840060 :European History: Politics and Culture


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: 3 x 3 hours lecture, 9 x 2 hours lecture, 9 x 1 hour seminar (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: multiple choice tests (40%), final exam (40%), attendance and participation (20%) (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Inschrijven in Blackboard voor aanvang van de cursus
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prof. dr. A.J.A. Bijsterveld

dr. T.G. Leesen

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

This course aims to provide students with a broad basic background in European political and cultural history, which they will need when studying European culture in its different aspects in the various courses and Major programs of the Liberal Arts Bachelor's program. Moreover, the course trains students to read, analyze and interpret historical source material.
After having completed the course European History: Politics and Culture the student is able to:

  • name, describe and outline the main cultural and political events, persons and developments in European History from Antiquity over the Middle Ages and the Modern Age to the present day.
  • interpret the connection between cultural currents and political developments in history.
  • compare different periods and developments with each other and assess the similarities and differences.
  • read, analyze and interpret primary and secondary source material.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The course covers the historical development of European and Western civilization from the time of the Ancient Greeks through the Middle Ages to the present day. It invites students to reflect critically and autonomously on the historical determinants of Western politics and civilization.

The course consists of three themes/time periods: Antiquity, Middle Ages and Modern Age. Every time period starts with one three-hour lecture and consists of three two-hour lectures, followed by one-hour seminars.

This course organises an excursion to Aachen.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The exam consists of nine multiple choice tests (40%), which take place at the beginning of the second, third and fourth lecture of each time block, and a final exam (40%). Attendance and participation during the seminars as well as handing in all assignments are compulsory and count for 20% of the grade.

This course is taught through co-teaching, which entails that more than a single professor is responsible for teaching the course and guiding the students that take it.

Please note: This course is for Liberal Arts and Sciences students only!

Verplichte literatuur

  1. Rothchild, J.A, 'Introduction to the Athenian Democracy of the Fifth and Fourth Centuries BCE', Wayne State University Law School Legal Studies Research Paper Series 7.32, 2007. (see blackboard).
  2. Lesaffer, R.C.H., European legal history: A cultural and political perspective., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  3. Texts available via blackboard.

Vereiste voorkennis

No prerequisites

Verplicht voor

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences ( 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Business and Management ( 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Cognitive Neuroscience ( 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Humanities: European History and Culture ( 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Law in Europe ( 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Social Sciences ( 2015, 2016, 2017 )