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Humanities core curriculum

The Humanities core curriculum has a dual purpose. On the one hand, you will develop insight into the humanities character and origin of your degree programme and, on the other hand, increase your knowledge of the value of the humanities in contemporary society. The humanities have an important social role to play as bearers and transmitters of culture. The core curriculum contributes to the knowledge, skills, insights and attitudes that are formed within this context and which transcend the limits of your own major or discipline. This curriculum consists of three courses of 5 EC each:

Course 1: philosophical reflection

This course explores the foundations and boundaries of your own programme discipline through philosophical reflection. The objective is to promote a critical, academic, inquisitive attitude, both with regards to knowledge and to your own learning process. This course is given in B1 and B2.

Course 2: knowledge and insight in the humanities

Four courses have been designed from which you can choose. These courses are given in the first semester of B2 in the form of lectures and the assessment method is a written examination.

Lecture hours: Tuesday afternoon from 3.45 to 6.30 pm
Examination: Tuesday 16 January 2018, 3.45-6:30 pm
Resit: Tuesday 27 March 2018, 3:45-6:30 pm.

You can choose from the following courses:

Course 3: humanities and society

Humanities and society is comprised of two parts and is taught annually in the second semester of B3. In the first part of the course, “The critical academic” (period 3), you will learn to reflect on the societal relevance of the humanities in general and of your own dicispline in particular. The second part of the course, “The academic in the workplace” (period 4), is focused on career orientation.

For courses 2 and 3:
If you are going abroad for a semester, and are unable to take courses 2 and 3 of the Humanties core curriculum, then you can submit a request to the Examination Board to follow a replacement course. However, the content of such a course must fit in with the rest of your degree programme, which is to be assessed by the Examination Board.

For course 3: This course is taught in the second semester of B3 by different lecturers, depending on the programme.

If you know already at an early stage that you will go abroad in your third year, then you can submit a request to the Examination Board to be allowed to take course 3 in your B2.

If you were unable to make such an arrangement before your departure or if you have failed to pass this course in your first try, you will in principle have to do this course in your fourth year. If you are unable to do so or do not wish to wait until the second semester of your fourth academic year, you can, in some cases, select a course from the first semester to replace course 3. Such a request must first be discussed with the study advisor, after which you can request approval from the Examination Board. You are only eligible for such an arrangement if you meet the following criteria:

You must demonstrate that this is the only course you still need to complete in the second semester. If more course modules are still open for the second semester or if so many are still open that it is unlikely that you will be able to complete everything in one semester, you must wait until the course is offered again. You must have very good reasons for not taking or passing course 3 in the second semester of B3 and thoroughly explain this in order for the Examination Board to grant approval.