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Life and Death: Biopower and Necropower

SISP 320
Spring 2016
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: SOC 320
Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory
Course Cluster: Disability Studies, Health Studies

This seminar examines how science and technology shape the politics of life and death. From the moment of conception to the postmortem state and beyond, we will consider how science and technology have become handmaidens to life and death, impacting the social, legal, and ethical frameworks we use to define what constitutes the space between "alive" and "dead." Using theories of biopower and necropower as our guides, we will cover a diverse set of themes including sexual reproduction, birth, population, toxicity, decay, genocide, mortality, and the afterlife.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS SISP
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)
Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%

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