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Bachelor
Global Arts, Culture and Politics
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Study programme

The Bachelor’s programme in Global Arts, Culture and Politics teaches you the necessary skills and knowledge to engage with the global challenges of today from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Programme structure

  • In the first year, you will lay a broad foundation in the fields of art and media, sustainability, cultural policy and artificial intelligence. You will also gain skills in doing interdisciplinary research, and academic writing.
  • In the second year, you will start your specialism by choosing one of the four majors on the different global challenges. Additionally you will be taught  'Philosophy of Humanities and Science' and follow the course 'Key Stories' with lectures from hot-shot specialists from various faculties and political, cultural and media figures.
  • In the third year, you will take two electives and a minor, either in a different discipline within the Humanities or at a different faculty. You will also have the opportunity to study abroad. The Bachelor’s programme will be completed with a Bachelor’s project in cooperation with cultural, artistic or governmental organisations.

Four majors

You will also choose to specialise in one of our four majors:

  • Art, Media and Visual Culture

    In this major you will study art as a medium, with an emphasis on the past: how were paintings used in the counter reformation? How did Louis XIV, the Sun King, use theatre to his advantage, and how did music help shape nationalism? You will analyse themes and gain insights from fields such as:

    • Art History
    • Book History
    • Cultural Industries
    • Heritage Studies
    • Looted objects
    • Museums Studies
    • Music Studies
    • Theatre Studies
    • Technology
    • Visual Culture and Propaganda
  • Reimagining Sustainability

    In this interdisciplinary major, sustainability will be studied from multiple perspectives: sustainability and (human, animal and things) rights, economy, health and urban sustainability. Your perspective will include the fields and themes such as:

    • Animal Studies
    • Archaeology / Material Culture Studies
    • Cultural Industries
    • Conflict
    • Ecofeminism
    • Ecologies
    • Equality
    • Globalism
    • Health
    • Human, animal and thing rights
    • Posthumanism
    • Urban Studies
  • Culture and Social Justice

    Contemporary culture is highly politicised: (social media) discussions on topics such as gender, racism and #metoo have a strong impact on theatre, music and film culture.

    The core themes of the major Culture and Social Justice are the global transformations of cultural practices and their underlying conceptions of culture.  You will learn to identify and analyse the specific social, political, economic and technological conditions within which current and past cultural connectivities and contestations have come about. With this awareness you will delve into how these dynamics are materialised in cultural practices, monuments, institutions, archives and heritage sites.

    You will also dive into the fields of:

    • Art and Hegemony
    • Diversity
    • Colonial Studies
    • Critical Heritage Studies
    • Cultural Policy
    • Gender
    • Globalism
    • Identity
    • Mass and popular culture
    • Migration
    • Nationalism
    • Racism
    • Restitution
    • Queer Studies
  • The Human and Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial intelligence deeply influences our daily lives: in the way we listen to music on Spotify, consume (fake) news, or contact friends on WhatsApp. This major will address questions of big data and AI from the point of view of the humanities and arts. We will study how AI works, how it is it programmed, and what consequences it has ethically, politically and sociologically. You will learn about the growing importance of AI in contemporary culture and society and study the critical thinking and intellectual debates in this fast-developing field, while acquiring the tools and framework to analyse new cultural and social datasets with AI methods.

    You also gain knowledge from the disciplines and analyse issues such as:

    • Artificial Intelligence and Ethics
    • AI and Politics
    • Content
    • Digital Humanities
    • Fake news
    • Media Studies (such as TV, film, photography and social media)
    • Platformisation
COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Global challenges and the arts
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    6
  • Art and Media: Introduction
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    6
  • Doing interdisciplinary research
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    6
  • Sustainability: Introduction
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    6
  • Doing interdisciplinary research
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    6
  • Big history of art, culture and politics
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    6
  • Cultural policy: Introduction
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    6
  • Writing
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    6
  • Artificial Intelligence
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    6
  • Writing
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    6
COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Major
    1—3
    24
  • Philosophy of Humanities and Science
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    6
  • Major
    4—6
    30
COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Electives | Minor Humanities | Minor other faculties
    1—6
    36
  • Bachelor project
    4—6
    24
Noah Wattimena
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