Course ObjectiveThe 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 ContentThis 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 MethodsLectures and seminars
Method of AssessmentMid-term exam (25%) & Written exam (75%)
LiteratureMark Day, The Philosophy of History. An Introduction (London and New
York: Continuum, 2008).
Target AudienceBa Geschiedenis; Ba History and International Studies; All interested
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||dr. C.M. van den Akker|
|Examiner||dr. C.M. van den Akker|
dr. C.M. van den Akker
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|Teaching Methods||Seminar, Lecture|
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