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Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen

Programmaboek 2018

Cultuurgeschiedenis van modern Europa / Cultural History of Modern Europe

Š Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit Utrecht, 2018





3. WHO IS WHO? Lecturers on the MA programme Cultural History in the Department of History and Art History Study Advisors Board of Examiners Study Association Career Services International Office Student Desk Student Services Student Psychologist LinkedIn groups and Twitter

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4. IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES Academic Calendar Programme Dates and Deadlines Enrolment Deadlines Graduation Ceremony

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5. PROGRAMME INFORMATION Programme Outline Course Descriptions Career Orientation Internships Study Abroad Thesis Policies and Procedures

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6. PRACTICAL INFORMATION Study Delay Workshops Graduation Solis-id Osiris UU Gmail Blackboard MyUU app and MyTimetable WiFi Library Course Evaluations Locations

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7. GETTING AROUND Utrecht Housing

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1. Welcome/Introduction The Cultural History group of the Department of History and Art History is delighted to welcome you as a Master’s student! You will encounter a group of lecturers who are eager to share their knowledge of modern cultural history with you and to provide you with the skills and knowledge to become a wellrounded cultural historian who has something to offer to the labour market. This programme book gives you an overview of the Master’s programme aims, modules and lecturers. You will find extensive information on internships and the Master’s thesis. We will do our utmost to make your year in Utrecht as worthwhile as possible by offering excellent teaching and by providing a number of extra-curricular events, such as excursions to museums and guest lectures from cultural historians working outside of academia. You are also welcome to join our Seminar in Cultural History, with (international) speakers who present their research. We hope you will have a fabulous year in Utrecht! Dr. Gertjan Plets, Coordinator of the MA Cultural History of Modern Europe Prof. Dr. Leen Dorsman, Chair of Cultural History



2. Introduction to the Programme The MA Cultural History of Modern Europe aims to prepare today’s students for the world of tomorrow. Our modern world is the result of major and increasingly rapid change. For Europe as a world-historical region, issues such as integration and assimilation, populism and elitism, and secularization and radicalization present new problems and challenges. The same applies to inequality, migration, urbanization, the renewed strengthening of the nation-state in the face of uncontrolled globalization, and new communication technologies. In this Master’s programme you will consider these issues from a cultural-historical perspective. In order to become engaged historians and citizens, we must grasp the historical backgrounds of the institutions, traditions, cultural values and mentalities currently influencing our lives, including ethical and political decisions. This Master’s programme combines three key cultural-historical approaches. It addresses Europe as a world-historical region; it offers insight into the theoretical and methodological toolbox of cultural historians; and it gives students a working knowledge of both public history and cultural heritage. The programme actively engages with current concerns through historical analysis. During this programme, you are handed the analytical instruments to actively gauge developments in the modern world and shape your own future on the labour market. Throughout the programme, you are given an understanding of historical methodologies ranging from visual analysis and the social production of knowledge to the new tools offered by digital humanities, including big data research based on print, image and social media. This MA translates theoretical insights into practical research, fusing academic excellence with social relevance and professional experience. This programme book will help guide you through the most important parts of the MA. On the student website you will find more information about your programme, ranging from an overview of courses to policies and procedures. Visit You can find more information about the community of students and faculty in the cultural history programme on our site



3. Who is Who? Programme coordinator: Gertjan Plets (

Lecturers on the MA Programme Prof. Dr. Leen Dorsman Drift 6 Room 0.19 030 253 6496

Chair of Cultural History; Professor of History

History of ideas; University History; Theory; Historiography

Assistant Professor

France and Empire; race in France; pop culture; Black Atlantic; Gender studies

Assistant Professor

Public history; memory; life writing; egodocuments; race; gender

Assistant Professor

History of media and publishing; consumer culture; visual culture; transatlantic relations; interwar history; modern German history

Dr. Rachel Gillett Drift 6 Room 0.17

Dr. Marijke Huisman Drift 6 Room 0.25

Dr. Jochen Hung Drift 6 Room 0.17 030 253 1810



Dr. Jeroen Koch Drift 6 Room 0.16 030 253 7851

Assistant Professor

Political and intellectual history; German historiography; bourgeois culture; imperialism; Social Darwinism; secularization; the papacy; European monarchy; history of capitalist thought

Assistant Professor

Intellectual history of early modern Europe; history of science, history of philology; humanism

Lecturer and assistant programme coordinator

Gender history; history of women’s emancipation movements; visual culture; history of historiography; public history and heritage

Assistant Professor; internship and programme coordinator

Heritage ethics; cultural landscapes; memory politics; Soviet and Russian history

Associate Professor

History of the body, gender, emotion, sexuality, medicine, psychiatry; cultural theory

Dr. Dirk van Miert Drift 6 Room 0.25

Karlijn Olijslager, MA Drift 6 Room 0.17

Dr. Gertjan Plets Drift 6 Room 0.25

Dr. Willemijn Ruberg Drift 6 Room 0.21 030 253 7868



Dr. Britta Schilling Drift 6 Room 0.17 030 253 1777

Assistant Professor

Memory; comparative colonialisms; postcolonialism and material culture; British Empire; Germany and Africa

Associate Professor

Transatlantic and transnational history; reference cultures in Europe; digital humanities

Dr. Jaap Verheul Drift 6 Room 0.23 030 253 6034

Cultural History in the Department of History and Art History Cultural History (officially CMI: the History of Culture, Mentalities, and Ideas) is part of the Department of History and Art History. For more information on all researchers and lecturers in Cultural History, see: Students are warmly invited to attend our monthly Cultural History seminar series, where junior and senior researchers from Utrecht University and other universities present their research. Have a look at the ‘News and Events’ section of the Faculty of Humanities homepage: The agenda is also listed on our cultural history site .

Study Advisors Laurens Meindertsma Office hours:

Board of Examiners If, for whatever reason, you wish to take other modules in the Master’s programme, please first consult the coordinator of the Master’s programme. If he gives his permission, you will need to ask for formal approval by the Exam Board (secretary: Ms. Cathelijne Jongerius), see:

Study Association The Department of History has a study association, the UHSK, see:



Curriculum Committee Curriculum committees are representative bodies comprised of students as well as lecturers. They are responsible for advising on the Education and Examination Regulations and its annual evaluation, ensuring the quality of education and addressing problems that might arise. If requested or of their own accord, they advise the Board of the study programme and the dean on all academic educational matters. Current members of the committee can be found on the following webpage:

Career Services During your programme there will be a focus on career orientation. The programme and the department work together with study associations and Career Services to make career orientation an integrated part of your programme. See the detailed overview on for more information and keep an eye out for announcements of career orientation events during the year. The Faculty of Humanities has its own Career Officer: Sjoer Bergervoet. You can go to her for questions regarding your future, for a mock job interview and to go over your resume. An appointment can be scheduled at the Student Desk. Career Services also offers help on the road to the job market through workshops and tests concerning career orientation, networking and applying for a job. Visit for more information. Do the Career Check on to see where you stand in the orientation process.

International Office If you are considering going abroad during your Master’s, you will find more information regarding exchange programmes, regulations and preparation at the International Office. It is important to start this process at the beginning of your programme, as the application deadlines are early on, and a lot of paperwork is needed to complete your application. You can find more information on studying abroad on: The Department of History & Art History has several preferred partner institutions in Europe and the rest of the world which we recommend for our students. The full list can be found here: For more information, please contact the programme coordinator, Gertjan Plets (

Student Desk At the Student Desk GW you can address all kinds of study-related issues, such as course enrolment, schedules, registration of course results and graduation. You can also make appointments with the Study Advisor and Career Officer, have your diploma and study results authenticated and apply for exemption there. The Student Desk can be reached by phone from Monday to Friday from 11.00-12.30 and 13.0015.00, and the desk is open from Monday to Friday from 11.00-15.00. The Student desk is also available on whatsapp for simple questions from Monday to Friday from 9.0017.00 at the following number: 0641084538 (please note: this number is only available for whatsapp).



