Majors in Humanities

EUC Humanities

The majors of the Humanities Department are rooted in an interdisciplinary Liberal Arts programme that combines Political Philosophy and Critical Theory on the one hand and Cultural analysis and Media Studies (Literature, Arts, Photography, Film, Television, Social Media, etc.) on the other hand.

The curriculum is structured around four recurring themes – technology, economy, culture and politics – that are combined in innovative courses rooted in our intellectual heritage. Students thus gain extensive knowledge of, and learn to critically reflect on, the historical processes and social developments as well as the institutions and interfaces that have shaped today’s world and continue to shape the 21st century.

The Humanities Department offers 6 majors:

  • The curriculum is structured around four recurring themes – technology, economy, culture and politics – that are combined in innovative courses rooted in our intellectual heritage. Students thus gain extensive knowledge of, and learn to critically reflect on, the historical processes and social developments as well as the institutions and interfaces that have shaped today’s world and continue to shape the 21st century.

    The majors and minors in the Humanities Department are designed to educate the critical thinkers, cultural entrepreneurs, ethical managers and informed citizens of tomorrow.  They will open a wide variety of diverse career paths to our students in fields such as academia, the cultural sector, media & communication or the creative economy.

    Moreover, the intellectual versatility, the capacity to reflect on and see through complex problems and the reading and writing skills acquired in and through the humanities will benefit our students in whatever position they may find themselves later on in their lives. As medical doctors they will be trained in assessing ethical dilemmas; as managers they will be able to critically reflect on their own judgments and those of others; as CEOs or entrepreneurs they will be able to formulate inspiring visions while taking their feasibility into account; and as politicians they will be able to convincingly convey their message and find flaws in the opponent’s rhetoric. An education in the Humanities is therefore pivotal to any professional in our fast-changing and highly complex 21st century.

    Entry requirement

    The major Humanities has no entry requirement.

    Coordinator: Dr R. van den Akker

    Mandatory courses for the major in Humanities at 200 level (20 EC)

    • Critical Theory
    • Late Modernity: Globalisation, Neoliberalisation & Mediatisation
    • Qualitative Research
    • Intermediate Statistics I

    Additionally, 40 EC of which at least 20 EC at 300 level offered by and/or recognised by the Humanities department:

    • Feminist Philosophy: Bodies, Boundaries, and Beyond (300 level)
    • Post-Colonial Theory: Critical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level)
    • Revolutions in World History (200 level)
    • The Avant-Garde: Experimental Art, Photography & Film (200 level)
    • Understanding Contemporary Art (200 level)
    • Aesthetics & Politics: A Genealogy of Social Order (300 level)
    • Watching Film and Television: Analysing Visual Culture (300 level)
    • Early Modern Political Philosophy (200 level)
    • Contemporary Political Philosophy (300 level)
    • The Climate Crisis: Ecology, Economy & Politics in the Anthropocene (200 level)
    • Foundations of Political Economy (200 level)
    • Data Visualisation (200 level)
    • Multiple Modernities: Historical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level)
    • Digital Cultures & Information Wars: Algorithms, Memes & More (300 level)
    • Literature & Politics (200 level)
    • Analysing Contemporary Literature (200 level)
    • Images & Power: Foundations of Media Studies (300 level)
    • Close Reading Nietzsche: The Gay Science (300 level)
    • Intermediate Statistics II (200 level)
    • EUR minor that is approved by the HUM department (15 EC)
    • Off campus / exchange courses approved by the Head of the Humanities Department and the Examination Board (200 / 300 level)

    The major Humanities needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

  • The major Political Philosophy & Critical Theory aims to provide a broad but focussed programme that addresses the most relevant traditions in continental political thought of the past 500 years. In addition, it aims to bring into focus the tradition of critical thinking that emerged in the mid-19th century – including its many influences on, and adaptations by, other critical academic disciplines – along with the influence of this kind of thinking on contemporary academic and public debates. 

