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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 comprehensive 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.

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.


Courses of the Humanities Lab are scheduled on Friday afternoon from 13.00 to 17.00hrs.
For the exact timetable, please visit the following website.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, seminars

Course Load

This course is worth 5 EC (140 hours):

  • Lectures and seminars 24 hours

  • Readings 60 hours

  • Weekly assignments 20 hours

  • Preparing posters 32 hours

  • Closing event 4 hours

Assessment method

Attendance/active participation (20%)
Weekly assignments (20%)
Poster presentation (60%)

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


Attendance is compulsory for all meetings (lectures, seminars, excursion). If you are unable to attend due to circumstances beyond your control, notify the Humanities Lab coordinators in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence, and hand in your weekly assignment in writing to the lecturer (if applicable). Being absent without notification and valid reason may result in lower grades or exclusion from the course.


Brightspace will be used for:

  • Making readings available

  • Assignments

  • Communication

Reading list

A syllabus with required and optional readings will be made available through Blackboard before the start of the course.


Students of the Humanities Lab will be registered via uSis by the administration of the Humanities Lab. More information about registration for courses will be provided on Brightspace.

General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Lecturer: Dr. Jan Sleutels
Humanities Lab office: e-mail


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.

If all participants of this course are Dutch native speakers, this course will be taught in Dutch.