Dutch Studies Spring and Summer 2019

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 in 254 Dwinelle + F 1-2P in187 Dwinelle, 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, 179 DWINELLE, F 2-3P, 106 DWINELLE, 5 units.


Dutch 125 – Conversation and Composition

Prerequisites: Dutch 110 or consent of the instructor

In this advanced language course we proceed with the patterns of Dutch 110, although instead of giving frequent presentations, the emphasis will now be placed on weekly writing assignments and intense conversation. Students will be introduced to different types of texts and will learn different styles and practices in writing. A reader with various reading materials (i.e. articles, book reviews, literature, scholarly pieces) will form the basis for the writings and conversations.

Esmée van der Hoeven, M-W-F 4-5P, 189 DWINELLE, 4 units.


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

Dutch 166 – Anne Frank and After: Dutch Literature and Film on the Holocaust

“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are good at heart.” For many, this sentence sums up the basic idea of Anne Frank’s diary. Yet, if we take into account the horrors that Anne Frank experienced, a different quote from her diary seems more appropriate: “There’s a destructive urge in people, the urge to rage, murder and kill.” These harsh words will form the basis of our critical reflection on the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II. Using original documents, film and literature we will analyze the German invasion, the Dutch resistance and collaboration, the horrors of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust. Dutch 166 satisfies the L&S Breadth Requirement for Arts & Literature. All readings and discussions in English.

Instructor: Jeroen Dewulf, TuTh 3:30P-4:59P | 222 Wheeler


Two affiliated courses in other Departments, relating to Dutch Studies:

SEASIAN 10B – People, Power, and Performance

This course is an introduction to the peoples, cultures and states that make up the great archipelago of Southeast Asia straddling the Indian and Pacific Oceans, traditionally known as the Malay World.   We will explore the classical kingdoms of Southeast Asia through the coming of Islam and the early modern era, paying particular attention to the rise of global trade, Dutch, English and American colonialism, the rise of Southeast Asian nationalism, and developments in modern Southeast Asia.  We will discuss the place of religion, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Roman Catholicism, as well as indigenous belief systems.  We will explore alternative concepts of “power” and different experiences of movement and diaspora.   These themes will be introduced as much as possible through the strong tradition of performance, narrative and visual arts of the island nations.

Instructor:  Sylvia Tiwon; TUTH 11:00 am – 12:29 pm | Dwinelle 88


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

Contemporary architecture and urban design in Flanders are internationally acknowledged as refined, reflective and authentic. Architecturally divers and territorially omnipresent, its built environment is a showcase of European history. Today, it is part of the nebulous city… The course offers a comprehensive presentation of Flanders’ urban architecture and landscapes, and its built environment, how they were imagined by architects, planners, designers, geographers, photographers, and painters, how they have developed in history and can be theoretically analysed, and what their challenges are for tomorrow. The course will in particular look at the different methods of representation and how they produce interpretations from ‘views’ to ‘visions’.

Instructor: P.P. Rubens Visiting Professor Pieter Uyttenhove; TH 2:00 pm – 4:59 pm


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 30-July 27 2019.


Dutch Studies Major and Minor


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
  • Any 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.



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
  • Any course in the Dutch 160-series and 170-series
  • One directly related upper-division course outside the Department, with approval by the Program Director.