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Topical course Highlights in the Architecture of the Low Countries


Admission requirements

Same as admission requirements for the BA Art History.


In this course the architecture and town planning in the Low Countries from the period between 400 and 2010 will be studied, from the early Middle Ages to recent developments. In each lecture, a few major buildings or building complexes will be discussed; they will be situated in the context of the main architectural debates of their time, and we will consider both the European and – if applicable – global context of these highlights of architecture and town planning projects in the Netherlands.

Course objectives

  • After having finished this lecture series, students will be able to analyse the main examples of architecture in the Low Countries from 400 to the present, locate them within the oeuvre of the architects, and in the context of theoretical debates.

  • Having some understanding of the European and global context of the architecture of the Low Countries.

  • Being able to read plans, and analyse space, structure, building techniques and ornament.

  • Having some knowledge of the main literature on the subjects, and the critical and theoretical perspectives or positions on which existing studies are based.


  • Monday 19-21 hrs (concept)

Please note: for the final schedule refer to Timetable BA Art History on the Art History website.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture series

  • Personal feedback on assignment

  • Excursion (facultative)

Course Load

Course load in summary: 5 ects (140 hrs)

24 hrs: Attending lectures (2 hrs weekly x 12 weeks)
24 hrs: Lecture preparations (reading texts)
45 hrs: Preparing mid-term exam (preparing and writing a 750 words paper, based on an article)
45 hrs: Exam preparation (reading, writing abstracts etc.)
02 hrs: Exam
140 hrs

Assessment method

  • Mid-course exam (50% of the grade): preparing and writing a 750 words paper.

  • Final exam (50% of the grade): written exam consisting of 8 essay questions.

Compensation: the weighted average grade should be at least 6.0 (rounded at one decimal). One grade of 5.0 (no lower) is allowed for compensation.

Resit: one resit per insufficient mark.

Exam review: 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 organised.


Blackboard will be used to post announcements, the required reading list, powerpoints plus abstracts of the lectures, relevant events, and for submitting the assignment.

Reading list

  • To be announced.


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Mw Dr. J.G. (Juliette) Roding