20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: The modern world is characterised by contrasts. Freedom is accompanied by exploitation; enormous wealth goes hand in hand with desperate poverty; equality is undermined by old and new forms of discrimination. This world came into existence with the American and French Revolutions and with the industrial revolution, which started in Britain. Yet it is German thinkers above all who have developed the intellectual tools to analyse this development. In this course, you will look at the most important of them, including Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud. You will develop an analytical toolkit that will enable you to think critically about today's world and its many tensions as well as gaining a better understanding of such recent phenomena as social media and implicit bias. The course does not presuppose any particular knowledge in the areas of German thought and German history and can therefore be taken by students regardless of their Level One and Level Two module choices.

Staff Contact: DE BERG HENDRIK
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work, Presentation

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