This course begins with a brief introduction to some of Foucault’s early writings but focuses on a close reading of a selection of middle and late texts that have become central to debates about the significance and value of his work such as: Discipline and Punish, The History of Sexuality (vols. 1-3), and selected interviews and course lectures. We will focus particularly on how subjects are positioned in relation to his writings on power and knowledge with particular attention to the later so-called ethical writings in the years before his untimely death in 1984.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
evaluation will be based on written work (six 5- to 6-page papers, and six 2-3 page commentaries on their partner's papers) as well as the quality and level of preparation and intellectual engagement in our weekly meetings.
at least two courses in PHIL or political or critical theory, or permission of instructor
current or prospective Philosophy and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors
meets History requirement only if registration is under PHIL
Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
Students will write between 40-50 pages by the end of the semester and receive regular feedback on their written work from the instructor and their tutorial partner. They will write both expository, interpretive and critical essays and will regularly be asked to defend their interpretations and arguments.
This is a course about power and freedom. We read genealogical histories of disciplinary institutions that exclude and aim to correct "dangerous" or "abnormal" individuals, or attach them to identities and desires in order to manage them. We also address power at the level of population management, the emergence of the neoliberal idea of the self as enterprise, and the promise of resistance in the form of ethical practices of freedom.
AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
PHIL History Courses
WGSS Theory Courses