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Culture and society of the Netherlands: An inside view


Admission requirements

Open to all international students.


When you choose to study in the Netherlands, this course will definitely be an enrichment of your Dutch experience. This series of lectures will give you a broad overview of Dutch history and contemporary society. Topics (among others): Dutch cities, history, geography, government and politics, economy, the people, the language, and art. To stimulate students to see more of the Netherlands than just Leiden and Amsterdam, an individual fieldtrip to a Dutch town is part of the course. This assignment will be done in groups of four students and concluded with a vlog (10-15 minutes). You will share your video with the other students of the course on the digital platform Pitch2Peer and review the vlogs of others. This way you have the chance to discover a large part of the country in just a few weeks.

To extend your knowledge of the Dutch Culture, combine this course with another course: ‘Introduction to the History of the Netherlands’, (in the 2nd semester) or ‘Dutch Painting’ (in the 1st semester).

Course objectives

This course aims at giving a broad overview of today’s culture and society of the Netherlands, and its historical backgrounds.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Excursion

Assessment method


  • City Report Vlog

  • Participation

  • Digital examination in the University Sport Centre, on class materials and required readings


  • City Report Vlog 30%

  • Participation 10%

  • Digital examination in the University Sport Centre, on class materials and required readings 60%


Students with a result lower than 5 for the ditigal examination, may resit the exam once.

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.

Reading list

  • Emmeline Besamusca en Jaap Verheul (eds.), Discovering the Dutch: On Culture and Society of the Netherlands. Amsterdam University Press, 2014.


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


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