HISC - History of Consciousness

HISC 1 Introduction to History of Consciousness

Investigates the politics of identity and recognition as the basis for claims about institutional legitimacy and social struggle. Examines such diverse figures as Sartre, Fanon, Bataille, Foucault, Lacan, Levinas, Derrida, Deleuze, Zizek, and Badiou.

Credits

5

Instructor

Robert Meister

Quarter offered

Fall

HISC 80V Introduction to Marxism

The goal of this course is to introduce students to the thought of Karl Marx and some of the major thinkers working in the Marxist tradition. The majority of the course centers on Marx's writing, though students also read texts that extend and develop Marx's ideas into areas that Marx himself did not explore. Course addresses questions central to the Marxist tradition: What is capital? What is capitalism? What is a capitalist state? How did Marx understand colonialism and national liberation struggles? What is the specific nature of gendered oppression and exploitation under capitalism? What is the relationship between capitalist production and cultural production?

Credits

5

General Education Code

CC

Quarter offered

Spring

HISC 12 Historical Introduction to Philosophy

Focuses on moral, metaphysical, and epistemological issues using classical texts along with some contemporary readings on related philosophical problems. Plato, Kant, and Sartre provide the central readings on ethics, while Descartes, Hume, Kant (again), and Wittgenstein provide the central metaphysical and epistemological discussions. Issues of philosophy of language and method are highlighted throughout.

Credits

5

General Education Code

TA

HISC 60A What is Revolution?

Studies the modern concept of revolution. Course proposes to inquire into the concept of revolution, insurgency, revolt and resistance in theory and practice. The course aims to analyze thinkers such Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, G.W. F. Hegel, Karl Marx, Carl Schmitt, Hannah Arendt, V.I. Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg, and the revolutionary declarations from the French Revolution to the Zapatista insurgency.

Credits

5

General Education Code

TA

HISC 60C What Is Resistance?

Explores the politics of resistance and how different thinkers have conceptualized what it means to resist, why it is necessary, and with what methods it should be done. Side by side with the theorists of resistance, the course analyzes examples of resistance from around the world, traversing different time periods, geographies, and cultures. Examples range from peasant revolts to labor movements, feminist struggles to anti-war mobilizations, prisoner uprisings to anti-colonial wars and contemporary forms of corporeal, self-sacrificial resistance. Relying upon the concrete political problems posed by each historical instance as springboards into larger theoretical concerns, the course focuses on questions such as the nature of power relations, different forms of political organization and representation, the relationship between means and ends, the role of violence, and the function of different media, especially as they become manifest in the complexity of real politics.

Credits

5

Instructor

The Staff

General Education Code

TA

HISC 70 Gandhi and Us

Places the anti-imperial radical and thinker Mohandas Gandhi in the context of twentieth-century global politics, philosophy, and history. Studies political and philosophical history through the global prism of empire and modernity.

Credits

5

Instructor

The Staff

General Education Code

PE-H

Quarter offered

Winter

HISC 80N Prophecy Against Empire

In the core of a London slum, with wars raging all around him, the printer William Blake sounded the trumpet of prophecy. This course channels Blake's war-time revelations, laying bare the antimonies of imperial violence and the prophetic tradition.

Credits

5

General Education Code

IM

HISC 80O Understanding Popular Music

Students develop the skills necessary to analyze popular music. First, challenging common-sense understandings of how music functions. And second, understanding how history works its way into musical forms.

Credits

5

Instructor

Jared Gampel

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Summer

HISC 80P The Black Panther Party: History and Theory of a Political Movement

Examines the history and theory of the Black Panther Party (BPP). Texts situate the historical conditions leading to the BPP's rise; theoretical inspirations and contributions; national and international reach; and decline following state repression, electoral campaigns, and guerrilla warfare.

