DUTCH 160 - First Year Seminar: Colonialism and its Aftermath
Section: 001 Issues in Race & Ethnicity
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Dutch and Flemish Studies (DUTCH)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
Requirements & Distribution:
FYSem, WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
Taught in English. F.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The course introduces first-year students to cultural studies in general and Dutch Studies in particular, integrating social, political, and economic history with literary renderings, and artistic representations of colonialism. The Netherlands has been an active participant in shaping the world as we know it, through mercantile and political involvement around the globe. The Dutch were colonizers of Indonesia and its many islands, founders of New Amsterdam/New York, traders in West Africa, first settlers in Capetown in South Africa, and the first trading partners with the Japanese. The Netherlands held colonial power over Suriname until 1975; other West Indies islands, i.e., Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao are still part of the Dutch Kingdom.

We will trace the origin and development of the Dutch expansion in the world, how countries were conquered and political systems were established. Mercantile gains as shown in the spice trade and the many aspects of the slave trade will be emphasized. The role of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), once called the world's largest multinational in the 17th and 18th century, will be examined. We will read from the vast body of Dutch literary works related to the East and West Indies, started as early as the 17th century.

DUTCH 160 - First Year Seminar: Colonialism and its Aftermath
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Seats in First Year Seminars are opened gradually during Summer Orientation. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may register. All others need permission of instructor.
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