RFSSS20

COVID Rhetorics: Biopolitics and Necropolitics in a Global Pandemic

Subject code

RFSS

Course Number

S20

Course Long Title

COVID Rhetorics: Biopolitics and Necropolitics in a Global Pandemic

Description

This course examines the biopolitical and necropolitical underpinnings of discourses circulating around and about the global COVID-19 pandemic. Students explore a variety of rhetorical contexts—including public health campaigns, social media posts, and political discourse—to understand how COVID rhetorics make visible and exacerbate health inequities and vulnerabilities. Students interrogate COVID rhetorics as enactments of ableist, racist, and antifat power while also considering possibilities for more ethical ways of communicating about bodies in the context of a global pandemic.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC], Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit

No writing designation

Offering Frequency

One-time offering