Address Drift 10, 3512 BS Utrecht Phone number (030) 253 6285 E-mail address Always state your student number and course with correspondence.

Student Services You can contact Student Services for information and advice. This includes, for example, issues regarding admission, application and enrolment, tuition fees, financial assistance, having a paid job during your programme, insurance, funding schemes and facilities for outstanding student athletes, student housing, student organisations and information about studying with a disability or chronic illness. Address: Opening hours: E-mail: Phone number:

Bestuursgebouw, Heidelberglaan 6 (De Uithof) Monday to Friday 10.00-16.00 (mention your student number!) 030 253 7000 Monday to Friday 10.00-12.00 and 13.00-15.00

Student Psychologist Utrecht University has two student psychologists: Fokke Dijkstra and Renske Marechal. If you are a Dutch student, you can schedule an appointment yourself (, information in Dutch). If you are an international student, please contact Student Services either by phone or by coming to the desk – not by e-mail – to schedule an introductory meeting. During the introductory meeting, the Student Psychologist will investigate your problem. This will involve focusing on your personal background. Sometimes this initial meeting will be sufficient to assist you with your problem; sometimes more meetings will be required. Either way, the student psychologists are happy to help.

LinkedIn groups and Twitter LinkedIn is a great way to build a professional network and kick-start your job search. Join our groups at: • • •

Cultural History @ Utrecht University, the group for bachelor and master students, alumni, and staff of the cultural history programme ( Alumni Geschiedenis UU ( Alumni of Universiteit Utrecht (

The Cultural History of Modern Europe programme also runs its own Twitter account:



4. Important Dates and Deadlines Academic calendar SEMESTER I start 1st period: Monday 3 September 2018 (week 36) start 2nd period: Monday 12 November 2018 (week 46) Christmas vacation: 24 December 2018 - 4 January 2019 (week 52 and week 1) SEMESTER II start 3d period: Monday 4 February 2019 (week 6) start 4th period: Tuesday 23 April 2019 (week 17) Non-teaching Days: 15-18 April and 31 May 2018 Reflection Week: 05-09 November 2018, 28 January-01 February and 08-12 April 2019 HOLIDAYS Christmas & Boxing Day: 25 and 26 December 2018 New Year’s Day: 01 January 2019 Good Friday: 19 April 2019 Easter: 21 and 22 April 2019

King’s Day: 27 April 2019 Liberation Day: 05 May 2019 Ascension Day: 30 May 2019 Whitsun: 09 and 10 June 2019

Programme Dates and Deadlines End of year symposium: Friday 14 June 2018 Deadline MA thesis: Monday 17 June 2018

Enrolment Deadlines Please pay close attention to the enrolment deadlines for each period. You will be notified of these by email.

Graduation Ceremony For students who complete the programme before the end of August, a graduation ceremony will be held in October or November.



5. Programme Information Programme Outline Aims By the end of the MA, you will have: • thorough knowledge of the cultural dimensions of Europe in relation to the non-Western world since the 1800s; • an in-depth understanding of the socio-political uses of the past through public history and heritage; • thorough knowledge of the academic concepts and theories that have been used to understand and study the global and transnational aspects of cultural history; • the ability to use this academic framework to mobilise and analyse complex data with the help of the appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods; • the academic skills to frame research questions and conduct research in the field of European and global cultural history independently; • excellent oral and written skills to present research findings in a manner that meets the methodological and ethical standards of the discipline; • the ability to identify, formulate, analyse and offer solutions to the cultural challenges of the present-day globalised world; • a practice-oriented attitude and the ability to transfer your knowledge and skills to non-academic institutions, media and audiences. Structure In order to help you achieve these aims, the curriculum has been designed along three main axes: • Theory and Methodology: Modules in this category provide the groundwork for your MA study. They offer an overview of the most important theories, themes and methods used in cultural history. • History and Practice: Modules in this category train you to apply historical theory and methodology in practice. You will be encouraged to reflect critically on the role of the historian in public debates on history. • Themes and Debates: Modules in this category are designed to deepen your understanding of important debates in the history of modern European culture, and in the uses of this past in the present. You will eventually formulate your own line of research in dialogue with these debates, bringing together the three strands of the curriculum in a final thesis.



Full-time programme Semester 1 Teaching period 1 Theory 5 EC Understanding Culture in the Modern World: Theoretical Perspectives (Ruberg) (two groups: 1 Dutch, 1 English) History and Practice 5 EC Public History, Memory and Global Heritage (Huisman) (two groups: 1 Dutch, 1 English)

Teaching period 2 Themes and Debates 10 EC Students take 2 out of 4 electives (5 EC each): 1. The Experience of Modernity (Hung, in English)

Semester 2 Teaching period 3

Teaching period 4

Students select one of the following options: 1. Internship (15 EC) 2. International exchange programme (2 courses at international exchange partner, 7.5 EC each)

Thesis 15 EC

2 Erfgoed en Identiteit: Casestudies (Plets, in Dutch) 3. Colonial Memory and Postcolonial Heritage (Schilling, in English) 4. High Art: Een cultuurgeschiedenis (Koch, in Dutch)

Method and Design 10EC Research Seminar Cultural History (Gillett and Koch) (two groups: 1 Dutch, 1 English) Cultural Career Seminar Cultural History and Society (career orientation)

Options for the second semester In periods 3 and 4 there are several options, depending on whether students will study abroad and/or do an internship abroad. • Option 1: Internship (15 EC) + thesis (15 EC). Students can choose to finish their internship in period 3 and write their thesis in period 4. In some cases internship and thesis writing can be combined in periods 3 and 4, especially when the thesis topic is related to the internship responsibilities. • Option 2: study abroad (15 EC) + thesis (15 EC). Students can make use of the exchange programmes of Utrecht University to enrol in two courses at Master’s or graduate level of 7.5 EC each, and make use of an independent study module to prepare for the thesis. Depending on the academic calendar of the exchange university students finish their thesis abroad or in Utrecht in the last month of the curriculum.



Part-time programme Year 1/Semester 1 Teaching period 1 Theory 5 EC Understanding Culture in the Modern World: Theoretical Perspectives (Ruberg) (two groups: 1 Dutch, 1 English) History and Practice 5 EC Public History, Memory and Global Heritage (Huisman) (two groups: 1 Dutch, 1 English)

Teaching period 2 Themes and Debates 10 EC Students take 2 out of 4 electives (5 EC each):

Year 1/Semester 2 Teaching period 3 Teaching period 4 Students select one of the following options: 1. Internship (15 EC) 2. International exchange programme (2 courses at international exchange partner, 7.5 EC each)

1. The Experience of Modernity (Hung, in English) 2. (Im-)materieel Erfgoed en Identiteit (Plets, in Dutch) 3. Colonial Memory and Postcolonial Heritage (Schilling, in English) 4. High Art: Een cultuurgeschiedenis (Koch, in Dutch)

Cultural Career Seminar Cultural History and Society (career orientation)

Year 2/Semester 1 Teaching period 1 Teaching period 2 Method and Design 10EC

Year2/Semester 2 Teaching period 3 Thesis 15 EC

Teaching period 4

Research Seminar Cultural History (Gillett and Koch) (two groups: 1 Dutch, 1 English) Cultural Career Seminar Cultural History and Society (career orientation)

Study/internship abroad You may choose to do their internship and thesis abroad, possibly taking courses at a university aboard as part of the many exchange programmes our department has built with partner universities in Europe and elsewhere. Erasmus scholarships are available for students doing an internship in a European country (for conditions, see: We have set up an exchange with the University of Oslo in Norway: a limited number of students may take some modules there, which are connected to an internship, in the third and fourth periods. Apart from this option, you may take advantage of the extensive international network of Utrecht University and choose a university for study/internship abroad, for instance at the Hiphop Archive & Research Institute at Harvard University, Montana State University, or the Wende Museum in Los Angeles.



