The World of Prejudice
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Politics
Course Number: GPOL 5504
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Off-campus
Permission Required: Yes
  • Politics
  • Philosophy
  • Liberal Arts
This course will discuss the relationship between modernity and forms of prejudice such as racism, anti-Semitism, class prejudices, prejudices against women, and sexual prejudices. We will first examine the individual and social conditions of prejudice in modern society before moving on to its concrete forms. We will then investigate how those prejudices undermine the norms and the normalcy of liberal democracies, and how they serve as ideological means for furthering different fundamentalist movements and establish totalitarian parties and totalitarian states. In order to fully explore the notion of prejudice we will not only examine works of philosophy and political theory (Arendt, Gadamer, Foucault, Beauvoir) but also some of the preeminent works of modern literature (Lessing, Ibsen, Flaubert).
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Not open to Undergraduate students.