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Dutch Studies

The Bachelor programme Dutch Studies is a three year programme for non-native speakers of Dutch with a special interest in the Dutch language, culture and society. Approximately one third of the programme is dedicated to language acquisition, the rest of the curriculum are introductory and specialist courses on Dutch linguistics, literature, history and art history. The language of instruction in the first term of the first year is English, from the second term of the first year on, the language of instruction is Dutch, except for the course Culture and Society of the Netherlands: An Inside View.

The first and second year consist of compulsory courses, in the third year students have 30 EC of Elective Credits to spend on courses outside of the programme. There are different options to choose from: minor, internship or an individual selection of courses. They also write a BA-thesis on a Dutch Studies topic.

First year

The first year of Dutch Studies consists mainly of language acquisition courses. In the first semester English is used as a language of instruction; in the second semester all courses, except Culture and Society of the Netherlands: An Inside View, are in Dutch. Apart from Dutch language acquisition the first year consists of courses of Dutch Painting, Dutch Debates, Philosophy of Science, Introduction to the Dutch Linguistics, Culture and Society of the Netherlands: An Inside View and Representation of the Netherlands in Movies and Literature. This last course is an obligatory BSA course (please see the information on BSA online Timetable
During the first year the following activities are planned:

  • Introduction day, 4 hrs

  • introduction session about the Binding Study Advice (BSA), 2 hrs

  • introduction session about uSIs, Blackboard/Brightspace, website, online prospectus, 2 hrs

  • introduction session about the second term, 1 hour

  • introduction session about the second year and study plan, 2 hrs

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Eerste semester

Beginners Course 1A - Language Acquisition I 15
Dutch Painting 1400 – 1950: Introduction to the Art History of the Netherlands, Cultuurwetenschap I 5
Core: Philosophy of science 5
Academic Skills 0
Dutch Debates – Topical Questions in Dutch Society, Culture I 5

Tweede semester

Reading/Vocabulary 1B - Language Acquisition I 5
Writing/Grammar 1B - Language Acquisition I 5
Spreken/Luisteren 1B - Taalverwerving I 5
Representation of The Netherlands in Film and Literature 5
Culture and Society of the Netherlands: An Inside View 5
Inleiding Nederlandse taalkunde 5

Second year

The second year consists of advanced language courses, introductory courses on Dutch Linguistics, Literature and History of the Netherlands. Students are also attending courses Fifteen centuries of the Netherlands and Methods of Linguistic, Literary and Historical Research. All the courses in the second year are obligatory.

Timetable

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Eerste en tweede semester

Oral Proficiency: presentation and debating - Language Acquisition II 5

Eerste semester

Grammatica – Taalvaardigheid II 5
Woordenschat/Schrijven, Taalvaardigheid II 5
Vijftien eeuwen Nederlands, Taalwetenschap II 5
Nederlandse letterkunde 1: Van Middeleeuwen tot Verlichting, Cultuurwetenschap II 5
Nederlandse geschiedenis 1: Van Prehistorie tot Patriottentijd 5

Tweede semester

Grammar/Writing - Language Acquisition II 5
Analysis of Literary texts, Language Acquisition II 5
Inleiding linguïstiek – Taalwetenschap II 5
Methods of Linguistic, Literary and Historical Research 5
Nederlandse letterkunde 2: Van Romantiek tot heden, Cultuurwetenschap II 5
Nederlandse geschiedenis 2: Van Napoleon tot Wilders, Cultuurwetenschap II 5

Third year

Apart from a required courses Academic writing, Oral Exam on the Departmental Reading List and a Bachelor’s Thesis with a seminar, students have 30 EC of Elective Credits to spend on courses outside of the programme. There are different options to choose from: minor, internship or an individual selection of courses. In the third year the students are also required to take a Core Curriculum course, depending on their specialisation, in order to obtain the general knowledge on a particular specialisation field. Students also follow an in-depth specialisation course in the second term.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Eerste semester

Keuzeruimte (Dutch Studies) 15
Academic Writing 5
Oral Examination on the Departmental Reading List 5

Kerncurriculumvak (afhankelijk van de specialisatie)

Introduction to the Historical Discipline 5
World Art Studies 5
Core curriculum: Introduction Literary Theory 5
Core Curriculum: Introduction to Linguistics 5

Tweede semester

Keuzeruimte (Dutch Studies) 15
Thesis seminar 0
Bachelor’s Thesis Dutch Studies 10

Verdiepingsmodule (afhankelijk van de specialisatie)

