RLB262 Foucault, Discourse Analysis and a Theory of Religion

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2009
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Milan Fujda, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Dalibor Papoušek, Ph.D.
Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Lucie Čelková
Wed 11:40–13:15 N41
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/30, only registered: 0/30
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Michel Foucault is one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century. His thinking influenced contemporary development in many disciplines of social sciences. In each of the reflection of Foucault lead to a radical rethinking of traditional approaches. Foucault's analyses of discourse, power and the formation/disciplination of the self form the core of many methodological approaches in contemporary social sciences and the knowledge of Foucault is thus one of basic precondions of understanding contemporary social scientific discussions. For the Study of Religions Foucault's understanding of history as well as an elaboration of his ideas in sociology and cultural anthropology is extremely relevant.
The aim of this course therefore is to introduce students through reading and discussion into thinking of Michel Foucault. They will be introduced to his influence on contemporary social sciences and to chosen applications and elaborations of archeology of knowledge in social sciences.
At the end of this course, students should have solid knowledge of fundamental principles and procedures of the archeology of knowledge, of the possibilitites of an application of archeological analysis in social sciences, and of some of its applications and elaborations in sociology and historiography.
  • (0) Organisational meeting; (1) Introductory lecture: Foucault, archeology, and contemporary social sciences; (2) Discourse; (3) Subject; (4) Histrory and genealogy; (5) Archeology; (6) Social sciences and the birth of man; (7) Discoursive a non-discoursive formations; (8) Historical formations and their transformations; (9) Power; (10) Care of the self; (11) Inspirations by Foucault I: Social field and capital (Pierre Bourdieu); (12) Inspirations by Foucault II: Subaltern studies and analyses of power in a colonial context.
  • FOUCAULT, Michel. Slova a věci. Translated by Jan Rubáš. Vyd. 1. Brno: Computer Press, 2007. v, 309. ISBN 9788025117132. info
  • FOUCAULT, Michel. Dohlížet a trestat :kniha o zrodu vězení. Translated by Čestmír Pelikán. Praha: Dauphin, 2000. 427 s. ISBN 80-86019-96-9. info
  • FOUCAULT, Michel. Vůle k vědění : dějiny sexuality. I. : Dějiny sexuality. I., Vůle k vědění (Přid.). Praha: Herrmann & synové, 1999. 189 s. info
  • DELEUZE, Gilles. Foucault. V Praze: Herrmann & synové, 1996. 191 s. info
  • FOUCAULT, Michel. Myšlení vnějšku. Praha: Herrmann & synové, 1996. 303 s. info
  • FOUCAULT, Michel. Diskurs ; Autor ; Genealogie : tři studie. Vyd. 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1994. 115 s. ISBN 8020504060. info
Assessment methods
Contents of the semester:
Class discussions, colloquium.
Requirements for colloquium:
(1) Active discussion during seminars (alternatively submitted position papers).
(2) Essey on chosen aspect of the Foucault's archeology.
(3) Oral colloquium concerning the essay.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2013, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2020, Spring 2023.
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