ECON/EDUC 239 – Exploring Childhood in Scandinavia: Comparing Policies and Practices to the U.S. SCANDINAVIA. This course exlores childhood in Scandinavia and the United States.

Four credits
One week on campus
Three weeks in Denmark, Sweden, and Finland
Professors Tim Diette and Haley Sigler

The course explores childhood in Scandinavia and the United States. The students begin the course with 3 weeks of travel in Denmark, Sweden, and Finland and spend the last week of the term on campus in Lexington. Students will have experiences in Scandinavia inside schools, daycares, and preschools in both economically advantaged and disadvantaged areas as well as speak with administrators and policymakers. Students will explore Copenhagen as well as take study tours in western Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. Students will participate in a 3-day mini-practicum teaching Danish schoolchildren. With additional readings that focus on education policy and broader family policy in each country, students will engage in discussions and reflections on the relative strengths and weaknesses of policies in each country.

For further details, please contact Prof. Diette ( or Prof. Sigler (

Program fee (paid to W&L): $4,547
Includes programming, room, some meals, fees, ground transportation.

Additional costs: airfare, books, some meals, cell phone, spending money, COVID-19 testing, and visa fees (if applicable) 

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 Applications open October 9th, 2021