Contemporary Studies

University of King's College

Interpret today

The contemporary period is marked by continuous transformation, with new challenges but also new possibilities for change emerging constantly. The Contemporary Studies Program (CSP) engages with the ideas, thinkers, and movements that have contributed to new understandings of the world, community, self and other. In CSP you will:

  • choose from a wide range of interdisciplinary courses that explore ideas about ethics, aesthetics, and politics; contemporary art, modern film, and digital media; new biotechnologies, nature, environment, and the body, and many others;
  • consider the place of science and technology in the contemporary world and challenge the supposed dichotomy of science and culture;
  • engage with texts by environmental philosophers, thinkers of the Global South, Indigenous thinkers and race and gender theorists;
  • participate in classes on transformative thinkers such as Ludwig Wittgenstein, Hannah Arendt, Judith Butler, bell hooks, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Michel Foucault;
  • conduct conceptual analyses of issues such as marginalization, social justice, migration and belonging, freedom and responsibility, while incorporating a range of critical perspectives;
  • participate in innovative teaching and learning environments; for example, laboratory observation sessions, community-outreach, and gallery visits;
  • use critical skills and creative talents.

Find out what’s new in the program

CSP+ News & Events Courses

Study abroad in Berlin

This month-long Contemporary Studies elective provides an opportunity to explore the themes of collective memory, public space, and historical trauma in Germany’s capital city. Through daily seminars, site visits, and museum tours, you learn about the political, architectural, and social stakes of the struggle to take responsibility for history in a city that is both burdened with the past and alive to the future.

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Publish your work

Hinge is an academic journal written, edited, and published annually by the students in the Contemporary Studies Program. It is interdisciplinary in scope, not only because of the variety of academic backgrounds of our peers and contributors, but because an interdisciplinary approach is fundamental to understanding any aspect of the contemporary world. The papers are revised versions of the work produced by the students in Contemporary Studies program classes.

Read the latest volume

 

Combined Honours

Contemporary Studies Program students are required to take the program’s three core course doublets:

  • CTMP 2001.03 & CTMP 2002.03 (or CTMP 2000.06)
  • CTMP 3001.03 & CTMP 3002.03 (or CTMP 3000.06)
  • CTMP 4001.03 & CTMP 4002.03 (or CTMP 4000.06)

plus at least twelve credit hours CSP electives.

The requirements for the second honours subject are dependent on that department, and vary from program to program. Students may fulfil the honours requirement in either of the two honours subjects. Usually, this subject will be the one in which the student has taken more classes. The honours requirement in CSP is satisfied by writing an honours thesis, which is defended at an oral examination.

Explore courses
Core Courses
Electives

The Lecture Series: Representation of Colonialization and De-Colonialization

CTMP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03 / EMSP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03 / HSTC2011.03/3011.03/4011.03
Winter
KTS Lecture Hall
T 1605-1755
T 1905-2055 (biweekly)

The Politics of Hope: From Romanticism to Anarchism and Beyond

CTMP2100.03
Fall
Frazee Room
T 1735-2025

Apocalypse: The Revolutionary Transformation of Politics and Culture

CTMP2101.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
T 1735-2025

The Idea of Race in Philosophy, Literature, and Art

CTMP2115.03
Winter
Classroom AA1
MW 1005-1125

Humanism and Anti-Humanism: The Dramatic Story of What Makes Us Modern

CTMP2121.03
Winter
Frazee Room
W 1725-2025

Mass and Digital Media Culture

CTMP2201.03
Winter
KTS Lecture Hall
MW 1005-1125

Bio-Politics: Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

CTMP2203.03 / HSTC2206.03
Winter
Archibald Room
R 1735-2025

Pain

CTMP2301.03
Winter
Archibald Room
M 1735-1925
W 1735-1825

The Vampire: Modernity and the Undead

EMSP2313.03 / CTMP2313.03
Fall
KTS Lecture Hall
M 1735-2025

Human Experiments

HSTC3101.03 / CTMP3204.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
MW 1435-1555

