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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHH6645
Tracking Number - 2686

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC for Philosophy Program Changes. Confirm text. Emailed. Updated; GC apprvd 3/4/13. to USF Sys 3/5/13. to SCNS 4/22/13. Apprd eff 6/1/13. Nmbr 6640 apprd as 6645

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-11-30
  2. Department: Philosophy
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 125100
  5. Contact Person: Joshua Rayman
  6. Phone:
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHH
  9. Number: 6645
  10. Full Title: Contemporary Continental Philosophy
  11. Credit Hours: 4
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Contemporary Continental
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites:
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course examines four new directions in contemporary continental philosophy, genealogy, feminist critiques of the history of philosophy, Marxist-Hegelian analyses of popular culture, and mathematical-scientific approaches to continental philosophy.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed to compete with national trends
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? The course covers major developing areas of thought with contemporary relevance. Interest in these figures is very high and the course will fill with no difficulty. This is an area of new job growth and graduate students in continental philosophy need to be prepared to teach contemporary subjects.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Completion of a dissertation and/or publication in the field.
  29. Objectives: This course has three objectives. The first is that students will acquire an extensive and expert knowledge of contemporary continental philosophy and its historical context and philosophical influence. The second is to advance the critical thinking and analytical reading abilities of students. The third is that students write and present two seminar papers of a quality suitable for submission to professional philosophy conferences and journals.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Students shall learn the major contemporary continental philosophers, the four primary directions of new work in continental philosophy, the standards for professional work in the field, and the methodologies of the subject.
  31. Major Topics: deconstruction, postmodernism, feminism, Zizek, Ranciere.
  32. Textbooks: Jean-Luc Nancy The Intruder

    Slavoj Zizek Violence

    Giorgio Agamben State of Exception

    Charles Scott The Lives of Things

    Alain Badiou The Concept of Model

    Elizabeth Grosz Volatile Bodies

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Two Seminar Papers for Presentation in Class, 6-8 pages each, each worth 40%, and Two Commentaries on Seminar Papers for Presentation in Class, 2 pages each, each worth 10%.
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Two Seminar Papers for Presentation in Class, 6-8 pages each, each worth 40%, and Two Commentaries on Seminar Papers for Presentation in Class, 2 pages each, each worth 10%.
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Incomplete grades may be granted when, due to circumstances beyond the control of the student, only a small portion of the required work remains undone and the student is otherwise passing the course. Plagiarism, defined by the unattributed copying of the ideas or exact words of others, or of their own previous papers, will result in failure for the assignment, in the first instance, and failure for the course, in the second instance. All instances of plagiarism must be reported to the Dean of Arts and Sciences. The USF policies on academic integrity are available at
  38. Program This Course Supports: Philosophy
  39. Course Concurrence Information: World Languages, History, Criminology

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