    In the courses on political philosophy, the focus is on such diverse issues as the notion of rights, sovereignty, governance, political institutions, freedom and equality, justice, democracy, and many others. Early Modern Political Philosophy, Contemporary Political Philosophy, and Modernity span Western political thought that emerged during the Renaissance up to the most recent and more internationally oriented theoretical perspectives on democracy and politics (i.e., from Machiavelli, Spinoza, Montesquieu and Rousseau, via Kant, Hegel and Marx, to Kelsen and Schmitt, Rawls, Habermas and Laclau). The course Aesthetics and Politics shows the intrinsic relationship between political theory and art theory from Ancient Greece (Plato, Aristotle) to Modernity (Schiller, Wagner).

    The critical theoretical line of this major revolves around the academic traditions that were initiated in the 19th century, with critiques of modern society, industrial capitalism and its accompanying bourgeois liberal culture (from Marx, Nietzsche and Freud). We focus on the continuation of this way of thinking in the works of scholars from the Frankfurt School (Adorno, Horkheimer, Marcuse), the French tradition that emerged in Vincennes, Paris (Foucault, Deleuze, Guattari, Rancière) and the Birmingham School (Williams, Hall, Gilroy). Other lines of critical thought that students will become acquainted with in this major are the perspectives of feminist philosophy and post-colonial theory, by reading texts from crucial feminist thinkers such as de Beauvoir, Butler, bell hooks and Haraway; and influential post-colonial authors such as Fanon, Said and Spivak.

    In general, this major prepares students to reflect critically on the history of the present, but also equips them to analyse their own time and their possible immediate future(s). For example, in the course Late Modernity students critically reflect on pressing issues in the here and now, such as neoliberalisation, precarisation, the debt economy, mediatisation and the climate crisis.

    Entry requirement

    The major Political Philosophy & Critical Theory has no entry requirement.

    Coordinator: Dr C. van der Veeke

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (15 EC)

    • Critical Theory
    • Late Modernity: Globalisation, Neoliberalisation & Mediatisation
    • Early Modern Political Philosophy

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (25 EC)

    • Contemporary Political Philosophy
    • Aesthetics & Politics: A Genealogy of Social Order
    • Close Reading Nietzsche: The Gay Science
    • Feminist Philosophy: Bodies, Binaries and Beyond
    • Post-Colonial Theory: Critical Perspectives from the Global South

    Additionally, 20 EC at 200/300 level in courses approved by the Head of the Humanities Department and the Examination Board.

    Recommended courses for the major Political Philosophy & Critical Theory

    • Understanding Politics (200 level)
    • The Climate Crisis: Ecology, Economy, and Politics in the Anthropocene (200 level)
    • Foundations of Political Economy (200 level)
    • Multiple Modernities: Historical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level)

    The major Political Philosophy & Critical Theory needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

    If you wish to follow a master programme at Erasmus School of Philosophy at EUR, you need to obtain a total of 60 ECs in philosophy-related courses. By taking the ACC course Modernity (5 EC), the mandatory courses in this major (40 EC) and the Capstone (15 EC), students meet this criterion.

    • The major in Cultural Analysis offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the critical analysis of contemporary culture. In the field of cultural studies, culture is defined as a constantly changing set of practices, to which meanings are given by the members of a society or group. These meanings are constructed, and structure the way people behave. Through the study of cultural phenomena, such as works of art and literature, TV & cinema, digital media, and popular culture, as well as the social, economic, political and historical contexts in which they are situated, students learn to analyse culture, with the aim to critically question its implied normativity. The major also provides students with a range of theoretical perspectives from which to approach cultural texts, by drawing from history and medium-specific-, aesthetic-, critical-, post-colonial- and feminist theory. In doing so, this major provides students with the critical tools to read cultural texts, and in addition makes visible the position of the researcher, in this case the students themselves, as situated in a specific cultural context which influences their own meaning making. This is a key skill for critical world citizenship in the twenty-first century. The major in Cultural Analysis prepares students for further studies in the fields of art history and cultural theory, media and cultural studies, and visual culture.

      Entry requirement

      The major Cultural Analysis has no entry requirement.

