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Advanced modules

Verderop in het Expedition programma ga je een uitdagende advanced module doen. Je hebt de keuze uit deze thema's:

The Francophone Maghreb

Why does French play a central role in the Maghreb? What is the historical background for Maghreb being one of the biggest French speaking area? What are the challenges of multilingualism today? This course will explore the links between language, identity, religion and post colonialism in the Maghreb.

Beyond Sources: What Languages Reveal about the Course of History

Languages are constantly changing and have done so for as long as human language has existed. Furthermore, language users will adapt their language to suit their current needs. When a linguistic community is isolated from its linguistic relatives or comes into contact with new linguistic communities, this often leaves traces in the spoken language.

The Middle East in the 20th Century: local actors and great power politics

The course looks at the way the great powers of Europe (and later the USA) have interacted with various communities, networks and states of the Middle East in the twentieth century.

Dialogues: Language, Literature, and the Construction of Meaning

Dialogue is everywhere in life: in television talk shows, newspaper interviews, public debate and in the prefabricated question-and-answer sequences that help us navigate through websites. We are encouraged to engage in dialogue with others to bridge cultural, political and religious divides, but also with our inner selves to reach understanding, find comfort, and so on.

The New University – and the ‘Old’ One(s)

In the spring of 2015, resistance against reorganization plans for the Amsterdam Faculty of Humanities based on budget cuts, very quickly developed into a much broader movement against the way university education in The Netherlands is presently organized and conducted, as (wrongly) founded on “rendementsdenken” (“output-thinking”). How new is the New University?

Art, Ethics and Biotechnology

Contemporary biotechnological practices (such as genetic modification) that involve manipulation of living beings present a challenge to traditional notions of nature and the human body. This is particularly true of synthetic biology, a form of bioengineering which includes both the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems and the re-designing of existing natural biological systems.

WikiLogic: How the Internet affects the way we think

There is a growing debate on how the use of digital media (in particular the Internet) is affect-ing the way in which we learn, think, communicate and collaborate. This course explores the way in which changing media landscapes affect our epistemic practices, that is, our ways of organizing, evaluating, and communicating our beliefs and desires. The course has six key themes: Logos (writing), Gutenborgs (printing press), Google (Internet), Bits (digital information), Wikis (sharing), and World 2.0 (virtual ontology).

Animals in the Humanities

Recently, the traditional claim of human exceptionalism -that we are essentially and categorically different from all other animals- has been questioned by representatives of post humanist thinking. These scholars question the agency of the autonomous, self-willed human and emphasize shared vulnerability and interdependence instead. What are the consequences of this shift in our understanding of our relationship with animals?


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