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Program Overview

Program Overview

Did you know - in this “World Cycling City,” nearly 60 percent of journeys are by bike? The city has created a huge network of segregated bike paths and great public transportation – a great example of how urban planners work to meet society’s needs, and a case study you’ll explore with CIEE! In this active city, you’ll take part in engaging discussions, group-project work, applied learning activities in the field, and so much more.

Study abroad in Groningen and you'll:

  • Interpret complex case studies within the fields of human geography, planning, and environmental sustainability
  • Understand how the Dutch deal with economic, environmental, and settlement challenges within the context of increasing levels of globalization
  • Analyze the complexities of contemporary life in the Netherlands
  • Begin to study or improve your Dutch language skills
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Dutch society is one in which straightforwardness and independence are appreciated. Groningen is a small yet lively city in which students make up about 25% of the population. Although farther away from other major cities, it has everything students need, with a top-notch university that is over 400 years old. The core course excursions include local thematic excursions in the first half of the course to larger daylong excursions the second half of the course. The two full-day excursions include a trip to see Dutch water management at work, where the group discusses old, new, and necessary future flood protection and water management works.

Coursework

In addition to a core course on spatial problems and policies, choose from a variety of electives in both the spatial sciences and Dutch studies, including population dynamics, human geography, art, Dutch language, and human rights. You’ll also take part in a multi-week group project, which provides you with the opportunity to do an in-depth and focused study on a specific urban/transportation/environmental/demographic topic in the Netherlands.Regular course load during your semester abroad will be 4 – 6 courses.

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Excursions

During a one-day "Manscape" excursion, you’ll go on a tour of Dutch lands transformed by unique water-management policies. On the Randstad and the Green Heart excursion, you’ll make your way to the urban triangle known as “the Randstad,” a polynuclear city encompassing Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and others.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (16 wks)
05/01/2016
08/30/2016
12/23/2016
$19,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, foreign police registration fee, a museum card, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$16,162
Housing ***
$3,270
Insurance
$118

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Breakfast and one other meal per week are included in the homestay option. No meals are included in the dormitory option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,650
Local Transportation
$125
Books & Supplies
$450
Personal expenses
$2,750

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in the dormitory; homestay students should budget $1600 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2017 (21 wks)
11/15/2016
01/31/2017
06/24/2017
$19,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, foreign police registration fee, a museum card, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$16,113
Housing ***
$3,270
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Breakfast and one other meal per week are included in the homestay option. No meals are included in the dormitory option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,650
Local Transportation
$125
Books & Supplies
$450
Personal expenses
$2,750

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in the dormitory; homestay students should budget $1600 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Fall 2017 (17 wks)
05/01/2017
08/29/2017
12/23/2017
$19,850

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, foreign police registration fee, a museum card, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$16,113
Housing ***
$3,270
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Breakfast and one other meal per week are included in the homestay option. No meals are included in the dormitory option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,650
Local Transportation
$125
Books & Supplies
$450
Personal expenses
$2,750

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in the dormitory; homestay students should budget $1600 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Credit for the semester program is 13–18 semester/19.5–27 quarter hours.

Contact hours for the required core course, Spatial Problems and Spatial Policies, are 65 hours and credit is 5 semester/7.5 quarter hours.

Contact hours for the second required core course, Group Research Project on Planning, are 140 study hours (26 in classroom and 114 hours of group meetings) and credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Contact hours for all other regular University of Groningen courses are 45-65 and credit is 2.5–5 semester/3.75–7.5 quarter hours.

Contact hours for the Dutch Language Course Elective are 45 hours and credit is 2.5 semester/3.75 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

A full workload is four or five courses, equaling 13-18 U.S. credits. Students are required to take Spatial Problems and Spatial Policies. For other courses, students choose from Spatial Planning and/or Dutch Studies courses.

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About the City

About The City

Known as “the metropolis of the north” of the Netherlands, Groningen plays an important role in music, the arts, education, and business. And it’s a great place to study urban planning. Archeological traces indicate the area has been active as early as 3950 BC.

