Global Dynamics

Faculteit Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode THM-GDLC5
Vaknaam Global Dynamics
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Global Dynamics and Local Cosmologies: Studying Religious Change
Leerdoelen Students will be able to:
  • Summarize and discuss theoretical approaches dealing with the study of culture and cultural change
  • Explain related analytical concepts like culture, value, hierarchy, structure, event, among others
  • Relate and discuss the theoretical approaches with reference to specific cases concerned with the dynamics between global and local processes
Omschrijving The course intends to give insight into the processes that are involved in the interaction between local cultural and religious systems and global economic, political and ideological forces like capitalism and colonialism. In contrast to the widespread assumption that indigenous local cultures just give way to overpowering global forces there are many examples of local cultures dealing very creatively with aspects of globalization on their own terms.
We will deal initially with the concepts of society and culture in order to have a firm basis to discuss the dynamics between local and global patterns and cultural change. We will then discuss in some detail the theoretical approaches of Louis Dumont and Marshall Sahlins (perhaps others) in relation to specific cases. At the end of the course students will write a reflection essay in which they are asked to bring into dialogue a concrete ethnographic case with selected theories (or aspects thereof) discussed in the course.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm lectures and seminars
(written assignments per session (30%), presentation(s) (30%), reflection essay (40%))
Coördinator Dr. P. Berger
Docent(en) Dr. P. Berger
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
will be announced later
  • Workload: sessions 21h, readings 80h (ca. 480 pages), written assignments 12h, presentation(s) 6h, reflection essay 21h.
  • Research master studenten kunnen deze cursus volgen maar zullen een andere cursus code hebben: THRM-GDLC5. Om deze cursus als ResMa-student te volgen, zullen zij licht gewijzigde opdrachten uitvoeren. Dit zal worden uitgelegd in de cursusgids.
  • In the event of emergency situations and force majeur, such as societal lockdown, changes may need to be made to class schedules and assessment. Your lecturer will inform you of these changes as soon as possible, should such a situation arise.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Exchange programme: mastermodules 1 semester I b keuzegroep
Ma Programme Religion, Conflict and Globalisation 1 semester I b keuzegroep
Ma Programme Theology and Religious Studies (Research) 1 semester I b keuzegroep
Ma Programme Theology and Religious Studies (Research) 2 semester I b keuzegroep
Msc Philosophy, Politics and Economics 1 semester I b keuze