      Coordinator: T. de Groot

      Mandatory courses at 200 level (15 EC)

      • Critical Theory
      • Images & Power: Foundations of Media Studies
      • Late Modernity: Globalisation, Neoliberalisation & Mediatisation

      Mandatory courses at 300 level (5 EC)

      • Feminist Philosophy: Bodies, Binaries & Beyond or Post-Colonial Theory: Critical Perspectives from the Global South

      Additionally, 40 EC of which at least 15 EC in courses at 300 level from the following options:

      • The Avant-Garde: Experimental Art, Photography & Film (200 level)
      • Understanding Contemporary Art (200 level)
      • Aesthetics & Politics: A Genealogy of Social Order (300 level)
      • Literature & Politics (200 level)
      • Revolutions in World History (200 level)
      • Analysing Contemporary Literature (200 level)
      • Digital Cultures & Information Wars: Algorithms, Memes & More (300 level) 
      • Multiple Modernities: Historical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level)
      • Watching Film & Television: Analysing Visual Culture (300 level)
      • Close Reading Nietzsche: The Gay Science (300 level)
      • Data Visualisation (200 level)
      • Qualitative Research (200 level)
      • Intermediate Statistics I (200 level)
      • EUR minor that is approved by the Head of the Humanities Department (15 EC)
      • Off campus / exchange courses approved by the Head of the Humanities Department and the Examination Board (200 / 300 level)

      The major Cultural Analysis needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

    • The major in Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) is intended for students with a keen interest in diverse perspectives on contemporary issues. By combining courses from the departments of Humanities, Economics & Business and Social & Behavioural Sciences, students will gain insight in the various ways in which these respective disciplines frame and analyse, the social, economic and political developments that have shaped societies in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Throughout the major, students address themes that are pivotal to understanding today’s world – from the emergence of industrial societies and the rise of network societies to micro- and macroeconomy and from globalisation and international relations to political economies and policy frameworks. Students also discuss the works of classical scholars such as Plato and Aristotle, Adam Smith and Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim, alongside various other key texts from the disciplines of philosophy, economy and social sciences.

      The PPE major thus offers a comprehensive introduction to the core subjects in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, augmented by (interdisciplinary) courses on themes and subjects that cross the boundaries between these fields, as well as skills courses. To reflect this multi- and interdisciplinary nature, students are asked to choose from each discipline the following core courses, as well as 15 EC in electives from within the fields.

      Entry requirement

      For the PPE major it is required to successfully complete the EUC course INT200 Mathematics.

      Coordinator: Dr Robin van den Akker

      Mandatory courses at 200 level (60 EC)

      • Microeconomics
      • Macroeconomics
      • Foundations of Political Economy
      • Late Modernity
      • Critical Theory
      • Understanding Politics
      • International Relations
      • Political Institutions & Public Governance
      • Early Modern Political Philosophy
      • Intermediate Statistics I
      • Intermediate Statistics II, or Principles of Econometrics
      • Qualitative Methods

      Mandatory courses at 300 level (15 EC)

      • International Economics
      • Contemporary Political Philosophy
      • Aesthetics & Politics

      Additionally at least 15 EC in courses at 200/300 level, with at least 5 EC on 300 level, choose from:

      • The Climate Crisis: Ecology, Economics & Politics in the Anthropocene (200 level)
      • Applied Game Theory (200 level)
      • Behavioural Economics (200 level)
      • Feminist Philosophy: Bodies, Boundaries & Beyond (300 level)
      • Post-Colonial Theory: Critical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level)
      • Multiple Modernities: Historical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level)
      • Close Reading Nietzsche (300 level)
      • Conflict Resolution (300 level)
      • Security studies (300 level)
      • Global view on Migration (300 level)
      • Islam: a Political History (300 level)
      • Middle East Politics (300 level)
      • History, Politics & Economics of European Integration (300 level)
      • Economics of Markets & Organisations (300 level)
      • Impact Evaluation (300 level)
      • Off campus / exchange courses approved by the Head of the Humanities Department and the Examination Board (200/300 level)

      The major Philosophy, Politics & Economics needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

    The programme’s majors, minors, and workshops are designed to educate the critical thinkers, creative entrepreneurs, ethical managers and informed citizens of tomorrow.  The various Humanities majors and the double major Philosophy, Politics & Economics will open very diverse and a wide variety of career paths to our students. Especially since the intellectual versatility, the capacity to reflect on and see through complex problems, and the reading and writing skills acquired in and through the humanities, are in high demand on the contemporary job market. 

    Contact the coordinator of the Humanities majors: Robin van den Akker.