Winter course 2017 ‘History of Belgium’: history and politics of Belgium in just 4 lessons


Is Belgium really a ‘new’ country? Where does it come from? Why do we have a language barrier? Why is Belgium a federal state and how is it organized? These questions and many more will be answered during our evening courses. You will get a concise overview of the history of Belgium, from Roman times until our own.

The aim of this course is to provide each participant with a clear view on Belgium’s history and culture, as well as to provide a chance to interact with specialists and fellow course participants. For this reason places are deliberately kept limited.

If you’ve always wondered why Belgium has such a complicated state structure, then this course is exactly what you need!

The History of Belgium course consists of 4 modules, each detailing a topic in Belgian history:

  1. The Low Countries from the Roman era to the present day: an historical and geographical overview of the consecutive political regimes of the Low Countries. This module presents the participants with a necessary framework.
  2. The history of religion in Belgium and the impact of religion on Belgium today. In a world dominated by religious policies and conflicts, people still underestimate the impact religion has had on the history of many (European) countries. Find out why Belgium is not your average catholic country and why Belgians were one of the first to accept abortion, euthanasia or same-sex marriage.
  3. An economic history of Belgium: From the prehistoric flint stone mines of Spiennes to our modern service and distribution economy. If you want to understand a country’s cultural dynamics, you also have to understand ‘where the money comes from’. Special attention is given to the economic particularities in the different regions of Belgium.
  4. Belgium Today: the Belgian state organization and the constitutional changes since 1830. In this final lesson the key concepts of the previous lessons come together in an explanation of why Belgium is what it is today. You will get an answer to the question why it was necessary to turn Belgium into a federal state, and the state organization is explained to you in an easy to understand way.


31 January, 14 February, (with reservation: date to be announced in the week of 20 to 25 February) and 7 March, 2017. Courses take place from 19h until 21h30. Registration code “HB2017-W1“. Registration closes two days before the start of the course.

Where? Muntpunt, Brussels. Room Zinneke 2. Muntpunt is just a short walk away from Brussels central station. Nearby are a metro stop and an underground car park.

Registration fee: € 395 incl. VAT. This includes all course materials, drinks and extras. Special New Year’s Resolution discount of €50 until 20 January 2017!

You can register for this course here.