Groningen is compact, yet lively, offering everything you would expect from a city with many cafés, shops, historic monuments, theaters, parks, and markets. Students comprise about 25 percent of the population during the academic year, and it is known as one of the Netherlands most student-focused cities. Groningen is located two hours northeast of Amsterdam by train.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Renee Spruit

Resident Director

Renée grew up in a small town in northern Netherlands, and moved to Amsterdam to attend university. While doing a bachelor’s in communications she went abroad twice; one semester at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada, and one semester doing an internship in the tourism industry in Cape Town, South Africa. She loved to be in an international environment, learn new things, and meet new people. When she got back to the Netherlands she went on to earn an international master’s degree in sociology (with a special focus on migration and ethnic studies) at the University of Amsterdam.

Renée loves working with international students; seeing the excitement on arrival day and the comfort upon departure; She truly believes it’s a fascinating process how one makes a place his or her new home.

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Lia Verbaas

Resident Coordinator

Lia was born and raised in the town of Driebergen-Rijsenburg in the province of Utrecht, and earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies at Groningen University. Currently she is working on her MA thesis. Throughout the years, Lia has traveled extensively and always enjoys coming into contact with international students. In her spare time, Lia’s preferred pastimes include reading history books, drinking a cup of coffee or tea, listening to (French) music, and playing with her pet parrots.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The University of Groningen was established in 1614, making it the second oldest university in the Netherlands. With approximately 27,000 students, it is the third largest university in the Netherlands, with an extremely high academic reputation. CIEE works directly with the Department of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen. This department is the second largest in the Netherlands and the only independent department in this field in the country. The University of Groningen Department of Spatial Sciences is made up of the Departments of Cultural Geography, Demography, Economic Geography, and Planning.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Study abroad students have two options for housing – an international dormitory or a homestay.

Students who choose a dormitory are housed in single rooms in dormitories throughout the city. All dormitories are within walking distance to a bus stop where students can catch a bus to either the Zernike complex in the north of the city where the Department of Spatial Planning is housed, or the city center where the Dutch Studies Department is located, or a short distance by bike to either. Students can travel between these two campuses in 15 to 20 minutes. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Kitchens are shared and there are common rooms available in the dorms, allowing for better integration with international students. Meals may also be eaten at cafeterias and restaurants in the University area as well as at other local eateries. Students living in the dormitory can also choose to participate in a weekend homestay option.

A limited number of homestays with Dutch families are also available. This option provides an excellent opportunity for immersion in the local culture. The student has a furnished room and shares a kitchen, bathroom, and living area with the host family. Housing includes breakfast each day, and at least one other meal per week with the family. All other meals are the responsibility of the student.

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Orientations

Orientations

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Each semester begins with a mandatory orientation session organized by CIEE in Groningen. The orientation includes an introduction to Dutch society and culture, academics, and excursions in and around the city.

Orientation is coordinated with the European Geography Association Groningen (EGEA). The EGEA Groningen is a group of Dutch students studying Geography or Planning at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. This group helps to coordinate orientation for exchange students and keeps them informed about events, social activities, and much more. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on a group and individual basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

It's recommended to bring wireless-enabled laptop. Wireless Internet is available in the dorms as well as throughout the city. Students living in the dormitory are advised to bring (or purchase on-site) a USB-Ethernet adapter as connection strength may vary. You will also have access to the various computer labs, available throughout the city at University academic buildings and libraries, for Internet use and printing.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

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The study abroad program provides a unique perspective on Dutch culture and the city itself. Several major excursions are offered as part of the core course, and excursions are linked to various lectures.

The core course excursions include local thematic excursions in the first half of the course to larger day- long excursions the second half of the course. The two full-day excursions include a trip to see Dutch water management at work, where the group visits and discusses old, new, and necessary future flood protection and water management works. A two-day excursion focuses on the densely populated and developed Western part of the Netherlands. This area is also known as “Randstad Holland,” and contains the large cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht, as well as many other smaller cities, towns, and villages connecting the four main cities.

You will also have the possibility to participate in the weekend homestay program. In which students can stay for a weekend with a Dutch family. This represents a great opportunity for the student to get to know more about Dutch culture and family life.

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Academics

Academics

The learning pedagogy at the University of Groningen includes lectures, discussions, case studies, interactive sessions, workshops, papers, group projects, excursions, and assignments. The academic and intellectual environment is demanding and requires students to be fully engaged in their courses and group project work, which is an embedded component of the program.

