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 four half-credit CSP electives.

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

Explore courses
Core Courses

Modern Social and Political Thought

CTMP2000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1335-1525
W 1335-1425

Science and Culture

CTMP3000.06 / HSTC3030.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1135-1225

The Deconstruction of the Tradition

CTMP4000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 905-1025
W 905-1025
Electives

Automatons! From Ovid to AI (and cyborgs along the way)

CTMP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03; EMSP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03; HSTC2011.03/3011.03/4011.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
W 1835-2025

The Politics of Hope:  From Romanticism to Anarchism and Beyond

CTMP2100.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
M 0935-1125
W 0935-1025

Apocalypse: The Revolutionary Transformation of Politics and Culture

CTMP2101.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
R 1835-2125

Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

EMSP2390.03 / CTMP2102.03 / HSTC2811.03 / CHIN2082.03
Fall
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

Bio-Politics:  Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

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

The Vampire: Modernity and the Undead

EMSP2313.03 / CTMP2313.03
Fall
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1835-2125

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

CTMP2316.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

Reflections on Death

CTMP2330.03
Fall
New Academic - KTS Lecture Hall
R 1135-1325
F 935-1025

The Artist and Society - David Bowie

CTMP2335.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
W 1425-1555
F 1425-1555

Feminisms: the Three Waves

CTMP2350.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

The Rise of Nietzscheanism

CTMP3104.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
W 1435-1625
F 1435-1525

The Nietzschean Legacy

CTMP3105.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
W 1435-1625
F 1435-1525

Heidegger: Science, Poetry, Thought

CTMP3116.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1735-2025

The Thought of Michel Foucault

CTMP3130.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

The Question of the Animal

CTMP3155.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Representations of the Holocaust: Remembrance

CTMP3322.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Haliburton Room
M 1635-1825
W 1635-1725

The Theory of the Gift

CTMP3345.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

Rewriting Gender

CTMP3350.03 / GWST3350.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 1735-2025

Studies in Contemporary Science and Technology Topic: Human Experiments

CTMP3411.03 / HSTC3615.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
R 1735-2025

The Deconstruction of the Tradition

CTMP4000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 905-1025
W 905-1025

Walter Benjamin's Materials

CTMP4124.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

Hannah Arendt: Terror, Politics, Thought

CTMP4125.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1735-2025

Ethics after the Holocaust

CTMP4330.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Seminar Room
R 935-1125
F 935-1025

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

CTMP2000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1335-1525
W 1335-1425

Science and Culture

CTMP3000.06 / HSTC3030.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1135-1225

The Deconstruction of the Tradition

CTMP4000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 905-1025
W 905-1025
Completion of one full credit at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Science and Culture

CTMP3000.06 / HSTC3030.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1135-1225

The Rise of Nietzscheanism

CTMP3104.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
W 1435-1625
F 1435-1525

The Nietzschean Legacy

CTMP3105.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
W 1435-1625
F 1435-1525

Heidegger: Science, Poetry, Thought

CTMP3116.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1735-2025

The Thought of Michel Foucault

CTMP3130.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

The Question of the Animal

CTMP3155.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Representations of the Holocaust: Remembrance

CTMP3322.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Haliburton Room
M 1635-1825
W 1635-1725

The Theory of the Gift

CTMP3345.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

Rewriting Gender

CTMP3350.03 / GWST3350.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 1735-2025

Studies in Contemporary Science and Technology Topic: Human Experiments

CTMP3411.03 / HSTC3615.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
R 1735-2025

The Deconstruction of the Tradition

CTMP4000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 905-1025
W 905-1025

Walter Benjamin's Materials

CTMP4124.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

Hannah Arendt: Terror, Politics, Thought

CTMP4125.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1735-2025

Ethics after the Holocaust

CTMP4330.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Seminar Room
R 935-1125
F 935-1025
Completion of one full credit (or two half credits) at the 2000 level or above.

Modern Social and Political Thought

CTMP2000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1335-1525
W 1335-1425

Automatons! From Ovid to AI (and cyborgs along the way)

CTMP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03; EMSP2011.03/3011.03/4011.03; HSTC2011.03/3011.03/4011.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
W 1835-2025

The Politics of Hope:  From Romanticism to Anarchism and Beyond

CTMP2100.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
M 0935-1125
W 0935-1025

Apocalypse: The Revolutionary Transformation of Politics and Culture

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

Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

EMSP2390.03 / CTMP2102.03 / HSTC2811.03 / CHIN2082.03
Fall
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

Bio-Politics:  Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

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

The Vampire: Modernity and the Undead

EMSP2313.03 / CTMP2313.03
Fall
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1835-2125

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

CTMP2316.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

Reflections on Death

CTMP2330.03
Fall
New Academic - KTS Lecture Hall
R 1135-1325
F 935-1025

The Artist and Society - David Bowie

CTMP2335.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
W 1425-1555
F 1425-1555

Feminisms: the Three Waves

CTMP2350.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

Science and Culture

CTMP3000.06 / HSTC3030.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1135-1225

The Rise of Nietzscheanism

CTMP3104.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
W 1435-1625
F 1435-1525

The Nietzschean Legacy

CTMP3105.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
W 1435-1625
F 1435-1525

Heidegger: Science, Poetry, Thought

CTMP3116.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1735-2025

The Thought of Michel Foucault

CTMP3130.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

The Question of the Animal

CTMP3155.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Representations of the Holocaust: Remembrance

CTMP3322.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Haliburton Room
M 1635-1825
W 1635-1725

The Theory of the Gift

CTMP3345.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

Rewriting Gender

CTMP3350.03 / GWST3350.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 1735-2025

Studies in Contemporary Science and Technology Topic: Human Experiments

CTMP3411.03 / HSTC3615.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
R 1735-2025

The Deconstruction of the Tradition

CTMP4000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 905-1025
W 905-1025

Walter Benjamin's Materials

CTMP4124.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

Hannah Arendt: Terror, Politics, Thought

CTMP4125.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1735-2025

Ethics after the Holocaust

CTMP4330.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Seminar Room
R 935-1125
F 935-1025

"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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