Germanic Languages | The Golden Age of Dutch Culture
E342 | 28286 | Ham


* 2nd 8 weeks course

Topic: The Lowlands on Top: the Netherlands in the 17th Century

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

The Dutch Golden Age was one of the most spectacular 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 the time, hosted
many other renowned artists. It also had an immense impact on global
commerce, finance, shipping and technology.

In the first part of the course, we will briefly look at The
Netherlands, the rise of the so-called Dutch Republic; their mentality
and culture in particular.

The second and larger part of this course will go deeper into all
aspects of the Dutch culture. Special attention will be given to
Vermeer, Rembrandt, Grotius, Huygens, Plancius, Tasman, Vondel and
Cats. All literature will be read in English and the course will be
conducted in English. The course grade will be based on the following
criteria: a paper and presentation , a midterm ,  final exam , class
attendance and participation in class discussions . Grading will
entail: a couple of short response papers and a final.

Required texts: course reader