Campus européen franco-allemand, Nancy
Teachers : Thomas LINDEMANN (full professor). Pedagogical format : Seminar Course Description : Kuwait (1990), Gulf (1991), Kosovo (1999), Afghanistan (2001), Iraq (2003), Lebanon (2006) or Georgia (2008) : interstate wars have not yet vanished, but still remain the biggest threat to the survival of humanity. Explanations have to take into account the state identities which give meaning to the material environment. The identities of nations are constructed and transformed through interactions. The stigmatization of an actor (Russia, China) easily provokes the radicalisation of state identities, which in turn can trigger conﬂicts. Contrary to materialistic visions of human rationality, more constructivist-inspired studies interpret war as the quest for recognition (Homo symbolicus). Recognition means the desire to get the conﬁrmation of an identity and a valued self-image by others. These premises allow us to put new questions about the origin of great power conﬂicts. What is the role of identity and norms in the origins of war ? Does international violence come out as a result of exclusion ? Required reading : Richard Lebow, A Cultural Theory of International Relations, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2008 ; Thomas Lindemann, Causes of War. The Struggle for Recognition, ECPR, Colchester, 2010..
in pairs, one student must commit an approved philosophical passage to memory and recite it to the class while the other student presents the passage and author to the class, constituting another 30% of the course grade. Recitations/presentations will be scheduled to begin in the second class meeting. A comprehensive ﬁnal exam will follow the course lecture and discussion sessions, which constitutes the remaining 40% of the course grade. No late work will be accepted and no make-up work will be offered. Workload : Students are required to study a selection of texts and other related materials each week, which constitutes the basis for class lecture, discussion, and debate. Pedagogical method : Participation constitutes a major portion of this course, consisting of active classroom presence, recitation/presentation expertise, and quality of written work. Lectures will introduce new material and clarify key concepts, but critical discussion will also be emphasized as crucial to examining the importance of philosophical ideas, and their expression in signiﬁcant works of literature. Course Description : This course explores philosophical themes through signiﬁcant works of literary art. With stories, plays, essays, and poems, ranging from the classic and canonical (Plato, Whitman, Twain) to the contemporary (Oliver, Foster-Wallace, DeLillo), we uncover and consider profound and paradoxical aspects of everyday life. Our focus is on the world in which we live, on the nature of human existence, and on our relations with one another. Required reading : Indecision, Benjamin Kunkel, Random House ; Selected literary works and website excerpts compiled and distributed by instructor..
PHILOSOPHICAL LITERATURE : OUR WORLD, OUR SELVES, OUR RELATIONS
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Gregory OWCARZ (philosophy expert). Prerequisite : No prior background in philosophical literature is required nor expected. Pedagogical format : Seminar Course validation : Students must complete a critical analysis paper related to the lectures given and the readings assigned, constituting 30% of the course grade. Suggested topics must be approved by the third class meeting and papers must be completed by the ninth class meeting. Working
PHOTOGRAPHIE, ANALYSE D'IMAGES
Semestre : Printemps Nombre d'heures : 24 Langue d'enseignement : français
Enseignants : Emeric LHUISSET (photographe). Format pédagogique : Atelier Mode de validation : Les étudiants seront évalués sur le travail qu'ils rendront chaque semaine. 259