Critical Theory

Jeff Fort, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Program

Program Office. 207 Sproul Hall; 530-752-2115; http://crittheory.ucdavis.edu

Committee in Charge. http://crittheory.ucdavis.edu/people/executive-committee

Faculty. http://crittheory.ucdavis.edu/people

Graduate Study. The program in Critical Theory offers study and research leading to the Ph.D. with a designated emphasis in Critical Theory. The program provides theoretical emphasis and interdisciplinary perspective to students already preparing for the Ph.D. in one of 14 participating graduate programs (Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Education, English, French, German, History, Music, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Study of Religion, and Performance Studies). Students complete all requirements for the Ph.D., including the dissertation, in one of the participating departments. Minimum coursework for the Critical Theory Designated Emphasis consists of four courses. The first three of these, CRI 200A, 200B, and 200C are taught by affiliated faculty, with 200A normally being taken first. For the fourth course, students have the option of taking another section of CRI 200B or an approved course from any affiliated department.

Graduate Advisor. Consult Critical Theory Program office.

Courses in CRI:
CRI 101Introduction to Critical Theoretical Approaches to Literature and Culture (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Introduction to critical theory and its use for interpreting literary texts, film, and media forms in our present global culture. (Same course as COM 141.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
CRI 200AApproaches to Critical Theory (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Restricted to Graduate students. Critical overview of modern theoretical texts (e.g., semiotics, hermeneutics, deconstruction, social and cultural critique, feminist theory, psychoanalysis). (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
CRI 200BProblems in Critical Theory (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Restricted to Graduate students. Focused study of a particular critical theoretical approach, school or perspective. Topics may include but are not limited to: critical approaches to the study of literature, culture, film, historiography, visual culture, the body, and aesthetics. May be repeated for credit when topic differs and with consent of instructor. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
CRI 200CHistory of Critical Theory (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate student standing. Restricted to Graduate students. Critical analysis and discussion of pre-twentieth century theories of literary and cultural criticism. Topics may include but are not limited to: ancient and early modern philosophy; nature and culture in the Renaissance; theories of Mimesis from antiquity to the Renaissance. May be repeated for credit when topic differs and with consent of instructor. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
CRI 201Critical Theory Special Topics (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate student standing. Application of theoretical principles to one specific research topic. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor when topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
CRI 202Visual Culture (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Restricted to Graduate student standing. Analysis of image production in the contemporary world (photography, film, television, advertising, etc.) and their effects on individual subjectivities and collective social identities. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
CRI 298Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Restricted to Graduate student standing. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
CRI 299Individual Study (1-12) Active
Variable—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate student standing. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.