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The ACPA launches MOOC Music & Society

Leiden University Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) launches the open online course Music & Society on Coursera to advance worldwide access to high-quality education. The course starts on January 9, 2017 and will be taught by Prof. dr. Marcel Cobussen and drs. Hafez Ismaili M’hamdi.

The Leiden University Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) presents the open online course Music & Society on Coursera, the world’s largest open online education provider. We invite participants from all over the world to join the course and immerse themselves in the omnipresence of music and the fascinating relationship between music and society.

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About the course Music & Society

The MOOC Music & Society gives a thorough introduction to the different ways music and society are interconnected. Discussed is a.o. the role, function and status of music in society and the influence of music on social, political, economic, technological and many other developments. Interesting lectures and interviews (for example with Daniel Barenboim, Ton Koopman and Louis Andriessen), challenging assignments, engaging articles and of course many musical examples provide more insight into where, how and why we listen to music, how music gives form to one's identity and what effect music has on our values. Possibilities to embed the MOOC in ACPA’s regular education are now being looked into.

Meet the instructors

“Music mirrors society just as society mirrors music.”

Prof. dr. Marcel Cobussen

Marcel Cobussen is Professor of Auditory Culture and Music Philosophy at Leiden University (the Netherlands). He works at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) and is specialized in supervising PhD students in Artistic Research. 

Drs. Hafez Ismaïli M’hamdi

Hafez Ismaïli M’hamdi is lecturer at Leiden University and PhD candidate in ethics at the Erasmus University Medical Center. He teaches classes on philosophy of music and music and society. 

Leiden University’s Centre for Innovation and the Online Learning Lab

The Centre for Innovation (CFI) aims to prepare Leiden University for the digital future by anticipating on technological trends in education & research.

The Online Learning Lab supports the development and delivery of online courses at Leiden University. Its mission is to support Leiden University staff in online learning development and to experiment with the potential of online learning in various ways, using MOOCs to improve education and to strengthen research. 

About Leiden University

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty.

About the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts

The Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) is a unique research institute within the Leiden University in which it offers composers, performing artists, visual artists and (graphic-)designers the opportunity to perform research in and through artistic practice.

The ACPA also offers education in the arts for Leiden University students, and offers academic electives for students of the University of the Arts The Hague.

About Coursera

Coursera partners with over 120 top universities and educational institutions to offer hundreds of online courses and Specializations in topics from computer science to social psychology and beyond. Earn certificates from prestigious learning institutions for courses and projects developed in collaboration with top employers that teach the skills you need to succeed. Whether you want to advance your career or pursue a passion, Coursera provides open online education for everyone. For more information, visit www.coursera.org.

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