FTR-RSMI210
Religion, Art and Culture
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-RSMI210
Credits (ECTS)5
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Religiestudies;
Lecturer(s)
Contactperson for the course
dr. M.J.M. de Koning
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Lecturer
dr. M.J.M. de Koning
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Lecturer
prof. dr. H.J.M. Venbrux
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Examiner
prof. dr. H.J.M. Venbrux
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Academic year2017
Period
PER1-PER2  (04/09/2017 to 07/01/2018)
Starting block
PER1
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
You will gain knowledge of and insight in:
  • the relationship between art and religion;
  • the different ways in which religion is imagined and contested by means of art;
  • how to study religion through art (form and context).
Content
Art can be used to convey a religious message and to create a sense of belonging. Art can also be employed to challenge religious ideas or it can transgress religious sensibilities, with subsequent accusations of heresy and blasphemy. In this course hou learn about the relationship between art and various religious traditions, especially Christianity, Islam and indigenous religions. The premise of this course is that art is not just a matter of aesthetics and taste, but is embedded in cultural and historical relations. The course is organized around four central themes: imagination, connection, wonder and resistance. All four denote a specific function of art in relation to religion.
Test information
Assignments and participation, including oral presentation (20%), written exam (80%).

Prerequisites
First year completed

Required materials
Literature
ISBN:9780192853677
Title:But Is It Art? An Introduction to Art Theory
Author:Freeland, Cynthia
Publisher:New York: Oxford University Press, 2002
Articles
To be announced

Instructional modes
Lecture and seminar
Attendance MandatoryYes

General
Assignments, debates, presentations and lectures.

Tests
Written exam
Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock TENT2, Block TENT3