Credits

5

Instructor

The Staff

General Education Code

ER

HISC 80R Urban Consciousness: Life, Inequality, and the City

Investigates the social, spatial, and economic inequalities that mark urban life in the United States. Focuses on broad debates and narratives about progress, development, race, creativity, and justice, tying these large themes to how the contemporary American city is produced, governed, and imagined.

Credits

5

General Education Code

ER

Quarter offered

Summer

HISC 80S War and the Media

Examines how war is represented in journalism using perspectives from political theory, intellectual history, and related fields. Materials aim to challenge media depictions, from the Civil War to the War on Terror, assessing how news shapes knowledge of conflict.

Credits

5

Instructor

Isaac Blacksin

General Education Code

TA

Quarter offered

Summer

HISC 80T What is the Witch: Terror, Subjectivity, Modernity

What is the witch? A historical person? A vestige of pre-colonial European ancestry? A cultural object whose image and identity are shaped by film, paintings and literature. Class considers the witch's development in Europe. Also reviews the witch as a tool of racial, economic and social stratification in society. By looking at how the witch is represented through visual and literary culture, students develop an understanding of the witch as a historic symbol of shifting relations of gender, class and power.

Credits

5

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Fall

HISC 80U Labor and Globalization

Examines how the integration of global trade, finance, and production networks has affected the lives of workers, with a particular emphasis on workers in (or from) the Global South. Each unit focuses on a particular aspect of working-class experience—migration, precarity, and coercion, successively.

Credits

5

General Education Code

CC

Quarter offered

Winter

HISC 85 Politics and Religion

Considers both the religious sources of political ideas and the political sources of religious ideas, addressing topics, such as sovereignty, justice, love, reason, revelation, sacrifice, victimhood, evil, racism, rebellion, reconciliation, and human rights.

Credits

5

Instructor

Robert Meister

General Education Code

TA

HISC 102 Philosophy and Poetics

Introduction to the relationship between philosophy and poetics in some major 19th- and 20th-century poets and thinkers.

Credits

5

Instructor

David Marriott

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to juniors and seniors.

HISC 103 The Problem of California

From Muir Woods to Hollywood and Silicon Valley to the Central Valley, California has been a path breaker that has shaped politics and cultural production. The state's rich diversity makes it an especially exciting site for studying the relations between divergent social, economic, cultural, political, and ecological forces. Course investigates the histories, cultures, and geographies of California by exploring relations between power and place through ethnographic, archival, critical, and aesthetic lenses. Also examines the role of identity within constructions of inequality and struggles for political change. Course fulfills one upper-division course requirement for the minor in the history of consciousness.

Credits

5

General Education Code

ER

Quarter offered

Summer

HISC 104 Political Writing

Explores the politics of writing by moving beyond rehearsals of established form into an analysis of the politics of writing, asking: What are the philosophical and political implications of the writing forms we choose?

Credits

5

General Education Code

IM

Quarter offered

Summer

HISC 105 Antisocial Media

Provides an introduction to critical scholarship on media infrastructures with a focus on cybernetic systems, internet protocol, surveillance, logistics, and finance. It explores how these configurations of power are reorganizing our societies and restructuring our subjectivities.

Credits

5

General Education Code

PE-T

Quarter offered

Fall

HISC 106 The U.S. Horror Film: Race, Capitalism, and Monsters

Analyzes films and images to consider how the genre of horror has screened the problems, expectations, and fantasized afterlives of racism, labor exploitation, ruin, and war.

Credits

5

Instructor

Trung Nguyen

General Education Code

ER

Quarter offered

Summer

HISC 107 The Idea of Reality

What are we asserting or seeking when we make a claim about reality? What criteria divide the real from the unreal, what authorities have power to make this designation, and under what conditions, if any, can the boundary be crossed? Course explores the idea of reality and resonances between writing and films ranging from the serious to the whimsical. Through these juxtapositions course explores what underlying concepts, if any, could unite political "realism" with realism in art, or what common qualities these realisms might share with the "real number system," virtual reality, or reality TV.

