University College Ghent
Geraard de Duivelstraat 5 - 9000 Ghent - Belgium
Phone: 09 243 33 33 - E-mail:
Belgian Culture Studies23456/4572/2021/1/11
Study guide

Belgian Culture Studies

Academic year 2020-21
Is found in:
  • IC Occupational Therapy
  • International Curriculum Business, Retail and Languages, programme stage 1
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Weight: 3,00
Total study time: 75,00 hours
It is not possible to enrol in this course unit under
  • exam contract (to obtain a credit).
  • exam contract (to obtain a degree).
Special admission is required to enrol in this course unit under credit contract.
Co-ordinator: De Wilde Lodewijk
Languages: English
Scheduled for: Semester 1 or Semester 2

Final objectives

The students have basic knowledge of

  • Belgian history and geography;
  • the actual political structure of the country
  • the social economic and cultural situation of the country

The students are able to

  • Elaborate on an item concerning the Belgian society, using desk top research in order to give a presentation.
  • Share their own point of view with other students.
  • Explain a “Belgian item” to others in a comprehensive and clear way, with the help of modern communication techniques.

Dealing with tasks

  • The students attend the courses regularly.
  • The students do their work within the agreed time.
  • The students deliver a well-informed, nicely accomplished presentation + paper.


The main aim of the course is to provide the students with basic information about “The Low Countries”, more specifically Belgium. Starting from their own (foreign) view on Belgium, the students will gradually get to know the complex Belgian situation (language, culture, history, politics, etc.) through examples and real-life situations.


The main topics are:

  • Belgian history and geography
  • Social and political structure of the country
  • Belgian arts and artists (painters, film makers, strip cartoonists, musicians, …)

Other topics may be explored, such as:

  • Peculiar Belgian habits (food and drink, folklore, fairs, parades, festivals, …)
  • Belgian scientists and inventors
  • Belgian colonies
  • Belgian economy

Organisation of education

Contactonderwijs24,00 hours

Teaching methods

  • Learning dialogue
  • Peer teaching
  • Activating lecture
  • Excursion
  • Online learning

Organisation of education

In lectures and group discussions students examine these concepts in the light of their own cultural experience and knowledge. Formal colleges.
Extramural activities such as a guided tour through the city of Ghent.

Study guidance

Chamilo Learning Platform and e-mail.


  • First exam opportunity:
    • 50% written exam, presentation + paper: 25% + 25%= 50%
  • Second exam opportunity:
    • 50% written exam, presentation + paper: 25% + 25%= 50%


Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Outside exam schedulePaper25,00
Outside exam schedulePresentation25,00
Inside Regular exam scheduleWritten examination50,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
Inside Regular exam schedulePaper25,00
Inside Regular exam schedulePresentation25,00
Inside Regular exam scheduleWritten examination50,00
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Re-sit exam: is possible.

Study costs

  • Copies at current price.
  • Entrance fees in case of a visit to a museum or exhibition.


Fair knowledge of English
Possible deadlines for learning account: 01.12.2020 () or 15.03.2021 ()