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CLS2035 - Intellectuals and power: a history of institutions

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Axel Fliethmann


Not offered in 2007


The subject looks at the history of academic culture from
the perspective of current problems in the academic world. These problems envisage

  1. the power play among various disciplines about giving the right description of the
  2. the influence of media use in research presentation and how the materiality of

communication influences the outcome; c) the question of autonomy as seen from the academic perspective;
  • the question of self-perception of academics and their 'ethics'; e) the question of globalisation. These questions will be explored through history by reading classical texts from academics on academic culture.

  • Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this subject students will have gained a basic knowledge of the social, political and theoretical conditions of the history of academic/intellectual culture. They will be able to apply critical categories in an analysis of any culture-related text and will have developed a more complex understanding of the university. Eventually students will have developed a critical understanding of how disciplines and paradigms in the academic world come up, develop or disappear.


    Exam (1 hour): 20%
    Class Presentation (1000 words): 20%
    Essay (2500 words): 60%

    Contact hours

    2.5 hours (1 x 2.5 hour seminar) per week