General History


Course Objective

Knowledge and insight in the development of world history and
civilizations from antiquity to the present day from a
cultural, religious, political, economic and social perspectives.
Acquire basic knowledge necessary for a better understanding of the
historical background of different civilizations and their interacting.

Course Content

The course 'general history offers a brief orientation in global
history, its general trends from the Antiquity to
the present, and its current methods and historiography. The course
focuses on the main trends in the history of civilzations all over the
world and deliberatedly avoids an European centred world view. Working
from the heritage available in Dutch museums the lectures illucidate
what we know and what we don't know of our common past. We approach
world history by looking at the world of Antiquity, world religions,
cultural and scientific history, political, social and economic history
and world history from a anthropological perspective.

Teaching Methods

Lectures in the English language.

Method of Assessment

Assignments (25%) and final exam (75%). Class participation is mandatory

Entry Requirements

First year completed.


J.R.McNeill & William H. McNeill, The Human Web. A bird's-eye view of
World History. Norton, New York/London 2003.

Target Audience

This minor is open to third year BA students from all disciplines.

Additional Information

This course is the first course in the minor History. It offers an
introduction to the minor and to the study of world history.

General Information

Course Code L_GABAALG013
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. S.W. Verstegen
Examiner dr. S.W. Verstegen
Teaching Staff dr. S.W. Verstegen

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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