Faculteit University College Groningen
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode UCG1AC08
Vaknaam Love
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Love
Omschrijving Love is a concept that features prominently in many cultures. We can find "love" everywhere: in music, poetry, oral histories, ancient mythology, films, books, advertisements, mobile applications and in so many other human activities, products and customs. In our lives, as individuals, "love" is also portrayed as one of the strongest feelings one can, and even should, experience.

But, what is love? How do we define love? How do we experience love? How do we feel love? Ever since Plato’s classic dialogue The Symposium philosophers have been discussing the nature of love, and tried to develop conceptions of what love is. Besides Philosophy, other disciplines as well, such as Biology and Psychology, have ventured to understand love and have thus contributed to the relevant discussion.

In the course Love we bring these three disciplines - Philosophy, Biology and Psychology - together in an attempt to achieve a more rounded understanding of what love is and how it is experienced and expressed by humans. Our course is built around certain questions such as: Are there different types of love? Is love an act of free will? Do we choose who to fall in love with? Why do we love certain people over others? Can love hurt? We treat these as complex questions that would benefit from a conversation across the three disciplines. We therefore aim for a true interdisciplinary course to reach a more nuanced understanding of the much talked-about concept of love.
Uren per week 8
Onderwijsvorm Seminar
Toetsvorm Assignments
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. A. Mattos Pinto, PhD.
Docent(en) M.G.J. Boot, PhD. ,dr. M. Ioannou, PhD. ,dr. A. Mattos Pinto, PhD.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Liberal Arts and Sciences  (Year 1) - semester I a keuzegroep
Liberal Arts and Sciences  (Year 1) - semester I b keuzegroep