22 September 2019

Our First Year modules

Add Dutch to your degree programme: learn an accessible European language and get acquainted with the history, art and contemporary cultures of the Netherlands and Belgium.

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Dutch language

Dutch is the language spoken by 23 million people in three countries on two continents: the Netherlands and Belgium in Europe and in Suriname in South America. Dutch is an accessible language: with a bit of effort and dedication, you will reach a good level in this yearlong course (CEFL Level A2). Anybody with some experience in a modern language is welcome.

Why pick Dutch?

  • Because it is useful. Dutch is consistently the 5th most requested language by UK employers. 
  • Because it is fun. Last year’s students gave Beginners’ Dutch the top score in the overall student satisfaction.
  • Because the history, culture and society of the Netherlands and Flanders is an exciting story of revolt, (religious) wars, great art and a striving for individual freedoms. 
  • Because it gives you flexibility. After First Year you can decide to make Dutch part of your BA Modern Languages and Cultures or in your Dual Progamme.

Course structure 

Our language programme is an intensive course taught in small groups. In addition there is our Dutch Studies module: Born out of Revolt and Consensus. The making of contemporary Netherlands and Belgium. The full course will take up one third of your First Year programme with 5 contact hours per week:  

  • 4 hours of Dutch language (MDL1002)
  • 1 hour of Born out of Revolt and Consensus (MDL111). 

You will collect 40 credits in total over the full year. 

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Born out of Revolt and Consensus (MDL111)

The Low Countries have a long history of revolt and rebellion, discussion and debate. This turbulent history has led to two of the most progressive societies in Europe. In this course we will focus on past wars and battles, but also on Low Countries visual arts, cinema, and contemporary issues. 

After your First Year 

You can make Dutch part of your degree, for example in a Dual Honours degree or as part of a BA Modern Languages. We will discuss your options in spring 2020.

Get in touch: Henriette Louwerse (h.louwerse@sheffield.ac.uk)

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