Instructor Political and Economic Development of the Netherlands and the EU, University of Amsterdam

Study in:Netherlands
Deadline: 14 November 2017

Instructor Political and Economic Development of the Netherlands and the EU

Council on International Educational Exchange

Publication date
30 October 2017
Level of education
Salary indication
€2,925 to €3,375 gross for 45 contact hours plus preparation
Closing date
14 November 2017
45 contact hours plus preparation time
Vacancy number

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. Our mission is one shared by many in international education: ‘to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.’ To fulfill that mission, CIEE provides both outbound international education experiences for university students, faculty, and administrators, and study, work, and internship opportunities for people coming into the U.S.

CIEE has had a presence in The Netherlands since 1993 with a Social Sciences program in cooperation with the College of Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam and since 2012 in Business and Culture with the Faculty Economics and Business at the University of Amsterdam. Apart from these semester programs CIEE offers J-term, summer and customized programs.

Job description

This course is designed to provide American exchange students with a solid foundation of both the Dutch political system and the political and economic integration of the European Union – and the role the Netherlands has played (and continues to play) in this project. By the end of the course, students should be familiar with the fundamental outlines of Dutch politics and government (including the major institutions and organizations that effect political change both within and outside the political system); they should also have a thorough understanding of the historical development of the Dutch party system and coalition government, the rise of anti-immigration and ethno-nationalist political ideologies and the political parties that have formed around them, as well as the ebb and flow of Euroscepticism in the Netherlands vis-à-vis other European countries (e.g. the United Kingdom and the phenomenon of EU-‘exits’).

At the same time, students should gain an insight into the economic dimension and organization of the Netherlands and the European Union and how the economic integration of the latter has restructured the national economy of the former (and which institutions are and were principally involved in these processes). Specifically, students should be able to speak to the various phases of economic integration implemented by the European Union, the adoption of a common currency and the role and reception of the Euro in (tying together the economies of) specific member states (with a focus on the Netherlands), the crafting of national and supranational trade policies, and the status and position of the Netherlands as an (a)typical European economy.

Through a series of thematic lectures, including guest lectures from professionals in the field, and guided site visits, students are able to place these topics in a specific context, critically analyzing and comparing them with other countries.

For this class we expect between 10 to 22 students from different American universities that will participate in this course. Students are in their 3rd year, and come from different disciplines (we expect the majority to major in political sciences & business/economics). Classes take place every week on Tuesday and Thursday from 16.00 to 18.00. The first class is on 6 February and the class will end towards the end of May (tba). This course will be taught again in fall 2018.


  • Develop the Political and Economic Development of the Netherlands and the EU course (structure, detailed syllabus and content of classes);
  • teach the Political and Economic Development of the Netherlands and the EU course (45 contact hours);
  • arrange for guest lecturers and site visits;
  • attend and lead guided site visits that are part of the course and provide students with appropriate background information on sites visited;
  • conduct student meetings and hold office hours when necessary;
  • grade student papers and assignments;
  • keep student records and report problematic student cases to the CIEE Academic Manager and
  • use Canvas (Learning Management System) for student administration.


  • Master’s degree (preferably in Political Science / Economics or related);
  • fluency in English;
  • experience in teaching students;
  • excellent interpersonal skills and ability to speak in front of groups;
  • cultural interest in the Netherlands and the U.S.;
  • must be available for class excursions;
  • enthusiastic, shows a lot of initiative, is not afraid to challenge students and create an open classroom environment.

Further information

For questions, please contact:


This is not an UvA vacancy. The instructor is appointed by the onsite CIEE Resident Director & Academic Manager in collaboration with the CIEE office in Portland, Maine, USA.

There is a possibility to extend based on new enrollment and performance for the fall 2018 semester.

Job application

Interested candidates please email a cover letter and resume to our Academic Manager Jonathan Key by the application deadline of 14 November 2017. Please put ‘Instructor Political and Economic Development of the Netherlands and the EU’ in the subject line.

No agencies please 

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