Credits

5

General Education Code

TA

Quarter offered

Fall

HISC 108 Parables for a Warming Planet: The Politics of Climate Change

Takes up the literary form of the parable to illuminate a pressing and complex problem: the threat of global climate change. How can the simplest of stories help us to explore our options for a planetary future?

Credits

5

Instructor

Colin Drumm

General Education Code

TA

Quarter offered

Winter

HISC 109 Liberalism and Violence

Explores the meanings of modernity, religion, and violence and examines the conceptual status that war and sovereignty, long associated with religious belief, have since been accorded within the modern humanist and secular tradition. Also explores aspects of this tradition and their relationship to questions of morality and violence and how violence-and its relationship to secularism-can be better understood today as a mode of negotiating human existence in a world dominated by technology and its myths.

Credits

5

Instructor

Aishwary Kumar

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to juniors and seniors.

Quarter offered

Fall

HISC 110 Histories of the Atom

This interdisciplinary course considers the atom in four respects: as philosophical idea, as weapon, as catastrophe, and as clock. Students will learn about ancient atomisms, radiometric dating, the Manhattan Project, the bombing of Hiroshima, and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Credits

5

Instructor

Stephen Engel

General Education Code

PE-T

Quarter offered

Spring

HISC 111 States, War, Capitalism

Survey of seminal work on ancient origins of the state, diverse geo-political systems of war and diplomacy, and consequences of the formation of the world market on the evolution of geo-political systems up to and beyond the wars of today.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment restricted to juniors and seniors.

HISC 112 Foundations in Critical Theory

Concentrates on the Marxist tradition of critical theory, centering on classical texts by Marx and by writers in the Marxist tradition up to the present.

Credits

5

General Education Code

TA

HISC 113 History of Capitalism

Surveys major developments in the capitalist world economy from the 13th century to today. Topics include: the transition to capitalism in Europe; the emergence of banking; colonization, slavery, and uneven development; industrialization; and globalization.

Credits

5

Instructor

Aaron Wistar

General Education Code

CC

HISC 114 Histories of Miseducation

Examines the history of the idea of "miseducation" through a transnational lens. Focuses in particular on histories of the (mis)education of people of African descent, drawing on historical cases and theorizations from both the Continent and the diaspora. This class will trace the emergence of the concept and proximate theorizations of "education" itself through an array of different social movements, institutional formations, and texts.

Credits

5

General Education Code

CC

Quarter offered

Spring

HISC 115 The Radical Right, A Symptom of Capitalism

Provides the historical context and the theoretical tools necessary for understanding today's radical right. Specific focus on considering the far right in the context of radical constructions under conditions of late capitalism.

Credits

5

Instructor

Justin Gilmore

General Education Code

ER

HISC 116 What is Species?

Studies the multiplicity of meanings of the word "species" explored in Donna Haraway's "When Species Meet," including its use in biology, racial and gendered uses, religious and economic meanings. Examines discourses surrounding species from the ancient Greeks through the present.

Credits

5

General Education Code

PE-E

Quarter offered

Fall

HISC 117 Making the Refugee Century: Non-Citizens and Modernity

Examines the material, discursive, and racialized conditions that have produced refugees in the last century. Also examines the social claims made by refugees, institutional responses to them, and political alternatives to state belonging

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

CRES 117

Instructor

Trung Nguyen

General Education Code

CC

HISC 118 What is Money?

Explores what happens if money is examined as a material and politically contingent phenomenon in its own right, rather than assuming the classic "three functions of money" (unit of account, means of exchange, and store of value). Students examine these functions separately with an eye to the tensions that arise between them, and trace a deep history of monetary systems as the outcome of a process of negotiation and contestation. Topics considered include palace economies, cowrie shells, metallic coinages, the modern monetary revolution, and contemporary struggles over student debt.

