Department of Sociology

Sociological Usages Of Foucauldian Thought(SOC479)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
SOC479 Sociological Usages Of Foucauldian Thought 8 3 0 0 3 6
Prerequisites
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction French
Course Type Elective
Course Level Bachelor Degree
Course Instructor(s) Nazlı ÖKTEN GÜLSOY nokten@gsu.edu.tr (Email)
Assistant
Objective The work of Michel Foucault has had considerable influence in many areas: from philosophy to history, social theory to gender studies. This course provides a general introduction to the work from a sociological perspective, with particular emphasis on themes of power, truth and subjectivation.
Content Power relations do not emanate only from a political sovereignty, or a class in his view. The exercise of power itself creates new objects of knowledge: it createsits own regime of truth. Foucault argues that knowledge is power over others, the power to define others. In this view the knowledge is no longer understood as liberation and becomes a way of regulation and discipline. The course also aims to trace the relationship between technologies of the self and the installation of a new form of power that puts the lives of body in the heart of the political.
Course Learning Outcomes The term "toolbox" is used by Foucault to emphasize that the role of a theory is not to provide a totalizing basis . Upon completion of this course thestudents will be able
1.define Foucauldian concepts such as episteme, regulation, discipline and regime of truth
2.develop a view on the structure of knowledge production and its relation to power
3. explain the complexity of power relations in modern societies
4.develop a view on the structure of knowledge production and its relation to power
5.extrapolate possible uses of Foucauldian concepts in sociology.
understand how the development of a specific approach is related to the work of the other contemporaries
Teaching and Learning Methods Readings, class participation, presentations, documentaries
References Par Michel Foucault :
L'histoire de la folie (1961)
Naissance de la clinique (1963)
Les mots et les choses (1966)
L'Archéologie du savoir (1969).
Surveiller et punir, Paris, Gallimard, 1975
L’Histoire de la sexualité 1. Tome Volonté de Savoir (1976)
Naissance de la biopolitique, 2004

R. Lenoir, «Famille et sexualité chez Michel Foucault, S. & R., n° 22, oct. 2006.
Jean-Yves GRENIER et André ORLÉAN,Michel Foucault, l’économie politique et le libéralisme, Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales, 2007/5
Thomas Lemke, Foucault, Governmentality, and Critique, RETHINKING MARXISM Volume 14, Number 3 (Fall 2002
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Theory Topics
Week Weekly Contents
1 General presentation
2 The history of madness as a social experiment
3 Words and things, genealogy of reason
4 A historical and critical analysis of the constitution of the subject, the patient
5 Rooting a working method in a literary experience
6 From the "punishment" of bodies to the "supervision" of souls
7 Understand how sexuality became an object of knowledge
8 Midterm examination
9 Screening of a documentary
10 Neurotic family, that is to say the family
11 The birth of bio-power
12 Foucault vs. Habermas
13 Locating Foucault in the intellectual landscape
14 Course evaluation and discussion
Practice Topics
Week Weekly Contents
Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade 2 60
Contribution of final exam to overall grade 1 40
Toplam 3 100
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Assignments 1 0
Presentation 0 0
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 0
Project 0 0
Laboratory 0 0
Other Applications 0 0
Quiz 0 0
Term Paper/ Project 0 0
Portfolio Study 0 0
Reports 0 0
Learning Diary 0 0
Thesis/ Project 0 0
Seminar 0 0
Other 0 0
Toplam 2 0
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 The student will be able to recognize and assess the essential theoretical perspectives both in sociology and its related domains. X
2 The student will be able to make use of the major theoretical analyses and sociological concepts in his/her own research topics. X
3 The student will be able to articulate sociological perspective and reasoning with social and historical facts, and to interpret social and historical issues with a sociological eye.
4 The student will be able to assess the current state of research and knowledge on the classical and contemporary domains of sociological inquiry as well as its relevant fields. X
5 The student will be able to design and conduct a sociological research with appropriate theoretical construction and empirical methods. X
6 The student will be able to produce a written research report that relates research questions to empirical findings.
7 The student will be able to appropriately use both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
8 The student will be able to make appropriate use of statistical software programs for data processing and analysis.
9 The student will be able to make appropriate use of statistical software programs for data processing and analysis. X
10 Graduates will be able to follow the scientific production both in English and French as well as Turkish. X
11 Graduates will be able to develop a comparative and interdisciplinary approach which will integrate sociology within a broader social science perspective. X
12 Graduates will be able to interpret the history and modernization of Turkey through its sociological consequences.
13 The student will be able to intervene to social and political processes in order to propose possible solutions to the problems caused by social inequalities and discriminations.
14 The student will be able to develop a reflexive point of view on his/her position as a a sociologist as well as a researcher.
Activities Number Period Total Workload
Class Hours 14 3 42
Working Hours out of Class 14 3 42
Assignments 1 6 6
Presentation 0 0 0
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 10 10
Project 0 0 0
Laboratory 0 0 0
Other Applications 0 0 0
Final Examinations (including preparation) 1 12 12
Quiz 0 0 0
Term Paper/ Project 0 0 0
Portfolio Study 0 0 0
Reports 0 0 0
Learning Diary 0 0 0
Thesis/ Project 0 0 0
Seminar 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
Total Workload 112
Total Workload / 25 4,48
Credits ECTS 4
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