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The Making of Europe – special track

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome campus & Utrecht University, Utrecht & Freie Universität Berlin/FUBiS, Berlin
2017-07-03 - 2017-08-11
Course Fee
3.660 Euro (course fees + course materials + housing + travel)
Advanced Bachelor
Course description

Dive into the thrilling history of (ancient) Europe and its role on the world stage, studying in three of the most exciting cities of Europe: Rome, Utrecht and Berlin! The three combined courses, designed by three excellent European universities, will provide an exciting overview of the history and workings of Europe. Emerge yourself in Europe’s history and culture and visit many of the tangible remains during excursions.

During this course we will trace the making of Europe from its most ancient roots to its most current affairs via a multidisciplinary approach to numerous life-changing events from a political, economic and societal perspective. You will come to understand developments from both a national and an international perspective. The programme will offer you the opportunity to explore a broad range of topics stretching from the rise of Western Civilization with the Roman Empire on one hand, followed by the Medieval Era, the Renaissance and Baroque on the other hand. But also the Dutch Golden Age, the age of European state-building, the rise of the welfare state and the bourgeoisie are on the programme. To round off this programme you will be introduced to major developments in the 20th century with treatment of the First and Second World Wars, the Interbellum and the Cold War, the rise and fall of totalitarian regimes and the rise of European collaboration and global relations.
Of course the topics addressed in Rome, Utrecht and Berlin will have strong ties to the specific locations, but in the meantime will keep the full picture of the developments throughout Europe in sight, during all your lectures and multiple excursions.

At the end of this course, students should be able to:
• Describe and evaluate different theories and conceptualisations of the historic development of Europe, with specific attention for Italy, The Netherlands and Germany
• Show an understanding of various historic monuments and their relation to historic developments
• Demonstrate an understanding of political, socio-economic and cultural aspects of the European developments 
• Demonstrate this critical knowledge and understanding in written and verbal form.

Student profile/target group

Students of the humanities and social sciences, including economics and business, political sciences, European studies, international relations, history, culture studies and sociology, the sciences and engineering at senior undergraduate or graduate level with an interest in culture, society and politics. A general background in the social sciences may help, but no specific expertise is required.



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Contact hours

144 contact hours

Course structure

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Course director / Lecturers

  • Dr. Jaap Verheul
  • Dr. Wendler
Course schedule
July 02, 2017

12.00-17.00 Key pick up

July 03, 2017

09.00-11.00 Welcome and Introduction to the course

11.30-13.00 Lecture The Roman Republic

14:00-16:00 Introductory citywalk: meeting Rome !

July 04, 2017

09.00-12.00 Excursion Republican Rome

14.00-16.00 Lecture& seminar Augustus

July 05, 2017


July 06, 2017

09.00-12.00  Excursion Augustan Rome

14.00-16.00  Lecture& Seminar Imperial Rome

July 07, 2017

09.00-13.00 Excursion Imperial Rome

15:00-17.00 Guest Lecture Late Antiquity

July 10, 2017

09.00-12.00  Excursion Late Antiquity 

14.00-16.00 Lecture & Seminar Renaissance

July 11, 2017

09.00-12.00 Excursion Renaissance

14.00-16.00 Lecture &seminar Baroque

July 12, 2017

09.00-13.00 Excursion Baroque:  Bernini and Borromini

13:00    Self-study final exam

July 13, 2017

13.00-15.00   Final Exam

July 14, 2017

10.00-11.30 Presentation of Certificates

11.30-13.30 Final Drinks

14.00-16.00 Optional Excursion

July 15, 2017

10.00-13.00  Flight from Rome to Utrecht

12.00-18.00 Key pick up Utrecht

July 17, 2017

10.00-10.45  Lecture     Welcom & Introduction to the Course

11:00-12:00 Lecture 1  Introduction to the Netherlands

13.00-15.00 Lecture 2 Northern Europe in the Middle Ages

July 18, 2017

10.00-12.00 Lecture 3 Utrecht in the Middle Ages

13.00-15.30  Seminar 1 Excursion: City walk Utrecht

July 19, 2017

10.00-12.00 Lecture 4 Religion in the Middle Ages

13:00-15:00   Seminar 2 Catharijne Convent

July 20, 2017

10.00-12.00 Lecture 5  The Golden Age; the Dutch Miracle

July 21, 2017

10.00-12.00 Excursion Amsterdam Rijksnuseum

July 24, 2017

10.00-12.00  Lecture 6  Religious Strife

13:00-15:00   Lecture 7 Colonizing the World

July 25, 2017

10.00-12.00 Lecture 8    The French Revolution and its Legacy

13.00-15.00 Seminar  European citizenship

July 26, 2017

09.00-15.00  Excursion: To The Hague

July 27, 2017

13.00-15.00 Final exam

July 28, 2017

10.00-12.00 Presentation of Certificates& Final Drinks

12.00-13.00  Excursion: Dom Tower, Utrecht

July 29, 2017

Transfer to Berlin

Key Pick up

July 31, 2017

Looking back at the 19th Century

August 01, 2017

World War I and the Treaty of Versailles

August 03, 2017

The Totalitarian Experience: Assault on Liberal Democracy

August 04, 2017

World War II and the Holocaust

August 07, 2017

The Rebirth of Postwar Europe

August 08, 2017

The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the New European Order

August 10, 2017

Europe into the 21st Century

August 11, 2017

Germany and Europe on the world stage,  Final Exam


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