- This course serves as an introduction to the ideas of some of the most important thinkers in the broad and dynamic field of modern “critical theory.”
- Students read, understand, analyze, and discuss complicated theoretical work written in English (or English translation)
- Students develop sustainable skills in critical thinking through addressing the wide range of issues of both abstract and urgently concrete issues of contemporary life and culture
- Students who may or may not be interested in graduate-level work in Anglophone countries are sufficiently equipped for engaging in theoretically informed academic discourse
- Students convey the multiplicity of perspectives available for advanced work in and beyond the humanities
- Ideological Constructs, the Social Imaginary, CultureCritique of Post-Ideology. Historical Ruptures in the Structure of Knowledge. The Irreducibility of Metaphor. The Psycho-Ideological Experience of Community. Cultural Imperialism. Consumer Society and the Culture Industry.
- Subjectivities, the Psyche, and the SelfPsychoanalysis and Its Critique. History of Sexuality. Gender and Identity. The Post-Colonial Subject. Post-Humanism.
- Written in-class testShort essay (500 – 1000 words) questions on key topics (the student can choose one of the proposed topics) from the lectures
- PresentationsThe presentation topic can be selected by the student from the list of suggested topics. The message duration is 7-10 minutes. Sources are selected by the student independently within the framework of the chosen topic, for its disclosure in the presentation.
- Class participationAt each seminar, students are given a question for discussion. After the teacher’s introductory remarks, they have 10 minutes to think of their answers. They take it in turns to voice their comments on the topic. Each answer may serve as a starting point for an in-depth follow-up discussion, coordinated by the course instructor, who notes down the active students and assesses their participation in due course.
- Final Examination PaperThe examination paper is a home-written argumentative essay focusing on one or several issues covered in the course. Students are asked to write the essay during the final week of the course and submit it no later than the deadline, which is scheduled for one of the early days of the examination period.
- Interim assessment (2 module)0.1 * Class participation + 0.35 * Final Examination Paper + 0.3 * Presentations + 0.25 * Written in-class test
- LaCapra, D. (2013). History, Literature, Critical Theory. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=671499
- Osborne, T. (2008). The Structure of Modern Cultural Theory. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=515106
- Tally, R. T. (2014). Fredric Jameson : The Project of Dialectical Criticism. London, [England]: Pluto Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=798182
- Wolfreys, J., Womack, K., & Robbins, R. (2014). Key Concepts in Literary Theory: Vol. Third edition. Edinburgh University Press.
- Wortham, S. (2010). The Derrida Dictionary. London: Continuum. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=341723