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European Studies

Utrecht, the Netherlands
2017-07-03 - 2017-08-11
Course Fee
Euro 2.825 (course + course materials + housing)
12.0 ECTS credits + Certificate of Attendance
Bachelor level
Course description

This special track offers you the opportunity to explore the topic of Europe. Studying in this beautiful Medieval city of Utrecht, according to the Lonely Planet one of the most unsung cities in the world, you will not only explore the various European cultures and identities, but also study the key issues concerning ‘The rise of modern Europe’ from the Middle Ages tot the end of the 19th century, taking the city of Utrecht as point of departure. Lastly, you will examine the three major wars that shaped the 20th century in Europe: WOI and II and the Cold War.

The topics we will study during your first two weeks in Utrecht, will help you to understand the complicated structure of Europe and will shed light on the motives for integration as well as the obstacles on the way to European unity. Lectures will focus on the history, social and economic structures, culture, and current political and social debates within the wider European community. In light of these last topics we will organize a field trip to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts and the European Parliament in Brussels. All in all, a thought-provoking and inspiring course.

The next two weeks are a more of an ‘experience’. This historical journey, which illuminates Europe from the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century from a Utrechts point of view, will help you to understand the many social, historical, religious and cultural factors that came to shape modern Europe. The many museums, cathedrals and canals of Utrecht and visits to, for example Amsterdam, are included in the program and will offer you some of the most breath-taking highlights of Dutch history and culture. Topics include 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. Excursions will lead you through Utrecht and Amsterdam, visiting several historical museums in Utrecht and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

In the last two weeks, the focus shifts to the 20th century. During this century, Europe not just experienced one, but three horrific wars: the First and Second World War and the Cold War that followed in their wake. However, this century might as well be regarded as an age of rebuilding, transatlantic collaboration, and global connections, thus making the twentieth century much more diverse. You will receive lectures on a variety of historic topics; spanning not only the histories of the three wars, but also topics such as international cooperation and multilateralism, which resulted in international organizations such as the United Nations, the relation of the United States to Europe, the fall of communism and decolonisation. You will also be taken on a number of excursions, for example to the Anne Frank House and the Jewish quarter in Amsterdam, and the International Criminal Court and the Peace Palace in The Hague.

During this special track there will be various excursions. Students will visit the Brussels, The Hague and various museums in Amsterdam and Utrecht.

Student profile/target group

Students in the field of humanities, politics, philosophy and social sciences with an interest in European Studies



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Course Requirements

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Course structure

A minimum of: 
20 Lectures (120 minutes)
12 seminars (90 minutes)
4 day excursion 
3 exams
1 Certificate ceremony

For more information

Required application documents

  • Passport Copy
  • Home University Transcripts
  • CV

Application deadline

1 June 2017

Course code


Course director / Lecturers

  • Verheul
    Dr. Jaap Verheul

    Dr. Jaap Verheul is associate professor of cultural history and director of the American Studies program at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He is coordinator of the minor in Atlantic Europe. He was Fulbright scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, and has taught at UCLA and other American universities. He has published on American, Dutch and transatlantic cultural history. He edited Dreams of Paradise, Visions of Apocalypse: Utopia and Dystopia in American Culture (2004) and co-edited American Multiculturalism After 9/11: Transatlantic Perspectives. (2009) and Discovering the Dutch: On Culture and Society of the Netherlands (2010).  His current research interest is in American perceptions of Europe. 

Course schedule
July 01, 2017

12.00-18.00 Arrival and Key pick up

July 02, 2017

12.00-18.00 Arrival and Key pick up

July 03, 2017

10.00-10.45 Welcome

11.00-12.00 Morning Lecture # 1: What makes Europe European

13.00-16.00 Afternoon Seminar#1: Introduction to European cultures

July 04, 2017

10.00-12.00 Morning Lecture #2: Religion in Europe

July 05, 2017

10.00-12.00 Morning Lecture # 3: European cultures and Identity: a historical perspective

July 06, 2017

10.00-12.00 Morning Lecture# 4: European Art and Culture: two key concepts

13.00-16.00 Afternoon Seminar #2: Europe and the Parliamentary Democracy

July 07, 2017

All day Excursion to Amsterdam

10:30-15:30 Visit to the Rijksmuseum, Visit to Hermitage

July 10, 2017

10.00-12.00 Morning Lecture #5:Art and Power in Europe

13:00- 16:00 Afternoon Seminar #3: Europe: Dual State or Unified Power?

July 11, 2017

10.00-12.00 Morning Lecture #6: European Cultural Diversity

July 12, 2017

10.00-12.00 Morning Lecture #7: American Cultural Influence in Europe

13:00- 16:00 Afternoon Seminar #4: National Identity vs. European Identity

July 13, 2017

13.00-15.00 Final Exam

July 14, 2017

10.00-12.00 Presentation of Certificates

12:00- 13:00 Farewell Drink

July 17, 2017

10.00-10.45 Welcome&Introducation to the Course

11.00-12.00 Lecture 1: Introduction to the Netherlands

13.00-15.00 Lecture 2: Northern Europe in the Middle Ages

July 18, 2017

10.00-12.00 Lecture 3:Utrecht in the Middle Ages

13.00-15.30 Seminar 1:Excursion

July 19, 2017

10.00-12.00 Lecture 4: Religion in the Middle Ages

13.00-15.00 Seminar 2: Catharijne Convent

July 20, 2017

10.00-12.00 Lecture 5: The Golden Age; the Dutch Miracle

July 21, 2017

10.00-12.00  Excursion: Amsterdam Rijksmuseum

July 24, 2017

10.00-12.00 Lecture 6: Religion Strife: the Reformation and Counterreformation

13.00-15.00 Lecture 7: Colonizing the World

July 25, 2017

10.00-12.00 Lecture 8: The French Revolution and its Legacy

13.00-15.00 Seminar: European citizenship

July 26, 2017

09.00-15.00  Excursion: To the Hague: Binnenhof & Mauritshuis

July 27, 2017

13:00-15:00 Final Exam

July 28, 2017

10.00-12.00 Ceremony

12.00-13.00 Excursion

July 31, 2017

10.00-12.00 Lecture: Welcome and Introduction to the Course

13.00-15.00 Seminar: The First World War

August 01, 2017

Full Day Excursion to Ypres Belgium

August 02, 2017

10.00-12.00 Lecture  The Interwar Period: The Rise of Totalitarianism

13.00-15.00 Lecture The Interwar Period: The Rise of Totalitarianism

August 03, 2017

Full Day Excursion to Amsterdam

August 04, 2017

10.00-12.00 Seminar The Second World War

August 07, 2017

10.00-12.00 Lecuture The Cold War

13:00-15:00 Lecture The Cold War

August 08, 2017

Full Day Excursion to Brussels

August 09, 2017

10.00-12.00 Seminar: Europe in Three Wars

13:00-15:00 Lecture: 1989 and After: Europe at 'The End of History'

August 10, 2017

13.00-15.00 Final Exam

August 11, 2017

10.00-13.00 Presentation of Certificates and Farewell Drink


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