Netherlands, Utrecht

Dutch Culture: Society and Current Issues

when 1 August 2016 - 12 August 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 1075

To offer you a clearcut programme this course will be devoted to two specific themes:
Theme 1: Society
During the course lecturers will discuss the most characteristic institutions and arrangements of Dutch society such as the welfare state and the polder model. Since the Dutch live in a small geographical space, environmental planning and engineering always have been of vital importance to them. Also water management is a crucial feature of Dutch planning. You will learn about the real role of the windmills, but also about other factors that contributed to the economical success and international orientation of the Netherlands.

Theme 2: Contemporary Issues
This topic explores public debates in Dutch society at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Topics discussed are religious diversity and secularization, immigration and integration and Dutch traditions of cooperation reflected in the Peace Palace and the International Criminal Court.

You will experience various lectures and seminar groups during which you are expected to participate in discussions on Dutch society and work on assignments.

This course includes a full day excursion to The Hague, including a visit amongst others to the Dutch Parliamentary building (Binnenhof).

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, society and culture of the Netherlands. By studying Dutch society and culture in an international context, you will be offered an incentive to reflect anew on your own culture and society in an international atmosphere.

Fee info

EUR 1075: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 725: Course + course materials

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