432101 :Sociaal-culturele geschiedenis
(Sociocultural History)

General info

Instruction language Dutch
Type of Instruction Last offered in the academic year 2015/2016 (No data available yet)
Type of exams Exam with essay questions and multiple choice questions; assignments (counting for 30%) (Examination schedule)
Course load:5 ECTS credits


prof. dr. A.J.A. Bijsterveld


After having completed the course Sociocultural History the student is able to:

  1. outline the history of political, economic, social and cultural developments of Europe in general and of the Netherlands in particular, with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries;
  2. explain the general historical development of nationalism, the European Union, pillarization, politics, economics, the welfare state, demography, migration of Europe in general and of the Netherlands in particular;
  3. evaluate and put into a historical perspective today's societal topics and developments;
  4. integrate historical understanding in the analysis of social and cultural themes and issues.


This obligatory course for first year Sociology students SOC and minor course for other students offers an introduction into cultural and social history of the Western world, with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. This course fits in the learning track "broadening".

Six themes:

  1. Introduction. Lecture 1: Aims of the course; historic periods; 'Dutch national history': what everybody should know; the early history of Europe: Ancient Times and Middle Ages; Lecture 2: What everybody should know: History of Europa, Modern Era and Contemporary History;
  2. State formation and politics: Lecture 3: State and nation: The formation of nations; nationalism; European integration; Lecture 4: The Dutch Constitutional Monarchy.
  3. Culture and mentality: politics and religion; modernisation. Lecture 5: Pillarization and depillarization; political parties; Lecture 6: Modernization; sociocultural developments
  4. Economy and socioeconomic relations. Lecture 7: the Netherlands: economic history; Lecture 8: the Netherlands: history of the welfare state
  5. Social relationships: family, relationships, society. Lecture 9: the Netherlands: demografic developments; Lecture 10: the Netherlands: the family and the position of women.
  6. History and Memory; Migration and Globalization: Lecture 11: The Memory of the Holocaust; Lecture 12: Migration and migrants' history; Lecture 13: Migrants' history and decolonization: Indonesia; Lecture 14: Preparation for the exam


This course was last offered in the academic year 2015/2016 and is no langer part of the current programme.
In 2016/2017 there will be at least one additional re-examination in accordance with OER (TER).

Students wishing to follow this course have to enroll through Blackboard before the start of the course. The possibility to enroll will be closed shortly after the start. Those enrolled will receive a message confirming their enrollment a few days before the start of the course.
Enrollment through Blackboard is important, among other things to be informed about the assignments of this course. Students wishing to participate after the start of the course will have to contact the instructor.

The class meetings consist of two hours lectures and one hour seminar used for assignments, presentations and midterm exams. This seminar hour will also be used to watch (historical) movies and documentaries (with assignment). The final exam counts for 70%; the interim tests and the written and oral assignments for another 30% (provided the written exam was graded as sufficient).

Compulsory Reading

  1. Pim den Boer, Europa. De geschiedenis van een idee., Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Bert Bakker, oorspr. Amsterdam 1997, ISBN 978-90-351-3264-1.
  2. Corrie van Eijl, Lex Heerma van Voss en Piet de Rooy, Sociaal Nederland. Contouren van de twintigste eeuw, Aksant, herdruk 2005, ISBN 90-6861-199-2.
    These books are not always available. Therefore, students have to order these well before the start of the course.

Compulsory for

  • Bachelor Sociology ( 2015 )