Dutch Studies Program Spring and Summer 2020

Dutch Studies Program

Spring and Summer 2020

      I. Dutch Language Courses:

Dutch 1 – Elementary Dutch

Prerequisites: None

In this beginner’s course, students will familiarize themselves with the basics of Dutch: its sounds and spelling, its grammatical structure, and its vocabulary. The class focuses on oral communication with an emphasis on vocabulary: learning words and learning how to use these words. By reading texts and dialogues (and listening to the audio version), students will build their vocabulary. In class, they will get the opportunity to practice their newly learned words and phrases. By the end of the semester, students will be able to express themselves in speaking and in writing about a variety of topics, including introducing yourself, time, living, studying, traveling, and talking about present and past situations. Esmée van der Hoeven, M-W 12-2P + F 1-2P in B-33B Dwinelle Hall, 5 units.

Dutch 2 – Elementary Dutch

Prerequisites: Dutch 1 or equivalent

Dutch 2 is a continuation of Dutch 1. Students’ knowledge of Dutch vocabulary and grammar will be expanded and put into practice. As in Dutch 1, the focus lies on further developing speaking and writing skills. Each week is dedicated to a theme, which forms the heart of the readings and discussions. Students will be able to engage in conversations in Dutch and write about various topics covered in class. Students will conclude this semester by giving a short presentation in Dutch. Esmée van der Hoeven, M-W 2-4P + F 2-3P in 72 Evans Hall, 5 units.

      II. Courses in Dutch History, Culture, Linguistics and Literature: (in English)

DUTCH C178: DUTCH CULTURAL STUDIES.THE DUTCH-SPEAKING CARIBBEAN: HYBRIDITY, RACE AND IDENTITY IN THE ANTILLES AND SURINAM 

Following to the commercial successes of the Dutch East Indian Company, a group of leading Dutch entrepreneurs decided to create the West Indian Company in 1621. This Dutch trading company became a serious threat to the Spanish and Portuguese colonizers in Latin-America. After privateering had proved to be economically uninteresting and the ambitious project to create a Dutch colony in the Northeast of Brazil had failed, the Dutch resigned themselves by the late seventeenth century to a small-scale presence in the Caribbean. Six islands (Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Martin and Saba) would remain under Dutch rule, as would Surinam, the central part of Guyana. Due to the arrival of thousands of slaves from Africa, these territories had acquired an African character. Later, immigrant workers from India and Indonesia replaced the slaves on the plantations. In consequence, Surinam, in particular, would develop into one of the most diverse nations of the world. Whereas the Dutch Antilles are still linked to the Netherlands as (more or less) autonomous territories, Suriname gained full independence in 1975. However, due to the fact that almost half of Suriname’s population emigrated to the Netherlands, a significant connection remains. In this course, we will study the history of the Dutch West Indian Company, the impact of the slave trade and the rise of the maroons (communities of escaped slaves), we will reflect on contemporary political and social problems, we will deal with the particular linguistic situation and the position of Dutch in regard to the Creole languages and we will focus on literature from Surinam and the Dutch Antilles (in English translation). Although the Caribbean has been recognized in recent years as being one the most compelling areas in regard to questions of race, interculturality, hybridity and miscegenation, the Dutch-speaking part of it has somehow been neglected. This course intends to give an opportunity to those who do not have a command of Dutch language, but wish to complete their knowledge of Latin-American and Caribbean history, culture and literature. All readings and discussions in English.

Dutch 178 satisfies the Social and Behavioral Breadth Requirement and the Historical Studies Breadth Requirement. All readings and discussions in English. Instructor: Jeroen Dewulf, TuTh 3:30P-4:59P | 101 Moffitt

Affiliated courses in other Departments, relating to Dutch Studies:

Arch 179/279 – Views and Visions: Representing Flanders’ Landscape and Built Environment

Contemporary architecture and urban design in Flanders, Belgium, are internationally acknowledged as refined, reflective and authentic. Divers and omnipresent, its built environment is a showcase of European history. Today, its nebulous city is part of urban sprawl… This course offers a comprehensive presentation of Flanders’ architecture and urbanism, its urbanized landscapes, and how they were imagined by architects, planners, designers, geographers, photographers, and painters. Questions will be discussed about how this built environment has developed in history and what its challenges are for tomorrow. The course will in particular look at how it was represented and planned in views and visions and how these images are composed and utilized. Instructor: P.P. Rubens Visiting Professor Pieter Uyttenhove; Thursday 2-5pm, 370 Wurster Hall

      III. Dutch Studies Summer Sessions Travel-Study Course

Dutch 177 –The Amsterdam-Brussels Connection: History, Art and Identity in the Heart of Europe

Introduce yourself to the cultural and political identity of the Low Countries: the Netherlands and Belgium. The course begins in Amsterdam, the world’s most liberal city, from where we explore the Netherlands. After spending two weeks in the Netherlands, we will continue our journey in Belgium, where we will be based in Europe’s capital Brussels. On our way, we will trace important cultural, historical and political developments in European history and culture from medieval Flanders, the Dutch Golden Age, World War I and II up to contemporary multilingual, social and European identity of Belgium and the Netherlands. Daily fieldtrips take us to The Hague, Utrecht, Delft, Rotterdam, Ghent, Leuven, Bruges and many other places, where we will visit a range of world famous art museums, churches and historical sites. Guided visits to the Dutch House of Representatives in The Hague and the European Parliament in Brussels are also included.

The Travel/Study Course Dutch 177 is open to students from all departments on the Berkeley campus as well as students from other universities, also outside the United States. It satisfies the UC Berkeley Arts & Literature or Historical Studies L&S Breadth Requirement, and it is also part of the Dutch Studies Minor or Major. Students from other departments are encouraged to consult with their advisor to see which other major/minor this program may fulfill. Visiting students are encouraged to talk to their advisor about transfer of credit to their home institution. This course has no requirements. No language-teaching is involved. Instructors: Esmée van der Hoeven and Jeroen Dewulf. 6 units. June 21-July 18 2020.

      IV. Dutch Studies Major and Minor

DUTCH MAJOR:

  • Prerequisite: Elementary Dutch 1 and Elementary Dutch 2 or equivalent.
  • The student is expected to complete a minimum of 30 upper division units. Of these the following is required: Advanced Dutch 110
  • Additional courses to be selected from the following list to complete the major:

The Structure of Modern Dutch 107

Dutch for Reading Knowledge 100

Conversation and Composition Dutch 125

Topics in Dutch Literature Dutch 140 

Travel/Study Course Dutch 177 

Senior Thesis Dutch 190

Dutch Culture and Society Dutch 170

The Indonesian Connection Dutch C164

Anne Frank and After Dutch 166

From New Amsterdam to New York Dutch 171AC

Cultural Studies: the Dutch-Speaking Caribbean Dutch C178

Any other course in the Dutch 160-series and 170-series

A maximum of two directly related upper-division courses outside the Department, with approval by the Program Director. 

DUTCH MINOR

  • Prerequisite: Elementary Dutch 1 and Elementary Dutch 2 or equivalent.
  • The student is expected to complete 5 upper-division courses from the following:

Advanced Dutch 110

Dutch for Reading Knowledge 100

The Structure of Modern Dutch 107

Conversation and Composition Dutch 125

Topics in Dutch Literature Dutch 140

Travel/Study Course Dutch 177 

Dutch Culture and Society Dutch 170

The Indonesian Connection Dutch C164

Anne Frank and After Dutch 166

From New Amsterdam to New York Dutch 171AC

Cultural Studies: the Dutch-Speaking Caribbean Dutch C178

Any other course in the Dutch 160-series and 170-series

One directly related upper-division course outside the Department, with approval by the Program Director.