The 'Pictorial Turn' in Recent Thought, Art and Theory

CTMP2316.03
Fall
Archibald Room
TR 1305-1425

The Experience of Others in Philosophy, History and Literature

CTMP2322.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
T 1605-1755
R 1605-1655

East Meets West in Popular Culture

CTMP2336.03 / CHIN2052.03
Winter
Classroom AA1
TR 1605-1725

Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

EMSP2390.03 / CTMP2102.03 / HSTC2811.03 / CHIN2082.03
Fall
Classroom AA1
MW 1005-1125

Ideas of the Sea and Seafaring: Intercultural Perspectives

EMSP2490.03 / CTMP2207.03 / HSTC2220.03
Fall
KTS Lecture Hall
MW 1605-1725

The Rise of Nietzscheanism

CTMP3104.03
Fall
Frazee Room
M 1735-2025

The Nietzschean Legacy

CTMP3105.03
Winter
Frazee Room
M 1735-2025

The Thought of Michel Foucault

CTMP3130.03
Fall
Classroom 1
TR 1005-1125

The Question of the Animal

CTMP3155.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
MW 1605-1725

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
Seminar 7
TR 1605-1725

Intersecting Bodies, Selves and Environments

CTMP3210.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
MW 1605-1725

Feminism and Science

CTMP3215.03 / HSTC3411.03 / GWST3215.03
Winter
Archibald Room
TR 1005-1125

Spinozisms: From Early Modernity to the Contemporary World

EMSP3216.03 / CTMP3316.03
Fall
Seminar 7
MW 1435-1555

Representations of the Holocaust: Bearing Witness

CTMP3321.03
Fall
Archibald Room
TR 1605-1725

Art and Atrocity: Contemporary Contexts, Gendered Perspectives

CTMP3330.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
TR 1305-1425

Theories of Punishment

EMSP3430.03 / CTMP3170.03
Fall
Online / Asynchronous

Walter Benjamin's Materials

CTMP4124.03
Fall
Classroom AA1
TR 1605-1725

Phenomenology and its legacy: Back to the 'things themselves'

CTMP4140.03
Winter
TR 1305-1425

Philosophies of Technology I: From Techne to Technology

CTMP4200.03 / HSTC4200.03
Fall
Frazee Room
T 1435-1625
R 1435-1525

Studies in Contemporary Science and Technology: New Materialisms: Life, Politics, and Science

CTMP3411.03 AND HSTC3615.03
Fall
KTS Lecture Hall
T 1305-1355
R 1305-1455

Studies in Contemporary Aesthetics and Critical Theories - "Little Girls"

CTMP4415.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
MW 1305-1425

Giants of 20th Century Jewish Thought

CTMP4340.03
Winter
Frazee Room
T 1435-1625
R 1435-1525
Honours Thesis & Colloquium

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:

  • One of the core course doublets:
    • CTMP 2001.03 & CTMP 2002.03 (or CTMP 2000.06)
      * Both CTMP 2001.03 & CTMP 2002.03 must normally be taken in the same academic year to meet this requirement.
    • CTMP 3001.03 & CTMP 3002.03 (or CTMP 3000.06)
      *Both CTMP 3001.03 & CTMP 3002.03 must normally be taken in the same academic year to meet this requirement.
    • CTMP 4001.03 & CTMP 4002.03 (or CTMP 4000.06)
      *Both CTMP 4001.03 & CTMP 4002.03 must normally be taken in the same academic year to meet this requirement.
  • 6 credit hours at the 3000 or 4000 level.  CTMP 3001.03 & CTMP 3002.03 (or CTMP 3000.06) OR  CTMP 4001.03 & CTMP 4002.03 (or CTMP 4000.06) will also fulfill this requirement).
  • 6 credit hours at any level.
Explore courses
Core Courses
6 credit hours at the 3000 or 4000 level

Science and Culture I: The Discourses of Modernity

CTMP3001.03 / HSTC3031.03
Fall
Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1035-1125

Science and Culture II: Resetting the Modern

CTMP3002.03 / HSTC3032.03
Winter
Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1035-1125

