Central Concepts in the Humanities and Social Sciences


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module comprises relevant coursework and a take-home assignment.

Learning objectives


  • key concepts within humanities and social sciences such as grounding understandings of culture, social power, approaches to historical change, problems of modernity versus postmodernity, and approaches to gender, race, and ethnicity
  • basic theory of knowledge

  • modern Western history of ideas

  • basic theoretical considerations as concerns humanistic and social theoretical research.


  • understanding and analyzing basic concepts within humanistic and social theory
  • communicating ideas and arguments concerning methodology, theory of knowledge and/or history of ideas in academic written language.


  • reflecting on relevant theories and methods for analyzing issues within social, cultural, and political analysis
  • explaining methodological considerations and epistemological issues in relation to concrete research issues.

Extent and expected workload




Name of examCentral Concepts in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Type of exam
Written exam
The examination is a take-home assignment; the content of the assignment must demonstrate that the student has achieved the mentioned learning objectives. The exact content of the assignment will be determined by the course instructor at the start of the semester. The assignment paper must comprise a minimum of six pages and a maximum of eight pages.
The assignment paper will be evaluated by the examiner.
Any re-examinations will be held in accordance with the above guidelines on the basis of a revised assignment paper.
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination

Facts about the module

Danish titleCentrale Begreber i Humaniora og Samfundsvidenskab
Module codeBALISE20189
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Language and International Studies
DepartmentDepartment of Culture and Global Studies
FacultyThe Faculty of Humanities