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Program and courses Philosophy of Humanity and Culture

Identify and address forms of political injustice by understanding how gender and race fit within different historical and social structures. Examine and interpret extreme experiences, such as war, which makes you better capable to witness the events of our common world.

Program structure

This one-year program consists of 60 credits (ECTS):

  • 10 core courses:
    - 7 track-specific courses of 3 ECTS (in total 21 ECTS)
    - 3 common courses of 6 ECTS (in total 18 ECTS)
  • Master Seminar (0 ECTS)
  • 1 or 2 electives (in total 6 ECTS)
  • 1 Master’s thesis (in total 15 ECTS)

You can start at the end of August or at the end of January.

Program content

Core courses
Elective courses
Master's thesis

Short video impression of how topics are discussed

To give you an impression of one of the ways in which topics are discussed in this program, we offer you the following 'mini lecture':


Programs are subject to change, so we advise our students to check their exact program in the education catalog at the official start of the academic year.


Part-time study program 

  • Philosophy of Humanity and Culture can also be followed part-time.
  • Part-time students usually take two years to complete the master (and three years for pre-master plus master). However, a higher or lower study tempo is also negotiable.
  • The courses are scheduled so that the course can be followed partly in the evening hours. Subjects that are given during day time of one academic year are offered in the evening where possible during the next academic year. Evening lectures are given on one or two regular evenings during the week.
  • Please note that not all lectures can be scheduled in the evenings. If you want to combine this Master’s program as a part-time student with a job, it is important that you have some flexibility in scheduling your working days and working hours.

Short overview of Philosophy of Humanity and Culture

  • The distinguishing feature, compared to other programs in The Netherlands, is the focus on modern, postmodern and contemporary European philosophy including works by Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Levinas, Lacan and Žižek,
  • Themes from these works are the basis for discussions about the difference between 'nature' and 'culture', 'people' and 'animals', 'being' and 'appear', 'Enlightenment' and 'Romanticism'.
  • Small-scale working methods with a great deal of interaction with your fellow students and teachers.

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