The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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 offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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