Courses

Dutch Studies Course List Elementary Dutch – Dutch Studies (DUTCH) 1 [5 units]

Course Format: Five hours of lecture and one hour of laboratory per week.

Description: Dutch language course for beginners. Focus of the course is on acquiring basic communicative competence in the language, i.e., developing the ability to appropriately use the language (spoken as well as written) in authentic situations.

Elementary Dutch  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) 2 [5 units]

Course Format: Five hours of lecture and one hour of laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: 1 or equivalent.

Description: In this course, one reinforces and expands knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, increases fluency through oral and written exercises, and builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in

Cultural History of the Low Countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg)  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) 39A [3 units]

Course Format: Three hours of lecture per week.

Description: This course offers a general survey on the cultural history of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Through written texts, audiovisual materials, and discussions, we will study important historical, social, political, and cultural aspects of these three countries that represent European history in a nutshell. All readings and discussions in English.

Dutch for Reading Knowledge  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) 100 [3 units]

Course Format: Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week.

Description: This is a Dutch language course for absolute beginners, with a strong focus on Dutch grammar, basic vocabulary and syntax. It caters primarily to graduate students who need to be able to read texts in Dutch for their research but is also open to other students who wish to start learning Dutch.

The Structure of Modern Dutch  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) 107 [3 units]

Course Format: Three hours of lecture per week.

Description: A basic course on the structural properties of modern Dutch, including phonetics and phonology, morphology, and syntax. Comparison with English and German.

Advanced Dutch  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) 110 [4 units]

Course Format: Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week.

Prerequisites: 2 or equivalent.

Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit.

Description: Includes a grammar review with exercises (Jenneke Osterhoff, Intermediate Dutch). Conversation is taken to a higher plane, role playing becomes increasingly important, newspaper articles of the more difficult papers are read, and radio programs and television programs are listened to and watched. These activities provide material for short essay assignments. Problems in the essays create occasions for more grammar review.

Conversation and Composition  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) 125 [4 units]

Course Format: Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week.

Prerequisites: 110 or consent of instructor.

Credit option: Course may be repeated once for credit.

Description: This course is designed to improve both the oral and written style of the student in Dutch, employing a variety of sources ranging from the newspaper to the essay to the creative forms (poetry, short story). The art of correspondence, both formal and informal, will be taught as well as the widely-varying spoken styles.

Topics in Dutch Literature  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) 140 [3 units]

Course Format: Three hours of lecture/discussion per week.

Prerequisites: 2 or equivalent.

Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit.

Description: Survey course of Dutch literature, taught in Dutch with a selection of some of the most famous Dutch literary texts.

The Indonesian Connection: Dutch Literature About the Indies in English Translation  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) C164 [4 units]

Course Format: Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week.

Description: In postcolonial thought on European claims to cultural supremacy, the case of the “Dutch East-Indies” (the future Indonesia) still arouses many questions. This course analyzes Dutch literature from the East Indies (in English translation) in its historical context.  No knowledge of Dutch is required. Also listed as Southeast Asian C164.

Anne Frank and After: Dutch Literature of the Holocaust in English Translation  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) 166 [4 units]

Course Format: Three hours of lecture and one hour of consultation per week.

Description: Post-War Dutch literature is replete with works dealing with the Holocaust, by both victims and survivors. The course will focus on literary as well as historical documents, examine the history of anti-Semitism in the Lowlands, and compare a number of literary genres from the Diary to ego-documents and fiction.

Dutch Culture and Society  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) 170 [3 units]

Course Format: Three hours of lecture/discussion per week.

Description: Until the beginning of the 21st century, the Netherlands was widely considered a model of progressiveness; it was the first country in the world to allow same-sex marriage, euthanasia, the personal use of soft drugs, etc. The Netherlands also proudly claimed a vanguard position in extending rights to immigrants, such as the right to vote in local elections and dual citizenship. However, the country went into a state of shock after the murder of the popular politician Pim Fortuyn (in 2002) and the controversial film director Theo van Gogh (in 2004), who were known for their critical views regarding Islam. These killings let to a debate on the future of the Netherlands. In this course, we will focus on immigration, integration, multiculturalism, Islam and cultural change in Europe, with particular emphasis on the Netherlands. We focus on the origin and “immigration history” of the different ethnic groups that arrived in the Netherlands after World War II (Dutch-Indonesians, Surinamese, Antilleans, Moroccans, Turks, etc.). We then analyze the political and social context in which the killings of Fortuyn and van Gogh took place as well as how they affected society and the general perspective on multiculturalism. The study of contemporary Dutch literature (in English translation) written by first and second generation immigrants will broaden our perspective on national, cultural and religious identity in the Netherlands and in Europe.

