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Seeking Asylum since 1900

Vak
2019-2020

Admission requirements

History students should have successfully completed their propaedeutic exam and both second-year BA-seminars, one of which in Sociale Geschiedenis. By choosing this seminar, students also choose Sociale Geschiedenis as their BA graduation specialisation.

Description

Refugees are not a new phenomenon. One of the primary purposes of this course is to examine how the concept of asylum has evolved globally since 1900. However, because of the focus on primary sources, particular emphasis will be placed on discussing what occurred in Europe.

This course will examine how ideas about asylum among states, civil society and refugees have evolved since 1900. A major emphasis will be placed on primary sources throughout the course. In the first few weeks, we will visit the national archives in The Hague and have someone from Ongekend Bijzonder discuss their collections. Students will be expected to work with relevant primary sources for their class presentations and their research projects. Primary and secondary sources will be provided to enhance discussions in our weekly seminars. Less traditional sources, such as radio documentaries, films and art, will also be used throughout.

Debates over asylum today often set states’ international and national obligations against one another. Human rights lawyers and NGOs claim that a state is duty bound, as a principled international actor, to receive and assist people in search of asylum. But other groups, such as nativist political parties, contend that migrants requesting asylum may harm the wealth and character of the state if allowed to enter. Who deserves asylum? Why? What responsibility is there on states to receive those in search of asylum? What role does civil society have in receiving or restricting those in search of sanctuary? Is there a limit to the number of refugees that states can reasonably be expected to shelter? How have refugees reacted to the development of asylum regimes over time?

By analysing political and public debates on asylum, we will try to answer the questions posed above. This course will be taught in English. Students may write their paper in Dutch or English.

Course objectives

General learning objectives

The student can:

  • 1) devise and conduct research of limited scope, including:
    a. identifying relevant literature and select and order them according to a defined principle;
    b. organising and using relatively large amounts of information;
    c. an analysis of a scholarly debate;
    d. placing the research within the context of a scholarly debate.

  • 2) write a problem solving essay and give an oral presentation after the format defined in the first year Themacolleges, including;
    a. using a realistic schedule of work;
    b. formulating a research question and subquestions;
    c. formulating a well-argued conclusion;
    d. giving and receiving feedback;
    e. responding to instructions of the lecturer.

  • 3) reflect on the primary sources on which the literature is based;

  • 4) select and use primary sources for their own research;

  • 5) analyse sources, place and interpret them in a historical context;

  • 6) participate in class discussions.

Learning objectives, pertaining to the specialization

  • 7) The student has knowledge of a specialisation, more specifically in the specialisation Social History: the explanation(s) of differences between groups from a comparative perspective (local, regional or international; of class, gender, ethnicity and religion) and the role of individuals, groups, companies and (intenational) organisations (including churches) in processes of inclusion and inclusion from ca. 1500 until the present day.

  • 8) Knowledge and insight in the main concepts, the research methods and techniques of the specialisation, more specifically in the specialisation Social History: of the application of concepts from the social sciences and the acquisition of insight in the interaction in social processes ased on research in both qualitative and quantitative sources.

Learning objectives, pertaining to this specific seminar

  • 9) To develop an understanding of how asylum has evolved historically

  • 10) To apply theories relating to forced migration to empirical case studies

  • 11) To analyse contemporary asylum debates from an historical perspective

  • 12) To compare and contrast Europe’s experiences of asylum with other continents

  • 13) To improve students’ analytical and debating skills, as well as their writing skills, in English.

Timetable

The timetable is available on the BA History website

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar (attendance required)

This means that students have to attend every session of the course. If a student is not able to attend, he is required to notify the teacher 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 teacher will notify the students at the beginning of the semester. If a student does not comply with the aforementioned requirements, he will be excluded from the seminar.

Course Load

Total course load 10 EC x 28 hours= 280 hours

  • Seminar attendance: 28 hours

  • Compulsory weekly literature – much of which will be relevant for the research paper: 70 hours

  • Preparation research paper presentation: 8 hours

  • Prepariation for group assignment regarding primary sources and classroom discussion: 16 hours

  • Interview: 16 hours

  • Reseaching and writing abstract: 8 hours

  • Researching and writing first draft of the research paper: 60 hours

  • Researching and writing final draft of the research paper: 74 hours

Assessment method

Assessment

  • Written paper (6000-7000 words, based on problem-oriented research using primary sources, excluding front page, table of contents, footnotes and bibliography)
    measured learning objectives: 1-5, 7, 9-10

  • Oral presentations (x 2)
    measured learning objectives: 1-10, 13

  • Participation
    measured learning objectives: 3, 5, 6-13

  • Interview or book review
    measured learning objectives: 1, 4, 7-11

Weighing

  • Written paper: 60%

  • Oral presentations: 20% (1 x 10% research paper presentation and 1 x 10% for group presentation)

  • Participation: 10%

  • Interview or book review: 10%

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.

Deadlines

Written papers should be handed in within the given deadline, as published in the corresponding Blackboard course.

Resit

The written paper can be revised, when marked insufficient. Revision should be carried out within the given deadline, as published in the corresponding Blackboard course.

Exam review

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

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used for:

  • publication course outline

  • communication of deadlines for assignments and papers

  • links to literature

  • submission of written assignments

Reading list

Most of the readings will take the form of articles that can be downloaded from the university library. The list will be distributed in advance of the first meeting via Blackboard. Primary sources will also be provided for each week.

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

Admission requirements

History students should have successfully completed their propaedeutic exam and both second-year BA-seminars, one of which in Algemene Geschiedenis.

Description

This course offers students an overview of American intellectual history by focusing on a few of its major representatives. Students will become familiar with important cultural and intellectual traditions in American history such as Puritanism, American Transcendentalism and Pragmatism. More specifically, the course aims to familiarize students with the debate about the role of intellectuals in society and the status of public intellectuals. Reading essays and books written by figures ranging from Jonathan Edwards to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Ta-Nehisi Coates students will explore the work of American thinkers who addressed large audiences to discuss important public issues and added their voices to debates about citizenship, racism, and other social and political problems.

In this course students will read primary-source materials written by major representatives of American intellectual history; the essay that students will have to write will also be based on primary source materials.

Course objectives

General learning objectives

The student can:

  • 1) devise and conduct research of limited scope, including:
    a. identifying relevant literature and select and order them according to a defined principle;
    b. organising and using relatively large amounts of information;
    c. an analysis of a scholarly debate;
    d. placing the research within the context of a scholarly debate.

  • 2) write a problem solving essay and give an oral presentation after the format defined in the first year Themacolleges, including;
    a. using a realistic schedule of work;
    b. formulating a research question and subquestions;
    c. formulating a well-argued conclusion;
    d. giving and receiving feedback;
    e. responding to instructions of the lecturer.

  • 3) reflect on the primary sources on which the literature is based;

  • 4) select and use primary sources for their own research;

  • 5) analyse sources, place and interpret them in a historical context;

  • 6) participate in class discussions.

Learning objectives, pertaining to the specialisation

  • 7) The student has knowledge of a specialisation, more specifically;
    -in the track American History: of American exceptionalism; the US as a multicultural society and the consequences of that for historiography; the intellectual interaction between the US and Europe;

  • 8) Knowledge and insight in the main concepts, the research methods and techniques of the specialisation, more specifically;
    -in the specialisation General History: of the study of primary sources and the context specificity of nationally defined histories;
    -in the track American History: of exceptionalism; analysis of historiografical and intellectual debates;

Learning objectives, pertaining to this specific seminar

The student

  • 9) Knowledge of major cultural and intellectual traditions and movements in American history

  • 10) Knowledge of key figures in these movements and traditions

  • 11) Knowledge of the debate about the status of public intellectuals

  • 12) Knowledge of the US as a multicultural society and the consequences of that for historiography; knowledge of the intellectual interaction between the US and Europe

Timetable

The timetable is available on the BA History website

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar (compulsory attendance)
    This means that students have to attend every session of the course. If a student is not able to attend, he is required to notify the teacher 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 teacher will notify the students at the beginning of the semester. If a student does not comply with the aforementioned requirements, he will be excluded from the seminar.

Course load

Total course load: 10 EC x 28 hours = 280 uur.

  • attending classes Seminar sessions: 14 × 2 = 28 hours

  • preparation: Required reading: 130 hours

  • assignments : Paper proposal: 2 hours

  • Presentation: 5 hours

  • Take-home assignment: 20 hour

  • writing paper (including studying literature): 95 hours

Assessment method

Assessment

  • Written paper (6000-7000 words, based on problem-oriented research using primary sources, excluding front page, table of contents, footnotes and bibliography)
    measured learning objectives: 2-5, 7-12

  • Oral presentation
    measured learning objectives: 3-5

  • Participation
    measured learning objectives: 6

  • Assignment 1: take-home assignment
    measured learning objectives: 7-12

  • Assignment 2: paper proposal
    measured learning objectives: 1-2

Weighing

  • Written paper: 50%

  • Oral presentation: 15%

  • Particiation: 15%

  • Assignment 1: 15%

  • Assignment 2: 5%

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.

Deadlines

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

Resit

The written paper can be revised, when marked insufficient. Revision should be carried out within the deadline as provided in the relevant course outline on Blackboard.

Exam Review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used for:

  • publication course outline

  • communication of deadlines

  • discussion board

  • some of the reading materials

Reading list

The booktitles and / or syllabi to be used in the course and how this literature should be studied beforehand.
Required Reading:

  • Jonathan Edwards, A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections (1746; selection)

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance” (1841)

  • W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk (1903)

  • John Dewey, The Public and its Problems (1927)

  • Hannah Arendt, “Philosophy and Politics” (1954)

  • bell hooks, Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics (1990)

  • Edward Said, Representations of the Intellectual (1994)

  • Richard Rorty, Achieving Our Country (1998)

  • Judith Butler, Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence (2004)

  • Martha Nussbaum, Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (2010)

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (2015)

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable

Contact

Dr. E.F. van de Bilt

Remarks

None

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable

Contact

Irial Glynn

Remarks

This course will be taught in English. This will give students the added advantage of enhancing their English language skills. Students may write their paper in Dutch or English.