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Culture and Society of the Netherlands: An Inside View

Course 2010-2011


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 (amongst others): geography, history, government and politics, the people, the language, and art. Guest lectures, a bike trip and a film will be part of the program.

Teaching method


Admission requirements


Course objectives

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

Course load


Required reading

Emmeline Besamusca en Jaap Verheul (eds.), Discovering the Dutch: On Culture and Society of the Netherlands
Amsterdam University Press, 2010.
Harry Mulisch: The Assault. Translated from the Dutch by Claire Nicolas White. Pantheon Books, New York.

Extra reading list is available for students who wish to extend their amount of credits to 10.

Test method

Written examination on class materials, Shetter and Mulisch.

Time table

Thursdays 13-15 in Lipsius 147, first lesson on February 3 2011


Contact the lecturer:


Registration in uSis is required. Please also enroll in the Blackboard site.


Http:// > courses > search for ‘Inside View’
The Blackboard site provides the complete program, texts, slideshows, quizzes that help to prepare for the test, and links to interesting pages on the internet. Please enroll. This site is available two weeks before the start of the semester.


This course is aimed at all international students.
Extension to 10 ects is possible. Please contact the lecturer.