Language in the City 5
Highlights of Dutch Literature and Film 5
Topical Course: Artist's Writings 5
Angry citizens from the sixteenth century until today. 5

Keuzevakken specialisatie taalkunde, aangeboden door Nederlandkunde/Dutch Studies

Introduction Second Language Acquisition 5
Tweedetaalverwerving: de invloed van moedertaal en taalaanleg 5
Tweedetaalverwerving: didactiek en toetsing 5

Discretionary Space

Due of the overlap with the courses in the regular BA-programme, the Discretionary Space course may be only followed extracurriculair by the regular Dutch Studies students.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Introduction to the History of the Netherlands 5

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Objectives Binding Study Advice (BSA): additional requirements Programme Follow-on master’s programme

Objectives

The Dutch Studies programme trains non-native speakers of Dutch to become experts on the Netherlands and the Dutch language. Students acquire extended knowledge of the language and culture of the Netherlands. They also acquire the ability to tackle theoretical and practical problems in a manner consistent with the practice in this field of study. Most of all, students learn to independently reflect on the literature of the field.
Graduates have acquired a command of Dutch at C1 level for reading and listening skills. For spoken interaction, speaking and writing, graduates have acquired a B2 level or higher. For more information on these levels, see the descritpion online.

Achievement Levels

I. Graduates of the programme have attained the following achievement levels: a. knowledge and understanding of the nature and scope of the discipline of Dutch Language, Culture and Studies, and thus • the foundation and historical development of the Dutch language, • an overview of writers, movements and works of Dutch literature, • an overview of the history of the Netherlands and of Dutch art and cultural history, and • aspects of contemporary Dutch culture and society; b. knowledge and understanding of the key terms, instruments, research methods and techniques of the history of the Netherlands, Dutch linguistics, literary studies, art history and cultural history; c. the ability to use the acquired knowledge and understanding to form a well-reasoned opinion on a topic in the discipline of Dutch, Language, Culture and Society that they have not yet covered.

II. This means that graduates in the field of literary studies: a. have knowledge and understanding of a limited but representative body of primary texts from the Middle Ages to the present day; b. are able to apply the knowledge and understanding they have acquired by placing the most important writers, texts and movements in a literary-historical context; c. are able to analyse a literary text in a scholarly way and report on this.

III. This means that graduates in the field of linguistics: a. have knowledge of basic Dutch phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics; b. are able to apply the knowledge and understanding acquired through the most important research questions, research methods, theories and findings to the field of second language acquisition; c. are able to analyse spoken and written language in a scholarly way and report on this.

IV. This means that graduates in the field of art history: a. have knowledge of aspects of visual arts in the Netherlands from the Middle Ages to the present day, and have an understanding of the most important approaches in the discipline; b. are able to apply the knowledge and understanding they have acquired by placing the most important Dutch works of art and movements, the influence of Dutch art abroad or the interaction between Dutch and foreign artists in an historical and cultural context; c. are able to analyse the above art-history topics in a scholarly way and report on this.

V. This means that in the field of history graduates: a. have knowledge of aspects of the history of the Netherlands from prehistory down to the present day; b. are able to apply the knowledge and understanding they have acquired by placing the most important events and developments in a historical and cultural context c. are able to analyse a historical topic in a scholarly way and report on this.

VI. Aims and objectives from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Reference Propaedeuse Bachelor’s Listening B1/B2 C1 Reading B1/B2 C1 Spoken interaction B1 B2 Spoken production B1 B2 Writing B1 B2Furthermore, each Humanities programme at Leiden University trains the students in general academic skills formulated by the Faculty.

Binding Study Advice (BSA): additional requirements

In addition to the general requirements the programme also requires students to have successfully completed the first-year course ‘Dutch Society represented in Dutch Movies’

Programme

General

The focus of the Bachelor’s programme in Dutch Studies lies on Dutch language and culture. The first (propedeuse) and the second year of the Bachelor’s programme consist of compulsory courses. English will be used as the language of instruction only in the first semester of the first year, except for the Philosophy of Science course held in the second term of the first year. In the third year, there is room for a subsidiary subjects (worth a total of 30 EC-credits, 15 EC-credits per semester).

First and second year

Teaching in the first two years concentrates on language acquisition: language acquisition courses represent half the credits in the first year and one third of the credits in the second year. In the first two years, special attention is also paid to the study of language from a scientific perspective. In addition, the first year includes introductions to Dutch Studies, Dutch Art History and Dutch Culture and Society, while the second year includes introductions to Dutch Linguistics, Literature and History. From the first year onwards, students are trained in research methods and techniques.

