Theoretical Turns in the Humanities
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-HLCS-A10
Credits (ECTS)10
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Graduate School;
prof. dr. O.J. Hekster
Other course modules lecturer
dr. L. Munteán
Other course modules lecturer
dr. L. Munteán
Other course modules lecturer
dr. L. Munteán
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. L. Munteán
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2022
PER 1-PER 2  (05/09/2022 to 29/01/2023)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
·       Upon completion of this course, students will have advanced knowledge of perspectives, theories, concepts, and paradigm shifts in the Humanities.
·       Students will be able to reflect on the relevance of influential theories to humanities research and understand the nuances and multiple dimensions of these theories in             an interdisciplinary context.
·       In class, students will participate in interdisciplinary discussions in English on the relevance of theory both for disciplinary and interdisciplinary research.
·       Students will be able to develop a relevant research question and to research a topic in their field based on relevant theoretical concepts.
·       Students will improve their English academic writing skills through written assignments that are integrated into the curriculum.
·       Students will develop the English academic language skills that are needed to participate in academic debates in the field of the Humanities.
In this course, we will carefully read and discuss works by various theoreticians who have shaped the Humanities - coming from such intellectual traditions as hermeneutics, critical theory, structuralism and poststructuralism. We will also reflect on the implicit ideological assumptions of the epistemologies in the Humanities. This will lead us to the question of how humanities research can position itself in relation to societal debates. Moreover, we will discuss the need for scholars from various humanities fields to (self-) critically reflect on their own positions and methods, considering such fundamental questions as
·       to what extent do these theories provide insights that are (still) of use to research across disciplines?;
·       how do our respective disciplines differ from each other and how do we define interdisciplinarity?;
·       what distinguishes the Humanities from other academic fields?;
·       how and to what extent have implicit ideological assumptions in these texts been challenged, nuanced or enriched by more recent theoreticians?
In order to develop their academic English skills, students receive special seminars by dr. Edith Schouten (Radboud In’to), in which the following aspects will be covered: common grammatical problems, sentence structure and punctuation, academic vocabulary, paragraph structure, coherence, flow and style. Students are expected to write, edit and peer review texts regularly. Students are also encouraged to work on their final HLCS assignments and consult the relevant literature.

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information


Required materials
Title:Articles, which will be made available at the beginning of the course.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight100
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 2, Block PER 3

Minimum grade