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SPS 211 Disciplines and Discourses Select Term:
A "unified field" view of the social sciences in terms of their origins, differentiation, and respective discourses. History as an "idiographical" inquiry, oriented to the unique. The crystallization of the "nomothetical" (generalizing and law-setting) disciplines of Economics, Sociology and Political Science. Eurocentrism and its East Europeanist, Balkanist, Orientalist, Islamist corollaries. The introduction of Anthropology for the "primitive peoples" and Oriental Studies for "high civillizations". Anthropology, Archeology and empire. The socio-historically constructed nature of our cognitive categories. Explorations of characteristic discourse- practices: what does it mean to know through an academic discipline? Typical procedures, notions of evidence, first principles, inductive or deductive epistemologies, "cultures of collecting". Late 20th century calls for "opening up" the social sciences.
SU Credits : 3.000
ECTS Credit : 0.000
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