The Lecture Series: Representation of Colonialization and De-Colonialization

CTMP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03 / EMSP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03 / HSTC2011.03/3011.03/4011.03
Winter
KTS Lecture Hall
T 1605-1755
T 1905-2055 (biweekly)

The Rise of Nietzscheanism

CTMP3104.03
Fall
Frazee Room
M 1735-2025

The Nietzschean Legacy

CTMP3105.03
Winter
Frazee Room
M 1735-2025

The Thought of Michel Foucault

CTMP3130.03
Fall
Classroom 1
TR 1005-1125

The Question of the Animal

CTMP3155.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
MW 1605-1725

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
Seminar 7
TR 1605-1725

Intersecting Bodies, Selves and Environments

CTMP3210.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
MW 1605-1725

Feminism and Science

CTMP3215.03 / HSTC3411.03 / GWST3215.03
Winter
Archibald Room
TR 1005-1125

Spinozisms: From Early Modernity to the Contemporary World

EMSP3216.03 / CTMP3316.03
Fall
Seminar 7
MW 1435-1555

Representations of the Holocaust: Bearing Witness

CTMP3321.03
Fall
Archibald Room
TR 1605-1725

Art and Atrocity: Contemporary Contexts, Gendered Perspectives

CTMP3330.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
TR 1305-1425

Theories of Punishment

EMSP3430.03 / CTMP3170.03
Fall
Online / Asynchronous

Walter Benjamin's Materials

CTMP4124.03
Fall
Classroom AA1
TR 1605-1725

Phenomenology and its legacy: Back to the 'things themselves'

CTMP4140.03
Winter
TR 1305-1425

Philosophies of Technology I: From Techne to Technology

CTMP4200.03 / HSTC4200.03
Fall
Frazee Room
T 1435-1625
R 1435-1525

Studies in Contemporary Science and Technology: New Materialisms: Life, Politics, and Science

CTMP3411.03 AND HSTC3615.03
Fall
KTS Lecture Hall
T 1305-1355
R 1305-1455

Studies in Contemporary Aesthetics and Critical Theories - "Little Girls"

CTMP4415.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
MW 1305-1425

Giants of 20th Century Jewish Thought

CTMP4340.03
Winter
Frazee Room
T 1435-1625
R 1435-1525
6 credit hours at any level

Modern Social and Political Thought I: Politics of Recognition

CTMP2001.03
Fall
KTS Lecture Hall
M 1335-1525
W 1335-1425

Modern Social and Political Thought II: Challenging Recognition

CTMP2002.03
Winter
KTS Lecture Hall
M 1335-1525
W 1335-1425

The Lecture Series: Representation of Colonialization and De-Colonialization

CTMP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03 / EMSP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03 / HSTC2011.03/3011.03/4011.03
Winter
KTS Lecture Hall
T 1605-1755
T 1905-2055 (biweekly)

The Politics of Hope: From Romanticism to Anarchism and Beyond

CTMP2100.03
Fall
Frazee Room
T 1735-2025

Apocalypse: The Revolutionary Transformation of Politics and Culture

CTMP2101.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
T 1735-2025

The Idea of Race in Philosophy, Literature, and Art

CTMP2115.03
Winter
Classroom AA1
MW 1005-1125

Humanism and Anti-Humanism: The Dramatic Story of What Makes Us Modern

CTMP2121.03
Winter
Frazee Room
W 1725-2025

Mass and Digital Media Culture

CTMP2201.03
Winter
KTS Lecture Hall
MW 1005-1125

Bio-Politics: Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

CTMP2203.03 / HSTC2206.03
Winter
Archibald Room
R 1735-2025

Pain

CTMP2301.03
Winter
Archibald Room
M 1735-1925
W 1735-1825

The Vampire: Modernity and the Undead

EMSP2313.03 / CTMP2313.03
Fall
KTS Lecture Hall
M 1735-2025

The 'Pictorial Turn' in Recent Thought, Art and Theory

CTMP2316.03
Fall
Archibald Room
TR 1305-1425

The Experience of Others in Philosophy, History and Literature

CTMP2322.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
T 1605-1755
R 1605-1655

