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 12-1P, 189 DWINELLE, 5 units.

Dutch 110 – Advanced Dutch

Prerequisites: Dutch 1 and 2 or equivalent

In this advanced Dutch language course, students will continue to build their vocabulary based on texts dealing with a variety of topics: the history, culture and society of Belgium and the Netherlands, current affairs and discussions, and literature and art. Class evolves around the reading and discussions of texts, and (newly) featured grammar will be discussed along the way. A lot of attention is paid to speaking skills and presentation skills. By the end of the semester, students will have developed their fluency in Dutch to the level of an advanced speaker.

Esmée van der Hoeven, M-W-F 11A-12P, 210 DWINELLE, 4 units.

 

Courses in Dutch History & Culture (in English):

 

Dutch 171 A/C – From New Amsterdam to New York: Race, Culture and Identity in New Netherland

This course deals with the early Dutch history of New York, the former New Amsterdam. Traditionally it has been argued that modern American history has English roots onto which, over time, cultures from many other nations were grafted to create a multicultural society that became a multiethnic model for progressive societies all over the world. This course will question this perspective and argue that the contemporary multicultural and liberal model is by no means a deviation from an “originally Christian, Puritan America” but rather the realization of a type of society similar to the one that already existed in the Dutch settlement on Manhattan, and which was later to become New York. We will argue that there are good reasons to justify that the multicultural, liberal, tolerant, multi-lingual United States of today are not a deviation from how America used to be, but rather the realization of a type of society that was initiated in 17th-century New Netherland. We will complement this vision, however, with indigenous and African-American voices in and about New Netherland. We will pay attention to the connection between the Dutch settlement on the American East Coast and the Dutch strongholds in the Caribbean that were developing into major centers of slave trade. In the final part of this course, we will draw conclusions from our study of the subaltern voice of the Other (the indigenous, the African American) in order to critically analyze the major faults of the Dutch colonial society in New Netherland. These conclusions will enable us to discuss the apparent contradiction between the liberal, tolerant, multicultural society that grew under Dutch role on the American East Coast and the existence of slavery as well as the military campaigns against the indigenous population. Prerequisites: none, all readings and discussion in English.

Dutch 171 satisfies the American Cultures Requirement.

Jeroen Dewulf, MWF 3:00P-3:59P, 101 Life Sciences Addition

 

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
  • One course in the Dutch 160-series (may be repeated as topics change)
  • One course in the Dutch 170-series (may be repeated as topics change)
  • 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
  • One course in the Dutch 160-series (may be repeated as topics change)
  • One course in the Dutch 170-series (may be repeated as topics change)
  • One directly related upper-division course outside the Department, with approval by the Program Director.