Dutch Studies Summer 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 more than two weeks in the Netherlands, we will continue our journey in Flanders, the Dutch speaking region of Belgium, where we will be based in the city of Antwerp. 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, Brussels, Ghent, Bruges and many other places, where we will visit a range of world famous art museums 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 (in Amsterdam) and Jeroen Dewulf (in Antwerp). Assistant: Aagje van der Meer. 6 units. July 2018.