Human Interaction@LUC begins with the assumption that the globalising world defies understanding through the isolated study of politics, law, economics, and hard and soft sciences. The international arena in which considerations of politics, economy, the environment—but also culture, religion, and society—intermingle in increasingly interleaving ways poses serious challenges for conventional methods of understanding human interaction. Acknowledging that institutional and legal structures are only part of the picture of a globalising world, this major focuses on the cultural, historical, philosophical, psychological, and religious dimensions of human interaction on the global stage.
Human Interaction@LUC is a multi- and inter-disciplinary major, which draws on the humanities and social sciences to explore a series of contemporary challenges for global citizenship. Hence, the emphasis of this major is on the various ways in which local, national and international boundaries are maintained and traversed by social, cultural, and religious practices.
Unique and exciting its breadth as well as its potential for depth of insight, Human Interaction@LUC empowers students with the vocabulary, principles, and methods of history as a discipline, by providing them with foundational knowledge and skills in several areas of (especially transnational) history. Students study history in a global setting, mixing theory and grand historical narrative with smaller-scale specific case studies. Students can be trained in the core sub-fields of philosophy in a global context, sensitive to the dynamics of historical and international developments in the domain of human thought. From epistemology through metaphysics to ethics and politics, students are encouraged to think with and against European and Anglo-American philosophical currents. Human Interaction@LUC offers a innovative approach to the study of world religions—starting with an introduction to and comparison of various bases for belief, followed by an investigation of cultural and religious expression through art, artifact, and architecture, building up to a synthesis of worldviews and material culture through an exploration of religious influence on social, political, and legal forms in domestic, international, and transnational contexts. In addition, students interested in Human Interaction@LUC have access to a wide range of courses in world culture, including art, literature, and music, as well as a specialization in psychology.
Graduates of Human Interaction@LUC can expect to move on to exciting careers in the creative or knowledge industries, in academia, journalism, or in consultancies, research centres & think tanks … anywhere that an employer is enthusiastic about critically trained, independent thinkers who are focused on the importance of human beings in the world today.