Netherlands, Utrecht

Founding Europe: from Antiquity to the 19th Century (June-July)

when 20 June 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 8 ECTS
fee EUR 2440

During the first two weeks you will be introduced to Roman and Italian history, studying its fascinating political, religious and cultural development in relation to Europe. We will explore the city of Rome, enjoying its remarkable architecture, art and museums. During classes we will treat topics like the Roman Republic and its transition into imperial rule, ancient religion - including the birth of Christianity - and the Middle Ages that followed the fall of the Roman Empire and were characterizes by religious and secular strive. After we treated the Renaissance and Baroque period, we will even glimpse ahead shortly to Mussolini?s Rome. The next two weeks you will spend in the beautiful city of Utrecht, studying the history of Europe from a Dutch perspective. We will study for example the Dutch Golden Age; the era spanning roughly the 17th century in which the Dutch became one of the world?s greatest maritime, economic and artistic world powers after rebelling against their Spanish rulers. As with the Rome course, Utrecht will provide you with a strongly interactive course programme, visiting several historical museums in Utrecht, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the thirteenth-century royal palace in The Hague where he Dutch government is seated today. This historical journey, which illuminates Europe from the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century, will help you to understand the many social, historical, religious and cultural factors that came to shape modern Europe.

Course leader

dr. Jaap Verheul

Target group

The course is open to all students from different fields of study 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 theories and conceptualizations of the historic development of Europe, with specific attention for Italy and The Netherlands
? Show an understanding of various historic monuments and their relation to historic developments
? Demonstrate an understanding of political, socio-economic and cultural aspects of the European developments
? Demonstrate this critical knowledge and understanding in written and verbal form.

Fee info

EUR 2440: Course + course materials + housing

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