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Fall '00 Course Guide

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Courses in Dutch (Division 357)

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Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

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Dutch and Flemish Studies

Dutch Studies has been an integral part of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures since the early seventies. The program offers courses in the fields of language acquisition and literature appreciation. The first- and second-year courses on speaking and reading satisfy the language requirement. Upper-level courses investigate the literature of the Low Countries in the broadest sense; in the past topics covered the most modern literature as well as medieval genres, the literature of Rembrandt's time as well as Vincent van Gogh's letters or Dutch colonial literature from The East Indies. Possibilities of individual studies in combination with for instance European or World History, anthropology or Indonesian Studies are encouraged. Being the link between English and German and the 'mother' to Afrikaans, the Dutch language offers special challenges for students with linguistic interests.

A special course is offered: Anne Frank in Past and Present (Dutch 492) in which the famous diary and its impact are studied and compared to other Holocaust writings. The first-year seminar entitled Colonialism and its Aftermath (Dutch 160) enhances and emphasizes the wide scope of Dutch and Flemish Studies, as the history of the low countries is examined in contacts with new worlds in East and West.

Each year in May, students of Dutch have the opportunity to acquire the internationally recognized certificate of proficiency in Dutch, on three levels.

Grants are available from the Dutch and Belgian Government for summer courses in Zeist (The Netherlands) and Hasselt (Belgium).

Dutch 111. First Special Speaking and Reading Course.

Courses in Dutch

Section 001 Meets with Dutch 511.001.

Instructor(s): Ton Broos (

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate students should elect the course as Dutch 511. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Dutch 100. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course provides the student with the basics of the Dutch language. We use the ultramodern Dutch course book: Colloquial Dutch, with tapes and computer programs. From everyday conversations, grammatical explanations, exercises, cultural discussions, and homework, the student will get a wonderful introduction and first step into the Dutch language and the Dutch-speaking world. Books: Bruce Donaldson. Colloquial Dutch, New York Routledge 1996.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Dutch 160. First Year Seminar: Colonialism and its Aftermath.

Dutch Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 Meets with College Honors 251.002.

Instructor(s): Ton Broos (

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. Taught in English. (3). (HU).

First-Year Seminar, Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 1

Dutch 231. Second-Year Dutch.

Courses in Dutch

Section 001 Meets with Dutch 531.001.

Instructor(s): Antonius Broos (

Prerequisites & Distribution: Dutch 112 or 100. Graduate students should elect the course as Dutch 531. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The course will start with an overview of the basic grammar of the Dutch language and will continue with the modern course Code Nederlands with tapes and computer programs. Comics, songs, newspaper articles, and literature will enliven the course and introduce the students to contemporary Dutch society. Books: F. Kuiken, A. van Kalsbeek Code Nederlands (vol. 2) and id. Oefenboek (vol. 2).

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: 1

Dutch 339. Independent Study.


Prerequisites & Distribution: (2-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course serves the needs of students who wish to develop special topics not offered in the Dutch Studies curriculum. It may be a program of directed readings with reports, or it may be a research project and long paper. Courses in the past, covered different areas like Dutch-Indonesian literature, the language of Rembrandt and his contemporaries, Dutch between English and German, etc. Courses must be supervised by a faculty member and the student must have the faculty member's agreement before electing the course.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, P/I


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