Netherlands, Utrecht (NL)

Dutch Culture: Society and Current Issues

when 3 August 2015 - 14 August 2015
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 1065

This course will explore the question of Dutch identity by placing the Dutch society in a wider European and transatlantic perspective. You will learn about the real role of the windmills, but also about other important factors that contributed to the economic success and the international orientation of the Netherlands. Topics that will be discussed are the polder model, religious diversity and secularization, immigration and integration, permissiveness and the Dutch law in action and the tradition of cooperation and international law reflected in the Peace Palace and the International Criminal Court.

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

Theme 1: Society
During the first week of the course lecturers will 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. Also water management is a crucial feature of Dutch planning. You will learn about the real role of the windmills, but also about other factors that contributed to the economical success and international orientation of the Netherlands.

Theme 2: Contemporary Issues
The last week of this course 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.

You will experience various lectures and seminar groups during which you are expected to participate in discussions on Dutch society and work on assignments and group presentations.

This course includes a full day excursion to The Hague, including a visit to the Dutch Parliamentary building (Binnenhof).

Course leader

dr. Jaap Verheul

Target group

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

Course aim

This course introduces participants to the history, society and culture of the Netherlands. By studying Dutch society and culture in an international context, you will be offered an incentive to reflect anew on your own culture and society in an international atmosphere.

Credits info

3 ECTS
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 1065: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 725: Course + course materials

Scholarships

Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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