Germanic Languages | Dutch Culture: Modern Netherlands
E341 | 9848 | Ham


* 2nd 8 weeks course

Topic: Murder in Amsterdam, the end of tolerance?

Taught in English; no prerequisites.  Course open to graduates and
undergraduates.

In November 2004 the murder of Theo van Gogh horrified the
Netherlands, a country that prides itself on being a multicultural
bastion of tolerance, and sent shock waves across Europe and around
the world. An young Muslim man, Mohammed Bouyeri, the son of Moroccan
immigrants, shot and killed the celebrated and controversial Dutch
filmmaker Theo van Gogh, and iconic European provocateur for making a
movie with the vocally anti-Islam Somali-born Dutch politician Ayaan
Hirsi Ali that blasphemed Islam. In this course, we will look at The
Netherlands in general, the Dutch and their mentality and culture in
particular. How does this country end up with its reputation of
‘anything goes’ in the USA and many other countries in the world? Is
it true and how did the murder of Van Gogh change this?
All literature will be read in English and the course will be
conducted in English. Requirements are summaries of the books and
videos, a final exam, regular class attendance, and participation in
class discussions.

Required texts:
1.) Buruma, Murder in Amsterdam, ISBN13: 9781594201080
2.) W. Shetter, The Netherlands in Perspective, ISBN: 9789055172030
3.) eInstruction clicker (ISBN 1881483717) and
4.) activation code (ISBN 1881483045)
5.) reader