Netherlands, Utrecht

The Making of Europe: Rise of Civilization (early July)

when 4 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 1345

During these two weeks we will travel through Roman and Italian history, studying its fascinating political, religious and cultural development in relation to Europe. Beautiful Rome was and is, in various ways, the ancestor of modern Europe: capital of the glorious Roman Empire, Rome rebuilt itself towards the end of the Middle Ages to rival the Florentine Renaissance . It even became the birthplace of the Baroque, with genius artists like Bernini and Borromini. We will explore the city of Rome, enjoying its remarkable architecture, art and museums, like the Pantheon, the forums of Caesar and Augustus, the Capitoline museum, the accomplishments of Michelangelo on Saint Peter?s Basilica and the many beautiful early churches like the Santa Prassede. During classes we will treat topics like the Roman Republic and Empire, ancient religion - including the birth of Christianity - and the confusing Middle Ages that were characterizes by political and religious strive . After we treated the Renaissance and Baroque period, we will even glimpse ahead shortly to Mussolini?s Rome. By the end of the course you will have seen some of the most breath-taking highlights of European history and have unravelled the politics behind it , making this a truly interactive course!

Course leader

Dr. Jaap Verheul

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
? 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 1345: Course + course materials + housing

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