General heuristics

lhist1140  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

General heuristics
6 credits
22.5 h + 15.0 h
Bertrand Paul;
Main themes
- Presentation and application of documentary research procedures (the problem, finding documentary resources and locating the documentation, material and intellectual treatment of the information).
- Presentation of the principal works of synthesis and working tools and introduction into handling them, situating them in the various historiographical currents, particularly repertories of historical bibliography not limited to one period of history.
- Presentation of a typology of principal sources.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


By the end of this instruction, students will have been introduced to documentory research, keeping a twofold imperative in mind : that of analysing various aspects of a given problem, on the one hand; that of recourse to documentation providing acquaintance with the problem, on the other hand. The course is intended to systematically develop in the student the dialectic between problem analysis and recourse to documentation.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Teaching methods
The course is comprised of theoretical lectures, as well as exercises to be done individually or during organized exercise meetings.
Other information
 Teaching materials : Student notes. A syllabus, giving the bibliographical references of essential works, is provided. Teaching : Exercises (15 h) help the student master an approach to general heuristics.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in History

Minor in History