Modern European History | Elective

Studying Modern European History at Viaa

To truly understand a country like the Netherlands, you’ll have to know about its history. Nowadays, the Netherlands is a united country with a central government, but you will learn that it was not always the case. What is the relation of the Netherlands to the European Union? And why is orange the national colour of the Netherlands? If you like to learn about the history of the Netherlands and Europe during your exchange semester at Viaa, then this is the right course for you. Basic knowledge of Dutch history will help you to better understand your fellow Dutch students during your stay in the Netherlands.   

Why Viaa?

Our Dutch and international students value Viaa for its small-scale and Christian profile, offering high-quality and practice-oriented education. Due to its size, you as a student will benefit from an individual learning approach, small learning groups and personal contacts. From day 1, you will build new connections with teachers and fellow students, for life.   

Located in Zwolle, Viaa is within half-a-day travel distance by train from large European cities, like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Brussels, and Paris.   

Planning & prerequisites

Modern European History is beginner level course with no prerequisites and will be offered during the spring semester of each academic year. 

What you will learn

The course deals with modern history and discusses world-citizenship in the context of worldview, religion, civil society and politics. The starting point is the history of the Netherlands in relation to other European countries and the USA. Key topics are the development from an enlightened autocracy into a liberal democracy, based on constitutional liberties, from a passive to an active civil society, developments in the relation of church and state, and from an exclusive towards a plural public domain, especially regarding religions and worldviews. The aim is to reflect on the history of our present societies, to understand the origin of civic freedoms, and the value of upholding these and defend them over against alternatives.   

Would you like to sign up or do you have a question about the History course at Viaa? You are welcome to connect with our International Office! 

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