INNOVATIONS IN PUBLIC POLICY
Examine the success of swedish public policy in resolving longstanding social problems
Is it possible to tackle rising pollution levels without harming the economy? Is there a way to provide a high level of cost-free education to everyone in society? Will gender equality ever be a reality? Can we re-educate convicted criminals so they can once again become productive members of society? Is there a way to sharply reduce prostitution without punishing sex workers?
Combining a discussion of recent Scandinavian history, political theory and public policy case studies, participants will explore questions about what constitutes a "good society" and seek their own understanding of the answers with the help of policy experts, political activists and hands-on learning.
This course runs in JUNE and JULY.
This course focuses on how Sweden addresses social challenges that it and almost all countries face today. Through meetings with policy experts, political activists and hands-on activities, participants will challenge their understanding of the role of politics, history and the state in the formation of a socially progressive and just society.
- Learn how the Swedish holistic approach to sustainability extends from food practices to housing and education by exploring the places where progressive principles are put into place
- Connect with Swedish activists on the ground to see for yourself how they work and study in partnership with their government to make Swedish society more just and inclusive
- Learn about sustainable development and gender equality
WHAT TO EXPECT
During the course, participants will:
- Explore Swedish geography and history on a walking tour of Stockholm and role-playing games at Stockholm Parliament
- Visit start-ups and an urban sustainable living community
- Visit Skansen Museum and Vasa Museum to learn about the important role of Swedish women in the country's history
- Visit a sustainable fish and tea farm and sustainable education primary school
- Meet with a teacher integrating immigrants into society and policy-makers to understand their approach to immigration challenges
- Visit a wilderness school and learn about environmental education and wilderness living skills
INFORMATION ON COURSE FEES ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH PARTNER SCHOOLS.
Fees typically include the following:
- Accommodation & meals (we pick socially/ environmentally responsible choices!)
- Transport (including flights and airport transfers)
- Entrance fees for attractions
- Course materials
- Insurance cover
- Engaging experts & 24/7 experienced facilitators
- Contribution to beneficiaries
Your investment in our courses also enables Skillseed to further our social mission by empowering the local community through employment or job creation. It also goes towards course development (we do intensive consultations with key organisations and conduct project site visits!) and provides opportunities for course alumni to further develop their skills and passions with us or our partner organisations.
THIS COURSE IS FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN SOCIAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC POLICY.
Participants should be at least 15 years of age, healthy, and able to speak and converse fluently in English.
They cannot have any peanut or seafood (especially fish sauce) allergies or strict vegan diet requirements.
innovations in public policy 2015: OUR PARTICIPANTS' JOURNEY!
Read what one of our participants, Shaobo Zhou, learnt on the trip to Sweden in his reflections on the Skillseed blog!
“I think this experience brought me a new perspective on current politics because what Sweden is doing right now is quite different [from] what is happening in China and the U.S.” — Shaobo Zhou, Dalton Academy, Affiliated High School of Peking University
“It made me become even more interested in social issues such as education, medical care, and equal rights movement even more.” — Gao Leren, Dalton Academy, Affiliated High School of Peking University
“I would be willing to participate in more nature and environment related activities and I would encourage people around me to learn more about environmental protection methods used in Sweden.” — 陈依依, Dalton Academy, Affiliated High School of Peking University
“Public affairs is always one of my interests. It is wonderful to actually have the opportunity to systematically understand Sweden's policy making in different fields.” — 田卓萱, Dalton Academy, Affiliated High School of Peking University