Fall Course Guide

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Courses in Dutch (Division 357)

Fall Term, 1998 (September 8-December 21, 1998)

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111. First Special Speaking and Reading Course. 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).
This course provides the student with the basics of the Dutch language. We use the ultramodern Dutch course book: Code Nederlands, 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: F. Kuiken, A. van Kalsbeek Code Nederlands (1 vol.), Meulenhoff Educatief Amsterdam; F. Kuiken, A. van Kalsbeek Code Nederlands Oefenboek (1 vol.), Meulenhoff Educatief Amsterdam. Cost:3 WL:3 (Broos)
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160. First Year Seminar: Colonialism and its Aftermath. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU).
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, Curacao 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. Cost:1 WL:1 (Broos)
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231. Second-Year Dutch. Dutch 112 or 100. Graduate students should elect the course as Dutch 531. (4). (LR).
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). Cost:3 WL:3 (Broos)
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339. Independent Study. (2-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.
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. Cost:1 WL:2
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480. Modern Dutch Literature. Dutch 231. (3). (Excl).
The course will examine the poetry and prose of both The Netherlands and Belgium in modern times. The reading of poems, short stories, novellas, etc. in the original language will provide the students with material for discussion about authors, opinions, places, and points of view of modern Dutch literature. Topics in the past have included modern Dutch poetry, Dutch colonial literature, the legacy of Anne Frank: World War II in modern Dutch literature. The course will be conducted totally in Dutch. Cost:1 WL:3 (Broos)
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