DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000063

Postmodern Political Theory

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Andrius Bielskis (andrius.bielskis@mruni.eu)

a. o: Prof. Dr. Andrius Bielskis

Institute of Political Sciences


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

1

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

lectures and seminars

2 semester

English


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

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Lecture and Seminar Attendance

Preparation for the seminars and lectures; written work/essay writing


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

50

112


8.

Purpose of the course unit

Our primary aim is to examine what is meant by concepts ‘modernity’ and ‘post-modernity’ as well as to explore the most influential political theories of late-modernity. In particular, we will concentrate on genealogy (as it was coined by Friedrich Nietzsche and then used by Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze), hermeneutics (H. G. Gadamer), virtue ethics (Alasdair MacIntyre) and their significance to contemporary political theory. Students will be introduced to Jürgen Habermas’s critical theory as well as to his critique of post-modernists. Emmanuel Levinas’ philosophy will be explored in the light of its influence on the politics of recognition (Jacques Derrida, Iris Marion Young, and James Tully). The philosophical critique of the Enlightenment project advanced by Alasdair MacIntyre and others will also be explored, especially in the light of their implicit critique of consumer capitalism and liberalism. We will also look at the Nietzschean genealogy of Western sexuality and how it can be utilized for the analysis of the dominant political discourse.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

Introduction: Modernity and
Postmodernity (Terms and Theirm
Meanings)

2

0

4

0

0

0

0

6

11

Modernity and Postmodernity: II

2

0

4

0

0

0

0

6

11

F. Nietzsche's and M. Foucault's
genealogical projects

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

4

11

Consumerism and Genealogy of
Kitsch

2

0

4

0

0

0

0

6

11

Genealogy and Consumer Capitalism

2

0

4

0

0

0

0

6

11

The Difference and the Politics of
Recognition

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

4

11

Critical Theory and the Critique of
Post-Modernity (I-II)

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

4

11

Virtue Ethics and Political Theory

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

4

11

Revolutionary Aristotelianism

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

4

13

Overall

16

0

28

0

0

0

0

44

 

101

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Tasks performance in seminars

40

End of term

attendance, ability to formulate and communicate ideas, knowledge of seminar readings

Examination

50

During the examination period

knowledge of the course material

Report

10