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Key modules

Expedition biedt de keuze uit negen thema's voor de invulling van jouw key modules. Je kiest twee van deze thema's van elk 5 ec.

Culture and climate

Het debat over klimaatverandering beperkt zich niet tot de exacte wetenschap. Het leidt ook tot politieke en morele kritiek op kapitalistische normen en de consumptiemaatschappij. Maar deze politisering van het klimaatdebat is minder uniek dan we soms denken.

Why we rule the world, and how

This module is not about political or military leadership. It addresses layers of normativity at a much deeper, metaphysical level. We ‘rule the world’ as we bend reality to comply with models and norms, with rules and regulations.

French Worldwide: Language, culture and identity

What does it mean to speak (and write in) French in the francophone ‘periphery’ (i.e. the French-speaking world outside France, supposedly the centre of power)? How do the various francophone contexts influence language, identities and cultures? Can the debates around ‘francophonie’ inform our contemporary considerations and concerns about global power?

Things to do with texts

How can living nature be captured in word and image? Do illustrations enhance the understanding of texts, or do they replace written descriptions altogether? These were essential questions for early modern ‘biologists’ (then called natural historians) who wished to record and transmit knowledge about the natural world.This theme explores the developments in the textual and visual depiction of living nature from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century.

Language, power and identity

What is the difference between a language and a dialect, and who decides? Why do certain forms of language play a central role in the ways we think about ourselves and identify others? Language is an essential part of our identity.

War and peace

Whether we like it or not, wars are focal points in human history. They may totally disrupt both the lives of individuals and the fabric of societies. Still, people sometimes feel that war is sometimes justified or even necessary. On what basis is warfare considered to be legitimate?

Languages, stories, and songbirds

Cultuur bestaat bij gratie van communicatie. Als mensen geen efficiënt communicatiesysteem (taal) zouden hebben, zou er geen onderwijs zijn, zouden onze vriendschappen er heel anders uitzien en zouden we geen gemeenschappelijke bouwwerken zoals de wetenschap kunnen maken.

Art and literature in a technological world

De snelle technologische ontwikkelingen in de moderne tijd brengen ook grote en snelle veranderingen teweeg in literatuur en kunst, die een onlosmakelijk deel zijn van onze samenleving, onze cultuur en van wie en wat we zijn als mens.

Religion and enlightenment

The eighteenth century is usually known as the age of reason. However, it was a religious age as well. A small elite of philosophers such as Voltaire, Rousseau, and Hume did not hesitate to fiercely criticize revealed religion and the ecclesiastical institutions based on it. To be true, the relationship between religion and enlightenment is more complicated.

Race and Racism: Asian Perspectives

The concept of ‘race’ tends to be mostly associated with scholarship on Europe and North America, yet race and racism are equally central to Asian societies and history. This module examines the concepts of race and racism in the context of Asia.


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