Part I initiates the students in the most relevant sources for the study of modern Belgium. The students learn about the important archival institutions and the basis of the relevant legislation. They learn how to find information about persons and municipalities. They learn about parliamentary sources, judicial archives, Church archives and the press.
Part II consist of 6 sessions and covers the period from ca. 1900 to the present. The course is divided into two major themes: archival documents and oral sources. The first two sessions introduce students to archival documents both in original languages as well as in sources available in European languages. Then diplomatic sources will be introduced. And finally students are taught where to find secondary sources related to this geographic area and time span. The second part of the course focuses on less traditional methods to gather primary research data. It discusses oral sources, human rights reports, and social media. Students are introduced to sources that provide such data and learn about the shortcomings and possibilities, as well as the political use of such methods in particular in the modern Middle East.