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Basic course 7: Progression course in Knowledges for the Humanities

Bachelor in Global Humanities
Activity type
Basic course
Teaching language

You register for activities through stads selvbetjening during the announced registration period, which you can see on the Study administration homepage.

When registering for courses, please be aware of the potential conflicts and overlaps between course and exam time and dates. The planning of course activities at Roskilde University is based on the recommended study programmes, which should not overlap. However, if you choose optional courses and/or study plans that goes beyond the recommended study programmes, an overlap of lectures or exam dates may occur depending on which courses you choose.

Detailed description of content

The course activities will enhance your skills at reading theoretical texts and understanding the relevance of critical and globally oriented theoretical discussions in the humanities (and social sciences) today. The course additionally supports you in employing theoretical considerations, and justifying the scientific nature of your projects taking some of the most salient challenges and discussions pertaining to core concerns for the humanities (and social sciences) today into account. The course sessions will be organized around the following questions: What is theory? Where does the idea of progress stem from, and which role has it played in the humanities? How has Eurocentrism influenced our ideas of ‘critical science’? How have critical theories from north and south entered into dialogue? What does moving beyond Eurocentrism entail? Who can speak and think? What is scientific knowledge beyond the Westernized and Eurocentric understanding of scientific knowledge?

The course corresponds to 5 ECTS credits and is assessed pass/fail. There is a requirement for active and regular participation which will be discussed at the beginning of the teaching. A Moodle page will provide updated information regarding the specific contents of the classes, requirements as well as access to the course readings.

Expected work effort (ECTS-declaration)

For a full-time study program, 5 ECTS corresponds to 135 hours of work, including the following activities:

  • reading of text-material,

  • thorough preparation for in-class discussions;

  • active and regular participation.

Course material and Reading list

See moodle.

Evaluation- and feedback forms

Feedback sheets and conversation.

Administration of exams
GH Registration & Exams (gh-exams@ruc.dk)
Responsible for the activity
Stephen Carney (carney@ruc.dk)
Learning outcomes and assessment criteria
  • Competences in applying different types of knowledges to the humanities, with a focus on a global perspective

  • Proficiency in providing a critical assessment of the scientific-theoretical implications of choices of method and theory within the field of the humanities

  • Competences in reflecting critically on scientific-theoretical issues within the field of the humanities in a global perspective

  • Competences in reflecting upon the significance of the course material and how it relates to the project work

Overall content

This course focuses on competences in scientific-theoretical reflection within the field of the humanities, see the course’s learning objectives.

Teaching and working methods

Class instruction with group exercises

Type of activity

Mandatory course

Form of examination
The course is passed through active, regular attendance and satisfactory participation.

Active participation is defined as:
The student must participate in course related activities (e.g. workshops, seminars, field excursions, process study groups, working conferences, supervision groups, feedback sessions).

Regular attendance is defined as:
- The student must be present for minimum 80 percent of the lessons.

Satisfactory active participation is defined as:
- The student must during the course hand in a written assignment.

Assessment: Pass/Fail.
Form of Re-examination
Individual written take-home assignment given by the lecturer.

The character limit of the assignment is: 24,000-28.800 characters, including spaces.
The character limit includes the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.

The duration of the take-home assignment is 7 days and may include weekends and public holidays.
The estimated work effort is 20 hours. Other exams may therefore be scheduled simultaneously.

Assessment: Pass/Fail.
Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U27210
Last changed 04/06/2024

lecture list:

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Friday 06-09-2024 08:15 - 06-09-2024 12:00 in week 36
BC7: Knowledges for the Humanities (GH)

Friday 13-09-2024 08:15 - 13-09-2024 12:00 in week 37
BC7: Knowledges for the Humanities (GH)

Friday 20-09-2024 08:15 - 20-09-2024 12:00 in week 38
BC7: Knowledges for the Humanities (GH)

Friday 27-09-2024 08:15 - 27-09-2024 12:00 in week 39
BC7: Knowledges for the Humanities (GH) - Field trip

Friday 11-10-2024 08:15 - 11-10-2024 12:00 in week 41
BC7: Knowledges for the Humanities (GH)

Friday 18-10-2024 08:15 - 18-10-2024 12:00 in week 42
BC7: Knowledges for the Humanities (GH)

Friday 25-10-2024 08:15 - 25-10-2024 12:00 in week 43
BC7: Knowledges for the Humanities (GH)

Friday 01-11-2024 08:15 - 01-11-2024 12:00 in week 44
BC7: Knowledges for the Humanities (GH)

Friday 15-11-2024 08:15 - 15-11-2024 12:00 in week 46
BC7: Knowledges for the Humanities (GH)

Friday 29-11-2024 10:00 - 29-11-2024 10:00 in week 48
BC7: Knowledges for the Humanities (GH) // Exam

Monday 17-02-2025 10:00 - Monday 24-02-2025 10:00 in week 08 and week 09
BC7: Knowledges for the Humanities (GH) // Re-exam