Third year

The third year consists of advanced language training. An important part of the third year is the Core Curriculum consisting of a Philosophy of Science course and one of the following courses: Introduction to Historical Studies, Introduction to Linguistic Studies, Introduction to Literary Studies or World Art Studies. Students are also required to write a Bachelor’s Thesis Dutch Studies worth 10 EC-credits, follow a Thesis seminar and sit the Oral Examination on the Departmental Reading List.

Discretionary space

In addition to the main subjects and Core Curriculum subjects, the third year offers students room for subsidiary subjects worth 30 EC-credits. They can choose for a minor, internship or an individual selection of courses. Consult the general information on discretionary space.

B.A. Thesis and requirements for graduation

In order to graduate, students are required to have completed the full 180-EC-credit programme including the main Dutch Studies subjects, the Core Curriculum subjects, a subsidiary subject and the Bachelor’s thesis.
To conclude the Bachelor’s programme in Dutch Studies, students must have followed the Thesis seminar and must have written a thesis for 10 EC-credits in Dutch of a maximum of 1000 words per EC-credit. The thesis research and writing must be carried out independently, under the supervision of a professor. The choice of a supervisor depends on the choice of the thesis subject. Read more about the regulations for the Bachelor’s thesis online.

Specialisation

There are four specialisations: 1. Dutch Linguistics 2. Dutch Literature 3. Dutch History 4. Dutch Art History

Programme specific regulation

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. Students may miss up til two out of thirteen lecuters (regardless the reason). Students who are absent more than twice have to contact the study advisor. If, according to the judgement of the student advisor, there are special personal circumstances involved, one can deviate from the rule of not being allowed to miss the lectures and tutorials more than twice. The study advisor makes a decision after having consulted the lecturer(s) and reports to the student and the lecturer(s) concerned.

Follow on master’s programme

Students in possession of a Bachelor’s degree in Dutch Studies can be admitted to the one-year Master’s programme in Dutch Studies, specialisation Dutch Language, Culture and Society. The track within the specialisation depends on the specialisation chosen in the third year of the bachelor programme. Depending on their study results and courses followed in the third year of their bachelor programme, students can also be admitted to a two-year Research Master, e.g. ‘Literary Studies’ or ‘Linguistics’

For more information on the Master’s programmes and the application procedure, see information online.

Career Preparation

Career Preparation in Dutch Studies

The programme

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How can you use this knowledge and the skills that you acquire? Which specialisation should you choose within your study programme and why? What skills do you already have, and what further skills do you still want to learn? How do you translate the courses that you choose into something that you’d like to do after graduation?
These questions and more will be discussed at various times during your study programme. You may already have spoken about them with your study coordinator, discussed it with other students, or made use of the Leiden University Career Zone. Many different activities are organised to help you reflect on your own wishes and options, and give you the chance to explore the job market. All these activities are focused on the questions: ‘What can I do?’, ‘What do I want?’ and ‘How do I achieve my goals?’.

Activities

You will be notified via the Humanities website, your study programme website and email about further activities in the area of job market preparation. The following activities will help you to thoroughly explore your options, so we advise you to take careful note of them:

First year

Second year

Third year

Transferable skills

Future employers are interested not only in the subject-related knowledge that you acquired during your study programme, but also in ‘transferable skills’. These include cognitive skills, such as critical thinking, reasoning and argumentation and innovation; intrapersonal skills, such as flexibility, initiative, appreciating diversity and metacognition; and interpersonal skills, such as communication, accountability and conflict resolution. In short, they are skills that all professionals need in order to perform well.
It is therefore important that during your study programme you not only acquire as much knowledge as possible about your subject, but also are aware of the skills you have gained and the further skills you still want to learn. The course descriptions in the Prospectus of Dutch Studies include, in addition to the courses’ learning objectives, a list of the skills that they aim to develop.
The skills you may encounter in the various courses are:

  • Collaboration

  • Persuasion

  • Research

  • Self-directed learning

  • Creative thinking

Courses of Dutch Studies

Courses of the study programme obviously help to prepare you for the job market. As a study programme, we aim to cover this topic either directly or less directly in each semester. Within Dutch Studies, this takes place within the following courses:
First year

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    Second year

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    Third year

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Contact

If you have any questions about career choices, whether in your studies or on the job market, you are welcome to make an appointment with the career adviser of the Career Service