Netherlands, Utrecht

The Making of Europe: from Middle Ages to Modernity (early July)

when 6 July 2015 - 17 July 2015
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 1295

Taking the beautiful city of Utrecht as a starting point, this course will take you on a journey from that illuminates the rise of modern Europe from the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century. We discuss the history of Europe and explore important political, religious and cultural themes during our lectures and various excursions. Amsterdam, The Hague and several historical museums in Utrecht are on the agenda as well, ensuring that you will be able to really ‘experience’ history during these two weeks!


This course will take you on a journey that illuminates the rise of modern Europe from the Middle Ages tot the end of the 19th century. We will take the medieval city of Utrecht as a starting point to discuss the history of Europe and explore important political, religious and cultural themes during our lectures and various excursions. We will visit some of the most crucial Dutch landmarks of the making of Europe like the Utrecht Cathedral, the wharfs and wealthy canal houses - still testifying to the incredible economic success of Europe in the Golden Age - , whilst the public parks and patrician houses attest to the rising bourgeoisie in the 19th century. Amsterdam, The Hague and several historical museums in Utrecht are on the agenda as well, ensuring that you will be able to really ‘experience’ history during these two weeks!

Course leader

dr. Jaap Verheul

Target group

Students of 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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