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MTL 299: Edgework: New Directions in the Study of Culture

Workshop. Required of first-year students in the doctoral program. Methodologies of different disciplines, the possibility and difficulty of interdisciplinary work within these disciplines, and their connection with the individual projects of students in Modern Thought and Literature. May be repeated for credit.
Terms: Win | Units: 1-3 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Elam, M. (PI)

MTL 334: Selections in Modern Political Thought (ETHICSOC 432X, POLISCI 432R)

This graduate-level seminar explores selections from the canon of Western political thought from the late fifteenth through nineteenth centuries. Throughout the course, we will engage in close textual readings of individual thinkers and consider some of the larger questions raised by political modernity. The Fall 2015 offering of the course will focus on the three modern social contract thinkers: Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-5 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: ; McQueen, A. (PI)

MTL 334A: Concepts of Modernity I: Philosophical Foundations

In the late eighteenth century Immanuel Kant proclaimed his age to be "the genuine age of criticism." He went on to develop the critique of reason, which set the stage for many of the themes and problems that have preoccupied Western thinkers for the last two centuries. This fall quarter course is intended as an introduction to these themes and problems. We begin this course with an examination of Kant's philosophy before approaching a number of texts that extend and further interrogate the critique of reason. In addition to Kant, we will read texts by Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Weber, Freud, Lukács, and Heidegger.nThis course is the first of a two-course sequence. Priority to graduate students in MTL and English. The course will be capped at 12 students.
Terms: Win | Units: 5 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: ; Palumbo-Liu, D. (PI)

MTL 334B: Concepts of Modernity II: Culture, Aesthetics, and Society in the Age of Globalization (COMPLIT 334B, ENGLISH 334B)

Emphasis on world-system theory, theories of coloniality and power, and aesthetic modernity/postmodernity in their relation to culture broadly understood.
Terms: Spr | Units: 5 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: ; Rasberry, V. (PI)

MTL 801: TGR Project

Terms: Aut, Sum | Units: 0 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: TGR
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