sap course 1429479759

Course Code & Number:

PSIR 456

Course Title:

Ideology and Political Discourse

Level of Course:

BS

Credits:

(3+0+0) 3 TEDU Credits, 6 ECTS Credits

Catalog Description:

Formation of community’s and subject’s way of thinking and perceiving and their dynamics of change. Technologies of the self - Foucaultian sociology. Psychoanalysis. Post-structuralist methodology.

Pre-requisites & Co-requisites:

Pre-requisites: NONE
Co-requisites: NONE
Year of Study: 
Senior
Semester: 
Spring
Mode of Delivery: 
Face-to-face
Language of Instruction: 
English
Course Type: 
Elective
Required Reading: 
1. Marianne W. Jorgensen, Louise J. Philips, Discourse Analysis as Theory and Method (Sage Publications, 2002)
Course Objective: 

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.

Extended Description: 

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.

Learning Outcomes: 

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

Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods: 
Telling/Explaining
Discussion/Debate
Questioning
Reading
Video Presentations
Oral Presentation
Guest Speakers
Web Searching
Assessment Methods and Criteria: 
Test / Exam
Quiz/Homework
Written Project
Presentation (Oral/Poster)

Student Workload:

Quizzes /Homeworks
32
hrs
Midterm Exam 1
16
hrs
Final Exam
16
hrs
Research Review
16
hrs
Case Study Analysis
16
hrs

Prepared By:

Aylin Özman

Revised By:

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