Netherlands, Utrecht

Dutch Culture: History and Art

when 16 July 2012 - 27 July 2012
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 795

This course will explore the question of Dutch identity by placing the history of the Netherlands and Dutch art in a wider European and transatlantic perspective. Furthermore, you will be introduced to the rich cultural traditions that the Netherlands developed from the Dutch Golden Age to the present day in such artistic fields as painting, literature, poetry and film making.

Every week will be devoted to a specific theme:
Theme 1
Dutch Identity and History. Lectures will discuss distinctive periods in Dutch history such as the productive Golden Age of the 17th Century. You will explore Dutch traditions of literacy, cosmopolitanism, tolerance and accommodation, and the challenges it met during periods of war and upheaval.

Theme 2
History of Art, Literature and Learning. Within the historical context of the preceding week, students will be introduced to the cultural expressions and traditions that support the Dutch in their claim to international fame as a cultural nation. Lectures will discuss Dutch architecture, literature, academic learning and famous painters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh and Mondrian.

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 of the Netherlands and to Dutch art.

Credits info

+ Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 795: Course + course materials + housing


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

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