Course Descriptions Please note: you will receive more extensive course descriptions, including reading lists and information on assessment on Blackboard ( before the courses start. Understanding Culture in the Modern World: Theoretical Perspectives (5 EC) (two groups: English and Dutch) lecturer: Willemijn Ruberg This course is meant to help students grasp the position of cultural history as a field in the humanities/ social sciences. Taking the approach of philosophy of science, it also includes attention to the application of several important theoretical perspectives, e.g. anthropological approaches, postmodernism, postcolonialism, Science and Technology Studies, and the Frankfurt School. Thus it underlines the importance of the cultural, linguistic, performative, bodily and material turns in (cultural) history. Special attention will be paid to different theoretical perspectives on the concept of modernity. Public History, Memory and Global Heritage (5 EC) (two groups: Dutch and English) lecturer: Marijke Huisman Historians built their discipline on the supposition that the past is a ‘foreign country’ and that any understanding of this country requires experts with special knowledge and skills, that is: historians. Never, however, have academic historians owned the past. Lay people and professionals of sorts dealt, and deal, with the past too – through heritage sites, museums and historical theme parks, history education, commemorative rituals, or historical infotainment like novels, movies, musicals and computer games. In this course we will engage with such social uses of the past. By means of seminars and field trips we dive into the world of theories, practices and debates on non-academic historians’ dealings with the past. Exploring historical cultures in the Netherlands, Europe and the world, you learn to discover and formulate their own position on the public role of (cultural) historians. Research Seminar Cultural History (10 EC) (two groups: Dutch and English) lecturers: Rachel Gillett and Jeroen Koch The research seminar will explore a key theme in the field of cultural history. This year we will focus on the question of Europe as a region, a contested identity, and a set of communities. We will explore who has been defined as European in the past and how that has implications for what we think a ‘European’ is today. This year we will include a number of readings that focus on World War One, and that take different approaches to that conflict. These will prepare the ground for the CHME outing to World War One heritage sites in Ypres in January. Throughout the course we consider how regional, national, and local identities are preserved and promoted through heritage sites, social practices, and scholarly writing. Our focus will be on the cultural and historical practices that have been used to define and explore European identity – writing, artistic production, scholarly discussions, journalism, architecture, spacemaking, popular culture, oral history, and EU policy-making, among others. We read scholarly and primary sources focused on this theme from a variety of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Your goal in the course is to acquire the research skills that will equip you to develop your own research project. In block 1 we will develop our understanding of what constitutes a scholarly field and workshop the latest methods in cultural history with experts in the field. You also brainstorm and identify a potential thesis topic. In block two we guide you through the stages of writing a proposal. We continue to workshop methods and research skills. The final assignment of block two is a fully formed thesis proposal.



Electives (5 EC each) 1. The Experience of Modernity (English) lecturer: Jochen Hung Modernity is commonly defined as a novel kind of society that emerged in the West during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, characterized by social, political, economic and cultural ‘modernization’, i.e. industrialization, democratization, mass culture, etc. This course discusses the everyday experience of these profound transformations, using historical case studies such as Fin de Siècle Paris, Weimar-era Berlin, the Holocaust and Cold-War Europe. Students will learn how we can access the experiences of common people who lived through these times, using approaches like microhistory and Alltagsgeschichte (history of the everyday). There will be a strong focus on the role modern technology (including mass media like the cinema, the telegraph, radio and TV) played in shaping these experiences of modernity. The assessment will be in the form of contributions (blog posts) to a course blog, helping students develop skills in digital publishing (setting up a personal webpage, producing digital/online content, image processing, etc.). 2. Erfgoed en identiteit: casestudies (Dutch) lecturer: Gertjan Plets Deze cursus zal studenten vertrouwd maken met centrale theoretische concepten, methoden en voorbeelden uit de erfgoedstudies. Inzichten uit de antropologie, geschiedenis en antropologie zullen worden gebruikt om op een interdisciplinaire manier erfgoed en publieksgeschiedenis te bestuderen in de 21ste eeuw. Een eeuw waar niet enkel geschiedenis wordt gebruikt door de natiestaat bij het creëren en legitimeren van collectieve gemeenschapen. Ook multinationals en internationale organisaties gebruiken vandaag de dag cultureel erfgoed om hun neoliberale agenda’s en diplomatiek netwerken te normaliseren. Aan de hand van bezoeken naar Nederlandse erfgoed instituten en analyse van internationale voorbeelden zullen we niet enkel onderzoeken hoe contemporaine socioculturele processen, institutionele structuren en identiteitspolitiek de beleving en bewaring van het verleden in het heden beïnvloedt. Door erfgoed en cultureel geheugen als een culturele tekst te zien die hermeneutisch kan worden ontleed, zullen we ook bestuderen hoe de studie van erfgoedpolitiek innovatieve inzichten kan verschaffen over het culturele heden. Studenten zullen doorheen de cursus vier internationale casestudies onderzoeken, en zullen als eindoefening een eigen casestudie onderzoeken (in groep). 3. Colonial Memory and Postcolonial Heritage (English) lecturer: Britta Schilling This course takes a comparative approach to the cultural history of colonialism, focusing on the memory and transnational legacies of ‘modern’ overseas empires. We will consider the extent to which colonialism has become part of both tangible and intangible cultural heritage in both former colony and metropole, and to what degree a master narrative of colonialism has been formed and/or challenged over the years. Topics to be explored include colonial nostalgia, family narratives of colonialism, colonial aphasia and entangled memories of colonial violence and genocide. We will also be considering the impact of these issues on contemporary discussions on migration, citizenship and reparations politics in Europe. 4. High Art: Een cultuurgeschiedenis (Dutch) lecturer: Jeroen Koch '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 235 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.

Career Orientation During your programme you will improve your knowledge, but you will also work on academic and professional skills. Research shows that it is advisable to prepare yourself for your future career during your Master’s by going through the following phases: reflecting on your motivation and work values,



researching your opportunities on the job market, creating ties with potential employers and practising skills as needed for your job application and the following interview. This will help you establish yourself as a professional.

Cultural Career Seminar: Cultural History and Society Throughout the year guest lecturers (recent alumni, established cultural historians working outside of academia in different fields) will inform us about the relationship between cultural history and the labour market, based on their own work experience in, for example, museums, companies, start-up companies, etc. A number of sessions in the Cultural Career Seminar series will be organized by the Career Office, and will help you with such skills as self-assessment or your talents and ambitions, career orientation, networking, and conducting a successful job interview.

Alumni Network During field trips throughout the programme, you will be introduced to alumni and thus be exposed to a range of professional job opportunities. Follow our Twitter feed ‘@CulturalHistUU’ and join the ‘Cultural History @ Utrecht University’ group on LinkedIn to connect with alumni during your time as a student and stay in touch after you have completed your degree.

Utrecht Cultural History Seminar The Cultural History group holds regular Research Seminars during the academic year, in which our staff and invited scholars present their work in progress. You are encouraged to join. Please refer to the site for dates.

