840079 :Perspectives on Europe


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Distance Course (Online) (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: Three written assignments and a final presentation (Geen informatie over tentamendata bekend)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Inschrijven via Blackboard voor aanvang colleges
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dr. D.J.M.S. Janssens (coördinator)

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

After completing the course 'Perspectives on Europe', the student is able:

  1. To interpret a number of state-of-the art papers in political and cultural history, philosophy, cultural anthropology; theory of art; literary theory; religious studies and classical studies.
  2. To discuss the theoretical frameworks outlined in these papers.
  3. To discuss the following key concepts presented in these papers: media orthodoxy; the ideological justification of imperialism and colonization; cultural hybridity; the manipulation of history; cosmopolitanism; Orientalism and Occidentalism; the construction of social space; stereotyping,  othering and the geography of difference; the online construction of cultural and political identity; the role of epic in the construction of cultural and political identity;.
  4. To assess the value and significance of these concepts and frameworks for understanding the construction of European (cultural, political, social, ideological and historical) identity.
  5. To apply the concepts and theoretical frameworks to contemporary phenomena connected with the construction of European (cultural, political, social, ideological and historical) identity.
  6. To report orally and in writing on the results of this application.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The main aim of the Humanities Major Distance Course (DC) is to encourage Liberal Arts and Sciences students - both those who are going abroad and those who stay in the Netherlands - to apply and expand the knowledge and skills they have developed in the first two years of the LAS Bachelor. The general question students are asked to explore and answer is: how is 'Europe' (i.e., European identity, history, politics, culture, society, mentality, ideology) perceived from non-European perspectives? The question of European identity is at the core of the entire LAS program at Tilburg University. Within Europe, however, this question is generally (and understandably) approached from a euro-centric perspective. However, there is no good reason why this perspective is or should be superior to other, non-European perspectives. Indeed, it could be argued that the latter are no less valuable in exploring the question of European identity. In fact, several courses in the LAS Humanities Major already incorporate such non-European perspectives (think of "Islam and the Making of Europe", "Modern Age: The Impact of Colonialism on 19th-Century European Culture", "Middle Ages: at the Theological- Political Crossroads", etc...). The DC is designed to deepen and expand this defining aspect of the Humanities Major. Upon completion of the course, students will have honed and refined the various skills developed in the Humanities Major, and expanded your knowledge of the various ways in which the question of European identity is explored.

The Distance Course provides a series of eleven assignments based on the Humanities Major courses, from which students are required to select and complete three. A fourth assignment consists in giving an oral presentation at the end of the semester.

The Distance Course consists of three parts:

1. Preparation
Prior to the summer recess (mid-June), there are three mandatory three-hour meetings with the course instructor. During these meetings, students will be briefed on the course objectives and the general approach. More importantly, together with the instructor they will study and discuss a series of documents and assignments (supplied by the HM instructors and based on their courses), and be asked to select three assignments to complete during the semester.

2. Execution
During the first semester, students are required to complete the three assignments of their choice (in the order of their choice). In the process of completing their assignments, they will receive feedback and assistance from the instructor and the student assistant, who will help by monitoring their progress and providing feedback and advice on the assignments.

3. Conclusion
At the end of the semester, students will be required to report on their findings. Using the material they have gathered in completing the assignments, they will prepare an oral presentation to be delivered during a concluding colloquium.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

For each of the three written assignments, students are required to first submit a draft. The draft will be returned to them with comments and suggestions by the instructor, after which they will prepare the final version.
Submitting late (either the draft or the final version) will result in 10% of the grade being deducted per day late.
Each of the three assignments constitutes 25% of the final grade. The presentation constitutes another 25%, adding up to a total of 100%.
There is no resit for the Distance Course.


Verplichte literatuur

  1. A reader with the required materials will be made available..

Vereiste voorkennis


Verplicht voor

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Humanities: European History and Culture ( 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )