Below you find the course descriptions of Cultural History of Modern Europe. The programme consists of compulsory courses, electives, an internship and a Master's thesis. Read more about the curriculum and our teaching and research environment, including our teaching staff.

Understanding Culture in the Modern World: Theoretical Perspectives (compulsory)

The entrance requirements for Exchange Students will be checked by the International Office and the Programme coordinator. Acceptance is not self-evident.

Public history, memory and world heritage. Toward a participatory historical culture (compulsory)

Career Orientation
a. excursies / excursions
b. het analyseren van concrete (erfgoed-)instellingen in opdrachten/analysis of practices of heritage-institutions

Please note Only students from the MA Cultural History in Modern Europe and the MA Geschiedenis: educatie en communicatie are allowed to register for this course. All other students have to contact the programme coordinator. 

The entrance requirements for Exchange Students will be checked by the International Office and the Programme coordinator. Acceptance is not self-evident.


European Civilisation: Global and Transnational Perspectives (compulsory)

This course explores the influential yet elusive concept of European civilisation. In current debates Europe is often characterised by way of an accumulation of cultural heritage, a measurable set of shared cultural values, a common identity, a core ideal. At the same time, the idea itself of a shared civilisation is contested. Isn’t the very concept of civilisation based on essentialism, exceptionalism, and the exclusion of 'others'? We will address this theme from both theoretical and historical perspectives. How to define Europe while taking into account its linguistic, religious, and ethnic diversity? How to reconcile the centrifugal realities of migration and knowledge exchange with the idea of civilisation? The cultural history of Europe has been one of cross-border influences and multiple images. Which characteristics have been said to be distinctly European, rather than American, Chinese, or African? What has Europe had in common with the rest of the world? How have Europe’s geographical borders been defined, given (or in spite of) its varied cultural heritage? Have Europeans actually shared such historical values as equality, secularism, and solidarity?
The aim of this course is not to provide definitive answers, but to look at the way cultural historians can address this topical issue. 

(In)tangible Heritage and Identity

High Art: a Cultural History 1850-2015

'Schrijf geen muziek alleen voor de 10% ware kenners, maar vergeet ook het zogenaamde populaire niet, dat de lange oren van de overige 90% kietelt ...". Deze goede raad gaf vader Leopold Mozart aan zijn zoon Wolfgang Amadeus in 1780, maar 238 jaar later gaat het debat over hoog en laag, elite en massa, serieus en populair onverminderd voort.

Hoe interpreteerden historici, sociologen en cultural studies-theoretici dit debat? Wat is de relatie tussen de (post-) moderniteit en de hoge en lage cultuur? Wat was de invloed van 'nieuwe' media - vanaf Mozart's tijd tot en met het internet? T.S. Elliot, Herbert Gans, Frederic Jameson en Pierre Bourdieu zijn enkele namen die aan de orde zullen komen. 

Studenten verwerven culturele bagage en historisch besef over het debat tussen hoge en lage cultuur en daarnaast (door het bijwonen en recenseren van verschillende manifestaties van hoge en lage kunst) kennis van de veranderende maatschappelijke context van dit debat.

Colonial Memory and Postcolonial Heritage

This course takes a comparative approach to the cultural history of colonialism, focusing on the memory and transnational legacies of ‘modern’ overseas empires

The entrance requirements for Exchange Students will be checked by the International Office and the Programme coordinator. Acceptance is not self-evident.

Visual Culture

This module offers an overview of important debates surrounding the analysis of visual culture. It discusses theories on the use of film, photography and television as sources in the cultural history of modernity, connecting these approaches to cultural history in practice, such as the role of film and photography in museum exhibitions.

Career Orientation
The course will pay attention to the use of theories and methodologies from visual culture in museums and other forms of (popular) cultural history.

Internship Cultural History

Students do an (international) internship and write an internship report; an alternative may be a practical/field research. 
Before the start of the internship, students write a work plan and during the internship they submit weekly logs in reporting their activities.

Career orientation
Students gain professional experience working in a field related to cultural history.

The following courses must be achieved:
GKMVD16008 or GKMV17001: Ges-Cultuur begrijpen/Ges-Understanding Culture GKMVD16003 or GKMV17002: Ges-Public History en Werelderfgoed/Ges-Public History and Global Heritage
GKMVD16004 or GKMV17003: Ges-Europese beschaving/Ges-European Civilisation or GKMV18001 Ges-Research Seminar Cultuurgeschiedenis/ Research Seminar Cultural History


Skills Lab Cultural History

Students work in small groups. Each group selects, in consultation with the supervisor, a current-day theme related to one of the core themes of the MA-programme. Students gather information on this theme, e.g. by interviewing experts, consulting reports or primary documents, or gathering multimedia information. The skills lab should result in a concrete product that can be assessed, e.g. a research report, evaluation report or policy advice. The product consists of an individual product (40% of the final grade) and a group product (20%). In addition the actual functioning during the skills lab is assessed (40%), based on a report plus appendices (work plan, logs) and the evaluation by the supervisor.

Career orientation

Like the internship, the skills lab explicitly means to give students the opportunity to gain practical experience and get acquainted with the labour market.

Thesis Cultural History (compulsory)

Students do individual research and participate in thesis tutorials with other students; they write a master's thesis on modern cultural history