Readings in Critical Theory: Power/Knowledge

Th 1:00PM - 3:55PM / 1414 Cathedral of Learning / CRN 29632

In this course we will explore the relationship between knowledge, power, and culture. Michel Foucault argued that "the exercise of power creates knowledge and, conversely, knowledge constantly introduces effects of power." The workings of power also include the production of ignorance and unawareness; it is not unusual for things to be in plain sight yet invisible to us. We will examine knowledge and ignorance as outcomes of cultural and political struggles, and as ways to maintain power and authority. The course is organized around a series of questions and theoretical debates, starting from: How do we come to know what we know? What legitimizes our knowledge? What don't we know and why? Other issues examined in this course include: science experts, truth, and democratic deliberation; class, race, gender, and multiple ways of knowing; social movements and new forms of knowledge; structural and systemic violence; rhetoric and power; global relations of knowledge/power. Readings will range from classic texts to recent scholarship in cultural studies, communication, science studies, gender studies and related fields.

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Olga Kuchinskaya

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Category A: Text and Theory

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