DUTC4205 - Contemporary History and Culture of the Low Countries

Value: 0.5 course units
Ulrich Tiedau
Teaching structure:
the best three out of four 1500 word essays (100%).

Module Description:

In the period since the Second World War there have been many changes in the societies and cultures of the Low Countries. This module looks at four important areas of change from a historical perspective such as Sites of Memory in Belgium and the Netherlands; Communities and Identities; Political Culture of the Low Countries; and Corporate History and Business Culture. The module will look at how current concerns can be traced back in Dutch society and provide students with a deeper knowledge of Dutch culture and society as well as important theories related to the key topics. This module offers an opportunity to further develop cultural analysis concepts, skills and techniques while exploring selected topics of contemporary Dutch and Belgian history and culture.

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; 2nd ed. 2004) (DUTCH H32.51 BLO).