Course on biopolitics, presents the philosophical and political dimension of issues related to life (understood as zoe and bios). The subject of the lecture is significantly connected with the history of philosophy, ethics, philosophy of law, sociology of politics and political science.
Examples of issues discussed during the lecture:
Prefiguration of the biopolitics- Plato. The state as a "great man"
I. Biopolitics as a political practice
Basic needs in the perspective of political actions:
The need for shelter, arcitecture, space forming a hierarchy and space in the service of equality, imagined political space,
The need for rest, normalization of work, time, a new type of family
Health and illness
II. The birth of a political body:
Nationalism and ethnonationalism.
Feminism as a social movement
Gender in social space
Reproduction, sex and sexuality as political problems
Eugenics as a political practice
The birth of biopolitics as a political theory. Rudolf Kjellen
III. Philosophical approach to biopolitics
Michel Foucault: reason and madness, disciplinary power, sexuality, territory-population
Giorgio Agamben Politics of life
Antonio Negri, Michael Hardt,
Roberto Esposito Immunology of the political body
Nikolas Rose Contemporary biopower
Gender as a performative category, ethical reproduction, women's work problem
Contemporary bioethical and biopolitical problems. J. Habermas, F. Fukuyama
Type of course
knows the philosophical terminology in biopolitics and its relation to bioethics
has a broad knowledge of the norms constituting and regulating political structures and institutions (knowledge / power) and the sources of these norms, their nature, changes and ways of influencing human behavior;
comprehensively knows and thoroughly understands selected positions in modern biopolitics in the relationship between life and politics.
has a broad knowledge of the relationship between the shaping of political ideas and normative concepts of life understood as dzoe and bios and changes in the social and political sphere;
knows research methods and argumentation strategies in the field of biopolitics and know how to interpret the philosophical text in this field;
has knowledge of subject and methodological specificity of biopolitics.
develops research skills and plans research projects;
creatively uses philosophical and methodological tools in formulating hypotheses and constructing critical arguments;
evaluates the degree of significance of the problem under analysis or argumentation;
detects the relationship between the philosophical ideas and social and cultural processes,
precisely formulate complex biopolitical problems in speech and in writing;
makes theses and criticizes them;
selects and creates argumentative strategies, constructs advanced critical arguments, formulates comprehensive answers to criticism;
Acquired social competences:
independently undertakes and initiates professional activities; plans and organizes their course
participates in social and cultural life,
is interested in innovative philosophical concepts in connection with other parts of cultural and social life;
actively participates in different activities; knows philosophical heritage and use it to understand of social and cultural events;
can interact and in a group work, taking on different roles.
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