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UvA students to develop their own course

Laura ter Steege,
12 december 2019 - 14:21

Three UvA students have won the Create a Course Challenge with their idea for a course on Posthumanism and the Anthropocene. Students will be able to follow the new course from September next year.

UvA students José Bernardo Pedroso Couto Soares (32, master of Sociology), Amalia Calderón (23, research master of Artistic Research) and Clémentine Dècle (21, Politics, Psychology, Law & Economics) have won the chance to work with the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS) to develop their own study course called Post-humans in the Anthropocene: a relational inquiry into Humanity Futures, other Species and the Environment. The course will be divided into three blocks: Post-humanism, Post-Anthropocentrism and Anthropocene. Students will learn to think critically about their position in the world and their relationship with their own body, other species and the environment.

The winning idea was praised by the jury for its ‘great social relevance and creative work forms,’ ​​the UvA announced. Amalia: ‘Students from different disciplines - from art and law to sociology and biotechnology - will work together,’ with an emphasis on open discussion and practical case studies.
Normally the winner of the challenge is offered a job as a student assistant to develop the course. Now this year’s winners have won as a group, each of the students hope to be actively involved.