Want to understand the Dutch and their culture?
Moving to a new country can be both exciting and challenging, as you will be faced with new ideas and habits. This experience will help you to value other cultures and to look at your own culture with fresh eyes. The Dutch Society modules have been especially designed for international students who will study at Windesheim for a few months. The aim is very practical: to get an insight into Dutch culture and how the Dutch deal with the challenges of modern-day life, in comparison to your own culture.
What's Dutch Society like?
Dutch Society consists of two different modules (part-time), each with a different focus and assignment. Dutch Society I provides a general perspective on Dutch society. In Dutch Society II you will zoom in on a Dutch cultural issue that you find interesting. The modules can be taken consecutively or separately: Dutch Society I in the first block of the semester, Dutch Society II in the second block of the semester. They can be attended alongside the other electives, such as Dutch Language or Intercultural Awareness. The choice is yours!
Dutch society I (3 ECTS credits)
The module Dutch society I introduces you to Dutch history, politics, environment and economics. We challenge you to take a critical and comparative look at the Netherlands through the eyes of your own society. By comparing the two, you will not only learn more about the values and habits of the Dutch, but also about the customs of your own culture. And because you are studying with people from all over the world, you will also find out more about the cultural differences between you and your classmates. You will present your ideas about a cultural topic and deliver an essay to back up your presentation.
Want to know more about the module Dutch Society I? Check the course catalogue for more information about matters such as assessment and teaching methods.
Dutch society II (3 ECTS credits)
The module Dutch society II addresses several contemporary challenges that are shaping Dutch society and the image of the Netherlands abroad. You will learn more about the legal system, the multicultural society and water management.
To actively investigate this you will conduct a form of applied research into a topic of your interest concerning Dutch society. The book Discovering the Dutch (Besamusca & Verheul (ed), Amsterdam University Press, 2010) will help you decide on your projects theme. Your lecturer will guide you through the process.
Want to know more about the module Dutch Society II? Check the course catalogue for more information about matters such as assessment and teaching methods.
- Dutch society I (3 ECTS credits)