Johfra Bosschart, Zodiac Series
Johfra Bosschart, Zodiac Series

A more inclusive curriculum in the history of the arts

TLC voucher project
Duration
2024 until 2025
Project type
Research

Motivation

Students of Arts and Culture Studies lack non-Western art and female artists in the History of Western Arts course. Tom and Maarten strive for a more inclusive course and want to use their innovation voucher to develop a new curriculum together with students and lecturers.

The first-year 'History of the Western Arts' course within the General Cultural Studies programme suffers from several problems. Students find it difficult to see connections between different art forms and complain about a lack of inclusiveness. They point to a lack of non-Western art and female artists. Lecturers also experience difficulties, including frameworks labelled as old-fashioned. How can this history subject be taught in a way that takes diversity and globalisation into account so that students can develop inclusive historical knowledge? 

Hypothesis

Tom and Maarten want this course to be taught in a more inclusive way, taking into account diversity among both students and lecturers. Their goal is to create a learning line on which the curriculum can be based, providing students with a broader historical perspective.  

Desired solution

Using their innovation voucher, they will set to work to develop a new learning line, to which both this course and the entire curriculum can be aligned. This new learning line will serve as the basis for training students to be 21st-century stewards of art and culture, in line with Radboud University's commitment to cultural sustainability.

Plan of action

To achieve this, a team will be formed consisting of students and lecturers from the course. This team will take stock of the current situation, conduct literature reviews and discuss their vision for a new learning line. This process is coordinated by Airin Rezazadeh Farahmand. Based on their findings, this team will work with the faculty education adviser to develop a new learning line, including new forms of work and testing. This learning line will be pilot tested and then evaluated.  

Funding

This project is funded by a TLC voucher from the Radboud Teaching and Learning Centre. This voucher programme aims to set up projects in the field of educational innovation, lecturer development and educational research.

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