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Humanistic Practices in a Globalising World (2018-2019)

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Humanistic Practices in a Globalising World


World Views

Master, 3rd year


7,5 ECTS


Caroline Suransky

Caroline Suransky, Laurens ten Kate, Nicole Immler, Guido Ruivenkamp, Henk Manschot

This course contributes to the following Learning Outcomes of the Master Degree in Humanistic Studies:

  • 1. Knowledge and understanding of foundational concepts of humanistic studies
  • 2. Knowledge and skills concerning worldviews and ethics
  • 3. Knowledge and understanding of normative professionalization
  • 4. Knowledge and understanding of diversity, multiculturalism and globalization
  • 8. Professional core activities and skills
  • 9. Knowledge of the work sphere / professional practice
  • 10. Skills regarding the occupational context
  • 11. Skills and attitude of a normative professional

    Objectives 1 to 7 specify the academic training within Humanistic Studies. Objectives 8 to 11 specify  professional skills development

After successful completion of the course 3-HC10 Humanistic Practices in a Globalising World, students are able to:
  1. Convincingly explain what a Humanistic Profession or Chaplaincy entails in the context of a globalising world;
  2. Account for their own perspective on what it means to be a Humanistic Professional or Chaplain in the context of a globalising world;
  3. Take into account and discuss the plural cultural, historic, social and institutional contexts and professional terrains of Humanistic Professionals
  4. Use their prior knowledge about World Views, Professionalism and Research in the context of Humanistic professional practices.

This module is based on the premise that Dutch society and all fields where Humanistic practitioners work are profoundly affected by globalisation processes. This module explores philosophical and historical views pertaining to cultural and religious aspirations, social imaginaries, pluralism and social and ecological justice in a globalising world and connects these to (a) interdisciplinary perspectives in Humanistic Studies and (b) experiences within traditional and new Humanistic professional practices. The notion of ‘pluralism’ is a central focus in this module. Building on the concepts of social imaginaries (Taylor, 2007) and ‘the capacity to aspire’ (Appadurai, 2004), we examine pluralism from three perspectives: (1) a worldview perspective which focuses on new meanings and manifestations of secularity, against the backdrop of the evolving relationship between Humanism and religion; (2) a societal perspective which focuses on effects of globalisation on (a) possibilities to develop new and creative social imaginaries and social practices and (b) tensions and inequalities in society (3) an ecological perspective which focusses on diverse ways in which humans interact with their environments by drawing on pluri-cultural values and their modes of symbolic awareness of the human–earth relationship. The core question in this module is: How do globalisation processes affect aspirations for a meaningful life in a humane society, and how can Humanistic professionals address these aspirations as normative professionals? The module will also draw on social media, films, art and novels as imaginative sources of knowledge about Humanistic Practices in a Globalising World 

Lectures, Dialogue sessions using film, social media and art, presentations of group assignments

Group presentations and an individual written exam (paper)

Book: Appadurai, Arjun (2013) The Future as Cultural Fact. Essays on the Global Condition. London/New York; Verso 

Additional selected readings, to be determined

This course integrates elements of World View- , Academic - and Professional curriculum tracks

This course offers (1) a synthesising culmination of prior obtained knowledge and skills with regard to World Views, Professionalism (particularly the internship) and Research; and (2) a bridge to Professional Practices

Bachelor or pre-Master in Humanistic Studies, plus a to be determined minimum number of credits in the Master in Humanistic Studies program

This course explicitly involves recent academic research findings (published and/or submitted journal articles) by UvH researchers.

This course bridges academic study and professional practices

Based on their prior curriculum choices and their internship experiences, all students opt for one of the traditional professional Humanistic working fields (Care, Education, Organisation, Research) or focus on possible new professional fields where Humanistic Studies graduates could work (e.g. Media, sustainable development, Arts and Culture). Through a group assignment, students meaningfully connect their knowledge about globalisation processes with their chosen practice.