The University of Groningen operates on the semester system but each semester is broken into two blocks, “semester a” and “semester b.” For the second block, in both fall and spring, alternate assessment is provided to allow students to depart earlier than the semester officially ends (in the fall, the semester ends at the beginning of February and in the spring, at the beginning of July). Accommodations are made so that at the end of the fall semester, CIEE students can leave just before the Christmas holiday, and at the end of the spring semester, they can leave at the end of June.

University of Groningen courses range in size from 30 to 50 students. Most courses are taught in a seminar style and are discussion-based.

Nature of Classes

In the Department of Spatial Sciences, the majority of students in the classes are Dutch and international students in their second or third year of their undergraduate program. In the Dutch language and culture courses, students are primarily international. The CIEE core course and research course are made up of CIEE students and other international and Dutch students.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

CIEE resident staff encourages study abroad students to use their language skills in everyday settings and through curricular and extracurricular programming. As their language proficiency grows, students’ full engagement with Dutch society will grow correspondingly. Most people speak English in Groningen but do not speak it as readily as in Amsterdam, therefore students are more challenged to speak Dutch in their daily interactions around the city.

Grading System

In University of Groningen courses students are graded on the basis of class participation, group project work, presentations, papers, and in some cases, a final exam. In some courses, assessment is based on a theoretical exam and a practical aspect of the class, specifically a group or individual project. Mid-terms are often given. Grades are given on a 10-point scale and converted to the U.S. grading scale.

Students must check with their professors to find out exam and other due dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter the deadline for a student who has made travel plans on the same day an exam is scheduled or an assignment is due.

Language of Instruction

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English

Faculty

All courses are taught by the Faculty of Spatial Sciences and the Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

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. 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). Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Fall and spring.

Department of Spatial Sciences Electives

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

Migration and Development
Migration is a powerful mechanism in the social and economic dynamics both of migrants themselves and of the places that are involved in migration. At the regional level, for example, we observe that human capital is an increasingly important determinant of economic development. Migration of skilled employees therefore importantly shapes regional differences in economic growth. At the other end, we see places that lose people as a result of migration and suffer the social and economic consequences. At the individual level, migration may be a means to improve your socio-economic position, for example when searching for a new job, or perhaps when running from harsh political circumstances. Migration thus plays a key-role in the lives of people as well as for the regions people live and work. Understanding process of migration is therefore key in understanding the socio-economic development of people and places. 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 in the philosophy of social science critically relates these ideas to debates and examples of human geography and planning. The aim is to teach students how to use a new methodology, and how to apply this theory in practice. They will read philosophical works and learn how to critically relate newly-found insights to international discussions in human geography and planning Spring.

Geography, Planning and the European Union
In this course, students will learn about geographic and planning phenomena in the European Union. There will be a focus on the legal framework of the European Union and what the EU does in terms of spatial development and spatial planning, as well as what it may hold in store for future plans. Spring

Population Geographies
This course deals with population trends, demographic behavior and their inseparable link to place and culture. Socio-spatial questions (mainly in the Netherlands and Europe) will be studied in the context of localization, globalization and (post)modernization. Students will learn about theories explaining demographic changes, trends, and challenges, and their relation to place and the perception of place, looking at both content and methodology. Spring

People, Place, and Culture
Syllabus not available yet. Spring

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. 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. Credit: 2.5 semester / 3.75 quarter hours.

Dutch Contemporary History in an International Perspective
In this course we will learn about Dutch political history in general, including the pecularities of the Dutch political party system (“pillarization”),the origins and nature of political parties, the history and impact of the Second World War and the onset of multicultural society. There will be a field trip to transit concentration camp Westerbork from where over 100,000 Dutch Jews were deported to death camps in Poland. 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. Spring

Dutch 17th Century Art in a Global Context
The Netherlands was one of the most important sites of global encounter and exchange in seventeenth-century Europe. It was also a major center of artistic production and innovation. This course explores connections between Dutch art of the Golden Age and the Netherlands’ role as an international hub of cultural, commercial, and scientific activity. Topics to be considered include: the changing art market and its impact on new audiences and novel types of art; the dissemination of images and ideas through print culture; the representation of global encounters; the formation and representation of new national, civic, political, religious, and social identities; and artistic exchanges between the Netherlands and other cultures. Readings and discussions will examine the art of well-known masters such as Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer, as well as less familiar but equally fascinating works by their contemporaries. Although paintings and prints will be a main focus, we will consider the larger context of Dutch material and visual culture and also investigate textiles, sculpture, metalwork, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, and embellished natural specimensSpring.