Credits

5

General Education Code

PE-H

Quarter offered

Spring

HISC 119 Politics of Recognition

Course touches on the philosophical roots of Hegel's text, starting from the pre-World War II rereading of Hegel's master/slave dialectic that became the kernel of postwar thought arising from struggles over capitalism, communism, fascism, racism, colonialism, and feminism.

Credits

5

Instructor

Robert Meister

HISC 120 What is a State?

Examines the modern concept of state, its anthropological assumptions, categories, its critique, and its crisis. Inquires into the concept of representation, borders, security and control in thinkers, such as Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, G.W.F. Hegel, Karl Marx, Carl Schmitt, and Lenin.

Credits

5

Instructor

Massimiliano Tomba

General Education Code

TA

HISC 125 Queerness and Race

Gives students a grasp of different definitions and uses of the concept queerness in its relationship to race and how it's tied to the politics of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) identity.

Credits

5

HISC 129 Politics of Violence

Inquires into the relationship between politics and violence as articulated by early modern, modern, and contemporary political theorists. Investigates the role of violence in the constitution and maintenance of sovereign power and the construction of the modern subject of politics.

Credits

5

Instructor

Banu Bargu

General Education Code

TA

HISC 131 Postcolonial Paths

How postcolonial thought occasions the reconsideration of the Western tradition of political philosophy and the discovery of alternative pathways of modernization within it.

Credits

5

Instructor

Massimiliano Tomba

General Education Code

CC

HISC 135 What is Freedom?

Seminar in modern political thought. The focus and outcome of the course is developing the skill of analytical thinking and clear formulation of concepts in writing. Raises and discusses a set of fundamental questions around the method and methodology of moral and political thought, to which every member in the seminar contributes.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Spring

HISC 140A Africa: How to Make a Continent

Introduces the histories of exploration, museum collection, and photography that shape historical and contemporary ideas about race, culture, and place in Africa.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

CRES 140A

Instructor

The Staff

General Education Code

CC

HISC 150 Radical Political Theory

Provides an introduction to classical and contemporary texts of radical political theory, a body of work that critically examines fundamental premises of politics. Addresses the question What is the 'political?'

Credits

5

HISC 160 Advanced Topics in History of Consciousness

Provides students an opportunity for in-depth analysis of advanced topics within the history of consciousness arena. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 163 Freud

The development of Freud's concept of mind. Extensive reading tracing the origins and development of Freud's theories and concepts (e.g., abreaction, psychic energy, defense, wish-fulfillment, unconscious fantasy, dreams, symptoms, transference, cure, sexuality) and emphasizing the underlying model of the mind and mental functioning.

Credits

5

HISC 185C Comparative Religion: A Critical Introduction

Introduces the comparative study of world religions and provides critical entry points toward the understanding of its history as a discipline. Special emphasis on the troubled history of imperialism, orientalism, and facile generalizations that have always accompanied the attempt to understand foreign or dead cultures.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

General Education Code

CC

HISC 185T Marxism and Feminism

Critically engages with feminist-Marxist perspectives on social-reproduction. Introduces the foundation of Marxism and feminist-Marxist critique while examining the international feminist struggle historically from the origins of capitalism to the present moment.

Credits

5

HISC 187 The Emergence of the Avant-garde from Disenchantment to Dada

Examines the socio-political and cultural origins of early 20th-century avant-garde movements focusing on the vanguard movement of futurism, the roles played by the disenchantment of the world, and technological rationalization as it relates to warfare and aesthetic production.

Credits

5

General Education Code

TA

HISC 199 Tutorial

A program of individual study arranged between an undergraduate student and a faculty member. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

HISC 203A Approaches to History of Consciousness

An introduction to history of consciousness required of all incoming students. The seminar concentrates on theory, methods, and research techniques. Major interpretive approaches drawn from cultural and political analysis are discussed in their application to specific problems in the history of consciousness. Prerequisite(s): first-year standing in the program. See the department office for more information. (Formerly course 203.)

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall

HISC 203B Approaches to History of Consciousness

Writing-intensive course based on readings in course 203A.

