Political Science

PS102 - Mapping critical theory. From the Frankfurt School to nowadays

Course Description

The class introduces the student to Critical Theory through an analysis of its birth and development. Starting with the most important representatives of the Frankfurt School and their interpretation of Marx, we will move to post-war critical thinkers, and their diverse approach to social investigation. An introduction to contemporary currents such as postmodernism, feminism, race and postcolonialism will allow the student to become familiar with the most innovative and advanced anti-mainstream thinking. 

The course will be based on lectures on the respective themes and authors and followed by group discussions and paper presentations.Students will be introduced to crucial concepts of the Western political tradition in different historical periods.

Course Hours

The course meets twice a week for a total of 45 contact hours. Suggested credits: 3.

Student Learning Expectations

A comprehension of the most important principles of critical theory in its historical development.

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