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2014/2015  KAN-CSOCV1006U  Governmentality Studies: Diagnosing the Present

English Title
Governmentality Studies: Diagnosing the Present

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 100
Study board
Study Board for MSc of Social Science
Course coordinator
  • Mitchell Dean - MPP
Administration: Karina Ravn Nielsen, 3815 3782, electives.mpp@cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • Philosophy and philosophy of science
  • International Political Economy
  • International Politics
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Organization
  • Political Science
  • Political leadership, public management and international politics
  • Economic and organizational sociology
Last updated on 08-04-2014
Learning objectives
Having followed the course, students are expected to:
  • identify the sources, development and diffusion of governmentality and related concepts.
  • demonstrate an overview of an increasingly hybridized field.
  • illustrate the different ways and contexts in which governmentality is being used in empirical work.
  • apply governmentality concepts in problem oriented research/assignment.
Governmentality Studies: Diagnosing the Present:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 48 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period December/January
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure
Over recent decades, Michel Foucault’s concept of governmentality, concerning the arts, rationalities and technologies of government by diverse agencies, has developed into an active research program and used across the social and political sciences. This course eluciates governmentality above all as analytical strategy that can be applied to all kinds of governing of individuals and collectives by different actors and agencies include public, private and hybrid ones.  It discusses case studies of how it has been used in organizational studies, management, social and public policy, and so on. It examines how it is used in conjunction with other approaches (from post-Marxism to actor-network theory) and its more recent recent diffusion and dispersion as a research program.  The latter can take the forms of its application and development in new fields (e.g. international relations, security studies, risk, financialisation), and has given rise to different versions of governmentality studies, including constructivist and realist ones.

The course aims to be an overview of governmentality as it operates today through a number of different approaches. These approaches concern such concrete examples as the government of risk and catastrophe, liberalism and neoliberalism, new forms of finance, the management of events, EU studies and international and security studies.
Teaching methods
Lectures and various forms of student participation as appropriate.
Further Information
Changes in course schedule may occur
Monday 09.50-12.25, week 36-41, 43-46
Expected literature
Mitchell Dean (2010) Governmentality: Power and Rule in Modern Society. Second edition. London: Sage.

Last updated on 08-04-2014