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): HISC 203A. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Spring

HISC 205 Global Political Thought

Seminar anchored in a question fundamental to the history of ideas in the modern history of empire: How to think globally about political thought. Through sustained examinations of classic texts in the history of moral and political philosophy, the seminar explores how the "global" itself becomes a universal framework essential to understanding politics worldwide.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Winter

HISC 214 What is a Subject?

Examines major streams of theorization about the subject in postwar and contemporary continental and critical theory. Thinkers include Althusser, Badiou, Balibar, Butler, Fanon, Foucault, Honneth, Laclau and Mouffe, Mbembe, Ranciere, and Sartre.

Credits

5

Instructor

Banu Bargu

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 215 History of Unconsciousness

There is a history of political consciousness that culminated in the project of enlightenment. There is a history of individual, collective, and political unconscious, which culminated in fascism. These two histories are intertwined, but their outcome is not preconceived. On the contrary, their relationship and integration constitute a field of possibilities for social, political, and human experimentation. This course inquires into the concept of political unconscious by exploring thinkers, such as Kant, Foucault, Adorno, Horkheimer, Freud, Jung, Reich, Fromm, Marcuse, and Klein.

Credits

5

Instructor

Massimiliano Tomba

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Spring

HISC 216 Critical Race/Ethnic Studies

Explores foundational and emergent theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of race. Issues examined include the production of race within and across various spheres of human activity and how race has shaped notions of difference and commonality in the past and present.

Credits

5

Instructor

Eric Porter

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 217 Critical Human Rights Theory

Addresses about 10 of the significant critiques of human rights discourse published in the past decade by authors, such as Moyn, Douzinas, Fassin, Ticktin, J. Slaughter, D. Chandler, Mamdani, Weitzman, Badiou, and Meister.

Credits

5

Instructor

Robert Meister

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Winter

HISC 218 French Hegel

Students expected to locate with fluency and precision their own research projects within the conceptual and methodological frameworks defining the late-20th century constellation of thought to be laid out systematically over the course of the term.

Credits

5

Instructor

Robert Meister

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Fall

HISC 219 Radical Futures and Visual Culture

Attempts to break through the pervasive dystopia and catastrophism of the present and open up speculative proposals regarding the not-yet and what's to come. Students critically consider methodologies of futurity among varieties of radical imaginaries grounded in the traditions of the oppressed—including Afrofuturisms, Indigenous, Chicanx/Latinx, multispecies, postcapitalist, and communist proposals—and place them in relation to threatening reactionary, neo-fascist tendencies.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Spring

HISC 221 Surveillance Culture: Privacy, Publicity, Art, and Critical Social Practice

Examines how artists and activists are responding by using surveillance technologies to look over "big brother's" shoulder and to create greater awareness of privacy issues. Course pays particular attention to metadata, big data, bio-power, and the relationship between various forms of surveillance with respect to privacy, publicity, and free speech.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Spring

HISC 222B Theories of Late Capitalism

Writing intensive course based on readings in course 222A. (Formerly Theories of Late Capitalism, Nationalism, and the Politics of Identity.)

Credits

5

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): HISC 222A. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 223 Althusser

Through close readings of Althusser's major texts, this course systematically examines the political and philosophical thought of Louis Althusser and analyzes why he is one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century.

Credits

5

Instructor

Banu Bargu

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 224 Marx's Capital Vol. 1

Investigates the many layers of Marx's Capital.

Credits

5

Instructor

Massimiliano Tomba

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Fall

HISC 226 Liberty and Resistance

Examines modern conceptions of liberty from a non-liberal perspective. Proposes to inquire into the concept of liberty as an individual and collective right by exploring its philosophical justifications and criticism in thinkers, such as Kant, Hegel, and Marx.

Credits

5

Instructor

Massimiliano Tomba

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 227 Carl Schmitt

Provides a careful contextualization and a critically informed interrogation of the major works of Carl Schmitt, a figure at the center of many contemporary debates in political and legal thought.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 230A Poetry, Language, Thought

Introduces the relation between philosophy and poetics in some major 20th-century poets and thinkers.