Internships The internship During the internship, the student applies his/her knowledge of cultural history to the daily tasks of an organisation. The internship assignment can be manifold, but needs to have the academic level belonging to a Master’s degree and to fit the themes of the Master’s programme, such as cultural history, public history or heritage studies. The university supervisor will check whether the internship plan fits with the aims of the Master’s programme. In periods 3 and 4 students write their Master’s thesis (15 EC) and do an internship (15 EC). In principle this internship is compulsory, but if students have good reasons, they may opt for alternatives (see below).

Finding an internship It is the student’s responsibility to find an internship. However, during the first period the internship coordinator (Gertjan Plets) will organise orientation sessions that will help you with finding the right internship. A list with institutions and potential internship projects will be distributed during these sessions. Below, you can also find a list of institutions where our alumni have completed their internships. Students are advised to contact institutions at an early stage (period 1) and request more information on internships. The internship coordinator will formulate an internship research plan together with the student and the supervisor from the host institution. Internships need to have a research component at Master’s level. Internship plans should be approved by the internship coordinator beforehand.



Internship coordinator Gertjan Plets coordinates the internships of the MA programme Cultural History of Modern Europe:

Making arrangements for an internship Students who do internships both have a supervisor at the institution where they are based, as well as a supervisor from Utrecht University. When they have found an internship, the student writes a draft internship plan, conferring with the supervisors from the host institution and the university. This plan contains a time frame, a description of the tasks and the learning goals. Please note that the internship counts for 15 ECT=420 hours.

Internship plan and contract Before the students begins his/her internship, the final version of the internship plan needs to be approved by the internship coordinator and the host institution’s supervisor. This plan is signed by the university’s supervisor and added as appendix to the internship contract, which is signed by the student, the internship coordinator of the Faculty of Humanities, and the representative of the host institution. The supervisor from the university does not need to sign it (only his/her name should be filled out on the contract). For more information see:

Internship abroad It is possible to do an internship abroad. Students may suggest international institutions themselves, or take advantage of the existing exchange programmes between Utrecht University and several European and American universities. For information on doing an internship abroad, including how to apply for (Erasmus) scholarships see:

Timeframe The 420 hours include writing an internship report, including an internship product, the result of the research done at the host institution (such as a website, an inventory of images or a text for an exhibition catalogue). Internship report: this report is an elaborate description of the internship: how it came about, the aims of the internship and the extent to which these aims have been accomplished, what the student has learnt, how the internship relates to the Master’s programme etc. A manual detailing the structure of the internship report will be uploaded on Blackboard. The internship report will be assessed by the university supervisor, after conferral with the internship supervisor from the host institution and after all the necessary forms have been filled out. Internship product: The internship product can have different guises, but in its basic form it is an assemblage of the most important ‘products’ of your internship. This can include: an appendix consisting of documentation on a certain topic relating to an exhibition; a print-off of a website that has been produced by the intern/student; a copy of a text written for a catalogue etc. This, however, does not mean you simply compile all texts, minutes of meetings and on line materials you have produced. For each product you briefly contextualize the product; describe the methods and sources used, list some literature that helped you in the process (if applicable) and define those research skills you mobilized to deliver the product.



Ideally, the research done for the internship will be used for the Master’s thesis.

Examples of internship institutions Students have done internships at the following institutions: In the Netherlands Andere Tijden, television programme, Hilversum Amsterdam Museum Atria Kennisinstituut Amsterdam Centraal Museum/Rietveldhuis, Utrecht Cobramuseum, Amstelveen Duitsland Instituut, Amsterdam Goethe Instituut, Amsterdam Het Utrechts Archief, Utrecht Instituto Cervantes, Utrecht International Institute for Social History (IISG), Amsterdam; website on (public) history Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam Ministerie van OCW, The Hague Museum Het Dolhuys, Haarlem Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, Hilversum Nederlands Instituut voor Oorlogs Documentatie (NIOD), Amsterdam Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, Arnhem Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, Amersfoort RijksMuseum van Oudheden (RMO), Leiden Spoorwegmuseum, Utrecht Teyler’s Museum, Haarlem Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam Uitgeverij Matrijs, Utrecht Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam International opportunities Hiphop Archive & Research Institute, Harvard University Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York Museum of Cultural History at University of Oslo Museum of the Liberation of Rome, Rome University Museum, Tartu Wende Museum, Los Angeles Dutch Embassy, Paris N.B.: Once you have handed in the internship contract at the Student Desk you will be enrolled for the internship; this does not happen through Osiris!

Other internship options In addition to an internship outside the university, there is also the possibility to participate in projects currently run by members of faculty or the Utrecht Heritage and Society Lab (an interdisciplinary research group bridging theory and practice in the Dutch heritage and public history field). These unique projects are a collaboration between academia and Dutch heritage and memory institutions, providing students both experience outside and inside the university: Postcolonial Utrecht Group Internship (in English and Dutch – hosted by Dr. Shilling) Like many cities across the Netherlands – and indeed across Europe and the United States – Utrecht bears traces of a colonial and slaveholding past. Today, some of these traces, such as street names, are increasingly contentious and have sparked protests amongst local communities and activists. The Gemeente Utrecht/Utrecht City Council has commissioned us to research the background of colonial-era



street names in Utrecht as a significant step towards coming to terms with the colonial past all around us. In this internship, you will be conducting historical research on several key figures after whom streets have been named and/or other traces of the colonial past in Utrecht. You will examine the historical controversies surrounding these figures, as well as the extent to which these controversies have, often literally, played themselves out on the streets of Utrecht. You will also get to know various stakeholders in the project: the Council, politicians, local residents, activists, public historians and academics. We will work together to develop a walking tour of these sites of colonial memory. Your research will also be featured on a project website funded by the Gemeente Utrecht. Max. 6 students. Dutch Contested Heritage Group Internship (in Dutch – hosted by the Utrecht Heritage Lab) Controversieel erfgoed is een grote uitdaging in de huidige superdiverse, globaliserende samenleving. Samen met het Kenniscentrum Immaterieel Erfgoed Nederland zullen een groep studenten bijdragen aan de studie van controversieel immaterieel erfgoed in Nederland. Studenten zullen elk een Nederlandse casestudie onderzoeken, contextualiseren en policy suggesties maken. Controversieel erfgoed wordt breed gezien en omhelst naast koloniale spanningsvelden ook problemen rond gezondheid, welzijn en ecologie. Naast onderzoek naar een specifiek type controversieel erfgoed zullen de studenten ook een kleine conferentie organiseren en enkele policy suggesties maken en zo bijdragen aan de Nederlanse erfgoedsector. Public Intellectuals in 19th-century Utrecht (in Dutch – hosted by the Utrecht Heritage Lab) Het Universiteitsmuseum en de afdeling Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteitsbibliotheek zijn op zoek naar maximaal 4 studenten die stage willen lopen in een biografisch project over de sociale en culturele netwerken van twee bijzondere Utrechtse wetenschappers: Pieter Harting (1812-1885) en F.C. Donders (1818-1889). Naast hun academische werk engageerden zij zich sterk met de samenleving, bijvoorbeeld in de popularisering van natuurwetenschap (Harting) en de strijd voor een 8-urige werkdag (Donders). In deze stage participeer je in de dagelijkse bezigheden en activiteiten van het UM of de UB op het terrein van collectiebeheer. Daarnaast doe je onderzoek naar een (deel)aspect uit het leven en werk van Harting en/of Donders, ontwikkel je samen met het stageteam een communicatieplan, organiseer je een gezamenlijke slotpresentatie en schrijf je minimaal één (digitale) publicatie over je onderzoek – bijvoorbeeld een Wikipedia-pagina of een digitaal dossier voor de website van UB of UM. Meer informatie: Marijke Huisman, Research Internship at other UU research projects You may elect to do an independent, academically-focused internship feeding into one of several research projects being led by the Cultural History section.

