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Humanities Lab 101


Admission requirements

This course is available for students of the Humanities Lab.
If you have received your propaedeutic diploma within one academic year, your academic results are good and you are a very motivated student, you may apply for a place in the Humanities Lab.


This introductory module explores a variety of questions concerning human beings, drawing on different theoretical approaches in the Humanities — the ensemble of disciplines studying human cultural practices and their products. These approaches include Philosophy, History, Literature studies, Linguistics, Art and Cultural studies, while also incorporating insights from disciplines such as Anthropology, Psychology, and Biology. The course combines online lectures with small workgroups in which students from different disciplines work together on weekly discussion assignments.

Course objectives

  • Familiarize students with different theoretical approaches to cultural phenomena, both inside and outside the Humanities.

  • Introduce students to key problems in different fields of the Humanities, including questions about possible effects of globalization and digitalization.

  • Explore the relationship (both historically and conceptually) between the Humanities and other disciplines, including natural sciences.

  • Present students with a number of tools (case studies, thought-experiments, new concepts etc.) for critical thinking.

  • Train students in applying insights from the Humanities to topical problems in science and society.


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Courses of the Humanities Lab are scheduled on Friday afternoon from 13.30 to 17.00hrs.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

Assessment method


  • Attendance and active participation (10%)

  • Weekly assignments (20%)

  • Two presentations (70%)


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average


If the final grade is insufficient, a resit will be offered in the form of a written paper.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

A syllabus with required and optional readings will be made available through Brightspace.


Students of the Humanities Lab will be registered in uSis by the administration of the Humanities Lab. More information about registration for courses will be provided by email and on Brightspace (in the general Humanities Lab Brightspace module).
General information about uSis is available on the website.

Registration Studeren à la carte en Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Contact information Dr. J.J.M. Sleutels
Humanities Lab office: e-mail


All other information.
This course is part of the Humanities Lab programme, visit the website for more information.
Visit the Honours Academy website for more information about the Honours College.