Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

DROI1139 - Human science seminar (philosophy, psychology, sociology, legal sociology, political science, medieval and modern history, information and communication, criminology and clinical criminology)

Credits : 4

Lecturers :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , first and second term, 30 hours of theory.

Language of instruction :
The language of instruction for the seminar is French. The use of texts and documents in Dutch and/or English is possible, depending on the subjects and themes chosen by the different holders.

The use of Dutch texts is mandatory in the Contemporary History seminar, which is reserved for students enrolled in the bilingual French-Dutch course.

Learning outcomes :
The general objective of this teaching unit is to train students in and acquire the methods of university work.
I. With regard to training in the scientific approach
- Integrate the main basic approaches and tools of research in the human sciences;
- Acquire the foundations of the critical method and scientific ethics, allowing access to scientific knowledge; in particular acquire the ability to synthesize and compare different sources and the ability to report on them in a structured way (through the choice of a logical, clear and balanced plan).

- Implement approaches, methods and ethics through practical exercises and seminar work;
- Acquire the ability to read and understand scientific articles, regardless of the humanities discipline concerned;

II. With regard to the acquisition of a general culture and interdisciplinary knowledge:
- Acquiring critical knowledge with regard to general sources of information (such as the press, new media and the Internet in general, political speeches, surveys, statistics, etc.);
- Acquiring a critical approach to a subject and from a human science discipline (such as philosophy, sociology, psychology, criminology or history, etc.), through the seminar;

III. With regard to written and oral communication, in French
- Acquire the ability to communicate, in writing and orally, an idea and/or reasoning, particularly in the context of the seminar.

Prerequisites :

Co-requisites :

Course contents :
The Human science seminar focuses on a humanities discipline, to be chosen between philosophy, history, psychology, sociology, criminology, political science or information and communication. The seminar should lead to personal work at a scientific level. The content of each seminar varies according to the holder and the discipline concerned.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
The seminar is given in small groups of students, at a rate of 1h30 every two weeks, during the first and second terms. Attendance at the seminar sessions is mandatory

Assessment methods and criteria :
The Humanities Seminar is evaluated on the basis of intermediate work and final work to be submitted in the second quarter. In the event of unjustified failure to submit an intermediate or final paper or unjustified absence during the oral presentation, the student obtains a final grade of 0A/20 for the seminar in the June session. In case of delay, 4 points out of 20 are also withdrawn per day of delay, with a maximum of 5 days of delay. Beyond that, the student also obtains the final grade of 0A/20 in the June session. In addition, attendance at the seminar sessions is mandatory. Beyond one unjustified absence from the seminar sessions, the student obtains a final grade of 0A/20 for the seminar in the June session.
The exemption from representing the final work of the seminar in the same academic year is granted from 10/20 for the final rating of the seminar (art. 23 of the provisions of the Faculty of Law).

Recommended or required reading :
The bibliography is linked to each seminar and to the specific theme developed there.