Netherlands, Utrecht

Dutch Culture in a European Context

when 6 July 2015 - 14 August 2015
duration 6 weeks
credits 9.9 ECTS
fee EUR 2675

In this special track students will analyse how national cultures are affected by and react to the European integration process. Subsequently they will focus on the national identity of the various countries to help understand the complicated structure of Europe and the motives for integration as well as the obstacles on the way to European unity. After two weeks will focus further on the Dutch identity, including issues as tolerance and ‘pillarization’. Furthermore, students will be introduced to the rich cultural traditions that the Netherlands developed from the Dutch Golden Age to the present day.

In the first two weeks students will analyse how national cultures are affected by and react to the European integration process. Subsequently they will focus on the national identity of the various countries to help understand the complicated structure of Europe and the motives for integration as well as the obstacles on the way to European unity.

After two weeks students will focus further on the Dutch identity, including issues as tolerance and ‘pillarization’. Furthermore, students will be introduced to the rich cultural traditions that the Netherlands developed from the Dutch Golden Age to the present day in painting, literature, poetry and filmmaking.

The courses on the Netherlands will be devoted to specific themes; the first will be on Dutch identity and history. Lecturers will discuss distinctive periods in Dutch history such as the productive Golden Age of the 17th Century. Students will explore Dutch traditions of literacy, cosmopolitanism, tolerance and accommodation, and the challenges it met during periods of war and upheaval.

The second theme will be devoted to the history of art and literature. 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. Lecturers will discuss Dutch architecture, literature and famous painters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh and Mondrian.

Lectures will also discuss the most characteristic institutions and arrangements of Dutch society such as the welfare state and the polder model. Since the Dutch live in a small geographical space, environmental planning and engineering always have been of vital importance to them.

The final theme explores public debates in Dutch society at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Topics discussed are religious diversity and secularization, immigration and integration, permissiveness and Dutch law in action and the traditions of cooperation and international law reflected in the Peace Palace and the International Criminal Court.

During this special track students will visit the European Parliament and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels as well as Dutch cities and museums.

Course leader

dr. Jaap Verheul

Target group

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

Course aim

This course introduces students to the history, society and culture of Europe and the Netherlands. By studying Dutch society and culture in an international context, the programme offers the participating students an incentive to reflect anew on their own culture and society in an international atmosphere.

Credits info

9.9 ECTS
+ certificate of attendance

Fee info

EUR 2675: Including housing
EUR 1775: Excluding housing

Scholarships

Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course.

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