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History: History of European Expansion and Globalisation (Research)

This specialisation is part of the Research Master programme History: Societies and Institutions.

New Research MA students (including those still in the admittance procedure) are required to attend the introduction on Friday 9 September, in the LIPSIUS building / room 228, 11-12h and in room 227, 14-17h.

Research MA students entering their second semester or year are required to attend a meeting on Friday 9 September, in the LIPSIUS building / room 148, 11-12h and in room 227, 14-17h.

Year 1 & 2 (Starting: September)

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Year 1

Literature Seminar

Globalization and Empire 10
Law and Empire 10

Research Seminar

Cross-cultural Connections, 1492-1776: Trade, Marriage and Business Networks 10
Consumption and material culture in Africa since c. 1850 5.0/10.0
Economic Development of Southeast Asia 10

Historical Theory

Historical Theory 10

Research Seminar

Forgotten Dutch Caribbean Plantation Colonies: Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo, 1770-1800 10
Arts and Culture in Area Studies: Culture and Conquest: the impact of the Mongols and their descendants 10

Historical Controversies

Historical Controversies 10

Tutorial

Tutorial (Research MA History) 10

Graduate Seminar

Graduate Seminar 0

Year 2

Optional Courses

The course ‘Political Economy’ is a specific optional course, only for those within the specialisation of HEEG/Economic History

Optional Courses Research MA History 20
Political Economy of Southeast Asia 5

MA Thesis (Research)

MA Thesis History (Research) 40

Year 1 & 2 (Starting: February)

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Year 1

Literature Seminar

Gunpowder empires 10

Research Seminar

Forgotten Dutch Caribbean Plantation Colonies: Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo, 1770-1800 10
Arts and Culture in Area Studies: Culture and Conquest: the impact of the Mongols and their descendants 10

Historical Controversies

Historical Controversies 10

Graduate Seminar

Graduate Seminar 0

Research Seminar

Cross-cultural Connections, 1492-1776: Trade, Marriage and Business Networks 10
Consumption and material culture in Africa since c. 1850 5.0/10.0
Economic Development of Southeast Asia 10

Tutorial

Tutorial (Research MA History) 10

Historical Theory

Historical Theory 10

Year 2

Optional Courses

The course ‘Political Economy’ is a specific optional course, only for those within the specialisation of HEEG/Economic History

Optional Courses Research MA History 20
Political Economy of Southeast Asia 5

MA Thesis (Research)

MA Thesis History (Research) 40

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Objectives

General
After a two-year programme, the Research Masters student will have to be able to function as a beginning academic researcher, either in a semi-academic position, or at a university; the student will be well prepared to conduct PhD research successfully within the time limit. In other words, he or she will be trained as a fully-fledged academic able to solve complex academic problems independently, critically and creatively and to report the results with clarity both orally and in writing. The following end criteria will have to be met:

Knowledge and insight

1.Thorough knowledge of and insight into the content of the specialisation, and its basic concepts, apparatus, research methods and techniques and into the historical development of the specialisation.
2.Thorough knowledge of and insight into the interdisciplinary aspects of the specialisation, both with regard to other historical specialisations and to related fields (Law, Economics and Social Sciences).
3.Insight into the relevance of the specialisation in society.

Skills
1. The ability to independently identify and collect the literature and historical sources of the field using traditional and modern techniques.
2. The ability to independently study the literature and historical sources of the field and to judge their quality and reliability.
3. The ability to formulate a clear and well-founded thesis and to subdivide it into convenient and manageable parts of the problem.
4. The ability to give a clear and well-founded oral or written report of research results meeting the criteria of the field.
5. The ability to initiate and conduct a research project under expert supervision.