Alienation and Social Critique - ARTS2362

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School: School of Humanities and Languages

Course Outline: School of Humanities & Languages

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: 30 units of credit at Level 1; or 24 units of credit and enrolment in a Philosophy minor in Arts/Law (4782)

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

Available for General Education: Yes (more info)

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Subject Area: Philosophy

This course asks how a society can legitimately criticise itself. It examines why it is that notions such as freedom, self-determination and historical progress have come to assume a central place in modern life. Are there plausible ways to judge some particular developments of social life as progressive or regressive? Are some forms of social life ‘pathological’? Is the price of modern freedom alienation from ourselves and the natural world? The themes discussed in this course may include: alienation, ideology, modernity, totalitarianism, psychoanalysis and power. Thinkers who may be examined include: Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Feuerbach, Nietzsche, Marx, Lukács, Weber, Freud, Heidegger, Adorno, Horkheimer, Arendt, Foucault and other influential figures in critical social philosophy.


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