851-0125-67L  Structuralist and Post-Structuralist Approaches to Signs and Knowledge

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersR. Wagner
Periodicitynon-recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


851-0125-67 SStructuralist and Post-Structuralist Approaches to Signs and Knowledge2 hrs
Fri15:00-17:00ER SA TZ »
15:15-17:00IFW B 42 »
R. Wagner

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AbstractThis course will review some structuralist and post-structuralist approaches to signs and knowledge. It will start from the French structuralist tradition, continue with the "1968 thinkers", and conclude with feminist and queer critiques of knowledge that rely on this tradition. The theories studied in class will be evaluated in terms of their application to science studies.
Objective1. To introduce the structuralist and post-structuralist tradition, as well as subsequent queer and feminist critiques of knowledge (the thinkers taught in the course will most probably come from the following list: Ferdinand de Saussure, Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva, Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, Jacques Derrida, Judith Butler, and Donna Harraway).
2. To apply the ideas of this tradition to the context of science studies

At the end of the course the students will be able to analyze scientific texts and practices in terms of structuralist, post-structuralist and feminist critique of science.

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersR. Wagner
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Admission requirementThe course will include reading advanced 20th century philosophical texts. Students without experience in reading philosophical texts may find the course difficult.
Additional information on mode of examinationThe course workload includes weekly reading (ca. 20 pages), 10 short weekly preparation tasks and one classroom presentation. The grade will be based on a final essay (1500-2000 words).

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GESS Science in PerspectivePhilosophyWInformation
History and Philosophy of Knowledge MasterSeminarsWInformation