Dutch Culture: Society and Current Issues is an intensive two-week programme in which you will be introduced to Dutch culture and identity by Utrecht University scholars and guest lecturers. We aim to lay a solid foundation of knowledge of present-day Dutch society and its recent history, in a way that we hope will be both informative and enjoyable.
This course is devoted to two central themes: Society (1) and Contemporary Issues (2).
Theme 1: Society – Lecturers will discuss the most characteristic institutions and arrangements of Dutch society from a historical perspective. This includes elements of Dutch political culture, like the welfare state and the polder model of political decision-making, but also the actual lay-out of the country. For instance, one crucial feature of Dutch culture is water management – you will learn about the function of the typical windmills that you can find all over the Netherlands.
Theme 2: Contemporary Issues – We will explore public debates in present-day society, surrounding topics like integration and migration, the recent energy crisis, and the Dutch colonial past. We will approach these themes from a historical perspective. In particular, the role of historical memory in these discussions will be discussed.
The programme is open to students from all discipline. The course will focus on the humanities and social sciences.
Aim of the course
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.
A minimum of: 7 lectures (120 minutes); 4 seminars (90 minutes); 1 day excursion; 1 exam; 1 certificate ceremony.
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