Early Modern Studies

University of King's College

There have been many upheavals in Western thought, culture and society at the birth of the modern world, including the Reformation, the Enlightenment and Romanticism. Why and how did such upheavals occur, and what were their influences on subsequent thought and culture? Study the early modern period, from the 16th century to the early 19th century, from philosophical, scientific, moral, social, institutional and aesthetic points of view. Delve deep into the structures of today’s culture and look at their points of origin. You’ll gain insight into the nature of the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment and Romanticism.

Study abroad in Florence

Taught entirely on site, this month-long, full-credit course lets you consider the art, literature, philosophy, and politics of Early Modern Italy (1280-1580) through daily visits to the city’s churches, palaces, and museums. Find out more.

Combined Honours

An EMSP student is required to take the programme’s three core courses:

plus at least two half-credit EMSP 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

Structures of the Modern Self

EMSP2000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555
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The Study of Nature in Early Modern Europe

EMSP3000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325
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Conceptions of State, Society, and Revolution in the Early Modern Period

EMSP4000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
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Electives

Violence and Wonder: Baroque Art

EMSP2215.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
M 0935-1125
W 0935-1025
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Picture and Poetry in Early Modern Culture

EMSP2230.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Seminar 7
M 0935-1125
W 0935-1025
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German Romanticism: from Goethe to Hegel

EMSP2290.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Shatford Room
M 1635-1925
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The Vampire: Modernity and the Undead

EMSP2313.03 / CTMP2313.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
W 1835-2125
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Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe

EMSP2320.03 / GWST2420.03 / RELS2320.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
W 1835-2125
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Magic, Science and the Occult: from Antiquity to Postmodernity

HSTC2120.03 / EMSP2360.03 / HIST2990.03 / RELS2120.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
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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 Pirate and Piracy

EMSP2480.03 / HIST2750.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725
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Early Modern Art, Literature, and Politics in Florence, Italy

EMSP2510X/Y
Spring
On-Site in Florence, Italy
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Kant and Radical Evil

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

Love, Lust and Desire in Italian Renaissance Art

EMSP3280.03 / GWST3280.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725
View Course

In Search of the Philosopher's Stone: The History of European Alchemy

HSTC3121.03 / EMSP3321.03 / HIST3990.03 / RELS3121.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
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Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives

HSTC3200.03 / EMSP3330.03 / RELS3200.03 / HIST3075.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725
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Minor

You can take a minor in EMSP to complement your degree. Engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of the birth of the modern world.

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

  • One of the “core” courses:
  • One full credit (or two half credits) at the 3000 or 4000 level (EMSP 3000.06 or EMSP 4000.06. can satisfy this requirement).
  • At least one additional full credit (or two half credits) at the 2000 level or above.
Explore courses
Core Courses

Structures of the Modern Self

EMSP2000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555
View Course

The Study of Nature in Early Modern Europe

EMSP3000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325
View Course

Conceptions of State, Society, and Revolution in the Early Modern Period

EMSP4000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
View Course
One full credit (or two half credits) at the 3000 or 4000 level
At least one additional full credit (or two half credits) at the 2000 level or above.

Structures of the Modern Self

EMSP2000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555
View Course

Violence and Wonder: Baroque Art

EMSP2215.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
M 0935-1125
W 0935-1025
View Course

Picture and Poetry in Early Modern Culture

EMSP2230.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Seminar 7
M 0935-1125
W 0935-1025
View Course

German Romanticism: from Goethe to Hegel

EMSP2290.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Shatford Room
M 1635-1925
View Course

The Vampire: Modernity and the Undead

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

Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe

EMSP2320.03 / GWST2420.03 / RELS2320.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
W 1835-2125
View Course

Magic, Science and the Occult: from Antiquity to Postmodernity

HSTC2120.03 / EMSP2360.03 / HIST2990.03 / RELS2120.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
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 Pirate and Piracy

EMSP2480.03 / HIST2750.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725
View Course

Early Modern Art, Literature, and Politics in Florence, Italy

EMSP2510X/Y
Spring
On-Site in Florence, Italy
View Course

The Study of Nature in Early Modern Europe

EMSP3000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325
View Course

Kant and Radical Evil

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

Love, Lust and Desire in Italian Renaissance Art

EMSP3280.03 / GWST3280.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725
View Course

In Search of the Philosopher's Stone: The History of European Alchemy

HSTC3121.03 / EMSP3321.03 / HIST3990.03 / RELS3121.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
View Course

Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives

HSTC3200.03 / EMSP3330.03 / RELS3200.03 / HIST3075.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725
View Course

Conceptions of State, Society, and Revolution in the Early Modern Period

EMSP4000.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125
View Course

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Evany Rosen
Evany Rosen

Comedy Writer, Early Modern Studies, 2010


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