Netherlands, Utrecht

Dutch Culture: History and Art

when 20 July 2015 - 31 July 2015
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 1065

This course will explore the question of Dutch identity by placing the history and art of the Netherlands in a wider European and transatlantic perspective. During this course you will be introduced to the rich cultural traditions that the Netherlands developed from the Dutch Golden Age to the present day. You will explore Dutch traditions of literacy, cosmopolitanism, tolerance and accommodation, and the challenges it met during periods of war and upheaval. Furthermore, you will be introduced to the cultural expressions and traditions that support the Dutch in their claim to international fame as a cultural nation.

Each week of the course will be devoted to a specific theme:

Theme 1: Dutch Identity and History
During the first week of the course lecturers will give you insight in distinctive historical periods of Dutch history. Topics that will be discussed are the productive Golden Age of the 17th Century, as well as Dutch-American relations and the Second World War during which the Netherlands experienced five years of Nazi occupation. You will also explore Dutch traditions of literacy, cosmopolitanism, tolerance and accommodation, and the challenges it met during periods of war and upheaval.

Theme 2: History of Art, Literature and Learning
Within the historical context of the preceding week, students will be introduced to the cultural expressions and traditions that support the Dutch in their claim to international fame as a cultural nation. During this second week of the course lecturers will discuss Dutch photography, architecture, literature, academic learning and famous painters such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, Vincent van Gogh and Mondrian.

You will experience an intensive two-week programme with lectures and seminar groups during which you are expected to participate in discussions and work on assignments and group presentations.

Course leader

dr. Jaap Verheul

Target group

The programme is open to students from all disciplines, although the course will focus on the humanities and social sciences.

Course aim

The programme is open to students from all disciplines, although the course will focus on the humanities and social sciences.

Credits info

3 ECTS
+ certificate of attendance

Fee info

EUR 1065: Including housing
EUR 725: Excluding housing

Scholarships

Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course.

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