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Master of History

Learning outcomes

Masters of History

• [core competence 1: historical frame of reference] have advanced knowledge of a specific domain in European or world history since the Middle Ages and can independently expand this knowledge, also in other domains
• [core competence 2: historical-critical thinking] have acquired a problem-setting, scientific and historically critical attitude. Therefore they can creatively and innovatively participate in the scientific debate based on their research experience, knowledge of the historical debate and insight in the epistemological background of their discipline
• [core competence 3: research skills] can efficiently and innovatively apply historical research methods and auxiliary sciences when analysing complex historical and current problems starting from the spatial and temporal identity of the source material.
• [core competence 4: multi-disciplinarity] can explain complex historical developments by combining their advanced historical insight with their advanced command of relevant theories and insights from other disciplines, in particular behavioural and cultural sciences.
• [core competence 5: place in society] can reflect on the role of the past and of historical research in current social debates at different levels (local and global) starting from their epistemological background and historical research experience. Based on this they can enrich these debates with original insights developed from independent historical research

The core competences above are developed further in a list of 13 competences that represent a whole of knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Historical frame of reference

1. The master has a general knowledge of and insight in world history and has acquired a specialized and deepened knowledge of a period and a domain. He/she can efficiently expand this knowledge and insights in function of original scientific questions.

Historical-critical thinking

2. The master has the ability to independently formulate an original scientific question and design an appropriate research strategy.

3. The master has thorough knowledge of and insight into epistemological components of historical research.

4. The master has developed the attitude to actively participate, based on their epistemological background and concrete historical research experience, in the scientific debate and has the required knowledge and skills to do so.

5. The master has an advanced knowledge of and insight in the main scientific debates related to their chosen specialization.

6. The master has the knowledge, skills and attitude to efficiently expand his/her knowledge and insight in a process of lifelong learning.

Research skills

7. The master has (for the specialization chosen in the Master) a thorough and deepened knowledge of and insight into historical criticism, heuristics and the relevant historical auxiliary sciences and has the skill and attitude to efficiently expand this knowledge in function of a specific scientific question.

8. The master has the skill to creatively and innovatively develop historical research to test a historical question and this based on data gathered from original source material, literature and/or an abundance of information channels and sources.

9. The master has the advanced skills to apply specific auxiliary sciences and knowledge of historical languages that are vital to the specialization chosen in the Master.

Multi-disciplinarity

10. The master has a thorough insight into the relevant theories and insights of behavioural and cultural sciences in function of the specialization chosen in the Master.

Place in society

11. The master has thorough insight into the different fundamental developments in society that relate to the specialization chosen in the Master.

12. The master has developed the attitude to actively participate, based on their epistemological background and concrete historical research experience, in the social debate and has the required knowledge and skills to do so.

13. The master is able to reflect on the role of the historian (and history) in behavioural and cultural sciences and in society in a broader sense.