This interdisciplinary microcredential enriches your view of Brussels as a melting pot of languages and cultures, but also as a political actor. We provide you with scientific insights and guide you in carrying out independent assignments concerning the (multilingual) Brussels city culture.
We look at the formation of the political and institutional architecture in and around Brussels as a small world city, with an emphasis on the linguistic realities and challenges facing the capital region. The daily language use of Brussels residents today is complex and does not coincide with the institutional division between Dutch-speakers and French-speakers.
We also go into the city and introduce you to the literary Brussels. The Belgian capital has played a significant role in literature in the past two centuries, just as it does today, both as a place where writers live and as a city that is experienced and described in literature.
Finally, this credential includes a vocational component. During a practical internship of 120 hours, you work under supervision for a heritage institution or media platform on a project in which a certain aspect of the layered political and linguistic identity of Brussels is central.
The microcredential Brussels: Political and Linguistic Challenges consists of 3 courses:
The programme is organised in two semesters. Language of instruction is both English and Dutch.
Two of the three courses consists of 6 credits, the third one of 3 credits.
Courses are organised on the VUB Main Campus located in Brussels
Microcredentials are short-term courses with a few subjects, expressed in study points (=ECTS credits). Do you want to acquire new, additional competences? Are you looking for updating? Do you need additional training? Then these short courses might be something for you.
In the context of Lifelong Learning, these microcredentials are part of the study offer from the academic year 2021-2022. You can take them in the 1st or 2nd semester, in Dutch or English (depending on the specific offer). After completing the micro-credential, you will receive a certificate.