Germanic Languages | Dutch Culture
N350 | 2616 | Van der Cruysse-Van Antwerpen


Three credit hour course; meets 9:30-10:45, TR in BH 664

Topic: The Modern Low Countries

This course will survey the Low Countries: the Netherlands and Belgium, two
small countries that are as distinct from each other as the U.S. and Britain.
Such diverse aspects will be covered as geography, physical planning, the
environment, the educational and political systems, the mass media, the ethnic
composition of the societies, the language, two literary traditions in the
Dutch language, the development of a federal system in Belgium, relations
between the Dutch in the Netherlands and the Flemish in the northern half of
Belgium, and the question of cultural identity in North and South.  There will
be emphasis on cultural differences between two neighboring but highly
individual societies, as well as the cultural traditions they share.  In
addition, a brief look will be taken at the historical backgrounds of the two.

In addition to the classroom presentations and discussions, each student will
be expected to work individually on a specific project, investigating some
aspect of the cultures in greater depth.

Text:
(+) Shetter, THE NETHERLANDS IN PERSPECTIVE: THE DUTCH WAY OF ORGANIZING A
SOCIETY AND ITS SETTING
(+) A course reader
(+) Michelin, Detailed maps of Belgium and the Netherlands