This course is open to all foreign students. It is mandatory for students in the BA programme Dutch Studies.
Language acquisition is one of the main objectives in the first year of the Dutch Studies curriculum. However, learning a language is far more interesting when you study the culture in the same time. The Department of Dutch Studies uses a broad definition of the notion ‘Culture’, and therefore a wide range of subjects are studied in our BA-program: linguistics, literature and (art) history. This course aims at giving a first introduction to Dutch culture and society. It also offers a first taste of what it is like to study Dutch Studies. Many different subjects will pass in review: Geography – History – Population – Economics – the Multi-Cultural Society – the History of Dutch Language – Dutch as a World Language – Second Language Research – Dutch Literature. To stimulate students to see more of the Netherlands than just Leiden and Amsterdam, an individual fieldtrip, rounded off with a City Report (2000 words), is part of the course.
After this course, students
have basic knowledge of various topics of Dutch Culture and Society
have a first impression of the field of research of Dutch Language and Literature
have basic knowledge of the city they visit for their City Report
are able to write a report
Friday from 11:00 till 13:00 hrs. The timetable will be available on the website.
Mode of instruction
Total Study load is 140 hours:
25 class meeting (incl. test)
35 class preparation
25 individual field trip and city report
55 preparation for the test
City Report 25%
Written test with essay questions 75%.
The minimum grade for the written test should be 5. There will be a chance to resit the test in January.
Blackboard is used in this course to:
give general and detailed information on the course
put course materials at student’s disposal
give sample questions for the test
communicate with students if necessary
Please enroll in Blackboard.
Reader Introduction to Dutch Studies available via readeronline.leidenuniv.nl
Slides will be available on Blackboard after each lecture
Harry Mulisch, The Assault (novel, translated in many languages).
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch. If you have questions about or problems with the registration, please, turn to the administration office. Please, state your full name and your student number when sending an e-mail.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
You can contact the lecturer Ms L.M. Winkelmolen about the contents of the course, for other practical information, please, turn to the student administration of Dutch Studies, P.N. van Eyckhof 3, room 101A. Tel. 071 527 2144; firstname.lastname@example.org.