Study Abroad The Cultural History programme encourages you to participate in the exchange programme with partner universities in Europe or elsewhere in the world. This exchange programme can be fully integrated in the curriculum, to that you are able to complete your programme within one year. Note that places in exchange programmes are limited and therefore cannot be guaranteed; it is best to apply before December 1 in the year before you start your Master’s programme. In some cases you may be able to make use of exchange places that are left open; the website of the International office (see below) will offer the latest information. Students who participate in the exchange programme should submit a Study Plan to the coordinator of the Cultural History programme. You can download the format from the website of the International Office ( ). Your study plan should list at least two graduate/Master’s level courses in teaching period 3/4. Additionally, you enrol in an Independent Study module to allow you to start working on your Master’s thesis during the exchange programme. This research project will be advised by Utrecht faculty and by a faculty member from the exchange university. You will finish the Master’s thesis after return to Utrecht in teaching period 4.



Thesis What are the main guidelines? Your thesis should: • be 12,000-18,000 words in length for 15 EC (excluding footnotes/endnotes, title page, and bibliography) • consist of an original topic, main research question, sub-questions, thorough research, analysis, a main body (text) and conclusions • employ correct primary source analysis • be written according to the regulations and methods that are currently used in the Humanities (see Academic Writing Guide) • be presented at the end of year symposium: 14 June 2018 • be handed in by the deadline: 17 June 2018 (17.00, both hard copy and by e-mail; include a short abstract in English or Dutch as well as a statement declaring that the work is entirely your own). See Blackboard for more information.

How do I find a topic? The easiest way of finding a suitable topic for your thesis (i.e., developing an academic question or problem) is by drawing from the modules that you are taking during your graduate study. The Research Methods course, which runs across teaching periods 1 and 2, is explicitly designed to help you find a suitable topic and develop a proper research question. The electives in period 2 will also help you deepen your understanding of a specific subject area which you may want to pursue further in your own research. You may also wish to choose a topic that is related to your internship. The Cultural History group holds regular Research Seminars during the academic year, in which our staff and invited scholars present their research. Visiting these seminars might give you an idea about potential topics for your thesis, how to find sources, and how to structure your own research project. Regular tutorials with your thesis supervisor are run in a small group or individually through teaching periods 3 and 4. There are a few strategies you could use to decide on a research question: • Begin with a broad idea and keep narrowing it down—from ‘something about the history of crime’ to ‘a topic from the history of criminal justice in the Netherlands in the nineteenth century’ to ‘a research question regarding the development of forensic psychiatry in Dutch nineteenth-century court cases’, etc. Try to contribute to current academic discussions on a specific topic, for example by employing one of the strategies listed below. • Begin with a particular event, specific controversy, or a primary source (letter, document, court case, song, film, novel, diary) that raises an interesting historical question or has an aspect that intrigues you. Build out from your point of interest to think about the historical context, what the source can show, are there other sources that add to, or contradict it, and how does it contribute to our understanding of a historical phenomenon, period, or event. • Look for differences of opinion in the secondary literature. If two or more scholars disagree on a particular issue, then you have an academic discussion. This is an excellent basis for a thesis— by examining relevant primary and secondary source material you could draw conclusions that contribute to such a discussion or debate. • Test hypotheses using case studies. If you are interested in iconoclasm in the northern Netherlands, for example, you could examine this event in three different cities based on assertions made in the secondary literature. In this manner you can test existing hypotheses by focusing on three particular case studies. Look for strong assertions made in the secondary literature that make you ask yourself, ‘is that really the way it was?’ Check the archives for those cities – there may be a rich body of sources to test your hypothesis. • You may have the opportunity to work with recently uncovered or published source material, such as archival documents, a newly discovered text, or a recently published collection of letters. Even when working with new materials, however, it is still important to consult and contribute to the secondary literature written about your topic. For example, if you will be working with a newly published collection of letters, consider whether any scholars have written anything about the author of the letters that you will be examining. How can your research contribute to what we know about him/her? Or, if you will be working with new archival material, consider how



such sources may change what we know about a certain topic or time period. These are excellent points of departure for a Master’s thesis.

How do I find a supervisor? All students write their Master’s thesis under the supervision of a faculty member involved in the MA Cultural History who has the relevant expertise to supervise you and will give productive comments on the thesis. (See the ‘Important Contacts’ section of the MA Programme Guide for potential supervisors.) If there are no staff members with the necessary expertise on a certain topic, then co-supervisors may be sought outside of this Master’s programme, or even outside the School of History, with the permission of the coordinator of the Master’s programme. The main supervisor, however, must be part of the Master’s programme of Cultural History.

What does a supervisor do? When a lecturer agrees to supervise a student’s Master’s thesis, the following is agreed upon: The student • is responsible for her/his Master’s thesis • works independently and shows commitment • follows up on agreements • includes feedback and advice from her/his supervisor into her/his Master’s thesis • hands in a draft version of the Master’s thesis that is to the best of his/her abilities (including feedback and complete references, and paying attention to style and grammar) • follows university rules and guidelines The supervisor • will be in touch with the student on a regular basis (he/she will be available for advice, will answer emails and will have regular appointments with the student) • will read the student’s research proposal and will provide feedback on that proposal • will read one version of every thesis chapter and will provide feedback on that chapter • will read one version of the completed draft version of the Master’s thesis and will provide feedback on that version • will provide the student with constructive feedback • bears responsibility for the grading of the final version of the Master’s thesis, including handing in a grade form within ten working days. Please note there is no supervision during July and August. Your supervisor may ask you to sign an ‘MA Thesis Supervision Contract’ during your first meeting. Thesis supervision is calculated at a maximum of 14 hours, including appointments and reading all versions of the thesis. When a student has received more than 14 hours of supervision, the supervisor has a right to refuse further supervision. The student will have to complete his/her Master’s thesis on his/her own and hand it in before the deadline.

What if I don’t get along with my supervisor? If a truly irresolvable conflict arises between the student and the supervisor, you can contact the Exam Committee of the School of History and ask them to mediate. This occurs very rarely, but the possibility exists. For smaller problems you can contact the student advisor (studieadviseur) or the programme coordinator, who may serve as mediator or request another supervisor.

How do I plan my thesis research? As soon as you have found or been assigned a suitable thesis supervisor, make an appointment to discuss your research plans. Be sure to already have a relatively clear idea of what you want to research and how you intend to go about it; your supervisor will be better able to offer constructive tips and feedback if you have already done the preliminary work.



