Narratives We Live By

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LBA020B05
Vaknaam Narratives We Live By
Niveau(s) universitaire minor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Narratives We Live By
Leerdoelen Competences to be developed:
1. The ability to read, evaluate and discuss scientific literature in the field of cultural analysis and cultural evolution.
2. The ability to look upon cultural narratives in a cognitive perspective.
3. Obtaining knowledge of ancient human cultures.
4. Ability to interpret cultural phenomena from a cognitive perspective.

Acquaintance with basic narratives of human culture, their possible evolutionary sources, and their multifaceted appearances in various periods and loci.
Omschrijving This course focuses on basic cultural narratives, and emphasizes their constructed nature as is evident from looking into a diversity of cultures.
After some basic cultural processes are introduced, such as hegemony, center and periphery, and social classes, the course will study how basic narratives of reality were developed in ancient times: narratives are seen as cognitive tools that crystallize, experience, and direct feelings about social reality in a socially constructed manner. Looking into the beginnings of these narratives, and into an array of cultures results in a better ability to reflect upon our own culture(s). The theory of Predictive Brain, as described by Lisa Feldman Barrett, together with Merlin Donald's theory of the evolution of human cognition (as introduced in the first part of the minor), and Barend van Heusden Decoupling Theory, will provide the basic cultural-cognitive concepts for the analysis.

For the final paper, students will employ (critical) hermeneutic and the use of cultural and cultural-cognitive concepts to study an ancient narrative.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege, werkcollege
Toetsvorm presentatie, schriftelijk tentamen, wekelijkse opdrachten
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. R. Nikolsky
Docent(en) dr. R. Nikolsky
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
How Emotions are Made Lisa Feldman Barrett 978-1328915436 ca. €  15,00
Entreevoorwaarden Completed first year of study (propedeuse). Good knowledge of English (understanding, speaking, reading and writing). Students can only follow the whole minor of 30 ECTS. Enrollment for the individual subjects is not possible.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc International Business/IB  (minor Culture and Cognition) 3 semester I b verplicht
Minor Culture and Cognition 3 semester I b verplicht