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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


The Political Thought of Michael Foucault - Dr Chris Brooke

Michel Foucault was elected to the chair in the History of Systems of Thought at the Collège de France in 1970 and taught there until his death in 1984. This MPhil option surveys the contribution to political thought that he made during this period, with particular attention to three of the lecture courses he delivered, ‘“Society must be defended”’ (1976), ‘Security, territory, population’ (1978), and ‘The birth of biopolitics’ (1979), which offered strikingly original narratives in the history of political thought as well as theorising distinctive concepts such as ‘biopolitics’, ‘governmentality’, and ‘neoliberalism’