Secondary literature research Once you and your supervisor have agreed on a thesis topic and a (general) research question, the next step is to delve into the secondary literature on your subject. Basically, this means learning as much as you can about your subject within a relatively short time span, so that you can formulate a more specific and relevant research question. It is important to read the ‘classics’ in your field as well as the most recent publications. Your supervisor will most likely suggest a number of books to read, but in the end the responsibility for finding and analysing all relevant secondary literature lies with the student. Keep track of what you read by making a bibliography—that will save you time looking up bibliographical information for footnotes once you have started writing. During your secondary literature research you will most likely change your central research question a number of times, as you come across information that changes your perspective on the chosen topic. This is normal. What is most important to consider each time you change your research question, however, is to make sure that the questions you are asking can really be answered based on the literature you read. You should also be able to answer the ‘So what?’ question (see Kate Turabian’s guide for more detail): Why is the work you are doing important? Narrowing down your topic Determining precisely what your thesis will be about begins during your secondary literature research. You may, for example, find that some of your original questions are nearly impossible to answer, or you may be presented with new questions that appear to be more suitable than your original question. Narrowing down your topic entails not just determining a more precise research question, however, but also determining what not to include in your thesis. A few tips on how to do this are as follows: • Choose to answer your central research question and sub-questions by consulting a limited collection of (archival) source material, rather than all available sources. • Define your chronology and geographic focus as narrowly as possible (not ‘Germany in the 20th century’, but ‘Berlin between 1945-48’). • Choose to analyse the arguments of five historians, rather than every scholar who has ever written about your topic. • Choose to illuminate a limited number of (neglected) aspects of a given problem, rather than trying to examine a subject in its entirety. • Choose to explore a problem from a specific theoretical point of view (for instance, a gender analysis). The specific choices involved in narrowing down your topic must of course be logically explained; the secondary literature will serve as a guide in this. In the introduction to your Master’s thesis you must justify to the reader precisely why the central research question should be examined, why you have narrowed down the topic in the way that you have, and how you intend to go about answering the questions you have posed (i.e., what kinds of sources you intend to consult). You should also explain the theoretical and methodological framework you are using to analyse your sources. Formulating a central research question and sub-questions It is important to formulate all of your research questions as specifically as possible so that the reader is never confused about the point you are trying to make. As a rule, formulating questions accurately often leads to very long research questions, with specific references to place, time, and often source material. For example, ‘To what extent do the arguments of author A about topic B hold up, based on the letters written by X in the period P through Q?’ The fact that such a research question appears disproportionately long need not be a problem; the question posed in this manner is mainly for yourself. In the definitive version of your thesis you will most likely adapt the separate elements of your central question (and sub-questions) into a paragraph of prose, rather than stating it all in one sentence. You will be returning regularly to your central question throughout your thesis. Developing a preliminary outline Once you have read up on the secondary literature and formulated specific research questions, you can begin to develop a preliminary outline for your thesis. For some students this may sound excessive, but for a thesis of this magnitude it is very important to develop a clear plan and determine exactly what you



want to say and in what order. In your preliminary outline you should make clear how you will be answering the sub-questions in each chapter. This is also a good way of testing that questions that you have formulated—can they be thoroughly answered based on the literature you have consulted? If that is not the case, then this is the time to change or adapt your questions. Of course, at this stage you still do not know what the final conclusions of your research will be, but you can already determine what kind of literature and sources you will need to consult for each chapter. A preliminary outline usually consists of a couple of pages and a bibliography of the literature you have consulted. Writing and rewriting Writing a Master’s thesis consists of at least three phases. In most cases you will begin by writing a rough draft of the first couple of chapters and turn them in to your supervisor for feedback. Then, based on his/her comments, you will write a full first draft of your thesis. You may begin with writing a rudimentary version of your introduction, so that you will be forced to really think about your central research question and sub-questions, methodology, and selection of source material. Often, however, historians begin with the first chapter, in which you tackle your first sub-question and thus immediately delve into your real research, and then write the other chapters, the conclusion and the introduction. Once the first draft of your entire thesis is ready, turn it in to your supervisor(s) again for feedback. Based on this final feedback you will write the final version of your thesis. Remember that a thesis is never written in just one round—it consists of a long process of writing and rewriting, applying feedback, reading more literature, and reformulating your research questions. If you have difficulties with writing, spelling, or grammar, it is a good idea to let someone else read the final version of your thesis. Your supervisor may advise you to correct language errors, but he/she is not an editor and will not correct these mistakes for you. Theses which contain too many language errors cannot be accepted according to university regulations. Plagiarism is a serious offence. Make sure you consult the UU student website ( so you understand fully what does and does not constitute plagiarism and how to avoid it. Final copy Students should hand in two printed copies of the final version of their thesis to their thesis advisor together with the ‘plagiarism rules awareness form’ that is available on Blackboard. They are also required to upload their Master’s thesis to Ephorus plagiarism detection software ( in Word format, using the course code GKMV17012. After receiving a passing grade students should upload their thesis and an abstract to the digital thesis archive of the University Library before graduation. Note that printed and uploaded versions should be identical. What happens if the final version of the thesis is rejected? If the supervisor and the second reader agree the final version of the Master’s thesis does not deserve a grade of 5,5 or higher, the student has failed this particular part of the Master’s programme. If the grade is between 4 and 5,5, the student will be given the opportunity to revise his/her thesis, using the comments provided by the first and second reader. This revised version must be handed in within a month after having received the grade and feedback. If the grade after the first reading is lower than 4, or if the grade of the revised thesis is lower than 5,5, the student will have to repeat the module and start from scratch. If there is no evidence of any progression whatsoever, the student will have to start anew in the following academic year.

Writing and Planning Resources • • •

Onderzoeksgids Geschiedenis/History Research Guide: Purdue Online Writing Lab: Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 8th edition (Chicago 2013)




P. de Buck, e.a., Zoeken en schrijven. Handleiding bij het maken van een historisch werkstuk (Haarlem 1982, several reprints)

Evaluation Form The assessment of the thesis will be done by two evaluators by filling out a standard evaluation form. This form can be found under Aspects 1 up to and including 7 must be assessed satisfactory to be able to pass the Master’s thesis. In other words: one or more fails on these aspects will lead to a failed thesis. Compensation for one or more fails on any of these seven aspects is impossible. Moreover, the thesis must fulfil the formal preconditions, which are also mentioned on the evaluation form. If these preconditions are not fulfilled, the thesis may not be evaluated.

Procedures and Grading If your supervisor is affiliated with the programme, he or she will be your first evaluator. Your thesis will be graded by two evaluators, who will fill out the evaluation form separately and come to a final grade after joint consultation. Once the student has handed in the final version of the thesis, the evaluators have 10 working days to evaluate the thesis and inform the student of the final grade. In cases in which the first and second evaluator cannot agree on the final grade for a thesis, a third evaluator will be approached and consulted by the first evaluator. The student will be given notice by the first evaluator that a third evaluator has been employed and that the grading period of 10 working days will be extended by another 10 working days. The third evaluator evaluates the grade of the first and second evaluator by examining their provisional grades and argumentation. The judgement of the third evaluator is binding. If the third evaluator agrees with the other two evaluators on the proposed grade (if all evaluators agree), no further argumentation is needed. A brief explanation will otherwise suffice. Eventually the Master’s thesis should be uploaded in the digital theses archive of the University Library (Igitur). This is a compulsory part of graduating. It is also possible to view the work of other students in Igitur, sorted by faculty.

Plagiarism Utrecht University considers any form of academic dishonesty to be a very serious offense. Utrecht University expects each student to be familiar with and to observe the norms and values that ensure academic integrity. Therefore, when you start writing your thesis you will have to hand in the Plagiarism rules awareness statement (available for download from Blackboard). With this, you declare to know about and abide by the norms and rules on fraud and plagiarism of Utrecht University.

Policies and Procedures Education and Examination regulations Every programme has its own Education and Examination Regulations (EER), in which the specific rules and regulations of that programme are described. There are also general Education and Examination Regulations that all Humanities programmes have to adhere to. The EER of your programme can be found by going to



Rules and procedures The rules and procedures of the History Department include the latest Exam Regulations and important guidelines on how to avoid plagiarism. You should read them carefully; they can be found online at:

Code of conduct Utrecht University has established specific regulations governing conduct. These are based on the key principles of professional and quality academic conduct and ethically-responsible research. You should familiarise yourself with the code, which can be found at:

Fraud and plagiarism The most serious forms of deception that can impair integrity are fraud and plagiarism. Plagiarism is a form of fraud and is defined as the wrongful appropriation of another author’s work without proper citation. The text below provides further elaboration on what may be considered fraud or plagiarism, along with a number of concrete examples. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list! If the university discovers a case of fraud or plagiarism, the study programme’s Examination Committee may implement sanctions on the offender. The most serious sanction that the Examination Committee may implement is the submission of a request for expulsion to the Executive Board.

