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Critical Theory Cluster/Certificate Courses

2022-23 Courses counting towards the Graduate Certificate in Critical Theory:

*Students may petition to count courses not listed below by contacting the Critical Theory Cluster administrator (philip.hoskins@northwestern.edu). Please provide the course number/title, description, syllabus (if available), and any other helpful information about the course as it relates to Critical Theory content.

*Additional courses may be added as department course information is finalized prior to each quarter. Please check CAESAR for all up to date course information. This course list is subject to change due to department and program course schedules changing throughout the year.


African American Studies // all year
AFAM 480-0-21 Topics: Affect and Blackness (Hesse) FQ
AFAM 440-0-20 Black Historiography (Biondi) FQ
AFAM  444-0-20 Civil Rights/Black Liberation (Taylor) WQ
AFAM 480-0-21 Black Criticism (Jackson) WQ
AFAM 441-0-20 History of Black Women in the Diaspora (Perry ) SQ
AFAM 460-0-20 Black Social and Political Thought (Marquez) SQ
AFAM 480-0-20 Black Studies, Native Studies, and Asian Settler Colonialism (Sharma) SQ
AFAM 480-0-21Afro-Latin America (Bryant) SQ

Co-listed with GNDR_ST 397 Black Feminist Theory (Bey) SQ

Anthropology // all year
ANTHRO 401-2-01 Logic of Inquiry in Anthropology (Robin) FQ
ANTHRO 470-0-20 History of Anthropological Theory (Launay) FQ            
ANTHRO 484-0-20 Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology: Language and Media (Shankar) FQ         
ANTHRO 486-0-20 Evolution and Biological Anthropology (Kuzawa) FQ
ANTHRO 401-4-1 Logic of Inquiry in Anthropology (Arispe-Bazan) WQ
ANTHRO 490 Sexing the Middle East: Gender and Sexuality in the Making of a Region (Yildiz) WQ
ANTHRO 490-0-22 Topics in Anthropology: Language, Race & Ethnicity in the U.S. (Shankar) SQ
ANTHRO 490-22 REL 482-20 / Graduate Seminar: Anthropology of Religion: Colonial Contexts (Ingram) SQ

Art History // all year
ART HIST 460-0/CLT 487/MENA 411 Modernism in the Age of Decolonization (Feldman) FQ
ART HIST 460-0 Socialist Axes of Exchange (Klaier) FQ
ART HIST 460 Studies in 20th & 21st Century Art: Theories of Intention (Zorach) WQ

Communication Studies // No official info yet for Winter/Spring
COMM_ST 425-0 Crowds, Riots, and the Politics of Direct Action
COMM_ST 414-0 - Classical Rhetoric and Its Afterlives

Comparative Literary Studies // No official info yet for most of the year
COMP_LIT 487-0-2 Studies in Literature and the Arts: Abstraction [Modernism in the Time of Decolonization (based on Block exhibition)] (Johnson) FQ
COMP_LIT 487-0-2 Studies in Literature and the Arts: The Right To Look – Photography and Racial and Gender Regimes of Visibility (Uslenghi) WQ
COMP_LIT 488 GNDR_ST 490  Silvia Federici: For a Feminist Politics of the Commons (Ricciardi) WQ
COMP_LIT 412 ASIAN_AM 492 Fanon Now: Race, Gender, Coloniality (Deutscher /We) SQ
Blue Humanities (Feinsod) SQ

English // all year
English 410 Introduction to Graduate Studies (Mwangi) FQ
English 455 Studies in 19th Century Literature: Before Afterlives: Nineteenth-Century Literature and the Contours of African American Studies (Wilson) WQ
English 465 Studies in Colonial & Postcolonial Literature: Terror in the Postcolony (Nadiminti) WQ
English 471 Studies in American Literature: Black Criticism (Jackson) WQ
English 471 Studies in American Literature: American Women Auteurs, Novels, and Films: 1895-1960 (Stern) SQ

French and Italian // all year

FRENCH 493 Topics in Literary Theory (Durham) FQ
FRENCH  — Silvia Federici and the Radical Feminist and Marxist tradition (Ricciardi) WQ

German // all year
GER 441 Studies in Communication and Culture: History of Aesthetics (Weltzman) FQ
GER 431: Studies in Communication and Culture (Parkinson) WQ
GER 408-0 Critical Theory and Religion (Helmer) WQ
Zarathustra and his uncanny Animals (Weber) 300-level open to grads) SQ
GER 441 Studies in Communication and Culture (Deuber-Mankowski) SQ

