Theory of History

2019-2020

Course Objective

The goal of this course is to acquire (i) an understanding of the
conceptual underpinnings of history as an academic discipline and the
debates about it; and (ii) the ability to take a position in those
debates and present arguments for it.

Course Content

This course provides an overview of the conceptual underpinnings of
history as an academic discipline. Its focus is on concepts such as
interpretation, explanation, causality, narrative, truth and
objectivity. Students are encouraged to take a position in the debate
about the two questions that are central in this course: Is history a
science? And: How is history different from other academic disciplines?

Teaching Methods

Lectures and seminars

Method of Assessment

Mid-term exam (25%) & Written exam (75%)

Literature

Mark Day, The Philosophy of History. An Introduction (London and New
York: Continuum, 2008).

Target Audience

Ba Geschiedenis; Ba History and International Studies; All interested

General Information

Course Code L_GCBAGES218
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. C.M. van den Akker
Examiner dr. C.M. van den Akker
Teaching Staff dr. C.M. van den Akker

Practical Information

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Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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