University College Ghent
Geraard de Duivelstraat 5 - 9000 Ghent - Belgium
Phone: 09 243 33 33 - E-mail:
Belgian Culture Studies23456/4701/2122/1/21
Study guide

Belgian Culture Studies

Academic year 2021-22
Is found in:
  • IC Education
    Choice package:
    • Preprimary, primary and secondary education: choose for 12 ECTS CREDITS
  • IC Occupational Therapy
  • IC Sports program
    Choice package:
    • Secondary education - sports program: choose for 12 ECTS CREDITS
  • International Curriculum Business, Retail and Languages, programme stage 1
  • International Curriculum IT
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: Vermeersch An
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.

Final objectives

can function in a flexible and open way in a multicultural and diverse society and in an international environment


The main aim of the course is to provide the students with basic information about Belgium and the Belgian society. Starting from their own (foreign) view on Belgium, the students will gradually get to know the complex Belgian situation in a European context (constitutional structures, languages, culture, history, politics, etc.) through examples and real-life situations.


  • The main topics are:

    • Belgian history
    • Social constitutional and political structure of the country
    • Belgium as a founding member of the European Union

    Other topics may be explored, such as:

    • Peculiar Belgian habits (food and drink, folklore,  …)
    • Belgian athletes and scientists
    • 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
Inside Regular exam scheduleWritten examination50,00
Outside exam schedulePaper25,00
Outside exam schedulePresentation25,00
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 = B2 level
Possible deadlines for learning account: 01.12.2021 () or 15.03.2022 ()