Contemporary Studies

University of King's College

The ideas that shape the contemporary world are constantly changing. What does it really mean to be postmodern, and have we ever been modern? In the Contemporary Studies Programme, you’ll study the works of contemporary writers, thinkers and artists in relation to the fundamental themes and concerns of our time. Examine the most important debates in modern social and political thought. Challenge the supposed dichotomy of science and culture. Discover the 20th-century thinkers and writers who have questioned fundamental concepts of Western philosophy.

Combined Honours

A CSP student is required to take the programme’s three core courses:

plus at least two half-credit CSP electives.

The requirements for the second honours subject are dependent on that department, and vary from programme to programme.

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Core Courses

Modern Social and Political Thought

CTMP2000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1335-1525
W 1335-1425
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Science and Culture

CTMP3000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1135-1225
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The Deconstruction of the Tradition

CTMP4000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
W 0935-1125
F 0935-1025
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Electives

Apocalypse: The Revolutionary Transformation of Politics and Culture

CTMP2101.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
R 1835-2125
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Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

EMSP2390.03 / CTMP2102.03 / HSTC2811.03 / CHIN2082.03
Fall
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
W 1435-1625
F 1435-1525
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The Idea of Race in Philosophy, Literature, and Art

CTMP2115.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1805-2055
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Society, Politics and Literature

CTMP2150.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555
View Course

Totalitarianism and Science

HSTC2205.03 / CTMP2205.03 / HIST2985.03
Winter
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425
View Course

The Vampire: Modernity and the Undead

EMSP2313.03 / CTMP2313.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
W 1835-2125
View Course

The ‘Pictorial Turn’ in Recent Thought, Art and Theory

CTMP2316.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425
View Course

The Experience of Others in Philosophy, History and Literature

CTMP2322.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
View Course

The Artist and Society - David Bowie

CTMP2335.03
Fall
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425
View Course

East Meets West in Popular Culture

CTMP2336.03 / CHIN2052.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
W 1435-1625
F 1435-1525
View Course

Kant and Radical Evil

EMSP3213.03 / CTMP3113.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1835-2125
View Course

Genocide: Comparative Perspectives

CTMP3121.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
W 1435-1625
F 1435-1525
View Course

The Concept of Memory in Late-modernity: Commemoration, (Re)presentation, Trauma

CTMP3125.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
View Course

The Thought of Michel Foucault

CTMP3130.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725
View Course

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725
View Course

Intersecting Bodies, Selves and Environments

CTMP3210.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
R 1605-1725
T 1605-1725
View Course

Through Her Eyes: Women and the Documentary Tradition

JOUR3304.03 / CTMP3304.3
View Course

Modern Film and the Theory of the Gaze

CTMP3305.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1635-1855
W 1635-1755
View Course

Representations of the Holocaust: Bearing Witness

CTMP3321.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
F 1435-1525
W 1435-1625
View Course

Rewriting Gender

CTMP3350.03 / GWST3350.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1805-2055
View Course

Studies in Contemporary Aesthetics and Critical Theories - Little Girls

CTMP3415.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
View Course

The Deconstruction of the Tradition

CTMP4000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
W 0935-1125
F 0935-1025
View Course

Kafka, Scholem, Benjamin: On Law and Crisis in 20th Century Jewish Thought

CTMP4126.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Seminar 7
T 1835-2125
View Course

Philosophies of Technology I: From Techne to Technology

CTMP4200.03 / HSTC4200.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
View Course

Psychoanalysis and Politics

CTMP4315.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
M 1635-1755
W 1635-1755
View Course

Minor

You can take a minor in CSP to complement your degree. Understand the contemporary world by choosing from a wide range of courses in the areas of social and political thought, science and culture, and aesthetics, literature and literary theory, and film.

Complete a minimum of 18 credit hours to a maximum of 27 credit hours including:

  • Completion of one of the “core” courses:
  • Completion of one full credit at the 3000 or 4000 level (CTMP 3000.06 or CTMP 4000.06 will also fulfill this requirement).
  • Completion of one full credit (or two half credits) at the 2000 level or above.
Explore courses
Core Courses

Modern Social and Political Thought

CTMP2000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1335-1525
W 1335-1425
View Course

Science and Culture

CTMP3000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1135-1225
View Course

The Deconstruction of the Tradition

CTMP4000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
W 0935-1125
F 0935-1025
View Course
Completion of one full credit at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Science and Culture

CTMP3000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1135-1225
View Course

Kant and Radical Evil

EMSP3213.03 / CTMP3113.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1835-2125
View Course

