Understanding the Dutch

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode LBU046B05
Vaknaam Understanding the Dutch
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a
Rooster Concept rooster

Uitgebreide vaknaam Understanding the Dutch: Communication in and about the Netherlands
Leerdoelen The main goal of this course is that Dutch culture does not remain an abstract phenomenon. The book we use, discusses the five most important cultural characteristics of the Dutch will be studied. During lectures, connections between these characteristics are made and discussed, and some (recent) aspects are added.
Students must apply their knowledge about Dutch culture. They will have to interview several Dutch people and on the basis of these data they must be able to make well-founded statements about whether the interviewees are typically Dutch.
In this way the students get a grip on the question whether 'the' Dutch culture exists (see the famous statement of Queen Máxima).
Omschrijving Understanding the Dutch presents an overview of five ‘typical Dutch’ cultural characteristcs. The Dutch are, according to Van der Horst, egalitarian, utilitarian, organized, trade-oriented and privacy-minded people. During the first part of the course, we will discuss these phenomena and add some aspects: especially the effect of World War II, and more recent developments (political and legal, like euthanasia). Students will interview each other, in order to think about the way you ask questions to find out about someone’s culture.
During the second part of the course, students will apply these characteristics in interviews among a number of Dutch people. They will have to analyze the interviews (transcripts) and describe the results, both in a presentation and in a final report.
Part of this course is an excursion. Students will be asked where they should like to go, in order to get a better understanding of the Dutch and their culture.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm excursie, hoorcollege, werkcollege
Toetsvorm opdrachten, presentatie, werkstuk(ken)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. N. van Schepen
Docent(en) dr. N. van Schepen
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
The Low Sky. Understanding the Dutch. The Book that Makes the Netherlands
Han van der Horst. Uitgeverij Scriptum 978 90 5594 961 8
Entreevoorwaarden - Internationale studenten die door de thuisuniversiteit en de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen zijn toegelaten tot een uitwisselingsprogramma.
- Het vak staat open als bijvak voor Nederlandse studenten.
Opmerkingen The course starts in week 2 and will continue until week 8.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 2 semester II a intm
Ba Dutch Studies 2 semester II a keuze