Migration and Minorities: from the Dutch Golden Age to the Present
Syllabus not available yet. Spring

Health Communication
Syllabus not available yet. Spring

Dutch Studies 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. 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.

Dutch Literature: 1870s-1960s
This literature course introduces students to Dutch literature from the 1870s to the 1960s. The course offers a survey of the highlights of Dutch nineteenth and twentieth century literature in relationship to the society and (cultural) history of the Low Countries. Students will learn to analyze the relationship between text and context, practice the cultural historical approach of literature and discuss the use of literature as a historical source. Students will also learn to analyze study the mechanisms of canonization and (literary) history writing. Primary texts include Multatuli’s Max Havelaar, Couperus’ The hidden force and Two Women, by Harry Mulisch. Fall

Visual & Textual Culture of the Dutch Golden Age
The Dutch Republic’s Golden Age was characterized by a flourishing of the arts and sciences, by a dominant position in world-wide trade, by massive migration, and by religious conflicts as well as religious tolerance. This course will explore cultural representations in textual and visual arts. How do they inform us about life, society, attitudes and values in the Dutch Republic? And how significant might they be for our understanding of Dutch society today? Fall

Dutch Identity (and Difference) in Historical Perspective
In this class we will examine different aspects of Dutch national identity in a historical perspective, and with a keen eye for differences: gender, ethnicity, “race,” class, and - fundamental for Dutch history - religion. We will discuss the anxieties about national identity in the nineteenth-century, that led to the foundation of the Rijksmuseum as a “shrine of Dutch artistic values,” the Dutch scenes of farmers and fishermen and women by the world famous painter Jozef Israëls, or the uses of folklore in political contexts, such as the women’s suffrage movement. All this comes down to an important issue: what is collective identity, how is it constructed, negotiated and denied? Fall

Dutch Society in a Comparative Perspective (1000-2016)
This course deals with the history of the Netherlands from the end of the middle ages to the second half of the twentieth century from an international and national perspective. Developments in social structure, economics and economic and social policy will be emphasized. In the lectures focus will be put on typical elements of the Dutch society in this period, such as: the Golden Age, international trade, late industrialization, the strong position of agro-industry and colonial industry, pillarization and rural developments. Furthermore, attention will be paid to the Dutch colonial empire in the Caribbean and Asia. Fall

Dutch Folktales in an International Context
During the transmission of folktales, stories tend to vary; the tales get adjusted to time, place, narrator, audience, as well as the political and social situation. In many respects, studying folktales like fairy tales, legends, jokes, riddles etc. can tell us a lot about folk life, folk fantasy, their fears and dreams, folk belief and mentality. However, oral tradition appears to be influenced by written tradition as well. Written tradition allows us to remember folktales, so we can keep retelling them. This course is about everything you want to know about folktales: Where do they come from? What do they mean? How and why do they change? And how do they need to be interpreted? The focus will be on the Netherlands, but in an international context. Fall

International Human Action: Dutch Approaches
The Netherlands is one of the most fervent supporters of (inter)governmental action to alleviate suffering worldwide. Consequently, through financing operations and staffing organizations, The Netherlands exert great influence. Dutch civil society has given birth to a multitude of non-governmental humanitarian organizations, recognized globally for professionalism, zeal and tenacity. This introductory course to humanitarian action aims to provide students from various academic backgrounds an appreciation of contemporary challenges faced in supporting the most vulnerable populations in societies around the globe. Be it man-made or natural disasters, the politicization of aid, the militarization of aid, the impact of the financial crisis, security concerns, gender awareness, growing demands for accountability and transparency, all issues shape present day humanitarianism. The Netherlands play a key role in dealing with these challenges, because of past performance and current involvement. The Dutch perspective will be dealt with in all classes. Fall

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