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European Culture and National Identities

Key question:
What is Europe in an age of nationalism?

Prof. dr. Jan Hein Furnée (janhein.furnee@ru.nl)

General information
Most Dutch people feel both Dutch and European (63%), but a growing minority feels exclusively Dutch (28%). This ratio is different in other European countries, and often has been for centuries. How can we explain this and what are the consequences and challenges? In this minor you will critically explore the complex tensions between European and national cultures and identifications from a cultural-historical and contemporary perspective. Upon completing the minor, you will be able to carefully and creatively analyse and bridge the gap between the many real and imagined boundaries between Europeans in the fields of education, journalism, politics, business, and culture.

The minor consists of the following fixed components (mandatory for Faculty of Arts students):

More information about (the concept of) a think tank can be found here.
Do you want to participate in a think tank in the first semester and do you meet the entry requirement? Then register for the course Denktank / Think Tank (LET-LETMI-DT00).

Electives (20 EC)

In addition to the fixed components, you'll also enroll in courses for a total 20 EC. You can choose between two options:

  1. You can choose a disciplinary package. In this package you can choose courses of one degree programme for a total of 20 EC. More information on the disciplinary packages can be found here.
  2. You can choose courses from the interdisciplinary packageof the minorEuropean Culture and National Identities for a total of 20 EC. In this package you will find courses from the Faculty of Arts that allow you to broaden your knowledge of European culture and national identities.

* For this course there is an application procedure.

The course marked with LUISTERTAAL is also open to Lingua Receptiva students (“luistertaal”). Lingua Receptiva means that students who have sufficient receptive knowledge of German to be able to read texts and follow lectures, but whose speaking and writing skills in German might not be good enough, are given the opportunity to do the assignments, presentations, (oral) exams and assignments in Dutch or English. So for example, in case of an exam the questions are in German but you may answer them in Dutch or English. If you are interested and think you have sufficient receptive skills, please contact the coordinator of the course. Click here for a receptive skills test German.

Please note:

  • If you want to include a course in the elective space of the minor which is not included in the package or want to take a minor elsewhere (at another faculty or university), you must send a substantiated request to the Examination Board at least six weeks before the start of the course.
    If you want to include a different course in your interdisciplinary package, the Examination Board will check whether this course is indeed related to the theme of the minor and in case of (a change in) a disciplinary package, whether there is disciplinary coherence.
  • It is not possible to account for each student’s timetable when scheduling the courses for the disciplinary and interdisciplinary packages. This means you will only be able to take a course if your timetable permits. If you encounter any difficulties planning which minor courses to take, please consult you study advisor.
  • If you choose one or more courses offered by another faculty, please note that they might have different registration deadlines for courses, exams, and resits. Check the STIP-website of the faculty in question and/or the OER of the programme that offers the course you would like to take for more information.