Nijmegen, Netherlands

Dutch History, Politics and Culture

when 12 July 2021 - 16 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 500

The Netherlands is a small country with a big history, whose legacy is global in impact. In the 17th century, The Netherlands was home to the first multinational and first stock-exchange in history and therefore the country is often considered as the cradle of modern capitalism.

17th century painters such as Rembrandt and Frans Hals, scientists such as Antonie van Leeuwenhoek and philosophers such as Grotius, Spinoza and Cartesius have been highly influential. In modern times, the Netherlands is associated with consensus democracy, tolerance and a pragmatic approach of Dutch society to issues such as euthanasia and drugs.

This summer school course gives you a broad overview of the history, culture and politics of the Netherlands. What did the Dutch contribute to world history? What is typically Dutch? How truthful are many clichés about the Netherlands? The lectures of the course will cover a wide range of topics:

- Dikes, polders and cities. The unique Dutch Geography
- The Gateway to Europe. The Dutch Economy
- Consensus and Conflict: Dutch Politics and Policy Making
- The Limits of Tolerance and Permissiveness
- Dutch Society
- The Birth of a Nation and the Golden Age 1500-1700
- Pillarization and Pacification Democracy
- Second World War in the Netherlands
- Colonialism and Decolonisation
- Rembrandt, Hals, Spinoza. Dutch Culture in the Golden Age
- Vincent van Gogh, De Stijl and Cobra. Dutch Culture 1880-1960

A film, a trip to the Liberation Museum and a visit to the famous Kröller Müller Museum will be part of the programme. You are expected to give presentations (sometimes on location) on various themes, related to Dutch history, culture, politics or society. The aim of this course is to familiarize students from different educational backgrounds and different countries with the most essential aspects of the culture, history and politics of the Netherlands. This course will definitely be an enrichment of your Dutch experience!

Course leader

Dr. Koen Vossen,
Political Science, Faculty of Arts,
Radboud University

Target group

• Bachelor
• Master

Everyone who has an interest in learning more about the society, history, culture and politics of the Netherlands, the country in which you will be staying during the Summer School.

Course aim

After this course you will have:

1. The ability to place various historical highlights from the history of the Netherlands in a wider historical context.
2. Gained a basic understanding of the specific characteristics of Dutch society and politics.
3. Developed presentation and analytical skills on a topic relating to Dutch History, Politics and Culture.

Fee info

EUR 500: The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.


We offer several reduced fees

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