History of the Contemporary Period

Course Code :1012FLWGES
Study domain:History
Bi-anuall course:Taught in academic years starting in an even year
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Hilde Greefs

3. Course contents *

The course aims to provide knowledge of and, even more so, insight into the principal developments in Western societies from the mid-18th century to the end of the Second World War. The course is structured around two central topics, i.e. freedom and reason, which constituted the basis for the emergence of modern Western societies. Reason and freedom, however, are not unequivocally positive terms. Rationality leads to madness, freedom to oppression. On the basis of the principal socioeconomic, political and cultural developments, the course will outline the characteristics and the development of the Western European societal model in its interaction with the rest of the world.

Reading seminars of contemporary documents and of articles written in French, English or German complement the main course. These intend an in-depth study of specific topics, as well as to offer a more global perspective on European developments.