Key Texts in History & International Studies


Course Objective

Interpreting texts of important thinkers in the past. Critical analysis
of sources. Developing a scholarly opinion in discussion, peerreviews
and an individual research report.

Course Content

Professional historians have to play an active role in society. This
course helps to develop a kind of academic citizenship in an
international context. Students read and reflect on influential texts of
political and philosophical thinkers in the past. They are invited to
assess these historical classics not just as prerunners of modern
culture, but primarily as participants in former societies in their own

Teaching Methods

Lectures and seminars. Visiting a symposium and participating in a paper

Method of Assessment

Two essays of 1500 words each (50%); final paper of 3500 words (50%).
Grade will be rounded off by score of participation in seminar and


Texts will be made available in Canvas.

Target Audience

Students BA1 History and International Studies.

General Information

Course Code L_GABAGES128
Credits 6 EC
Period P3
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. A.L. Tervoort
Examiner prof. dr. F.A. van Lieburg
Teaching Staff dr. A.L. Tervoort

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Seminar*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

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