PSIR 673 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Critical Theory from Kant to Habermas
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSIR 673
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
7.5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
Third Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This seminar course is designed to introduce PhD students to the intellectual origins of Critical Theory and to examine its significance for contemporary political theory.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • to evaluate the moral and political foundations of critical theory
  • to interpret core concepts of critical theory
  • to assess political phenomena and problems from a critical perspective
  • to make scholarly contributions to political theory, political science and international relations
  • to participate in academic debate through seminar presentations and class discussion
  • to apply critical theory to contemporary public debates
Course Content We will examine the historical and intellectual origins of Critical Theory in light of the texts written by thinkers such as Kant, Marx, Weber, Freud, Adorno, Horkheimer, Marcuse, Foucault and Habermas.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction
2 Is there an Enlightenment Project? Kant, “What is Enlightenment?” Foucault, “What is Enlightenment?” Habermas, “Modernity: An Unfinished Project”
3 The Discontents of Modern Society Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents Weber, “Politics as a Vocation”
4 Contradictions of Modern Society Marx, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts
5 Ideology as Illusion Marx-Engels, The German Ideology
6 Paper submission I
7 Culture Industry Adorno-Horkheimer, “The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception”, The Dialectic of Enlightenment (Stanford University Press, 2002).
8 One-Dimensional Society Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man (Beacon Press, 1964).
9 Hope and Liberation Marcuse, An Essay on Liberation (Beacon Press, 1994).
10 Paper submission II
11 Modern Society as a Panopticon Prison Foucault, “Panopticism”, Discipline and Punish (Vintage, 1977).
12 Power and Modern Society Foucault, “The Repressive Hypothesis” History of Sexuality, Vol. I (Vintage, 1978).
13 Criticism of Progress Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History”, Illuminations (Harcourt Brace, 1968).
14 Democratic Socialism Axel Honneth, The Idea of Socialism: Towards a Renewal (Polity, 2016).
15 Review of the Semester
16 Final Exam

 

Course Notes/Textbooks Books and articles listed above
Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
20
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
2
30
Presentation / Jury
1
30
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
1
20
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
5
80
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
20
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
10
8
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
2
24
Presentation / Jury
1
24
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
Final Exam
1
25
    Total
225

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to improve and deepen the theoretical and conceptual proficiencies on Political Science and International Relations.

X
2

To be able to evaluate critically and analytically the relationships between various factors in the discipline of Political Science and International Relations such as structures, actors, institutions and culture at an advanced level.

X
3

To be able to determine the theoretical and empirical gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature and gain the ability of questioning at an advanced level.

X
4

To be able to gain the ability to develop innovative, leading and original arguments in order to fill the gaps in Political Science and International Relations literature.

X
5

To be able to gather, analyze, and interpret the data by using advanced qualitative or quantitative research methods in Political Science and International Relations.

X
6

To be able to develop original academic works and publish scientific articles in refereed national or international indexed journals in the field of Political Science and International Relations.

X
7

To be able to describe individual research and contemporary developments in Political Science and International Relations in written, oral, and visual forms.

X
8

To be able to take responsibility in an individual capacity and/or as part of a team in generating innovative and analytical solutions to the problems that arise in relation to the politics in daily life.

X
9

To be able to develop projects in determining the institutional and political instruments for conflict resolution in national and international politics.

10

To be able to prepare an original thesis in Political Science and International Relations based on scientific criteria.

X
11

To be able to follow new research and developments, publish scientific articles and participate the debates in academic meetings in Political Science and International Relations through a foreign language.

X
12

To be able to have ethical, social and scientific values in the stages throughout the processes of gathering, interpreting, disseminating and implementing data relevant to Political Science and International Relations. 

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest