Netherlands, Utrecht (NL)

European Studies

when 6 July 2015 - 14 August 2015
duration 6 weeks
credits 9.9 EC
fee EUR 2775

This special track offers you the opportunity to explore Europe, a continent of great diversity. In the first two weeks you will explore European Culture. After that you will be introduced to key issues in European civilization from the emergence of European nationalism to the end of the Second World War. In the last two weeks the course will examine the postwar situation in Europe. Students will discuss various topics in small seminar groups and analyse a number of key issues in small assignments. This special track includes various excursions.

During the course European Cultures and Identities you 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. You will also be introduced to diverse cultural identities of a number of European nations, the complicated structure of Europe and 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 debates within the wider European community.

European History: The Creation of Nations and Peoples explores the main intellectual, cultural and political traditions of Europe. Lecturers in the fields of history, philosophy, religion, art and other fields in the humanities will introduce students to key issues in European civilization from the emergence of European nationalism in the 19th century to the end of the Second World War. Among the topics to be discussed are nation states, the role of state governments, the role of nationalism during the First and Second World War and the role played by powerful historical figures like Napoleon and Adolf Hitler.

The third course of this special track will examine Europe in the second half of the twentieth century. What were the effects of the Second World War on the various nations of postwar Europe? What role did the United States and the Soviet Union play in the new bipolar world of the Cold War? What have been the foundations of the transatlantic relations within the bipolar world of the Cold War? How has the United States established itself as a disputed reference culture in the fields of economics, culture, and technology and science in postwar Europe? Are we witnessing the emergence of a post-American Europe? What are the challenges and consequences of globalization and the rise of new economies such as China and India for the relations between Europe and the United States?

During this special track there will be various excursions. Students will visit the European Parliament and NATO in Brussels and the Roman Praetorium and Cathedral in Cologne.

This special track consists of:
European Cultures and Identities
The Making of Europe: from Middle Ages to Modernity
The 20th century: Europe in three Wars

Course leader

dr. Jaap Verheul

Target group

Students in the field of humanities, politics, philosophy and social sciences with an interest in European Studies.

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, European history and the current topics in European society.

Credits info

9.9 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 2775: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 1875: Course + course materials


Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course

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