Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 840057-B-6
Course info
Course module840057-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences; TSH: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Liberal Arts and Sciences;
Is part of
B Liberal Arts and Sciences
Contact persondr. D.J.M.S. Janssens
Coordinator course
dr. D.J.M.S. Janssens
Other course modules lecturer
dr. D.J.M.S. Janssens
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. A. van Lenning
Other course modules lecturer
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 20/08/2018 09:00 up to and including 31/07/2019
After completing the course “Evil”, the student is able:
  1. To discuss a number of key theories and concepts in sociology and social psychology.
  2. To compare three major positions and their respective representatives in philosophical-ethical theory (virtue ethics, deontological ethics and consequentialist ethics);
  3. To apply the theories and concepts mentioned in 1-3 to historical and contemporary cases.
  4. To use these social scientific and philosophical concepts and theories in order to reflect on evil as a social, psychological, historical and ethical phenomenon.
  5. To compare and contrast the various social-psychological and philosophic-ethical perspectives on historical and contemporary cases
  6. To combine the sociological, psychological and philosophical-ethical theories in assignments.
  7. To read, analyze and interpret major works in sociology, psychology and philosophical ethics.


For non-LAS students the number of places in this course is limited. For registration, please contact Gerwin van der Laan ( at least three weeks prior to the start of the course

Recommended Prerequisites

Curiosity, Pen, and Paper
This course explores evil as a social, psychological and ethical phenomenon. It raises questions such as:

-       What is evil, and how do we distinguish between good and evil?

-       Why, when, where and how are human beings able to commit evil?

-       What can we do to prevent evil?

In the course, these questions are explored through a number of cases, historical and contemporary, of evildoing. These cases are investigated through the lens of a number of theories and concepts derived from the social sciences (sociology and social psychology) and philosophy (ethics and political philosophy).

This course is taught using University College Tilburg's "Team Teaching"-Method, which entails two lecturers (often from different fields) teaching the course at the same time.

Compulsory Reading
  1. TBA

Recommended Reading
  1. TBA
Timetable information
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Midterm (50%) / Midterm (50%)MIDTERM_01SM 1118-10-2018
Schriftelijk (50% Resit 100%) / Written (50% Resit 100%)EXAM_01SM 1112-12-2018
Schriftelijk (50% Resit 100%) / Written (50% Resit 100%)EXAM_01SM 1216-01-2019
Required materials
Recommended materials
Written (50% Resit 100%)

Midterm (50%)

Kies de Nederlandse taal