Germanic Languages | Introduction to the Civilization of the Netherlands
N450 | 2813 | Esther Ham

N450:  Introduction to the Civilization of the Netherlands (3 CR)
Esther Ham
Topic: The Golden Age and Rembrandt

Section: 2813
01:00P-02:15P/ MTWR
WH 119

Meets Second 8 Weeks

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

The Dutch Golden Age was one of the most spectacular creative
periods in the history of the world. It was the time of Rembrandt,
Vermeer, Spinoza, Grotius, and The Dutch Republic as it was called
at time, hosted many other renowned artists and writers. It also had
an immense impact on global commerce, finance, shipping and
technology. In this course we try to trace the ideas, politics,
religion and social developments of the Golden Age. Special
attention will be given to Rembrandt: how did the world around him
look like, and what can we learn about that time from his work.

All literature will be read in English and the course will be
conducted in English. Requirements are summaries of the chapters in
the book, a paper, a group presentation, a final exam, regular class
attendance, and participation in class discussions.

Required reading:

Simon Schama. The Embarrassment of Riches, an Interpretation of
Dutch Culture in the Golden Age ISBN 0349510755)