Lorna A Rhodes
Explores theoretical issues.
This course explores theoretical perspectives on institutions, particularly total institutions such as hospitals and prisons. We will consider panopticism, the notion of the institution as a "small society," and recent literature on the camp. Readings include Foucault, Goffman, Santner, Bauman and Agamben.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Students will be asked to participate in discussion, class presentations, and weekly writing.
This course is for graduate students and seniors with a strong interest in social theory. Background in anthropology or related fields and/or experience with clinical or other institution-based work is desirable.
Class assignments and grading