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prof. dr. B.P. (Barend) van Heusden

prof. dr. B.P. (Barend) van Heusden

Courses taught in 2015-2016

Arts, Culture, and Media

Ba 1: History and Theory of Arts and Media - An introductory course on the functioning of the arts in Western culture from classical antiquity to the present.

Ba2: Arts, Policy, and Education - The core question of the course Arts, Policy and Education is how the values produced by the arts in society both condition, and are conditioned by arts policy and arts education. The course integrates the sociological and cognitive perspectives on the arts students have already made acquaintance with in the first year courses. Students learn to connect both approaches within the framework of public arts (or cultural) policy and arts education. For this purposes the course focuses on identifying the social and cognitive effects of the arts which are of importance from a public policy and educational point of view. Students make acquaintance with the systems theory approach and connect it with the cognitive perspective on the arts and with institutional art theories (Becker, Bourdieu and Actor-Network theory). Furthermore, students analyse concrete cases of arts policy and education.

Ba 3: Culture and Cognition - The Evolution of Human Culture. A course on the evolution of human culture, viewed from a cognitive perspective. We discuss, among other things, the emergence of self-consciousness, the capacity for mimesis, the evolution of language and the advent of theoretical culture.

Ma 1: Arts and Brain in Culture - an advanced course on arts and cognition. The cognitive underpinnings of art and culture are notoriously difficult to research empirically. The reasons for this are twofold: 1. There is an absence of an agreed upon theory and 2. There exists a vast complexity of cultural and artistic behavior. In this course, we will deal with both issues. First we critically discuss the theoretical frameworks available for the empirical study of human cultural and artistic cognition (Dutton, Ramachandran, Zeki, Donald, Noë, Kandel, Dissanayake). Secondly, we investigate quantitative and qualitative empirical methods used to study artistic and cultural cognitive processes. 

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