Fraud Fraud may include: Copying answers from another person during an exam. The person providing the opportunity to copy is considered an accomplice to fraud; Being in possession of (i.e. having/carrying) tools and resources during examinations, such as pre-programmed calculators, mobile phones, smartwatch, smartglasses, books, course readers, notes, etc., consultation of which is not explicitly permitted; Allowing others to complete all or part of an assignment, and passing it off as your own work; Acquisition of the questions or answers of an exam prior to the time the exam is to take place; Fabrication of survey- or interview answers or research data. Plagiarism is the appropriation of another author’s works, thoughts, or ideas and the representation of such as one’s own work. The following are some examples of what may be considered plagiarism: Copying and pasting text from digital sources, such as encyclopaedias or digital periodicals, without using quotation marks and referring to the source; Copying and pasting text from the Internet without using quotation marks and referring to the source; Copying information from printed materials, such as books, periodicals or encyclopaedias, without using quotation marks and referring to the source; Using a translation of the texts listed above in one’s own work, without using quotation marks and referring to the source; Paraphrasing from the texts listed above without a (clear) reference: paraphrasing must be marked as such (by explicitly linking the text with the original author, either in text or a footnote), ensuring that the impression is not created that the ideas expressed are those of the student; Using another person’s imagery, video, audio or test materials without reference and in so doing representing them as one’s own work;






Resubmission of the student’s own earlier work without source references, and allowing this to pass for work originally produced for the purpose of the course, unless this is expressly permitted in the course or by the lecturer; Using other students’ work and representing it as one’s own work. If this occurs with the other student’s permission, then he or she may be considered an accomplice to the plagiarism; When one author of a joint paper commits plagiarism, then all authors involved in that work are accomplices to the plagiarism if they could have known or should have known that the other was committing plagiarism; Submitting papers provided by a commercial institution, such as an internet site with summaries or papers, or which have been written by others, regardless of whether the text was provided in exchange for payment.

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Complaints If you feel you have not been treated properly by someone employed by Utrecht University, or if you disagree with a decision that affects you personally, you can respond in a number of ways. A complaint relates to conduct towards you. You cannot submit a complaint about a general rule or scheme. For more information:

Appeals Every university has an Examination Appeals Board to which students can appeal. This Board is an independent appeals board established in accordance with the Higher Education and Research Act [Wet op het Hoger Onderwijs en Wetenschappelijk onderzoek]. It includes members from various different faculties. The chair and the deputy chair are both lawyers. Students also serve on the Examination Appeals Board. You can appeal decisions relating to: • Satisfying the requirements of the final academic review in connection with the performancelinked grant • Examination eligibility • A colloquium doctum (entrance examination) and addressing any deficiencies • Admission to the university teacher training programmes that qualify graduates to teach all classes at senior general secondary education (havo) and university preparatory education (vwo) level • Negative binding recommendation concerning the continuation of studies • Admission to a Master’s degree programme • Admission to a degree programme for which selection criteria are applied • Decisions made by Boards of Examiners and examiners. For more information:



6. Practical Information Study Delay Study delay can be caused by different circumstances and situations and can have serious consequences. If you are a full-time student and your studies have been delayed as a result of circumstances beyond your control, you may be able to receive (financial) compensation or other facilities. Always contact your Study Advisor if you are expecting a delay in your studies for over one month. Study delay can be caused by study-related problems such as ineffective study methods, stress or procrastination. If necessary, you can schedule an appointment with a Student Psychologist or Student Counsellor (via Student services) for guidance and advice.

Unexpected circumstances Your studies can be delayed due to circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, psychological problems, family circumstances or other situations. If you are a full-time student and your studies have been delayed as a result of circumstances beyond your control, you may be able to receive financial compensation from Utrecht University. For further information about conditions and the procedure: please schedule an appointment with a Student Counsellor (via Student services).

Foreseen study delay In other situations your study delay can be foreseen: • Pregnancy • Waiting time internships • Board activities in a student organisation • Disabilities or (chronic) illness • Student athletes For more information:

Workshops University Skills Lab The University Skills Lab is an accessible service desk where you can get a clear idea of what extracurricular courses, workshops, individual tutoring, electronic tools, etc. are available within this University. Much is available, but this wealth of resources can be hard to find and access for students with specific questions. We can show students where to go to improve any skill, be it writing, presenting, studying, or job-hunting. There is a physical desk at the second floor of the University Library Uithof. For more information, see

Languages Moreover, there are also language courses on offer by Babel. They offer Dutch and English courses and several foreign language courses in Dutch and/or the target language. For the language courses by Babel:

Graduation Your Faculty’s Board of Examiners determines when you graduate and what your final examination date (the date on your diploma) will be. You will have graduated when you meet all examination



requirements. The Board of Examiners will inform you by email as soon as you meet (nearly) all examination requirements. Please note! Graduating does not always mean your enrolment will end automatically! If you wish to terminate your enrolment before the end of the academic year, you have to do so yourself. Do you wish to postpone your graduation? File a request for postponement with the Board of Examiners within two weeks of their informing you of your imminent graduation. So keep a close eye on your UU email account!

Cum Laude As stated in article 6.2 of the faculty part of the EER 2018-2019: a)

The Master's Degree may be awarded 'cum laude' if each of the following conditions has been met: a weighted average mark of at least 8.0 has been earned for the components of the study programme; the mark for all components is 7.0 or higher; the credit load of exemptions that do not count does not exceed 15 EC; the Board of Examiners has not taken any decision as referred to in Clause 5.15, Subclause 4 under b; the mark for the final thesis is 8.5 or higher; has passed the final examination of the Master’s Degree Programme within one year (parttime within 2 years; 90 EC full time Master’s Degree Programme: within one and a half years). b) Results that have not been expressed in a mark will not be counted in the assessment of the degree classification. c) The Board of Examiners may, on its own initiative or the initiative of a teacher, in individual cases make an exception to this rule, to the advantage of the student. d) The cum laude classification will be stated on the degree certificate.

Termination of enrolment Your enrolment can be terminated as of the 1st of the month following your request for termination of enrolment, no sooner. This means that if you submit a request for termination in the month of September, your enrolment will be terminated as of 1 October. You cannot terminate your enrolment retroactively. When you graduate, you may choose to terminate your enrolment as of the 1st of the month following your graduation date. You may also stay enrolled for the rest of the academic year, in which case your enrolment automatically ends as of 1 September. Do you want your enrolment to end as of 1 September? Or would you like to stop in the month of June, July or August? Then there is no need to request termination of enrolment. Your current enrolment will automatically end as of 1 September. For more information see:

Validity residence permit If you are a non-EU/EEA student and hold a residence permit for study purposes, your residence permit is only valid as long as you are enrolled as a student at Utrecht University. From the date you are no longer enrolled, your residence permit becomes void and you will be required to leave the country within 28 days. For more information please contact the visa department:



Solis-ID Your Solis-id is your user name for most university services. Used in combination with your Solis password, it gives you access to services such as OSIRIS, Blackboard and Surfspot. You should also sign in using your Solis-id at the university computers. You will have been sent your Solis-id and password in two separate emails when you enrolled at the university or took part in the matching programme. If you have not received these emails, please take your student card or proof of enrolment to UU for U Student Services. If you have received your Solis-id but not your password, go to the password self-service to change your password.

After deregistration Once you are no longer enrolled at Utrecht University you will be sent an email warning you that your Solis-id and password are only valid for another 180 days. After this six-month period you will no longer be able to use the IT services associated with your Solis-id. Your email address will also be terminated. So it is important that you save and secure any files and emails that you want to keep before then. Do you want to back up your e-mails? You can easily do this by making a copy of the data from your account via Google takeout.

Password self-service In the Solis-id password self-service ( you can change your Solis-id password yourself. Here you can also create a new password if you have forgotten your password or if you never received one. For more information:

Osiris Osiris Student is the internet portal to the Osiris study information system. Here you can register for course offerings and tests and review your results and course schedule. Access Osiris Student with your Solis-id via or click the Osiris-icon you find below every page on this website.

UU Gmail Every student has access to his/her own UU Gmail account. A lot of communication, from the UU or your teachers, goes to this address. Moreover, it is possible to save, edit and share files in the Google Drive. You log in with your UU Gmail email address (for example: and your password (Your UU Gmail password is not by definition the same as your Solis password!). Link:

Blackboard All Utrecht University students and staff use the digital learning environment Blackboard. You can use the Blackboard Mobile Learn app to access Blackboard information on your mobile devices. This app is suitable for Android, Blackberry, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. In Blackboard, under ‘Support’ > ‘Support students’, you will find a Quick Start Guide to help you get started.



MyUU app and MyTimetable In the MyUU app for students you will find your grades from Osiris, your student card and your personal timetable. Download the app from the app stores of Android and Apple. Once installed you log in with your Solis-id and password. MyTimetable is the timetable website of Utrecht University. Log on using your Solis-id and password. More information on In due time the timetables in OSIRIS Student and on will no longer be available. We advise you, therefore, to use MyTimetable or the MyUU app from now on. Timetable changes may not appear real-time on the old websites.

WiFi Utrecht University has a wireless network in most of its university buildings, named Eduroam. Log in using your Solis-id and add (for example and your password. You can find help setting up this network on your device on Eduroam is also available at other educational institutions, both nationally as well as internationally. You can log in on the Eduroam network at any location using your UU Solis-id and password.

Library Utrecht University has multiple libraries, but the most important ones for Humanities are the one in the city centre and in the Utrecht Science Park (sometimes referred to as ‘de Uithof’). Both locations have a large collection of not only books but also manuscripts, journals, films and audio files. It is also possible to make use of the computers and printers and study in the designated study areas.

Borrowing books You must have a library card to be able to borrow books. This card is available for free for UU students and can be created for you at the library desk. The standard loan period of books is 28 days, although you can borrow some books and journals for a shorter period. Using the website, you can extend your loan multiple times, unless someone else has reserved the book. You can borrow up to 15 books at the same time. Should you need more books at once due to exceptional circumstances, permission may be granted to raise the amount of books you are allowed to borrow at the same time. Using the catalogue, you can make a reservation on books. Once you have done that (and if the book is available/not on loan at that time) the university library team will collect the book and place it on a bookshelf at the entrance of the library (‘de afhaalkast’). Books that are not stored in the depot are easily accessible, as they are on their shelves. Look the shelf number up in the catalogue or browse through the bookcases until you find what you are looking for. If you do not return your books in time, you will receive a reminder and a 7 days extension to return them. If the books are not returned by the end of the seventh day, you will be fined. The height of the fine will depend on the amount of books and the amount of days they are due. You can pay your fine at the desk or the designated pay machine. You will also be fined for damaged books, so make sure you look after them!

Collegeplanken/Course reserve shelves Teachers can choose to reserve certain books and have them placed on a specific shelf for the duration of their course. These shelves are called ‘collegeplanken’ and cannot be borrowed for the duration of the course. This way students can all take a look at the books and make copies if necessary. The collegeplanken can be found in the city centre library and are labelled after the title of the course. Practical information The opening hours of the University Library in the Uithof and city centre are: Mon-Fri: 8 am- 10.30 pm



Sat-Sun: 10 am- 10.30 pm The visiting hours are extended in the exam periods. The opening hours of the University Library are the following: Mon-Thu: 8 am- 1 am Fri & Sat: 8 am- 10.30 pm Sun: 8 am- 1 am The library applies different opening hours on public holidays and holiday periods. These can be found on the website of the University Library. Universiteitsbibliotheek Binnenstad Universiteitsbibliotheek Utrecht Science Park

Drift 27, 3512 BR Utrecht Heidelberglaan 3, 3584 CS Utrecht

For more information and the library catalogue:

Course Evaluations Good quality education is important to you and also to the Faculty of Humanities. In order to guarantee the quality of education, the Faculty and programme would like to know your opinion on the courses you have attended. At the end of each block, you will receive an invitation via email to fill in a questionnaire and to provide feedback for each course. The digital evaluation system Caracal ( is used for the course evaluations. You can log in to Caracal using your Solis-id and password. You will then see the course evaluations that apply to you. By answering a couple of open and closed questions you evaluate the courses you have attended. All of the answers will be processed anonymously. After the deadline you will be able to see the results for evaluated courses in Caracal. All the answers to the open and closed questions are visible for students who attended the course and the lecturer(s) of the course. The lecturer(s) can also post a reaction to the course evaluation. Students who did not attend the course only see the answers to the closed questions and not the reaction of the lecturer(s). The Curriculum Committee will carefully review the results of the course evaluations and address potential problems or compliment good initiatives. They will publish their advice as a result of the course evaluations in Caracal for all students to see. This will occur twice each year, prior to the course registration period. It is therefore advisable to log in now and again to see if the Curriculum Committee has already posted their advice, or the lecturer has responded to your course evaluations.

Locations Most of the classes in the MA programme Cultural History of Modern Europe are taught in rooms on Drift 23, 25 and 21. For maps, see:



7. Getting Around Utrecht Utrecht is an amazing city with old canals, a lot of sights and nice bars and restaurants. The old city centre can easily be crossed on foot, while the rest of Utrecht is best visited using a bike or public transport. On the visitor website of Utrecht( you can find interesting historical locations, museums, festivals, shops and group activities in the city. And not only does Utrecht have a beautiful old core, a lively student community traverses its streets. Before and during your stay in Utrecht this website may be very useful to you for all the questions you might have and more: Make sure to check it out!

Housing Finding accommodation in Utrecht can be quite a challenge. Utrecht is one of the most popular university towns in the Netherlands, and the demand for student housing is very high. It is therefore absolutely necessary to start looking for accommodation as soon as possible (if you have not done so already). You may find accommodation via Dutch housing websites such as Kamernet ( and SHH (, which are both accessible in English as well as in Dutch. The latter reserves completely furnished rooms for international students (limited availability, so on first come, first serve basis!), so you might try that if you are still looking for accommodation. Searching for a room online may or may not prove successful for you, so it may be advisable to ask the International Office of the UU for help. Usually, Dutch accommodation websites offer housing to the person with the ‘oldest’ registration number. Some of the accommodation is available immediately, for other you need to be registered for a longer period (between 4-18 months). In case of a room: you are usually invited to a Present Yourself Night. You visit the floor or house in which a room will be vacated, in order to both view the room and meet your prospective co-tenants.



8. Links • •

• • • • • • • (community site of cultural history programme) (site with information about courses, procedures, and regulations for students in the programme Cultural History of Modern Europe) (Cultural History research group) (portal for courses and grades) (your UU gmail account) (Blackboard) (portal for course evaluations) (UU university library) (university newsletter)

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Programme book Master Cultural History of Modern Europe 2018-2019  

The master of Cultural History of Modern Europe's programme book gives you an overview of the Master programme’s aims, modules and lecturer...

Programme book Master Cultural History of Modern Europe 2018-2019  

The master of Cultural History of Modern Europe's programme book gives you an overview of the Master programme’s aims, modules and lecturer...