About this course

The Low Countries Studies is an ideal introduction to the various aspects of Flemish society (language, art and culture, history, the media, the Flemish landscape, town and country planning, etc ...) and everyday customs in Flanders. All aspects will be dealt with within the broader perspective of Belgium and the Low Countries.

The course is mainly intended for exchange students and other foreign students and researchers who are studying or working as a researcher at Ghent University and who want to learn more about Flanders, Belgium and the Netherlands.

People interested in taking this course must choose whether they want to earn credits (and have an evaluation at the end) or not (without evaluation at the end of the course). See registration for details.

Contents

The programme consists of twelve lectures on the above-mentioned aspects of life in Flanders, Belgium and the Netherlands. The lectures last about one hour. Afterwards, students can ask questions and debate with the lecturer and amongst themselves.

In previous years we also organized four extra-curricular activities. It is not clear yet if these extra-curricular activities will be possible this year.

If the covid-regulations allow so, we will have the last lecture in the MigratieMuseumMigration in Molenbeek. Details about this lecture.

 

Students wishing to obtain credits are invited to participate in the discussions after the lectures and in the online discussion group. They also write a short essay (about 4000 words). See the course specifications.

Students wishing to obtain a certificate of attendance of the entire programme are invited to attend (at least) 9 lectures out of 12 lectures. Attendance will be registered on campus via the student card.