Introduction to Studies in Governmentality

Course code SOCA3000
Not available in 2016


One of the most influential frameworks in sociology and the social sciences in recent years has been that derived from Michel Foucault's on governmentality. The course is relevant to students studying sociology, anthropology, political science, international relations, philosophy and human geography among other areas.


Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

1. Become familiar with the studies of Michel Foucault with a focus on their sources, their development and their application to the study of power and governance in local and international contexts, such as social policy, criminology, security studies, biomedicine, and international governance



  • Introduction to governmentality.
  • Governmentality as social science method.
  • Histories of mentalities of government.
  • Liberalism and neo-liberalism.
  • Government of the self and others.
  • Authoritarian government.
  • Biopolitics.
  • Sovereignty.
  • International governmentality.
  • Government of the social

Assumed Knowledge

10cps SOCA 1000 level courses or equivalent.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Two or more written assignments

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term