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Critical Dutch Studies


Critical Dutch Studies is a minor for international and Dutch students who wish to gain profound insight into Dutch culture and society in a global context. It features a multidisciplinary approach combining methods from (art) history, literary studies, and cultural analysis to disclose the past and present of the Netherlands from a comparative and critical perspective. Topics varying from Rembrandt’s paintings to Anne Frank’s diary, the decolonization of Indonesia, eco-poetry, and the rising sea level are examined and discussed using both established and cutting-edge theories in the humanities.

In times of globalisation, regional expertise is pivotal to cross-border communication in the cultural, political and economic sectors. You will develop this expertise, along with the transcultural sensitivity required for any international career, through excursions, group activities, and individual research projects.

Study programme

  • Dutch Culture and Society
    Period 2
  • All-time bestsellers from Amsterdam
    Period 3
  • Literature and Experience
    Period 4
  • The Netherlands in the World
    Period 5
UvA Course Catalogue: Minor Critical Dutch Studies
Critical Dutch | Minor | University of Amsterdam
Learn about this minor from Marrigje Paijmans, coordinator of the minor Critical Dutch Studies.

Related Master's programmes

This minor may serve as a good preparation for academic Bachelor’s students who want to apply for admission to a Master's programme in Literary Studies, History, Art and Culture, Region Studies, Media Studies, European Studies, Politics and Sociology.  Always check the entry requirements on the Application and Admission page of the Master’s programme you are interested in.

Entry requirements

This minor is open for application to students who have obtained an academic first-year diploma or a positive Binding Study Advice from an academic Bachelor's programme. 

Please note that if one of the courses is part of your personal study track, you cannot register for this minor. Students in the Bachelor’s programme Nederlandse taal en cultuur should particularly check the course Literature and Experience.

The minor is also open for application to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who have completed their propaedeutic year. If you are an HBO student and if you are looking to do a Master's programme at the UvA, please check out our pre-Master's programmes, as completing a minor is not enough to grant you access to Master’s programmes. 


It is no longer possible to register for this minor in the academic year 2023-2024.

Facts & Figures
30 ECTS,
Language of instruction
Dutch, English
Starts in
University Quarter