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This course analyzes how particular communities’ and subject’s way of thinking and perceiving is formed in particular periods and how they can disintegrate or change direction by referring to linguistics, semiology, technologies of the self (Foucaultian sociology) and psychoanalysis. Basically the course provides a post-structuralist methodology for understanding the contingent nature of social forms, norms and ideologies.
Formation of a community’s and the subject’s way of thinking and perceiving and their dynamics of change. Hegel as a Prelude to Social Thinking and Perception. Kojevian Variations and the Significance of Master-Slave Dialectics, Structural Linguistics. Ferdinand de Saussure and Beyond, Phenomonology and the Parameters of Perception, Structuralist and Post-Structuralist Semiology, Roland Barthes, From Austin to Wittgenstein: Linguistics and Family Resemblances, Technologies of the self - Foucaultian sociology. Psychoanalysis. Jung, Freud, Klein and Lacan. Slip of the Tongue, Imaginary, Symbolic and the Real. Political Imagination and Political Action. Post-structuralist methodology. Applying Discourse Analysis to Actual Political Cases. Slavoj Zizek and the Theory of Negativity as a Social Inquiry. Laclau and Mouffe. Theories of Hegemony and Social Change. Mouffe’s discursive based theories of democracy.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. Understand and explain the most significant debates and discussions within the discipline of political theory from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
2. Discern the conflicting and inconsistent points within a given social and political current or a system of thought by detecting its contingent points.
3. Recognize the weak points of a given socio-political structure or a system of thought, which could make it, change, marginalize or disintegrate in time.
4. Gain an extensive insight about how people perceive political power and have a command of various parameters of the relationship between people and political power.
5. Develop a wider scope in exploring solutions for social and political problems.
6. Gain more insight, control and flexibility in managing personal and social relations.
7. Develop complex argumentation skills in speech and writing