History of Knowledge


Course Objective

After completing this course, students will:
- have an understanding of the main historical developments that formed
our idea of what scientific knowledge is;
- understand how a number of institutions helped to form, keep and pass
on this knowledge;
- have a broad overview of different styles of practicing science;
- be able to reflect on the position of their own discipline within the
greater scheme of all academic knowledge.

Course Content

In the course History of Knowledge we will focus on questions about what
knowledge is and what was seen as valuable knowledge, from classical
antiquity up until today, and the way this knowledge was passed through
during time, with special attention for the institutions that played a
major role in the process: the library, monasteries, the university, the
Republic of Letters, the Museum, the new disciplines of the 19th
century, the laboratory and the latest developments in the e-humanities.
The students will learn about different styles and methods to develop
new knowledge, preserve existing knowledge, and the coherence and
differences between the sciences and the humanities.

Teaching Methods

The course consists of lectures (2 x 2 hours a week).

Method of Assessment

Final written examination. The grade for the examination is the final

Entry Requirements



Ian F. McNeely en Lisa Wolverton, Reinventing Knowledge.
From Alexandria to the Internet (New York & Londen 2008 or later
reprint); articles (to be announced in the course schedule).

Target Audience

This course is part of the 2nd year Bachelor’s programs History,
Literature & Society: English, Literatuur & Samenleving: Nederlands;

Additional Information

This course is part of the Academic Core. Attendance at the lectures is
compulsory. Students may miss 2 classes (with a valid reason); 3 missed
classes mean an extra assignment; students who miss 4
classes fail this course.

General Information

Course Code L_AABAALG207
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. J.M. Koppenol
Examiner prof. dr. J.M. Koppenol
Teaching Staff dr. A.L. Tervoort
dr. N.F.F. Karrouche
dr. C.M. van den Akker
dr. A.C. Flipse
dr. H.M.E.P. Kuijpers
prof. dr. J.M. Koppenol
prof. dr. F.H. van Lunteren

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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