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The aim of this subject is to introduce students to and critically examine the major debates in contemporary critical theories from Western Marxism to postmodernism. These critical theories include the German Frankfurt School, French poststructuralism, the Budapest School, post-Marxism and feminism, all of which are set against the background of the Enlightenment and the Romantic and Heidegerrean responses to it. On completion of the subject, students should have developed an understanding of the central issues and ideas of the critical theorists covered in this course and be able to convey this understanding through a critical engagement with the issues and theories in the written assessment of the course.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- Have knowledge of the major ideas and theories of classical and contemporary critical theories;
- Have background in critical theories on which to base further research and study in the area;
- Have experience of thinking systematically about difficult intellectual problems of an abstract nature;
- Have practice conducting research, speaking articulately, writing clearly and reading with attention to detail;
- Have experience with methods of critical analysis and argument employed in critical theories leading to improved general reasoning and analytical skills;
- Develop an understanding of the control issues and ideas of the critical theorists covered in this course;
- Convey this understanding through a critical engagement with the issues and theories in the written assessment of the course.
Last updated: 9 September 2021