History, Art and Identity in the Heart of Europe
Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg
Introduce yourself to the cultural and political identity of the Low Countries: the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, three contrasting monarchies in the heart of Europe. 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 travel to Europe’s capital Brussels, where we join the celebrations of Belgium’s Independence Day. From Brussels, we continue to Luxembourg, one of the smallest but most international countries in Europe. We then move to Flanders, Belgium’s Dutch-speaking region, where we first stay in the city of Ostend, beautifully located at the North Sea coast. We end our course in Louvain, one of Europe’s oldest university towns founded in the Middle Ages. On our way, we 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 the contemporary multilingual, social and European identity of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg as founding members of the European Union. Daily fieldtrips take us to The Hague, Utrecht, Bruges, Antwerp, Ghent, Ypres, Bastogne, the Frisian Islands, Cassel in French Flanders and many other places. Guided visits to the Dutch House of Representatives 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 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. For more information, please contact the program director: Prof. Jeroen Dewulf (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dates: July 6 – August 9, 2014