Spring 2020 - HUM 320 E100
Cross-Cultural Philosophy in the Humanities (4)
Class Number: 8238
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Th 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 3122, Vancouver
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 16, 2020
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby
An exploration of the characteristic ways in which the humanities, with its emphasis on expression, belief and tradition, presents important philosophical concepts. Based upon an interdisciplinary selection of texts drawn from history, philosophy, literature and the arts. Breadth-Humanities.
PHENOMENOLOGY AND EXISTENTIALISM: BEING, IDENTITY, AND THE POLITICS OF THE SENSES
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Provide students with a historical and theoretical understanding of the philosophies of Phenomenology and Existentialism through the work of their main representatives.
- Examine the critiques directed to Phenomenology and Existentialism by Marxism and Psychoanalysis, and the possible revisions of such debates.
- Provide students with an historical understanding of the contexts that gave rise to the emergence of literature addressing phenomenological and existentialist questions.
- Gain an understanding of the way in which ideas and methodologies derived from Phenomenology and Existentialism inform current theories about the social world, affect, agency, and transformations in political life.
- Gain an understanding of the way in which, through a phenomenological and existentialist approach, literature, art, and cinema help “make visible” and “felt” the intangible and the non-representable of pain, grief, suffering, and pleasure thus making us subject to the responsibility for the other.
- Attendance and participation 10%
- Presentation 15%
- Short paper (4-5 pages) 15%
- Final paper (10 pages) 30%
- Final exam 30%
To receive credit for this course, students must complete all requirements.
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
In-class screening: Melancholia (2011, 2h 16mins) Dir. Lars von Trier. & Clips from different movies.
Franz Kafka, The Castle (Oxford, 2009)
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Harper, 2005)
Albert Camus, The Plague (Penguin, 2013)
Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red (McClelland & Stewart, 2016)
Gordon Marino, ed., Basic Writings of Existentialism (Modern Library, 2004)
Additional readings provided by the instructor on Canvas (selections): Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Emmanuel Levinas, Franz Fanon, Jacques Derrida, Elizabeth Grosz, Sarah Ahmed, and Christina Sharpe.
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ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS