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Literature Seminar Social History


Admission requirements

This course is part of the (Res)MA History Programme. Students from within the specialization the course belongs to have right of way. It is not accessible for BA students.


This course offers an introduction to social history and is compulsory for students who are completing the MA in Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence. The course will provide a forum for extensive debate about various theoretical concepts and analytical tools relating to social history.

Themes such as identity, intersectionality, gender, urbanity, transnationalism, migrant networks, colonial legacies, forced migration, and anti-immigration will all feature in the assigned literature, which will consist mostly of journal articles. Different levels of analysis will be used to consider these themes, from an urban/local to national, European, and a global perspective. Students will be expected to discuss what history can contribute to societal issues in seminar debates and will be encouraged to suggest future research agendas.

Course objectives

General learning objectives

The student has acquired:

  1. The ability to analyse and evaluate literature with a view to addressing a particular historical problem;

  2. The ability to give a clear and well-founded oral and written report on research results in correct English, when required, or Dutch, meeting the criteria of the discipline;

  3. The ability to provide constructive feedback to and formulate criticism of the work of others and the ability to evaluate the value of such criticism and feedback on one’s own work and incorporate it;

  4. The ability to participate in current debates in the specialisation;

  5. (ResMA only:) The ability to participate in a discussion of the theoretical foundations of the discipline.

Learning objectives, pertaining to the specialisation

The student has acquired:

  1. Thorough knowledge and comprehension of one of the specialisations or subtracks as well as of the historiography of the specialisation Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence, focusing particularly on the manner in which migrations (of people, goods and ideas) between and within states have led to shifts (in cohesion, ethnic composition, policies, imaging, culture, and power relations) in the period 1600-2000, with a focus on (urban) networks (within and across borders).

  2. (ResMA only): Thorough knowledge and comprehension of the theoretical foundation of the discipline and of its position vis-à-vis other disciplines.

Learning objectives, pertaining to this Literature Seminar

The student:

*8 has acquired the ability to compare and contrast different experiences of migration and integration;

*9 has acquired the ability to analyse contemporary immigration and integration debates from an historical perspective;

*10 has developed analytical skills;

*11 has developed communication and debating skills.


The timetables are available through MyTimetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar (compulsory attendance)

This means that students must attend every session of the course. Students who are unable to attend must notify the lecturer beforehand. The teacher will determine if and how the missed session can be compensated by an additional assignment. If specific restrictions apply to a particular course, the lecturer will notify the students at the beginning of the semester. If a student does not comply with the aforementioned requirements, the student will be excluded from the seminar.

Assessment method


  • Written essay(s) Final paper (4,000-5,000 words)

measured learning objectives: 1-4, 6, 8-11 (ResMA: 1-12)

  • Assignment 1 (Weekly assignments based on literature)

measured learning objectives: 1-4, 6, 8-9 (ResMA: 1-12)

  • Assignment 2 (Individual performances in class (preparation and discussion, providing and engaging in constructive academic feedback)

measured learning objectives: 1-4; 6; 11-12 (ResMA: 1-12)

Research Master students will be given an additional assignment at the organizational level.


  • Written essay(s): 60%

  • Assignment 1: 20%

  • Assignment 2: 20%

The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average with the additional requirement that the written paper must always be sufficient.


Assignments and written papers should be handed in within the deadline as provided in the relevant course outline on Brightspace.


Should the overall mark be unsatisfactory, the paper is to be revised after consultation with the instructor.

Inspection and feedback

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

Reading list



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General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.


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