Theories and Analysis

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode LWR011M05
Vaknaam Theories and Analysis
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Theories and Analysis of Arts, Media and Literature
Leerdoelen Insight in the broad range of scientific and/or scholarly approaches in the study the arts, media and literature, now and in the past, with special attention to a selection of currently prominent families of approaches; Insight in their epistemological and normative assumptions, and into their kind of relevance, modes of argumentation and validation; Insight in issues of theorizing, interpretation, “subjectivity/objectivity”, values and normativity, and interdisciplinarity.
After completing this module the student should have a thorough understanding of the role of the arts, media and literature in culture and society; they should have knowledge of a variety of research perspectives on the arts, media and literature media, and understand their specific relevance and modes of operating; they should be aware of the intricate rapport, throughout history, between developments in the the arts, media and literature, on the one hand, and cultures and societies on the other. They should also understand what are main challenges for the humanities today
Omschrijving This module builds on the Theories of Culture module, zooming in on a range of theories pertaining specifically to the role of the arts, media and literature in culture and in their societal contexts. Core questions around which the course is structured are the following: how can we study the role played by the arts, media and literature in shaping, mediating and reflecting upon our understanding of human experience and of the world views, norms and values that circulate in or even underlie particular cultures and societies, now and in the past? What kind of theorizing, what kind of questions and approaches are characteristic for a variety of prominent theories of the arts, media and literature? What are their epistemological assumptions and their methodological and argumentative procedures? What are their conceptions of the media, arts and literature, and of science? What kind of knowledge or other aim do they want to achieve? We will explore theoretical perspectives that range from hermeneutic approaches to social sciences theories, among others: grounded theory, arts & media psychology and sociology
Uren per week 3
Toetsvorm actieve participatie, essay, opdrachten
(active participation in class (10%), 2 assignments (2 x 15%); critical, comparative essay on one or more theoretical approaches in the study of culture (60%).)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. A.M.A. van den Oever
Docent(en) prof. dr. A.M.A. van den Oever
Verplichte literatuur
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
ReMa Kunst- en Cultuurwetenschappen / Arts and Culture  (ReMa Arts, Media and Literary Studies) 1 semester II b verplicht
ReMa Letterkunde / Literary Studies  ( ReMa Literary and Cultural Studies) 1 semester II b verplicht