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This course is taught at Utrecht University (Utrecht, The Netherlands) as part of the China Europe International Summer School (CEISS). Taking the beautiful city of Utrecht as a starting point, this course will bring you the opportunity to really ‘step in
Location:
Utrecht, Netherlands
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
The mode of instruction consists of class lectures etc. This course has been designed for students of the humanities and social sciences, including economics and business, political sciences, European studies, international relations, history, culture studies and sociology, the sciences and engineering at senior undergraduate or graduate level with an interest in culture, society and politics. A general background in the social sciences may help, but no specific expertise is required. This course is taught by Dr. Jaap Verheul from Utrecht University.

This course is taught at Utrecht University (Utrecht, The Netherlands) as part of the China Europe International Summer School (CEISS). Taking the beautiful city of Utrecht as a starting point, this course will bring you the opportunity to really ‘step into history’. The many museums, cathedrals and canals of Utrecht and some other cities that will be included in the program, will offer you some of the most breath-taking highlights of Dutch history and culture. This historical journey, which illuminates Europe from the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century, will help you to understand the many social, historical, religious and cultural factors that came to shape modern Europe. We will study for example the Dutch Golden Age; the era spanning roughly the 17th century in which the Dutch became one of the world’s greatest maritime, economic and artistic world powers after rebelling against their Spanish rulers. You will visit Utrecht’s Gothic Saint Martin’s Cathedral, the place where the Union of Utrecht was signed in 1579, signaling the Dutch hunger for independence. But you will also visit the wharfs and wealthy canal houses - still testifying to the incredible economic success of Europe in the Golden Age - , whilst the public parks and patrician houses attest to the rising bourgeoisie in the 19th century. Lastly, you will have the opportunity to visit several historical museums in Utrecht, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the thirteenth-century royal palace in The Hague where he Dutch government is seated today. After these two weeks in Utrecht, you will be able to analyze and discuss the role of the Netherlands in the making of Europe and have a firm understanding of the main political, religious and cultural developments that took place in Europe in this period. During these two weeks, you will definitely be able to ‘experience’ history!

Setting Description:
Established on March 26, 1636, Utrecht University is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands. With an enrolment of 30.000 students, it is also the biggest. The university attracts 2.000 international students annually. Utrecht University has produced 12 Nobel Prize laureates in Physics, Chemistry and Economics. It is a member of LERU, the League of European Research Universities, which also includes Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College, Lund University, University of Amsterdam, Leiden University and KU Leuven. Utrecht University is rated as the best university in the Netherlands by the Shanghai Ranking of World Universities 2013, which ranks the university 52nd worldwide and the 11th best university in Europe. The Times Higher Education ranking places Utrecht University at position 79 worldwide. Utrecht University is also home to the Utrecht Summerschool, with 3.000 primarily international students the biggest summer school in Europe. CEISS is a collaboration between six of
Cost:
1.295 Euro (course fees + course materials + housing)

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