REL 305 Spring 2013 Foucault (W)

Michel Foucault was first and foremost a scholar of power. His ironic "genealogies" of how the Enlightenment promised freedom but instead delivered intricate and perilous technologies of control have inspired philosophers, intellectual historians, and even novelists. Yet for all of this Foucault is often thought of as having posited a helpless subject trapped in an inescapable web. Worse, scholars such as Rosie Braidotti have seen this subject as a uniquely masculine maneuver-ignoring women's struggles. This course will consider Foucault and his own "mentors," Heidegger, Nietzsche, and Kant, among others, as well as exploring such central questions as Foucault's views on gender and sexuality. We will also examine whether Foucault was able--as he intended--to move beyond "resistance" in his later writings and help post-Enlightenment individuals engender a more empowered sense of subjectivity.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active classroom engagement (students are expected to take a major role in class discussions as this is a seminar course), two response papers of 1500 words, a take-home midterm exam, and a final, 15- page (3,750 word) paper
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Prerequisites: none, although some work in Continental Philosophy will be helpful
Enrollment Preference: Religion majors
Department Notes: formerly REL 284
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives, REL Body of Theory Courses
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 3688
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REL305-01(S) SEM Foucault (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Glenn W. Shuck
TF 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Hopkins Roger Room 3688
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