Jun 20, 2019  
2011-2012 University Catalogue 
2011-2012 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

LAPI 936 - Post-World War II Amsterdam

3 credits
Amsterdam is known as a place of tolerance. By concentrating on Amsterdam’s history, art, and culture following World War II, this concept of tolerance will be described and analyzed, with the ultimate purpose of seeing if it really exists, and if it does exist, what it is and why it is. Also, given the recent murders of politician Pim Fortuyn and filmmaker Theo Van Gogh by extremists in traditionally non-violent Holland, the course will examine whether this famed tolerance in now under threat. The first part of the course will look at early Dutch history and culture as a prerequisite for understanding contemporary Amsterdam. The great bulk of the course will concentrate on the post-World War II period through a study of history, philosophy, literature, film, architecture, painting and photography. Included in this course will be a reading of Albert Camus’s novel ‘The Fall’, an analysis of art movements like DeStijl and CoBrA, a look at modern Dutch architectural movements such as the Amsterdam School, a viewing of the film ‘Submission’, directed by Theo Van Gogh, and a reading of ‘Infidel’, an autobiographical work by the controversial politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Prerequisites LACR*210

Student must have completed the 1st semester of their Sophomore year (45 credits).