Netherlands, Utrecht

The Making of Europe (July-August)

when 4 July 2016 - 12 August 2016
language English
duration 6 weeks
credits 12 EC
fee EUR 3560

During this course we will trace the making of Europe from its most ancient roots to its most current affairs via a multidisciplinary approach to numerous life-changing events from a political, economic and societal perspective. You will come to understand developments from both a national and an international perspective. The programme will offer you the opportunity to explore a broad range of topics stretching from the rise of Western Civilization with the Roman Empire on one hand, followed by the Medieval Era, the Renaissance and Baroque on the other hand. But also the Dutch Golden Age, the age of European state-building, the rise of the welfare state and the bourgeoisie are on the programme. To round off this programme you will be introduced to major developments in the 20th century with treatment of the First and Second World Wars, the Interbellum and the Cold War, the rise and fall of totalitarian regimes and the rise of European collaboration and global relations.
Of course the topics addressed in Rome, Utrecht and Berlin will have strong ties to the specific locations, but in the meantime will keep the full picture of the developments throughout Europe in sight, during all your lectures and multiple excursions.

The special track consists of:
- The Making of Europe: Rise of Civilization
- The Making of Europe: From Middle Ages to Modernity
- The Making of Europe: the Long 20th Century

Course leader

Mphil, dr. Jaap Verheul, dr. Wendler

Target group

The course is open to all students from different fields of study with an interest in culture, society and politics.

Course aim

At the end of this course, students should be able to:
? Describe and evaluate different theories and conceptualisations of the historic development of Europe, with specific attention for Italy, The Netherlands and Germany
? Show an understanding of various historic monuments and their relation to historic developments
? Demonstrate an understanding of political, socio-economic and cultural aspects of the European developments
? Demonstrate this critical knowledge and understanding in written and verbal form.

Fee info

EUR 3560: Course + course materials + housing

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