Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

HDDR1125 - Criticism of information sources and seminar in humanities


Credits : 4

Lecturers :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , first and second term, 15 hours of theory and 30 hours of exercises.

Language of instruction :
The language of instruction for the lecture and 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.

Learning activities :
HDDR1120 - Criticism of Information Sources [1 Q. • 15 Th. • Pond. : 1] Quentin Verreycken
HDDR1131 - Human Science Seminar [A. • 30 Th. • Pond. : 1] Romain Landmeters, Céline Rase

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 two human science discipline (law and history), 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 :
1. The Critique des sources d'information course is first and foremost a practice-oriented method course on the implementation of the methods presented through legal questions, exercises and casus.

The learning of research principles and methods requires the theoretical definition of a number of theoretical concepts (categories of information sources, methods of documentary research and the construction of a research question, principles of criticism of information sources, legal foundations for the validity of information). However, this presentation is systematically illustrated in a practical, even participatory way. At the end of each theoretical part, a series of exercises are carried out during the lecture course, as a synthesis of the material.

2. 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 teaching unit consists of two learning activities: the course Critique des sources d'information, and the Seminar.

The course is given ex cathedra during the second term, at a rate of 1,5 hours/week.
The seminar is given at a rate of 1h30 every two weeks, during the first and second terms.
Assessment methods and criteria :
The Criticism of information sources course is evaluated by a written exam during the January June and September sessions.
The Seminar is evaluated on the basis of an oral presentation and a final paper. 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.
The two learning activities result in a single final rating, at the end of the June and September sessions, corresponding to the average rating of the two evaluations. However, both learning activities must have been effectively presented in order to be eligible for this average rating.

Assessment methods and criteria :

Recommended or required reading :
C. Gauvard, J.F. Sirinelli (dir.), Dictionnaire de l'historien, Paris, PUF, 2015.
K. Hillis, M. Petit, K. Jarrett, Google and the culture of search, New York, Routledge, 2012.
N. Marquis, E. Lenel, L. Van Campenhoudt, Pratique de la lecture critique en sciences humaines et sociales, Paris, Dunod, 2018.
J. Pycke, La critique historique : un long chemin à parcourir entre le témoignage et la synthèse, 3e éd., Louvain-la-Neuve, Academia-Bruylant, 2000.
R. Quivy, L. Van Campenhoudt, Manuel de recherches en sciences sociales, 3e éd. rev. et augm., Paris, Dunod, 2006.
Ch. Samaran (dir.), L'Histoire et ses méthodes, Paris, La Pléiade, 1961 (Encyclopédie de La Pléiade).
C.R. Sunstein, Anatomie de la rumeur, Genève, Ed. Markus Haller, 2012.
A. Tihon, Critique historique, Bruxelles, syllabus des FUSL, 1987 (inédit).