Dutch-taught Master of History
Historical frame of reference
The Master has 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.
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.
The Master has acquired a problem-setting, scientific and historically critical attitude. Therefore he/she can creatively and innovatively participate in the scientific debate based on his/her research experience, knowledge of the historical debate and insight in the epistemological background of his/her discipline.
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 his/her 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 his/her 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.
The Master 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.
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.
The Master can explain complex historical developments by combining his/her advanced historical insight with his/her advanced command of relevant theories and insights from other disciplines, in particular behavioural and cultural sciences.
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
The Master can reflect on the role of the past and of historical research in current social debates at different levels (local and global) starting from his/her epistemological background and historical research experience. Based on this he/she can enrich these debates with original insights developed from independent historical research.
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 his/her 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.
14. The Master has a number of historical competences that can be put to use in a broad field of professions, such as quickly recognizing patterns in complex information, placing current phenomena in the broader context and in their development, distinguishing main issues from side-issues and forming a synthesis. As such the Master of history is able to make an original contribution to the study field and to translate this outside of the strictly historical field to an audience of specialists and non-specialists.