Italy, Rome

The Making of Europe: Rise of Civilization (late June)

when 22 June 2015 - 3 July 2015
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 1295

Rome is the place for you to start exploring ‘The Making of Europe’. During this course you will make a voyage from Antiquity to the later Middle Ages, highlighting its politics, religious affairs and societal developments that found expression in magnificent artistic accomplishments on its way. We will be studying Rome´s and Europe´s history from inside and outside the classroom. You will certainly ´experience´ history this way!


Once the capital of the glorious Roman Empire; then rival to the Florentine Renaissance; birthplace of the Baroque and location of the Vatican, beautiful Rome is in various ways the ancestor of modern Europe. And Rome is therefore the place for you to start exploring ‘The Making of Europe’. During this course you will make a voyage from Antiquity to the later Middle Ages, highlighting its politics, religious affairs and societal developments that found expression in magnificent artistic accomplishments on its way. We will be studying Rome´s and Europe´s history from inside and outside the classroom, since many of its iconic places exist still nowadays. We will visit the tangible remains of the Roman era and discover the beautiful (early) churches which were transformed in later times by geniuses like Michelangelo or Bernini and unravel the politics behind it. You will certainly ´experience´ history this way!

Course leader

drs. Wendelijn van der Leest, Mphil

Target group

Students of the humanities and social sciences, including economics and business, political sciences, European studies, international relations, history, culture studies and sociology, the sciences and engineering at senior undergraduate or graduate level with an interest in culture, society and politics.

Course aim

At the end of this course, students should be able to:
• Describe and evaluate different of the historic developments of Europe, including Europe’s role on the world stage
• Discern and analyse key factors in facilitating these developments
• Demonstrate an understanding of political, socio-economic and cultural aspects of the European developments
• Demonstrate this detailed and critical knowledge and understanding in written and verbal form.

Credits info

4 ECTS
+ certificate of attendance

Fee info

EUR 1295: including housing

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