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11110261 - Anglais civilisation - Histoire des idées 4

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NOTIONS OF CLASS
Are humans different (i.e., unequal) by nature, and if so are class distinctions to some extent inevitable? Perhaps, and yet “equality” or as some put it a “classless society” has been a social ideal promoted in various countries in the modern era but achieved in few if any. Many democratic countries, for example, such as the United States, Canada, Australia, or France admit to class distinctions, but claim that “upward social mobility”—through “merit”—allows individuals to aspire to and achieve a (higher) reclassification within the various socio-economic strata that make up a given population; i.e., there are classes but not immutable castes. Is this true? If yes, does mobility adequately compensate for inequality? And even if inequality or difference is the rule, how much inequality and what kinds of social segmentation can we humans bear? Might a proximate equality of social conditions (e.g., equal dignity, equal access to justice, and other basics) still be a worthwhile goal on the way to building healthier, more sustainable human societies? And what about plants and animals? Where do those lives fit in and who will advocate for their equal rights?
This course will examine notions of class, class identity or consciousness, class disloyalty or treason, class envy and contempt, and class conflict and warfare. We will study these ideas and the behaviours and questions they generate through readings of notable non-fiction works in English, including

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Bibliographie

  • The Theory of the Leisure Class (T. Veblen, 1899),
  • Class Matters (2005) (ouvrage collectif du New York Times),
  • Class Dismissed (2011) de John Marsh.
However,we will launch our discussion of class via George Orwell’s famous social allegory Animal Farm (1945).

Ce cours fait partie des formations suivantes :

Master MEEF : Métiers de l'Enseignement, de l'Education et de la Formation - mention second degré - Anglais

Niveau d'entrée : Bac + 3
Semestre : Semestre 2  -  UFR : Faculté des Langues

Master Metiers de l'Enseignement, de l'Education et de la Formation - mention second degré

Niveau d'entrée : Bac + 3
Semestre : Semestre 2, Semestre 2  -  UFR : Faculté des Langues

Master MEEF Métiers de l'Enseignement, de l'Education et de la Formation, second degré

Niveau d'entrée : Bac + 3  |  Niveau de sortie : Bac + 5
Semestre : Semestre 2, Semestre 2, Semestre 2  -  UFR : Faculté des Langues


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Mise à jour : 2 juillet 2015