

Students will be able to apply various theoretical lenses to addressing health issues.

Students will be able to perform basic ethnographic research methods including individual and group interviews and surveys.

Students will be able to collect ethnographic data exploring a health topic and will be able to analyse and synthesize their findings into a well-produced informational product (video, poster, etc.).

Students will be able to work on a daily in-class group assignment and will be able to post their activity in a video vlog.

Students will be able to give an adequate and engaging public presentation about their experience in the course.

Credits info

3 EC
The Hague Summer School is assigned ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). The two week program is worth 4 ECTS and the four week program is worth 8 ECTS.
Detailed programme descriptions and outlines, in order to facilitate the credit transfer, will be provided to the students.

Fee info

EUR 1750: Regular fee.
EUR 1650: If you sign up for the Hague Summer School 2019 before April 22, you are eligible for an early bird fee of EUR 1,650 for 1 period (2 weeks) or EUR 3,200 for 2 periods (4 weeks). You might be eligible for further discounts, please contact thehaguesummerschool@hhs.nl for more information.

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