Historiographical Debates in European History 1
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Course moduleLET-GESB2106-CEH
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; History;
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dr. L. van Heumen
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dr. L. van Heumen
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dr. L. van Heumen
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dr. L. van Heumen
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dr. L.S. van Raaij
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Academic year2021
PER 1  (30/08/2021 to 07/11/2021)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksAccessible to exchange students
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Course objectives:
Upon completion of this course, you are able to:
  • indicate the significance of the historiography of migration in the scientific and societal debate
  • test literature for correctness, scope, consistency, and originality, and thereby assess the persuasiveness of historiographical texts
  • appoint the positionality of the scientific judgment of yourself and others
  • independently prepare and conduct a historiographical analysis
  • present results both orally and in writing.
For several decades, migration has been a hotly debated theme in society; it’s a subject that is fraught with opinions and emotions. Migration research is therefore a good example of a research area in which the results of historical studies are not blindly accepted by society.
In this course, we look at the connection between migration research and public opinion, but also at the historiographical development of migration research. Under pressure from the opinions and questions of larger society, this historiography has developed rapidly in the past half a century.
You will learn to interpret trends in migration research and to understand the most important concepts and historical models. You will learn to analyze recent professional literature on migration and to discuss it in context. You will also gain insight into how the concepts and models are used – and sometimes misused – in the public debate.
Lectures primarily provide content about the historical backgrounds of migration, about the historiographical debate surrounding migration, and about the interaction between scientific debate and society. In addition, core concepts and models from migration research are discussed in relation to their historiographical context.
In the seminars (based partly on the historical knowledge and historiographical overview from the lectures), you will analyze professional literature on the theme and practice writing a historiographical paper. We will also investigate the role that migration plays in the current societal debate.

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information
  • Historiographic paper about a subject from migration research [40%]
  • Poster presentation of the research design [10%]
  • Knowledge exam [50%]

Recommended materials

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight100
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 1, Block PER 2

Minimum grade