Contemporary Cultural Realities in the Dutch Language Area

lgerm1535  2023-2024  Louvain-la-Neuve

Contemporary Cultural Realities in the Dutch Language Area
5.00 credits
30.0 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2023-2024 !

Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Main themes
Material and non-material realities of the present-day Dutch-speaking world: the historical development and contemporary meaning of certain cultural/societal/political realities as well as their mutual interactions and regional differences.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1. Understand political, cultural and societal realities of the Dutch-speaking world within their contemporary context and their mutual interactions
2. Understand contemporary realities of the Dutch-speaking world against their historical background
3. Understand the nuances and differences between societal developments in different regions of the Dutch-speaking world
4. Connect the analysis of the specific case studies of the course to other situations in- or outside of the present-day Dutch-speaking world, hence developing a critical attitude and transversal competences that are useful for other courses (a.o. at Master level)
This course aims to improve the students’ knowledge and understanding of present-day Dutch-speaking culture and society and of its position within the larger socio-cultural and historical constellation. By analyzing the developments and origins of specific contemporary cultural and societal phenomena in Flanders and The Netherlands, the course aims to stimulate the student’s personal interest for the Dutch-speaking world, as well as a critical and analytical attitude vis-à-vis present-day cultural artefacts, manifestations and ideas typical of the Dutch-speaking world, without neglecting important internal differences.
Teaching methods
Formal lectures, guest lectures, presentations by the students with time for Q&A/discussion, personal reading and research (as preparation for the students’ presentation and discussions in class).
Evaluation methods
Part 1: 50% of the total note: continuous assessment: presentation (in groups), during the course, of a contemporary cultural/societal phenomenon in the Dutch-speaking world (the exact modalities + dates of the presentation will be communicated during the first courses). 
Part 2: 50% of the total note: Oral exam during the exam session in June related to the course content and critical discussion.
In order to be allowed to participate in the June session and the August/September session, the student must have given a presentation during the year (=continuous assessment).
Session of August/September: oral exam during the session, in case an insufficient has been obtained in June for the total of part 1 (50%) + part 2 (50%).
If the student has succeeded the continuous evaluation, the note will be maintained and count for 50% of the end total.
If the student didn’t succeed part 1, nor part 2, or if the student only succeeded for the oral exam in June but not for the continuous assessment, the note obtained during the oral exam in August/September counts for 100%.
Other information
Powerpoint presentations + press/academic articles + (extracts from) primary/secondary textual/audio(visual) sources. All the course material or the references to the material will be uploaded on Moodle.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures: German, Dutch and English

Minor in Dutch Studies

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General