Learning outcomes: after completing the course, students will have:
Learning objectives and skills: after completing the course, students will be able to:
- knowledge of a relevant historical case study pertaining to the specialised topic;
- knowledge and understanding of the historical context of the specialised topic;
- basic knowledge of the theoretical discourse around the course topic;
- knowledge of methods relevant to the study of this specialised topic;
- knowledge of the latest scholarship: current historiographical issues;
- skills to conduct independent research on a historical topic on the basis of a research question formulated on their own and using historical sources;
- basic skills in the application of theories to historical material;
- basic skills in data analysis and use of requisite tools in a historical context;
- a skills set enabling them to think, act and communicate at an academic level and in line with academic standards of conduct ('academic integrity').
- find and assess relevant scholarly articles and historical sources;
- define their own research topic that fits within the course topic;
- formulate a clear research question;
- conduct research based on primary and other sources and anchored in the historiography;
- independently plan and conduct research
- analyse primary sources and literature in relation to the research question;
- draw conclusions on the basis of previous arguments;
- present the results of this research in writing at an academic level;
- give and receive feedback (peer review) on parts of research papers.
This is the second course of Specialisation 6: Globalisation and World Order |
(English track International Relations).
Priority rules apply to this course. Make sure you register for this course before 17 June 12.00 p.m. to be considered for enrollment.
Students who major in History, TCS or LAS and take this course as part of their specialization, and pre-master’s students are guaranteed a place.
Other students will be placed through random selection.
LAS and TCS students who follow this course as part of the core curriculum of their major, need to complete a compulsory preparation course/assignment. See for more information: https://tcs.sites.uu.nl/
This research seminar concentrates on the way conceptions of human rights have developed, and how they have determined worldwide international relations. Since the end of the 19th century, ideas on human rights and the obligation to develop have played an increasingly large role in international relations. Intellectuals and state officials in all parts of the world have let themselves be led by these notions – even in the era of imperialism, when colonial rulers formulated the obligation to develop their colonies. In non-western countries, too, ideas on equality, human rights and development became increasingly prominent, also as a part of the battle against colonial domination. The mission of promoting peace and development in the world became even stronger after decolonisation, and is reflected by developmental aid and humanitarian interventions in conflict zones. Students take an in-depth look at the backgrounds to humanitarian thought, and the various ways it manifests itself. They not only look at the formal relations between states, but also at non-state actors, such as businesses and NGOs, with attention to both western and non-western actors. Students use literature, published sources and archives to conduct research on a specific case of developmental relations or humanitarian intervention.
Early Exit option (5 ECTS)
Exchange students who are required to return to their home university before January, are allowed to choose an Early Exit option for this course. The Early Exit option means that students can finish the course before Christmas break, receiving 5 ECTS for the course. Students must make arrangements with the course coordinator at the start of the course.