Are you a dissatisfied student, hobby philosopher, or annoyed scholar? Or maybe you're a politcally-engaged artist, inspired but confused activist, or writer who has not been academically trained in social, cultural, literary, media, feminist, marxist or psychoanalytic critique? In this course, you'll receive the training needed to truly engage critically with society through your work. We will analyze cultural texts, artifacts, and phenomena, and explore key moments, concepts, and theories. You'll also acquire practical research tools and have the opportunity to get published in a cultural criticism magazine. Plus, you'll receive an official certification upon course completion. Join us on this enlightening journey!
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Critical Thought and Contemporary Philosophy
Week 3: Critical Thought and Language
Week 4: Critical Thought and Media
Week 5: Critical Thought, Society & Politics
Week 6: Critical Thought and Culture
Week 7 - 13: Methodologies & Real Life Applications of Critical Thought
Week 14-15: Essay Presentations
Some course materials:
"Of Grammatology" by Jacques Derrida
"Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" by Laura Mulvey
"Discourse and Social Change" edited by Norman Fairclough and Ruth Wodak
"Orientalism" by Edward Said
"The Death of the Author" by Roland Barthes and much more....
After the introductory course you can choose to sign up for a specialty course (see focus fields)