Civilisation of the Dutch-speaking countries : cultural aspects

LGERM1335  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Civilisation of the Dutch-speaking countries : cultural aspects
5.0 credits
30.0 h

This biannual course is taught on years 2015-2016, 2017-2018, ....

Sergier Matthieu ; SOMEBODY ; Smeyers Elies (compensates Sergier Matthieu) ;

Level B2 of the Common Europea Framework of Reference for Languages

Main themes

The course studies the major cultural, artistic and political trends and developments in the European countries that have German, English or Dutch as a principal language (intellectual life, visual arts, music, architecture, etc.).


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    General survey of the cultural developments of the German-/ English-/ Dutch-speaking countries. By the end of the course, students are expected to have acquired an understanding of the culture of the European countries where German/ English/ Dutch is a major language.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.


This course tries to define the cultural identity or identities of the countries concerned: - The Civilisation of Dutch-Speaking Europe (1335): the cultural history of Flanders and the Netherlands. Particular attention will be paid to the major currents in Flemish and Dutch painting, from the Flemish Primitive painters to Cobra. The course starts in the 14th century, which can be seen as the start of a Dutch and Flemish artistic identity, and moves on to our own day and age. The major artistic movements, such as the Flemish Primitive painters, the 17th century Dutch artists, the Flemish Baroque, the Hague School, the Flemish expressionists, 'The Style' and Cobra will be dealt with in more detail.

Evaluation methods

Oral exam related to the course content and critical discussion.

Other information

Powerpoint presentations are uploaded on Moodle. 

Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Program title
Minor in Dutch Studies

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures: German, Dutch and English

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General