Violence: historical perspectives
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Course moduleLET-HLCS-HS02
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Graduate School;
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dr. K. Ihnat
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dr. K. Ihnat
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dr. K. Ihnat
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dr. K. Ihnat
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prof. dr. P.J. Keppy
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Academic year2023
PER 1  (04/09/2023 to 05/11/2023)
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Course open to students from other facultiesNo
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Students learn to critically evaluate international literature, and they learn to reflect on the merits of interdisciplinary approaches to a specific topic: violence in history. Through the course they learn
  • To gain a quick grasp on the approach adopted by leading scholars of a particular field and to recognize the inherent risks and limits of such an approach;
  • To present your findings, to defend your interpretations, yet also to improve and enrich your views by engaging in the discussion with your colleagues and professors;
  • To practice with interdisciplinarity by writing an essay combining the insights from two classes;
  • To apply the English academic language skills (written and oral) that are needed to participate in academic debatesin the field of Historical Studies.

In this course, the students learn to approach a particular historical subject from various disciplinary angles. By doing this, they learn to appreciate the theoretical perspectives and the methodological toolboxes of different disciplinary approaches within historical scholarship. By contrasting these different approaches in class discussions and assignments students will be able to develop the optimal theoretical underpinning of their own research project. In this course, we address a diachronic topic: the history of violence. Violence will be studied in its many forms and implications both at an interpersonal and state level through the reading of groundbreaking historical studies, introduced by leading scholars at our faculty. Thus, students will look at the forms and the role of (state) violence in Antiquity, Middle Ages, and the Twentieth Century. They will, e.g., consider the interconnections between religion and violence, as well as the sublimation of violence in sports and the use of statistics in claiming that violence is still declining worldwide. In their concluding essay, students will explore and demonstrate their newly acquired interdisciplinary insights by connecting two of the presented approaches in a case-based essay.

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OpportunitiesBlock PER 1, Block PER 2

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