DUTCG006A - Contemporary History, Culture and Society of the Low Countries

Value: 15 credits
Ulrich Tiedau
Teaching structure:
Three essays (best out of four, 2,000 words each) 

Module Description:

The module looks into forms of social, political and cultural organisations and issues of identity in the Netherlands and Belgium both in a historic and contemporary perspective.  The emphasis is on the period since 1945.  Eight different topics are covered, dealing with such matters as cultural geography of the Low Countries, the aftermath of colonisation, economic development and policy, European integration, women's movement (both waves), forms of public remembrance, political culture, language and group identity, and international cultural policy.

At the end of the module you will have gained insight into key aspects of the modern Low Countries; developed your social, cultural and historical research skills; and improved your written presentation skills.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

There is no set textbook for this module. Readings and handouts will be provided in class and on Moodle. However, you may find the following textbook, a standard history of the Low Countries, useful for background information (copies of which are held in the College library):

  • Blom, J. C. H. and E. Lamberts (eds.), History of the Low Countries (New York/London: Berghahn Books, 1999) (DUTCH H32.51 BLO).