|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminars / Tutorials||10 Hours. (10 x 1 hour)|
|Lecture||10 Hours. (10 x 1 hour)|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Essay: 1,500 words||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Seminar Performance||10%|
|Semester Assessment||Extended Written Assignment: 1 x 4,500 words||70%|
|Supplementary Exam||Resit opportunities for this module will be available in the Supplementary examination period. F resit: The student will re-sit the module by examination only for a 'capped' pass mark (40). H resit: The student will submit missing coursework elements and/or re-sit by examination in the Supplementary exam period in lieu of a missed/failed exam for full marks. Students re-sitting elements of failed coursework are required to select a different essay/assignment title and must not submit re-written versions of the original essay/assignment.|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- demonstrate a good understanding of approaches described as poststructural
- discuss some of the ethico-political questions raised by this work
- demonstrate a familiarity with key poststructuralist writers, based on a direct reading of their texts.
Research inspired by post-structuralist approaches forms a challenging contribution to recent international relations, political theory and postcolonialism. There are two linked modules that explore this field. This first module, which is introductory, looks at the writings of thinkers associated with the move. There are no prerequisites, apart from a willingness to read in depth and engage with the material.
Section A: Beyond humanism and historicism
1. Subjectivity in Modern Philosophy
2. Beyond Humanism: Althusser¿s Materialism of the Encounter
3. Beyond Historicism: Nietzsche, Genealogy and the Will to Power
Section B: Poststructural critiques of sovereign politics
4. Biopolitics, Governmentality, Sovereignty: Foucault I
5. Bare life, Sovereignty, Law: Agamben I
6. Community, Immunity, Life: Esposito
Section C: Alternative Notions of Subject and Politics
7. Jamming the Anthropological Machine: Agamben II
8. The Animal, the Human and the Problem of the Other: Derrida
9. Multiplicity and the Body without Organs: Deleuze
10. Ethics, Norms and the Outside: Foucault II
This module allows students to develop a critical appreciation and understanding of poststructural work through a reading of primary writings. They will then be well placed to go on if they wish to study scholars of international politics or other disciplines who draw on this work. The module concentrates on giving a flavour of these approaches, rather than examining the debates between postmodernism and its critics.
The final written assignment demands individual initiative in researching a topic, finding material and producing a coherent written piece of some length.
10 ECTS credits
Reading ListGeneral Text
Caroline Williams (2001) Contemporary French philosophy: modernity and the persistence of the subject. London: Athlone Press Primo search Edkins, Jenny. (1999.) Poststructuralism and international relations :bringing the political back in /Jenny Edkins. Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6