Credits

5

Instructor

David Marriott

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 230B Poetry, Language, Thought

Writing-intensive course based on readings in course 230A.

Credits

5

Instructor

David Marriott

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): HISC 230A, or permission of instructor.

HISC 231 From System to Fragment

Explores the rise and fall of the philosophical system. It proposes to inquire into the origin of the systematic philosophy, its development, its crisis, and its disintegration. This theoretical trajectory will be investigated together with alternative trajectories in thinkers, such as I. Kant, G. Fichte, Novalis, K.W.F. Schlegel, G.W.F. Hegel, M. Stirner, S. Kierkegaard, K. Marx, F. Nietzsche, L. Wittgenstein, T.W. Adorno, W. Benjamin, Empedocles.

Credits

5

Instructor

Massimiliano Tomba

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Winter

HISC 232 Music, Social, Thought

Examines the various modes through which intellectuals, artists, and other commentators have written about music as a socially situated art as well as the ways they have theorized the social through examinations of musical phenomena. Focus changes with course offering.

Credits

5

Instructor

Eric Porter

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 236 20th Century Critical Theory

Focuses on the critical-theoretical approaches that are associated with an interdisciplinary group of scholars affiliated with the Institute for Social Research, known as the "Frankfurt School". Surveys some of their most important contributions to the critique of capitalism, the authoritarian state, instrumental reason, culture, historical progress, law, and social organization. Discusses whether or not these different works fit together into a single tradition called "critical theory" and what theoretical and political implications the gesture of such naming entails. Investigates the normative foundations of critique and the philosophical influences that shape them. Course also explores the different "generations" of the Frankfurt School and map out the relationship of these thinkers to the traditions of Western Marxism, psychoanalysis, and social theory. Concludes by analyzing the limitations of critical theory and the intellectual challenges it faces in the contemporary world.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Spring

HISC 237A Historical Materialism

Students read landmark works of classical and contemporary Marxism. Writings from Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Lukacs, Gramsci, Adorno, Benjamin, Sartre, Althusser, Anderson, Jameson, and Zizek are addressed.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 237B Historical Materialism

Writing-intensive seminar based on course 237A. Students read landmark works of classical and contemporary Marxism. Writings from Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Lukacs, Gramsci, Adorno, Benjamin, Sartre, Althusser, Anderson, Jameson, and Zizek are discussed.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 240 Basic Principles of University-Level Pedagogy

Provides training for graduate students in university-level pedagogy in general. Under the supervision of the department chair, coordinated by a graduate student with substantial experience as a teaching assistant.

Credits

2

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall

HISC 242A Violence and Phenomenology: Fanon/Hegel/Sartre

Study of the work and influence of Frantz Fanon from a range of viewpoints: existential, phenomenological, psychoanalytic, and political; a variety of genres: film, literature, case history, and critique; and a set of institutional histories: clinical, cultural, and intellectual.

Credits

5

Instructor

David Marriott

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 242B Violence and Phenomenology: Fanon/Hegel/Sartre

Writing intensive course based on readings in course 242A.

Credits

5

Instructor

David Marriott

Requirements

Prerequisite: HISC 242A. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 246 Black Radicalism

Examines the history of black radical intellectual, cultural, political, and/or social movements. May take the form of a survey of different aspects of black radicalism or may focus on a particular individual, groups, period, etc.

Credits

5

Instructor

Eric Porter

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 248 Black Critical Theory

Offers a critical introduction and overview of black critical theory across multiple fields and genres. Beginning with the question of race and ontology, students go on to consider questions of sovereignty and domination, freedom and liberation, identity and difference, and conclude with a study of race and the post-human. Major thinkers studied include: Sylvia Wynter, Achille Mbembe, Frantz Fanon, and W.E.B. DuBois, as well as contemporary figures, such as Frank Wilderson, Fred Moten, and Hortense Spillers.

