Understanding Modernity: Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud|
Spring 2019 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
The names of the writers and thinkers Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Sigmund Freud signal a revolution of thought in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This course is designed to make critical theory and contemporary discourses in the humanities and social sciences more accessible by providing the modern historical and philosophical foundations for key concepts such as interpretation, subject, history, politics/society, and religion/morality. We will explore some of the most influential writings of the respective authors in a comparative manner and, thus, come to a better understanding of the genesis of much modern thinking.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(GRST-MN)(GRST)
Karl Marx: THE MARX-ENGELS-READER, second edition, ed. Robert Tucker (W.W. Norton; ISBN: 039309040X)
Friedrich Nietzsche: ON THE GENEALOGY OF MORALITY (Hackett; ISBN: 0872202836)
Sigmund Freud: CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS (W. W. Norton; ISBN: 978-0-393-30451-0)
MASS PSYCHOLOGY AND OTHER WRITINGS (Penguin; ISBN: 0141182415)
THE JOKE AND ITS RELATION TO THE UNCONSCIOUS (Penguin; ISBN: 0142437441)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three papers and one midterm exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course applies to the Critical Thought concentration for German Studies majors.