PSC 283 Contemporary Political Theory

Political Science Field: Political Philosophy
Typically offered every other year

James Johnson
Fall 2013 — TR 15:25-16:40

Course Syllabus

This course deals with the role of vision and representation in current political thought. This is a broad theme. To explore it we will read a variety of critics and theorists such as John Dewey, Hannah Arendt, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Michel Foucault, and Susan Sontag. We also will explore efforts in a broad range of visual media such as graphics and photography, to envision such matters as race and color, migrations and boundaries, material inequality, power and its manifestations, and so forth. By analyzing these resources, students will develop their skills, both oral and written, at formulating their own arguments on important political themes. The course is writing intensive. It is not open to freshmen. Pre-requisite: PSC 202 Argument in Political Science.

James Johnson
Spring 2011 ("W" Required) — TR 11:05-12:20

Course Syllabus

This course deals with the role of vision and representation in current political thought. This is a broad theme. To explore it we will read a variety of critics and theorists such as John Dewey, Hannah Arendt, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Michel Foucault, and Susan Sontag. We also will explore efforts in a broad range of visual media such as graphics and photography, to envision such matters as race and color, migrations and boundaries, material inequality, power and its manifestations, and so forth. By analyzing these resources, students will develop their skills, both oral and written, at formulating their own arguments on important political themes. The course is writing intensive. It is not open to freshmen. Pre-requisite: PSC 202 Argument in Political Science.

James Johnson
Fall 2009 ("W" Optional) — MW 12:30-13:45

This course deals with the role of vision and representation in current political thought. This is a broad theme. To explore it we will read a variety of critics and theorists such as John Dewey, Michel Foucault, and Susan Sontag. We also will explore efforts in a broad range of visual media such as graphics and photography to envision such matters as race and color, migrations and boundaries, material inequality, and so forth. By analyzing these resources, students will develop their skills, both oral and written, at formulating their own arguments on important political themes.