Key Concepts in the Humanities and Social Sciences


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module comprises relevant coursework and an individual take-home assignment.

Learning objectives


The student must attain

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • key concepts within humanities and social sciences such as grounding understandings of culture, social power, theories of historical change, problems of modernity versus postmodernity, and approaches to gender, race, and ethnicity
  • basic theory of knowledge
  • modern Western history of ideas
  • theoretical considerations as concerns humanistic and social theoretical research.



The student must attain

Skills in:

  • understanding and analyzing basic concepts within humanistic and social theory.


The student must attain

Competencies in:

  • reflecting on relevant theories and methods for analyzing issues within
  • communicating about issues in modern history of ideas in a clear written English.

Type of instruction

Please see § 17 in the curriculum.



Name of examKey Concepts in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Type of exam
Written exam
The examination is an individual take-home assignment; the content of the assignment must demonstrate that the student has achieved the above-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 four pages and a maximum of six 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
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleCentrale begreber i humaniora og samfundsvidenskab
Module codeBALISE2009
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


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