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Required CIEE Core Course
University of Groningen Required Core Course
Spatial Problems and Spatial Policies: The Dutch Experience
The core course uses the Dutch experience of defining spatial problems and devising, implementing, and monitoring spatial policies to investigate more widely applicable aspects of national, urban, and regional planning. It is taught by specialized staff from the Department of Spatial Sciences and coordinated through weekly tutorials and seminars. Lecture topics include Population Dynamics, Cultural Geography of the Netherlands, Physical Geography of the Netherlands, Dutch Water Management Policies, Transportation and Mobility, International Position of the Netherlands, Spatial Planning, Environmental Planning, Energ,y and Space, Death and Space, Rural Areas and Agriculture in the Netherlands, and Regional Economic Policies. The core course meets during the first block of the semester or “semester a” which lasts 10 weeks and delivers the historical, cultural, and environmental context and foundations for the research project that follows. Contact hours: 65. Recommended credit: 5 semester / 7.5 quarter hours. Fall and spring.
University of Groningen Required Core Course
Spatial Planning Group Project
The Group Research Project on Planning takes place during the second block of the semester or “semester b” and lasts six weeks in the Fall, and eight weeks in the spring. The Group Research Project includes the theoretical and practical underpinnings of social science research, research design, and methods via lectures and targeted group tutorials before and during fieldwork. The group project provides students with the opportunity to do an in-depth and focused study on a specific urban/transportation/environmental/demographic topic in the Netherlands. Research groups integrate U.S. and international students from various disciplines allowing for an impressive synergy of approaches and ideas. Contact hours: 140 study hours (26 in classroom and 114 in group meetings). Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Fall and spring.
Department of Spatial Sciences Electives
Infrastructure, Economy, and Space
Students will learn about the relationship between infrastructure development and economic development. Part of this course will be discussing the effects of large infrastructural projects during the 90’s and the public discussion related to these projects. Spring.
This course represents a thorough scientific introduction to the different aspects of migration. Students learn to look at migration from an academic point of view, both from the macro societal level as well from the micro perspective of the individual. The goal of the course is to provide insight into the most important theoretical and empirical aspects of migration. After successful completion of the course students are able to understand and analyze the main trends and developments in migration, which includes international migration as well as internal migration (migration within countries). Fall.
Philosophies of Social Science, Human Geography, and Planning
This course introduces and engages learners who will not have encountered university philosophy before with key ideas and debates in the philosophies of social science. The aim is to explain how these ideas work out in examples drawn from the practice of human geography and planning in the post-war period. Spring.
Urbanism and Planning
Urbanism and Planning introduces learners to theories, concepts and key examples to understand the social, economic, political and environmental characteristics of cities and the planning of them. This course will look at (among other things) the latest thinking in key disciplinary areas included and understand the evolution of urban governance and planning interventions in a historical perspective ranging from ancient and pre-modern models to the negotiation of competing interests in plural, globalizing societies. Furthermore, it will discuss the historical development of the Dutch landscape and its spatial patterns and relate these developments to challenges regarding in particular housing, water management, infrastructure and the environment. At the end of the course, students will be able to explain planning as an argumentative scientific and practice oriented activity where next to factual knowledge also opinions and diverging interpretations are crucial, and will be able to express this using the right scientific and theoretical terminology. Fall
Dutch Studies Electives
Communication In and About the Netherlands
This course deals with aspects of Dutch culture and communication within the Netherlands and across its borders. The Netherlands has always been a pluralistic society with different cultural and religious groups. In addition, as a seafaring nation, the Netherlands has always had contacts with foreigners. The book central to this course describes Dutch culture and mentality and its roots. Additional literature covers topics such as ethnic minorities in Dutch society and Dutch as a second language, and the image of the Netherlands abroad. Fall and Spring.
Dutch Language Course Electives
Dutch is offered at all levels each semester. Dutch language takes place throughout the semester, with two sessions of two hours each per week, ending before Christmas in the fall. Fall and Spring. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 2.5 semester / 3.75 quarter hours.
Dutch Modern History in an International Perspective
This course deals with the social and economic history of the Netherlands from its “Golden Age” to the 21st century, from an international and national perspective. The emphasis is on developments in the social structure, economics, and economic and social policy. Topics include the global mercantile network, “the first modern economy,” land reclamation, social and political elites, retarded industrialization, the welfare state and its social and economic consequences, social policies in the 19th and 20th century, and the Dutch positions in European integration. Some attention is also given to the Dutch colonial empire in the Caribbean and Asia. Fall.
Curious about the Dutch? Dutch Language & Society Lecture Series
The lecture series on Dutch Culture and Society is a course aiming not only at foreign students, but also at visiting faculty members or employees of international business companies. In fact, every non-Dutch visitor to Groningen interested in any aspect of Dutch society will find something of his or her interest in this series. Every Wednesday evening, a lecture is given on a broad range of topics—Rembrandt, water management, language in the low lands, political culture, land reclamation, Dutch economy, and the former Dutch colonies are examples. Fall and Spring.
International Human Action: Dutch Perspective
In this course, the following themes are covered: the philosophy of human rights, the United Nations and human rights protection, regional mechanisms, EVRM, international minority protection, the Yugoslavia tribunal, Rwanda tribunal and the International Court of Justice, non-governmental organizations and their contribution and protection of human rights, and the Dutch role in protecting human rights. Spring.
The Language Situation in the Low Countries
This course provides an overview of the development of the Dutch language and its current position. Furthermore, students look at the similarities and differences between Dutch and English, German,and Friesian, and where the phonetics, morphology, and syntax are examined. Students explore the relationship between Dutch in the Netherlands versus in Flanders, the position of the Friesian language, and the relationship between Dutch and Afrikaans. Fall.