|Course code module||FLWG002850|
|Study load (hours)||168|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
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2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
The course aims to provide knowledge and, even more so, insight, in order that the student could analyse and interpret today’s society in a personal and critical manner, and in historical perspective.
3. Course content
The course aims to provide knowledge and, even more so, insight into the principal developments in Western societies from the mid-18th century to the end of the Second World War. The course is structured around two central topics, i.e. freedom and reason, which constituted the basis for the emergence of modern Western societies. Reason and freedom, however, are not unequivocally positive terms. Rationality leads to madness, freedom to oppression. On the basis of the principal socioeconomic, political and cultural developments, the course will outline the characteristics and the development of the Western European societal model in its interaction with the rest of the world.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: LecturesSeminars (possible question and answer sessions)Skills training
Personal work: Assignments - in groupSupervised self-study
5. Assessment method
Exam: Written, without oral presentation
Continuous assessment: Assignments
6. Compulsory reading – study material
- B. Altena en D. Van Lente, Vrijheid en rede. Geschiedenis van de Westerse samenlevingen, 1750-1989, Hilversum, 2003.
- Reader with compulsory texts compiled by the lecturer
- Student lecture notes.
7. Recommended reading - study material
- Cf. bibliography in the course book and bibliographical references provided by the lecturer.