Science and Arts
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-FFIL217
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Institute for Science, Innovation and Society;
L. Landeweerd
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L. Landeweerd
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L. Landeweerd
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L. Landeweerd
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Academic year2023
KW3  (29/01/2024 to 07/04/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Science & Arts: the creative mind aims to deepen the understanding and strengthening the potential of the relation between exact scientific and creative research from a philosophical perspective. The course entails a familiarisation with artistic research that can aid in a critical articulation of alternative perspective on one’s own field of research. It does so through a study of creativity in research in both the arts and the sciences. The aim is to thus open up new theoretical and practical avenues. Science & Arts thus aims to
  • open up traditional disciplinary paradigms
  • create self-awareness in scientific thought and theory building
  • generate the ability to take an alternative perspective on philosophy of (techno)science
With this course, the student is expected to be able to:
  • Interpret of texts and works of art as representative of specific worldviews
  • Develop scientific views on philosophical and artistic research into the nature of reality
  • Show a more in depth ability to evaluate knowledge systems in one’s own discipline
  • apply knowledge over the relevance of worldviews and paradigms
  • use theoretical tools for a self-critical assessment of scientific knowledge
The role of imagination in scientific research remains somewhat underexplored. Scientific research is usually regarded as a means to reproduce the laws that govern the events and phenomena we observe in reality. From this perspective, any kind of imagination or creativity would dilute the correct reproduction of these laws. And as such, research is regarded as an enterprise involving both laborious work and meticulous theoretical reflection. But theorising within the sciences and practical implementation of scientific research in societal contexts are highly dependent of imagination, association and the definition of creative strategies to open up of new avenues of thought. The genres of the imagination – art, theatre, poetry, music literature etc. - are usually not associated with ‘research’, but artistic research is a well-accepted term in these fields. This course aims to support creative thought in scientific research by bridging the gap between the arts and the sciences.

Scientific research differs categorically from artistic research. The goals of science include the uncovering of the laws underlying the phenomena that we perceive of through experiment: observation, validation, extrapolation. The arts research human experience. They take an intuitive approach, since it seeks to show what cannot be articulated. Goal, method and justification are on first sight quite distant. But what they do share is a sense of creativity: scientific research cannot be conducted without creative association and reflection on possible scenarios, solutions and tests. And art is not possible without the notion of creativity. In this regard, imagination is a connecting line between both fields.
Instructional Modes

Presumed foreknowledge
Bachelor in any disciplinary field
Test information
A written, counter-paradigmatic view on a new theory in one’s own field.
Bijzonderheden: - Study of works of art, literature, poetry etc. - Close reading of canonical texts from and on the exact sciences - Group discussions
Required materials
Learning Management System (Brigthspace)
Announced via Brightspace: texts, works of art, film, fragments.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight1
Test typeEssay
OpportunitiesBlock KW3, Block KW4