Instructor Political and Economic Development of the Netherlands and the EU

Council on International Educational Exchange

Publication date
31 May 2018
Level of education
Salary indication
€2,925 to €3,375 net
Closing date
22 June 2018
45 contact hours
Vacancy number

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is the largest non-profit, non-governmental study abroad organization in the United States. Our mission is one shared by many in international education: 'to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.' To fulfill that mission, CIEE provides both outbound international education experiences for university students, faculty, and administrators, and study, work, and internship opportunities for people coming into the U.S.

CIEE has operated in the Netherlands since 1993 and currently organizes a Social Sciences program in cooperation with the College of Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, as well as a Business and Culture program affiliated with the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Amsterdam. Apart from these semester programs, CIEE Amsterdam offers J-term, summer and customized programs.

Job description

This course is designed to provide American exchange students with a solid foundation of both the Dutch political system and the political and economic integration of the European Union – and the role the Netherlands has played (and continues to play) in this project. By the end of the course, students should be familiar with the fundamental outlines of Dutch politics and government (including the major institutions and organizations that effect political change both within and outside the political system); they should also have a thorough understanding of the historical development of the Dutch party system and coalition government, the rise of anti-immigration and ethno-nationalist political ideologies and the political parties that have formed around them, as well as the ebb and flow of Euroscepticism in the Netherlands vis-à-vis other European countries (e.g. the United Kingdom and the phenomenon of EU-'exits').

At the same time, students should gain an insight into the economic dimension and organization of the Netherlands and the European Union and how the economic integration of the latter has restructured the national economy of the former (and which institutions are and were principally involved in these processes). Specifically, students should be able to speak to the various phases of economic integration implemented by the European Union, the adoption of a common currency and the role and reception of the Euro in (tying together the economies of) specific member states (with a focus on the Netherlands), the crafting of national and supranational trade policies, and the status and position of the Netherlands as an (a)typical European economy.

As the instructor of this course, you will be responsible for administering this class to a group of third-year undergraduate students from a wide variety of U.S. colleges and universities, with the majority of these students majoring in either one of the Social Sciences or Economics/Business. All CIEE classes are set up as seminars, which means that your teaching style should focus on facilitating in-class discussions, complemented by (introductory) lectures to aid students’ understanding of the material. Class size will be capped at 22 students.


  • Administer and teach Political and Economic Development of the Netherlands and the EU (this is an existing class with a fully developed syllabus and reading list, which the instructor may adapt in consultation with CIEE);
  • plan and arrange value-added guest lectures and site visits;
  • lead (guided) site visits, be present for guest lectures and provide students with appropriate background information during both;
  • grade and provide detailed feedback on all assignments;
  • keep student records and report potentially worrying student behavior to CIEE;
  • use Canvas (the Learning Management System for CIEE courses) as required by CIEE, and participate in an online training module to familiarize yourself with Canvas’s functionalities;
  • respond to student inquiries on a timely basis, and – if need be – meet with students before or after class (there is, however, no requirement to keep regular office hours);
  • attend a CIEE faculty meeting once every semester.


  • Master’s degree required (preferably in Political Science, Economics or a closely related discipline);
  • near-native fluency in English (both orally and in writing);
  • relevant teaching experience;
  • excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to speak confidently in front of groups;
  • general (political/cultural) interest in the Netherlands, Europe, and the U.S.;
  • must be available for class excursions;
  • enthusiastic, shows a lot of initiative, is not afraid to challenge students and create an open classroom environment.

Further information

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This is not an UvA vacancy. The instructor is appointed by CIEE Director on-site in collaboration with the CIEE office in Portland, Maine, USA.

A total of 45 contact hours from the first week of September 2018 through the second week of December 2018 (candidates must be available to teach on Tuesdays from 17:30 to 19:30 and on Thursdays from 17:00 to 19:00). This class will be taught both in the fall and spring semester each year.

There is a possibility to extend based on new enrollment and performance for the fall 2018 semester.

This is a freelance position. Compensation is between €2,925 and €3,375 (incl. 21% BTW) based on teaching, educational, and overall professional credentials, paid as a lump sum (or in instalments) for teaching and administering the complete course (i.e. 45 contact hours, preparation, administrative duties, and all grading).

Job application

Interested candidates may email a cover letter and resume to CIEE’s Academic Manager Jonathan Key by the application deadline of 22 June 2018.

Please put 'Instructor Political and Economic Development of the Netherlands and the EU' in the subject line.

No agencies please

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