Netherlands, Utrecht

Dutch Culture and Language

when 8 August 2016 - 19 August 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 1275

Students are introduced to the cultural traditions which have developed in the Netherlands from the Golden Age to the present day. Students will learn about distinctive periods in Dutch history, such as the productive ?Golden Age? of the 17th Century, when Dutch traditions such as cosmopolitanism and tolerance were born. Furthermore, students will focus on contemporary Dutch society and its characteristics, such as the welfare state, religious diversity, secularization, immigration, integration, permissiveness and the position of international law within the Netherlands.
One can only truly grasp a country' culture when having a basic understanding of the language spoken. Therefore, language training forms an important component of this course. We will focus on listening, reading, writing, and speaking and before you know it, you will be able to talk about daily life and place an order in a restaurant.
This is especially useful for students who are staying in the Netherlands for a longer period of time. The language training within this course is designed for beginners and will cover the basics. The course also includes a walking tour through the city of Utrecht, a full day excursion to The Hague and Amsterdam, and a movie night.

Course leader

Dr. Jaap Verheul and Maarten Paulusse, M.A.

Target group

The Dutch culture and language programme is open for students from all disciplines with an interest in the Netherlands, although the course will focus on the humanities and social sciences.
This course might particularly be interesting for students who will stay in the Netherlands for a longer period of time with all the information they need to make the most out of their stay.

Course aim

The participants will be familiarized with the history, culture, society, and language 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 1275: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 1275: Course + course materials + housing

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