GERST 6190

GERST 6190

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Niklas Luhmann's systems theory is one of the great theoretical edifices of the last few decades. Ostensibly a sociological theory, Luhmann's work arguably has had its most disruptive, and most enduring, influence in the humanities.  On the basis of his Introduction to Systems Theory, this course will provide a thorough examination of Luhmann's theoretical edifice and its theoretical building blocks, such as Talcott Parsons's systems theory, Heinz von Foerster's second-order cybernetics, George Spencer Brown's "calculus of decision," Gregory Bateson's theory of information, and Humberto Maturana's concept of autopoiesis.  In addition, we will follow the development of Luhmann's own theory and analyze closely several of Luhmann's other texts, such as Observations of Modernity, Ecological Communication, Love as Passion, and The Reality of the Mass Media.

When Offered Fall.

Comments All readings will be available in English.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 6185

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16461GERST 6190  SEM 101

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