Spring 2022 Contemporary Political Theory
Political Science, as POSC-480
Formerly listed as: POSC-43 | POSC-80
Course (Login required) Faculty Thomas L. Dumm (Section 01) Description
A consideration of twentieth- and twenty-first-century Western political theory. Topics to be considered include the fate of modernity, identity and difference, power, representation, freedom, and the state. This year’s readings may include works by the following authors: Freud, Weber, Benjamin, Heidegger, Arendt, Derrida, Foucault, Berlin, Butler, Connolly, and Agamben.
Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Dumm.
Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations. Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.
If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to seniors, then juniors, then to sophomores and 5-college students. Textbooks
Below are the textbooks used in this course, along with pricing information and availability at local bookstores. The price range shown is based upon queries to multiple online booksellers; click on the the price field to see detailed pricing information.
This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.
ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
9780061627019 Basic Writings (Harper Perennial Modern Thought) Harper Perennial Modern Classics Heidegger, Martin Amherst Books From $5.96-$20.98
9780226025988 The Human Condition, 2nd Edition The University of Chicago Press Arendt, Hannah Amherst Books From $7.54-$66.97
9780312203603 Security, Territory, Population: Lectures at the Collège de France 1977--1978 (Michel Foucault Lectures at the Collège de France, 6) Picador Foucault, Michel Amherst Books From $9.99-$26.99
9780312422660 "Society Must Be Defended": Lectures at the Collège de France, 1975-1976 (Michel Foucault Lectures at the Collège de France, 5) Picador Foucault, Michel Amherst Books From $13.49-$27.99
9780415389570 Specters of Marx: The State of the Debt, The Work of Mourning & the New International (Routledge Classics) Routledge Derrida, Jacques Amherst Books From $18.02-$39.94
9780816612253 Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia Univ Of Minnesota Press Deleuze, Gilles Amherst Books From $17.52-$95.28
9780816614028 A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia University of Minnesota Press Gilles Deleuze - Felix Guattari Amherst Books From $23.68-$41.32
These books are available locally at
Amherst Books. Offerings 2022-23:
Spring 2023 Other years: