West European Studies | Dutch Culture: Modern Netherlands
W406 | 4276 | E. Ham


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, 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, ISBN 90 5517 079 8
(+) A course reader