Humanities after the Human: Further Adventures in Critical Theory (EAS2090)
|Staff||Professor Jana Funke - Lecturer|
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks;|
On this module we will interrogate the assumptions bound up with white Euro-American neoliberal subjectivity, such as interiority, individualism, private property, and naturalised partitions. How have critics deterritorialised the received coordinates of self and world, public and private, mind and body, man and woman, human and non-human? What happens when familiar myths of being are left behind in favour of new utopian communalities, queer and trans futures, and rhizomatic connections? And what does this mean for how we read literature and other cultural texts?
Over the course of Humanities After the Human, we will read approximately two pieces of critical theory each week, exploring the challenges that twentieth- and twenty-first-century theory present to the notion of the sovereign neoliberal self as a parameter of knowledge.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Demonstrate an informed appreciation of contemporary theoretical turns and approaches
- 2. Demonstrate a developed ability to apply skills of close reading, editorial judgement, and of comparative analysis
- 3. Demonstrate an informed critical understanding of relevant scholarly work in the field of theory
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Demonstrate an ability to analyse theoretical concepts and to relate their concerns and their modes of expression to debates surrounding the development of the humanities
- 5. Demonstrate an ability to interrelate texts and discourses specific to their own discipline with issues in the wider context of cultural and intellectual history
- 6. Demonstrate an ability to apply these theoretical approaches to literary texts
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Through seminar work, demonstrate communication skills, an ability to work both individually and in groups, and demonstrate proficiency in information retrieval and analysis
- 8. Through essay-writing, demonstrate appropriate research and bibliographic skills, a capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument and a capacity to write clear and correct prose
- 9. Through research and writing, demonstrate a capacity to make critical use of secondary material, to question assumptions, and to reflect on their own learning process
- 10. Through sitting their final examination, demonstrate proficiency in the use of memory and in the development, organisation, and expression of ideas under pressure of time
Whilst the exact content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that Humanities After the Human will (a) build upon theoretical schools introduced on the first-year module Approaches to Criticism, and (b) consider newer bodies of critical theory that have come to prominence this century. Theoretical paradigms studied on the module may include intersectional feminism, queer theory, trans studies, world literary production, object agency, and animal theory.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching||11||Lectures|
|Scheduled learning and teaching||27.5||11 x 2.5 hour seminars|
|Guided independent study||22||Study group preparation and meetings|
|Guided independent study||75.5||Seminar preparation (Individual)|
|Guided independent study||164||Reading, research and essay preparation|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay plan||750 words||1-9||Peer-assessed, with opportunity for office hours follow-up|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||45||2000 words||1-6, 8-9||Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up|
|Examination||45||2 hours||1-6, 8-10||Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up|
|Module participation||10||Continuous||1-7, 9||Oral feedback from tutor in office hours|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Essay||Essay||1-6, 8-9||Referral/Deferral period|
|Examination||Examination||1-6, 8-10||Referral/Deferral period|
|Module participation||Repeat study or Mitigation||1-7, 9||Referral/Deferral period|
Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.
Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
There are no books to buy for Humanities After the Human. All reading is available on the module ELE. Students will be expected to have a copy of the required reading with them for relevant teaching events, which could mean:
- Printing out a copy from the ELE
- Having a copy of the reading on a tablet or laptop
- Borrowing the source texts from the Library
- Buying a module Reading Pack from the Print Unit
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
A selection of ebooks and scanned chapters are available via the ELE and the University of Exeter Library Catalogue webpage.
Available as distance learning?
Last revision date
Key words search
Critical Theory, Human, Planet, World, Gender, Class, Sexuality, Race, Identity