Gender and Sexuality Studies  // all year
GNDR_ST 490 SOCIOL 476 Sociology of Sexuality (Carrillo) FQ
GNDR_ST 490 PHIL 461 Philosophy of Protest (Medina) FQ
GNDR_ST 490 HISTORY 405 Sexual Knowledges: Science, Archives, Traces (Liu) FQ
MTS 525 Feminist Conversations in Black, Disability, and Queer Studies (Bailey) FQ
GNDR_ST 490 PERF_ST 515 Queer Love and Loss (Chambers-Letson)  FQ
GNDR_ST 490 Queer Theory (Enteen) WQ
ANTHRO 490 Sexing the Middle East: Gender and Sexuality in the Making of a Region (Yildiz) WQ
GNDR_ST 490 COMP_LIT 488 Silvia Federici: For a Feminist Politics of the Commons (Ricciardi) WQ
GNDR_ST 490 REL 482 Feminist Theory and the Study of Religion (Jacoby) WQ

History // all year
HIST 405-0-22 Sexual Knowledge: Science, Archives, Traces (Liu) FQ
HIST 405-0-24 Orientalism and its Discontents -  Seminar in Historical Analysis (Kinra) FQ
HIST 405-0-26 Mapping the Discipline (Hein) FQ
HIST 405-0-22 Seminar in Historical Analysis - Comparative Racial Thought (Glassman) WQ
HIST 405-0-24-gender-history-as-global-history (Stanley) WQ

Musicology // No CT courses 2022-2023

Performance Studies // No info for Spring yet
PERF ST 515 Queer Love and Loss (Chambers-Letson) FQ
PERF ST 305 Critical Race Theory (Chambers-Letson) FQ
PERF ST 410: Studies in Performance (George) FQ
PERF ST 515 Problems in Performance Studies (Christian) FQ
PERF ST 515 515 Performance, Race and Media (Chambers-Letson) SQ
PERF ST 515 319 Queer and Trans of Color Critique (Chambers-Letson) SQ

Philosophy // all year
PHIL 410 Studies in Ancient Philosophy (Monoson) FQ
PHIL 461 Social and Political Theory: Philosophy of Protest (Medina) FQ
PHIL 361 Topics in Social and Political Philosophy (Martin) FQ
PHIL 315 Studies in French Philosophy (Deutscher) FQ
PHIL 313: Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason (Mueller) WQ
Phil 467 Seminar in Critical Race Theory (Barnes) WQ
PHIL 410 Special topics in philosophy (Deutscher) SQ

Political Science // all year
POLI_SCI 441 Art politics (Loriaux), taking place in Paris FQ
POLI_SCI 441: International Political Economy (Nelson) FQ
POLI_SCI 461 Ancient Political Thought (Monoson) FQ
POLI_SCI 440 International Relations Theory (Alter) WQ
POLI_SCI 485 Global Theory Workshop (Nili) SQ
POLI_SCI 490 Special Topics in Political Science: Modern Islamic Political Thought (Salem) SQ
POLI_SCI 490-0 Special Topics in Political Science: Race and Contemporary Political Theory (Tillery) SQ 

Religious Studies // all year
GER 408: Critical Theory and Religion (Helmer) WQ
REL 460-20       Graduate Seminar: Topics in Christianity: Medieval Women Writers
REL 481-1-20   Graduate Seminar: Classical Theories of Religion (Newman) WQ
REL 482  GNDR_ST 490 Feminist Theory and the Study of Religion (Jacoby) WQ
REL 482-20 / ANTHRO 490-22 Graduate Seminar: Anthropology of Religion: Colonial Contexts (Ingram) SQ

Radio, Television, and Film // No official info yet for Winter/Spring
RTVF 411-0 - Cultural History of Television (Spigel) FQ
RTVF 443 21: Intersectionality and New Media - Advanced Seminar in Film & Video (Christian) FQ

Slavic Languages // No official info yet for Winter/Spring
SLAVIC 411-0 Proseminar: Literary Theory and Philosophy (McReynolds) FQ
SLAVIC 441-0 – Studies in Russian Literary and Cultural Criticism (Gourianova) SQ

Sociology // all year
SOCIOL 476-0 Sociology of Sexuality (Carrillo) FQ
SOCIOL 476-0 Global Capitalism and Law (Carruthers) FQ
SOCIOL 406-1 Classical Theory in Sociological Analysis(Bashi-Treitler) FQ
SOCIOL 406-3 Contemporary Theory in Sociological Analysis (Espeland) WQ
SOCIOL 410-0Theories of Race and Ethnicity (Stewart) SQ

Spanish and Portuguese // No official info yet for Winter/Spring
SPANPORT415-0 Studies in the 19th Century Literature and Cultures (Bouzaglou) FQ
SPANPORT 450-0 Topics in Cultural Studies: Utopia and Dystopia in Caribbean Literature and Culture (Maguire) FQ
SPANPORT 455-0-1 Comparative Studies in Latin American and/or Iberian Literature and Cultures: The Right To Look – Photography and Racial and Gender Regimes of Visibility (Uslenghi) WQ

Theatre and Drama // No courses for Fall, no info yet for Winter/Spring

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