This course introduces students to the history of the Netherlands from the Middle Ages to the early twenty-first century. The course focuses on historical, political and cultural developments, with particular emphasis on the late sixteenth- and seventeenth-century (the Golden Age). To gain insight into the political, cultural and economic issues that dominate the history of the Netherlands, classes that provide a chronological overview will be alternated with classes that focus on a particular theme (e.g. tolerance, slavery, decolonization) and its impact on Dutch identity and (topical discussions in) the current day Netherlands.
Students acquire knowledge of and insight into the outlines of Dutch history, its main events and developments;
Students are acquainted with political and cultural debates within the history of the Low Countries;
are able to reflect on historical developments and debates and relate them to the present day (debates in the) Netherlands.
The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
The assessment consists of two examinations (each 50%) with a mix of closed questions, short open questions, and essay questions.
Midterm Exam (50%) about the first half of the subject matter
Final Exam (50%) about the second half of the subject matter
There will be a resit after the final exam in June about the complete subject matter. There is no separate resit for the Midterm Exam.
Inspection and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
James C. Kennedy, A Concise History of the Netherlands. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Further readings will be announced later via Brightspace.
Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
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For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office Reuvensplaats.