Credits

5

Instructor

David Marriott

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 252 Poststructuralism

French poststructuralism, with particular attention to the main philosophical texts of Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. Other representative theorists as well as critics of poststructuralism are studied as time permits.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

PHIL 252

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 261 Modern Intellectual History

Survey of 19th- and 20th-century intellectual history that focuses on a cross-section of major works from Hegel to Levi-Strauss.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 262 Critical Theory After Habermas

Examines key works of Frankfurt School theorist Jurgen Habermas, his followers, and critics, on topics such as the public sphere, the theory of communicative action, power and domination, and religion and secularism.

Credits

5

Instructor

Tyrus Miller

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 263 European Philosophies of Difference

Survey of European philosophies of difference, tracing the evolution of philosophical concepts and frameworks from Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Bergson, and Heidegger through later 20th-century French post-structuralist, feminist, and Frankfurt School theory.

Credits

5

Instructor

Tyrus Miller

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 264 The Idea of Africa

Examines the position of Africa in cultural studies and the simultaneous processes of over- and under-representation of the continent that mark enunciations of the global and the local. Themes include defining diaspora, the West as philosophy, and Africa in the global economy.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

FMST 264

Instructor

Gina Dent

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Spring

HISC 265A Biopolitics l: Problematics

Focuses on the theorization of life and death in relation to power as proposed by 20th-century thinkers. Investigates how a biopolitical problematic has emerged and what insights into politics it offers. Explores the different ways in which thinkers have conceptualized biopolitics and its broader implications.

Credits

5

Instructor

Banu Bargu

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Quarter offered

Spring

HISC 265B Biopolitics II: Corporealities

Focuses on the exploration of biopolitics and necropolitics on the body. Examines how the body has become deeply integrated into power relations in modern society. Also explores different forms of corporeality that are conduits of political struggle and sites of transgression, resistance, and refusal.

Credits

5

Instructor

Banu Bargu

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 268A Rethinking Capitalism

Readings include works by speakers at UCSC's Rethinking Capitalism Initiative. Topics are: (1) financialization versus commodification (how options-theory has changed capitalism); (2) material markets (how this theory performs); and (3) valuation and contingency (how economies make worlds).

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

ANTH 268A

Instructor

Robert Meister

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 268B Rethinking Capitalism

Course 268A addressed changes in the theory and practice of capitalism as derivatives markets have become increasingly central to it. This course, which can be regarded as either background or sequel, concerns questions that surround recent debates about derivatives from the standpoint of broader developments in law, culture, politics, ethics, ontology, and theology. What would it mean to see questions of contingency and value as a challenge to late-modern understandings of these modes of thought?

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

ANTH 268B

Instructor

Robert Meister

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 269 Property and Possession

Covers modern conceptions of property and their critique. Inquires into the concept of property as an individual right by exploring its philosophical justifications and criticism in thinkers, such as John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, G.W. F. Hegel, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, and Karl Marx.

Credits

5

Instructor

Massimiliano Tomba

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 271 Historical Temporalities

Explores the critique of the unilinear historical time through the prism of Reinhart Koselleck, Walter Benjamin, and Ernst Bloch's attempts to reconfigure the concepts of time and history. During the course, students investigate how time affects both representation of reality and political praxis.

Credits

5

Instructor

Massimiliano Tomba

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 272 Deprovincializing Marx

Course aims to rethink Marx against the grain, from the debate with Russian populists to Capital and the Grundrisse. Investigates formal subsumption not as a historical stage, but as a form that denotes how capitalism encounters, incorporates, and combines existing modes of production without creating a homogeneous world.

Credits

5

Instructor

Massimiliano Tomba

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 275 Sovereignties

The guiding thought of this seminar is the question of what is, and is not, sovereign. Exploring a wide range of authors (such as Bodin, Hobbes, Spinoza, Rousseau, Kant, Schmitt, Bataille, and Fanon), this seminar addresses the most salient problems in recent discussions of sovereignty.

