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Introduction to the Western tradition

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Dates:  Thursday evening April 18, May 2 mei, May 16, June 6 and June 20.

Enrich your knowledge with our introduction course

Understanding the world in which we live and being able to respond to developments requires knowledge of fundamentals. Insight into the origins of our contemporary society and the prevailing ideas is essential. Discover the sources within the Western tradition in this introduction course. What does our course programme entail?

In-depth course programme

The AILAS academic programme is a valuable supplement to bachelor programmes and university colleges at home and abroad. Our students are Bachelor and Master students, but also working professionals, as well as others with an academic degree seeking greater depth of learning. This results in mixed course groups with a unique dynamic, and an exceptional interaction and exchange of knowledge.

Module 1
The idea of the West: an overview

Reading material: ‘Eccentric Culture, A Theory of Western Civilization’ by Rémi Brague

Module 2 – Antiquity
Reading material: Homer, Aristotle

Module 3 – The Middle Ages
Reading material: Bible, Augustine, Aquinas

Module 4 – Early Modernity
Reading material: Bible, Augustine, Aquinas

Module 5 (!) – Late Modernity
Reading material: Kant, Goethe

Module 1
The idea of the West: an overview

Reading material: ‘Eccentric Culture, A Theory of Western Civilization’ by Rémi Brague

Module 2 – Antiquity
Reading material: Homer, Aristotle

Module 3 – The Middle Ages
Reading material: Bible, Augustine, Aquinas

Module 4 – Early Modernity
Reading material: Bible, Augustine, Aquinas

Module 5 (!) – Late Modernity
Reading material: Kant, Goethe

Registration Form

    Courses are taught in Dutch or English, depending on interest.
    Students unable to pay the full course fee may apply for a scholarship of at most 30% made available by AILAS. University lecturers and secondary school teachers preparing pupils for university unable to pay the full course fee may apply for a scholarship of at most 20% made available by AILAS.

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