Genocide: Comparative Perspectives

CTMP3121.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
W 1435-1625
F 1435-1525
View Course

The Concept of Memory in Late-modernity: Commemoration, (Re)presentation, Trauma

CTMP3125.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
View Course

The Thought of Michel Foucault

CTMP3130.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725
View Course

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725
View Course

Intersecting Bodies, Selves and Environments

CTMP3210.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
R 1605-1725
T 1605-1725
View Course

Through Her Eyes: Women and the Documentary Tradition

JOUR3304.03 / CTMP3304.3
View Course

Modern Film and the Theory of the Gaze

CTMP3305.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1635-1855
W 1635-1755
View Course

Representations of the Holocaust: Bearing Witness

CTMP3321.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
F 1435-1525
W 1435-1625
View Course

Rewriting Gender

CTMP3350.03 / GWST3350.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1805-2055
View Course

Studies in Contemporary Aesthetics and Critical Theories - Little Girls

CTMP3415.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
View Course

The Deconstruction of the Tradition

CTMP4000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
W 0935-1125
F 0935-1025
View Course

Kafka, Scholem, Benjamin: On Law and Crisis in 20th Century Jewish Thought

CTMP4126.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Seminar 7
T 1835-2125
View Course

Philosophies of Technology I: From Techne to Technology

CTMP4200.03 / HSTC4200.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
View Course

Psychoanalysis and Politics

CTMP4315.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
M 1635-1755
W 1635-1755
View Course
Completion of one full credit (or two half credits) at the 2000 level or above.

Modern Social and Political Thought

CTMP2000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1335-1525
W 1335-1425
View Course

Apocalypse: The Revolutionary Transformation of Politics and Culture

CTMP2101.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
R 1835-2125
View Course

Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

EMSP2390.03 / CTMP2102.03 / HSTC2811.03 / CHIN2082.03
Fall
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
W 1435-1625
F 1435-1525
View Course

The Idea of Race in Philosophy, Literature, and Art

CTMP2115.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1805-2055
View Course

Society, Politics and Literature

CTMP2150.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555
View Course

Totalitarianism and Science

HSTC2205.03 / CTMP2205.03 / HIST2985.03
Winter
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425
View Course

The Vampire: Modernity and the Undead

EMSP2313.03 / CTMP2313.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
W 1835-2125
View Course

The ‘Pictorial Turn’ in Recent Thought, Art and Theory

CTMP2316.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425
View Course

The Experience of Others in Philosophy, History and Literature

CTMP2322.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
View Course

The Artist and Society - David Bowie

CTMP2335.03
Fall
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425
View Course

East Meets West in Popular Culture

CTMP2336.03 / CHIN2052.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
W 1435-1625
F 1435-1525
View Course

Science and Culture

CTMP3000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1135-1225
View Course

Kant and Radical Evil

EMSP3213.03 / CTMP3113.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1835-2125
View Course

Genocide: Comparative Perspectives

CTMP3121.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
W 1435-1625
F 1435-1525
View Course

The Concept of Memory in Late-modernity: Commemoration, (Re)presentation, Trauma

CTMP3125.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
View Course

The Thought of Michel Foucault

CTMP3130.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725
View Course

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725
View Course

Intersecting Bodies, Selves and Environments

CTMP3210.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
R 1605-1725
T 1605-1725
View Course

Through Her Eyes: Women and the Documentary Tradition

JOUR3304.03 / CTMP3304.3
View Course

Modern Film and the Theory of the Gaze

CTMP3305.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1635-1855
W 1635-1755
View Course

Representations of the Holocaust: Bearing Witness

CTMP3321.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
F 1435-1525
W 1435-1625
View Course

Rewriting Gender

CTMP3350.03 / GWST3350.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1805-2055
View Course

Studies in Contemporary Aesthetics and Critical Theories - Little Girls

CTMP3415.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
View Course

The Deconstruction of the Tradition

CTMP4000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
W 0935-1125
F 0935-1025
View Course

Kafka, Scholem, Benjamin: On Law and Crisis in 20th Century Jewish Thought

CTMP4126.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Seminar 7
T 1835-2125
View Course

Philosophies of Technology I: From Techne to Technology

CTMP4200.03 / HSTC4200.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
View Course

Psychoanalysis and Politics

CTMP4315.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
M 1635-1755
W 1635-1755
View Course

"When I wrote my first full play, the sense of excitement and possibility—that you could put people in a room and get them to speak—was astonishing."

Kate Cayley
Kate Cayley

Writer, Contemporary Studies, 2001


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