Dutch Culture and Society: Amsterdam and Berkeley in the Sixties  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) C170 [4 units]

Course Format: Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week.

Description: This course will focus on the cultural aspects of protest- and youth cultures in two cities that were influential in the sixties: Amsterdam and Berkeley. Particular attention will be paid to how American popular culture was perceived in a European context. All readings and discussions in English. Also listed as History C194 and Sociology C189.

From New Amsterdam to New York: Race, Culture, and Identity in New Netherland  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) 171AC [4 units]

Course Format: Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week.

Description: What would it mean to begin modern American history on the island of Manhattan instead of New England? We intend to question the Anglo-American perspective on the representation of cultural identity, national identity, ethnicity, and race by constrasting the traditional foundation story of the United States with that of the 17th-century Dutch colony on Manhattan. Readings will include historical and ethnographic writings, self-representations of the different ethnic groups, and fictional accounts.

Dutch Post-Colonial Studies  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) 173 [4 units]

Course Format: Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week.

Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit.

Description: Selected topics in Dutch or Flemish/Belgian colonial literature and/or history. See departmental description for current topic. All readings and discussions in English.

Brussels: A Global Study of a European Capital City  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) 174 [4 units]

Course Format: Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week.

Description: This course aims at a comprehensive study of Brussels, capital of the European Union: its historical richness, institutional complexity of Belgium, cultural diversity, linguistic contradictions, globalizing economy, and its rapidly transforming social divisions. Taught in English; no knowledge of French or Dutch is required.

The Amsterdam-Brussels Connection: History, Arts and Identity in the Heart of Europe — Dutch Studies (DUTCH) 177 [6 units]

Course Format: Travel Study Course offered by the Dutch Studies Program in cooperation with Berkeley Summer Sessions.

Description: Introduce yourself to the cultural history of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, three contrasting monarchies in the heart of Europe. From our starting point in Amsterdam, we discover the Netherlands. From there, we continue to Luxembourg, then to Europe’s capital Brussels, where we end our journey in Leuven, home of one of Europe’s oldest universities. On our way, we will trace important cultural developments on daily fieldtrips. From the medieval towns in Flanders over the Dutch “Golden Age” up to the contemporary (multi)cultural, liberal and European identity of the Low Countries. You will engage with international politics, art and culture through a variety of city trips. Guided visits to the Dutch House of Representatives, the European Parliament are also included.

Cultural Studies: the Dutch-Speaking Caribbean  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) C178 [4 units]

Course Format: Three hours of lecture/discussion per week.

Description: Although the Caribbean has been recognized in recent years as being one of the most compelling areas in regard to questions of 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 necessarily have a command of Dutch language, but wish to complete their knowledge of Latin-American and Carribean history, culture, and literature. Also listed as Spanish C178 and African American Studies C178.

Cultural Studies  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) 179 [3,4 units]

Course Format: Three hours of lecture/discussion per week. One additional hour of discussion per week, depending on the topic.

Description: Selected topics in cultural studies. Offerings vary. See departmental descriptions for current topic. All readings and discussions in English.

Senior Thesis  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) 190 [4 units]

Course Format: One 2-hour consultation per week.

Description: A major research paper in the areas of Dutch literature, culture, or the area of linguistics. Required of all majors.

Honors Studies in Dutch  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) H196 [1-4 units]

Course Format:

Prerequisites: Advanced standing.

Credit option: Course may be repeated for a maximum of 4 units.

Description: Supervised independent study and research course for honors students.

Directed Group Study  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) 198 [1-4 units]

Course Format: One to four hours of directed group study per week.

Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit.

Grading option: Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis.

Special Studies in Dutch  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) 199 [1-4 units]

Course Format: Individual conference.

Prerequisites: Overall G.P.A. of 3.0.

Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit.

Grading option: Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis.

Description: Enrollment is restricted by regulations in General Catalog.

Individual Studies in Dutch for Graduate Students  —  Dutch Studies (DUTCH) 299 [1-8 units]

Course Format: Individual conference.

Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit.

Description: For graduate students engaged in exploration of a restricted field, involving the writing of a research paper.