Goucher College 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalogue 
    
    Oct 27, 2021  
Goucher College 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalogue
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PSC 202 - Contemporary Political Thought (4 Cr.)


This course provides students with the groundwork for engaging with some of the more challenging areas of contemporary political theory.  The course begins with Nietzsche’s critique of central claims of modernity about scientific, intellectual and moral progress, as well as the roots of individual identity and agency.  This beginning gives access to a series of twentieth century who draw upon Nietzsche’s insights to consider the distinctive character of the political (Arendt); the constitution of power (Foucault); and the nature of sovereignty (Schmitt).  The course uses this groundwork as preparation for reading a series of contemporary political theorists including Sheldon Wolin, William Connolly, and Wendy Brown. Variable semesters.



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