East Meets West in Popular Culture

CTMP2336.03 / CHIN2052.03
Winter
Classroom AA1
TR 1605-1725

Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

EMSP2390.03 / CTMP2102.03 / HSTC2811.03 / CHIN2082.03
Fall
Classroom AA1
MW 1005-1125

Ideas of the Sea and Seafaring: Intercultural Perspectives

EMSP2490.03 / CTMP2207.03 / HSTC2220.03
Fall
KTS Lecture Hall
MW 1605-1725

Science and Culture I: The Discourses of Modernity

CTMP3001.03 / HSTC3031.03
Fall
Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1035-1125

Science and Culture II: Resetting the Modern

CTMP3002.03 / HSTC3032.03
Winter
Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1035-1125

The Rise of Nietzscheanism

CTMP3104.03
Fall
Frazee Room
M 1735-2025

The Nietzschean Legacy

CTMP3105.03
Winter
Frazee Room
M 1735-2025

The Thought of Michel Foucault

CTMP3130.03
Fall
Classroom 1
TR 1005-1125

The Question of the Animal

CTMP3155.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
MW 1605-1725

Contemporary Studies Honours Thesis

CTMP0456.00 and CTMP0457.00
Fall
Winter
Archibald Room

Intersecting Bodies, Selves and Environments

CTMP3210.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
MW 1605-1725

Feminism and Science

CTMP3215.03 / HSTC3411.03 / GWST3215.03
Winter
Archibald Room
TR 1005-1125

Spinozisms: From Early Modernity to the Contemporary World

EMSP3216.03 / CTMP3316.03
Fall
Seminar 7
MW 1435-1555

Representations of the Holocaust: Bearing Witness

CTMP3321.03
Fall
Archibald Room
TR 1605-1725

Art and Atrocity: Contemporary Contexts, Gendered Perspectives

CTMP3330.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
TR 1305-1425

Theories of Punishment

EMSP3430.03 / CTMP3170.03
Fall
Online / Asynchronous

The Deconstruction of the Tradition I: Language and Dispossession

CTMP4001.03
Fall
Archibald Room
M 1535-1725
W 1535-1625

The Deconstruction of the Tradition II: Precarities

CTMP4002.03
Winter
Archibald Room
M 1535-1725
W 1535-1625

Walter Benjamin's Materials

CTMP4124.03
Fall
Classroom AA1
TR 1605-1725

Phenomenology and its legacy: Back to the 'things themselves'

CTMP4140.03
Winter
TR 1305-1425

Philosophies of Technology I: From Techne to Technology

CTMP4200.03 / HSTC4200.03
Fall
Frazee Room
T 1435-1625
R 1435-1525

Studies in Contemporary Science and Technology: New Materialisms: Life, Politics, and Science

CTMP3411.03 AND HSTC3615.03
Fall
KTS Lecture Hall
T 1305-1355
R 1305-1455

Studies in Contemporary Aesthetics and Critical Theories - "Little Girls"

CTMP4415.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
MW 1305-1425

Giants of 20th Century Jewish Thought

CTMP4340.03
Winter
Frazee Room
T 1435-1625
R 1435-1525

DALHOUSIE SELECTIVES

Students enrolled in the Combined Honours or Minor program in CSP can opt to take a maximum of one 3-credit hour “selective” course at Dalhousie University to count towards the CSP part of their degree. The Registrar’s Office at King’s should be notified if students wish to pursue this option.

Approved selectives (for 2022-23 only) are:

"...it trains you to think more objectively, speak more clearly, listen more generously and live more passionately."

Mark Dance
Mark Dance

Communications Coordinator, Samara Canada, 2010

More Opportunities

Minors

You can choose from more than 75 minors to complement your degree.

Certificates

Build skills in a specialized area of study by adding a certificate to your degree. You can take King’s courses as part of a certificate in Medical Humanities or Art History & Visual Culture, or choose from many more certificates offered through our partnership with Dalhousie.


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