Groningen, Netherlands

Discovering Holland

when 5 July 2021 - 11 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 450

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, all programmes for 2020 have been cancelled.

Seen from outside, the Netherlands seems like a country that has its things in order: neat streets guide you through our cities, straight canals transport our water and orderly politicians take care of our affairs. There is, however, more to this country than meets the eye. Dutch society and its politics are complex and hard to figure for those who come from countries that are structured differently. How come the Dutch have a good working country while there – ostensibly – is not one strong political player? How do all the Dutch political parties reach their agreements? What is the secret to the innovative Dutch economy? And how has Dutch culture become so influential over the world?

In this summer school, students will get to know the Netherlands better and gain insights in the working of this, as it is often perceived, well organized country. Through lectures and subsequent discussions students will be introduced to the main developments in Dutch Politics, Economics, History, and Culture. Participants will learn that the standard image of a neatly organizes country might be true on the surface, but that, in reality, there is more complexity than one might expect.complexity than one might expect.

Participants will be taught by a group of excellent historians and other specialists who are used to bridging cultural gaps between the Netherlands and other countries. During the interactive lectures, your own contributions will be highly valued and you are encouraged to bring your own perspectives on the Netherlands into the discussions.

Course leader

Prof. Dr. J.S.A.M. van Koningsbrugge, RUG
N.A. Kraft van Ermel, MA RUG
Dr. T. de Graaf, Fryske Academie
Dr. W Groenendijk, Gasunion
Dr. A. van der Staay, Ministry of Internal Affairs
Prof. Dr. M. Pushkova, RGGU Moscow

Target group

This interdisciplinary course welcomes students from different fields, such as – but not limited to – History, International Relations, Dutch Language and Culture, European Studies, Sociology and Political Science. The more disciplines participating in the summer school the better our discussions about The Netherlands will be.

Participants should be enrolled in a BA or MA programme in one of the human or social sciences. We do not require any previous knowledge about the Netherlands, its society or culture. The only real requirement is an interest in getting to know the Netherlands. It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Course aim

After this course you will have a:
1. Basic knowledge of Dutch history and politics
2. Basic knowledge of innovating forces of Dutch economy
3. Basic knowledge of Dutch foreign policy

Credits info

1 EC
The workload is estimated at 30 hours of lectures, discussions and other contact hours.
Upon successful completion of the program, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 30 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 450: The fee includes lunches during the summer school, activities and one dinner.