Languages & Cultures, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

College of Arts and Law


Code 23255

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 and 2 (may be taken in 1 only for 10 credits, but not available in 2 due to prerequisites concerning prior learning)NB: the availa

Other pre-requisites Advanced knowledge of German required (at least level B2.2)

Module description

The core elements of the module will be, first, a consideration of Nietzsche’s ideas in their German and European cultural contexts and, second, the study of aspects of the reception of these ideas. Areas of discussion will include Nietzsche’s appropriation of antiquity in his campaign against `decadent’ modernity, his theories of art and culture, his modes of expression, and his critique of late nineteenth-century German values. The second part of the module will concentrate on the use and abuse of Nietzsche¿s thought in selected areas of intellectual and political life, focusing primarily on Germany in the first half of the twentieth century. Trends in Nietzsche reception since 1945 will also be discussed.

Teaching and learning methods

Lecturer-led and student-led seminars