Credits

5

Instructor

David Marriott

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 285 Topics in Political Theology

Readings focus on the early 20th-century rediscovery of political theology; its use in theorizations of the Holocaust; and its return in 21st-centurty debates on empires, war, terror, enmity, reconciliation, fanaticism, human rights, political economy, and global catastrophe. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 85.

Credits

5

Instructor

Robert Meister

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 291 Advising

Independent study formalizing the advisee-adviser relationship. Regular meetings to plan, assess and monitor academic progress, and to evaluate coursework as necessary. May be used to develop general bibliography of background reading and trajectory of study in preparation for the qualifying examination.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

HISC 292 Practicum in Composition

A practicum in the genres of scholarly writing, for graduate students working on the composition of their qualifying essay or doctoral dissertation.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

HISC 293A Field Study

Research carried out in field settings, based on a project approved by the responsible faculty. The student must file a prospectus with the department office before undertaking the research and a final report of activities upon return.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 293B Field Study

Research carried out in field settings, based on a project approved by the responsible faculty. The student must file a prospectus with the department office before undertaking the research and a final report of activities upon return.

Credits

10

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 293C Field Study

Research carried out in field settings, based on a project approved by the responsible faculty. The student must file a prospectus with the department office before undertaking the research and a final report of activities upon return.

Credits

15

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 294A Ind Study-Teaching

Directed graduate research and writing coordinated with the teaching of undergraduates. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 294B Ind Study-Teaching

Directed graduate research and writing coordinated with the teaching of undergraduates. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

10

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 294C Ind Study-Teaching

Directed graduate research and writing coordinated with the teaching of undergraduates. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

15

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 295 Directed Reading

Systematic working through a prearranged bibliography which is filed as a final report at the end of the quarter with the signature of the instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

HISC 295A Directed Reading

Systematic working through a prearranged bibliography which is filed as a final report at the end of the quarter with the signature of the instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 295B Directed Reading

Systematic working through a prearranged bibliography which is filed as a final report at the end of the quarter with the signature of the instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

10

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 295C Directed Reading

Systematic working through a prearranged bibliography which is filed as a final report at the end of the quarter with the signature of the instructor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

15

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 296 Special Student Seminar

A seminar study group for graduate students focusing each quarter on various problems in the history of consciousness. A statement and evaluation of the work done in the course will be provided each quarter by the students who have participated in the course for that quarter, and reviewed by the responsible faculty.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

HISC 297A Independent Study

Independent study and research under faculty supervision. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 297B Independent Study

Independent study and research under faculty supervision. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

10

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 297C Independent Study

Independent study and research under faculty supervision. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

15

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 298 Doctoral Colloquium

Under the supervision of a History of Consciousness faculty member, students finishing their dissertation meet weekly or bi-weekly to read and discuss selected draft chapters, design difficulties and composition problems.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 299A Thesis Research

Prerequisite(s): advancement to candidacy.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 299B Thesis Research

Prerequisite(s): advancement to candidacy.

Credits

10

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HISC 299C Thesis Research

Prerequisite(s): advancement to candidacy.

Credits

15

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Cross-listed courses that are managed by another department are listed at the bottom.

Cross-listed Courses

FMST 212 Feminist Theory and the Law

Interrogation of the relationship between law and its instantiating gendered categories, supported by feminist, queer, Marxist, critical race, and postcolonial theories. Topics include hypostasization of legal categories, the contest between domestic and international human rights frameworks, overlapping civil and communal codes, cultural explanations in the law, the law as text and archive, testimony and legal subjectivity.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

HAVC 245 Race and Representation

Explores how human subjects come to be visually defined and marked by race discourse. Covers diverse theoretical literatures on the topic, primarily in visual studies, but also in cultural studies, post-colonial studies, and psychoanalysis.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes