The Evolution Of Human Culture

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode LBA017B10
Vaknaam The Evolution Of Human Culture
Niveau(s) universitaire minor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Evolutie van cultuur
Leerdoelen Competences to be developed:
This module focuses on the development of the following competences, as stated in the degree profile:
1. Obtaining knowledge of evolutionary psychology
2. Critical reading of scientific literature on the evolution of human culture
3. Critical thinking on the evolution of human culture
4. Discussing a point of view on the basis relevant scientific literature

Learning objectives of the module (learning outcomes at module level):
The ability to read, evaluate and discuss scientific literature about the evolution of human culture The ability to present and discuss a critical perspective in public The ability to write a scientific essay about a topic related to the evolution of human culture
Omschrijving This course is about the evolution of human culture. Building upon the work of Merlin Donald and others, we focus upon questions relating to this evolutionary process: How did human culture arise out of primate culture, and how did it develop? What are characteristics of human culture? Is it language? Or imagination and art? Or maybe our capacity for complex social interaction or for scientific inquiry? Can we discern successive phases in the evolution of culture? And how should we study the evolution of human culture? What are relevant data and methods of research? The students will get acquainted with Donald's theory of the three stages of the evolution of human cognition. It starts by differentiating between human cognition and that of other mammals, and follows the development of the human mind from mimetic culture through the introduction of linguistic abilities, to the foundation of the theoretical culture in which we live in the present, based, among other things, on the human ability to read and write.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege, werkcollege
Toetsvorm essay, schriftelijk tentamen, wekelijkse opdrachten
(Participation in discussions, Final Exam, Final essay (if written in this course))
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator prof. dr. B.P. van Heusden
Docent(en) prof. dr. B.P. van Heusden
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
The Recursive Mind Michael Corballis 9780691160948 €  19,99
Origins of the Modern Mind (1991) Merlin Donald
Entreevoorwaarden Completed first year of study (propedeuse). Good knowledge of English (understanding, speaking, reading and writing).
Students can follow 15 or 30 ECTS. Enrollment for single modules is not possible.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Minor Culture and Cognition 3 semester I a verplicht