It seems a bit stupid to write an in-depth post on the Dutch style of university education as I only had the privilege of experiencing it for a little over a month. So consider this as a kind of addition before I write another article about life outside my home country.
My short time in lectures at Radboud bought an interesting mix of things that I experienced both at home and in Hong Kong. Seminars are a mainstay of some of my lectures (with the exception of American Identities and American Pop Culture, which consist of only one weekly lecture). Such sessions can also last for almost three hours, with a short break in the middle to refresh yourself. Activities are sometimes included for the purpose of classroom attendance. In my literature courses, this usually revolves around the analysis of excerpts from the assigned reading.
As in Hong Kong, I have been given more flexibility in the courses I can choose, so I decided to try some literature-based (they’re British, Canadian, and American literature) courses in modern American history. Nothing particularly groundbreaking, but most lecturers have a great talent for conveying the content and going into detail.
Radboud has a good selection of teaching and learning spaces (well, maybe I should say HAD), including a fairly large library and learning center that contains most of the learning materials I need both offline and online. Really the only negative thing I can say is that I never really had a chance to use much of it before it was blocked.
I think that’s almost all that goes with it. I apologize for not giving a listing as detailed as I would have liked, but it is difficult to do if you have spent more time watching lectures in your apartment than in an auditorium. But that’s for another blog post.
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