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Seminar BA2 Arts, Media and Society II: Art and Politics


Admission requirements

The following courses need to be passed:

  • Freshman's Class

  • Academic Skills II


Seminar BA2: Art and Politics

This course will introduce students to the various ways in which contemporary art intersects with the political. Drawing on art history and political theory, we will analyze how artists have engaged with the politics of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, ecology, inequality and globalization.
The book Art and Politics. A Small History of Art for Social Change since 1945 (2013) by Claudia Mesch will provide us with a basic introduction to diverse forms of political engagement and resistance, mainly by artists from the US and Europe. However, through additional readings we will also consider how artists from Latin America have offered new ways of both thinking about and intervening in politics.
Through our collective discussions of the assigned texts and artworks, we will examine how art can directly operate within specific political realities rather than just reflecting upon them. For the midterm assignment, students will work in groups to curate a fictional exhibition, symposium or publication about art and politics.

Course objectives

  • Students gain insight into contemporary debates about the intersection of art and politics

  • Students acquire familiarity with political art practices from different cultural contexts

  • Students learn to raise relevant questions when confronting contemporary artworks which engage with politics

  • Students gain confidence in discussing and writing about political art practices

  • Students develop collaborative skills and learn how to initiate collective research projects


For further details see the timetable of Arts Media and Society

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

Total course load 5 EC x 28 hours= 140 hours:

  • 24 hrs: Attending lectures (2 hrs weekly x 12 weeks, of which one excursion)

  • 40 hrs: Studying the compulsory literature

  • 38 hrs: Working in groups on group assignments (research, group meetings and writing)

  • 38 hrs: Final paper

Assessment method

  • Short weekly blogs (40%)

  • Final paper (60 %)

Compensation: The weighted average of the (constituent) examinations must be at least 6.0 (= a pass). The mark for the final examination (or the main assignment) must be at least 6.0 (= a pass). The mark for all other constituent examinations must be at least 6.0 (= a pass). However, it is possible to compensate for one constituent examination a 5.0 (but not a mark lower than 5.0) with the grade of another constituent examination which has the same weight in the average as the constituent examination it compensates.

Resit: A resit/ rewrite can be done for constituent examinations which are failed. As far as applicable all resits/ rewrites take place at the same time, after the final (constituent) examination.

Inspection and feedback: How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • announcements

  • readings

  • assignments

Reading list

Literature will be made available through Blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


S. Noach MA