Netherlands, Utrecht

European Cultures and Identities

when 6 July 2015 - 17 July 2015
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 1165

This course offers an introduction to Europe, a continent of great diversity. Each of its countries and peoples carry their own cultures, religions, and traditions, yet the majority of them are now engaged in a joint project aimed at political and economic integration in the European Union. This course aims to introduce you to the main challenges and opportunities facing this project. Students will analyze topics such as the emergence and construction of national identity and culture; processes of globalization and internationalization, and their effects on local cultures; citizenship in a European context and different national approaches to social issues.

Students will examine the structure and institutions of the European Union and learn how national cultures are affected by and react to supranational developments. They will also be introduced to diverse cultural identities of a number of European nations. This will help them to understand the complicated structure of Europe and may shed some light on the motives for integration as well as the obstacles on the way to European unity. Lectures will focus on the history, social and economic structures, culture, and current political and social debates within the wider European community.

The main venue for the course is Utrecht. The programme includes an excursion to Brussels, including visits to the European Parliament and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts.

You will experience an intensive two-week programme with lectures and seminar groups. Together with other students you are expected to work on group presentations and assignments

Course leader

dr. Jaap Verheul

Target group

The programme is especially designed for students coming from countries outside Europe. The course has a focus on the humanities and social sciences, and in offering this as a broad framework it is an excellent preparation for the courses on culture.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to introduce the participants to the social and cultural aspects of the nations within the European Community. The course will study both the development towards a united Europe and the enduring diversity of national cultures and identities within Europe.

Credits info

4 EC
+ Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 1165: Including housing
EUR 825: Excluding housing


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

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