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.

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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. Students must enrol in the non-credit CTMP 0456.00 & CTMP 0457.00, the Honours.

Explore courses
Core Courses

Modern Social and Political Thought I

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

Modern Social and Political Thought II

CTMP2002.03
Winter
KTS Lecture Hall
W 1335-1425 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

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 Deconstruction of the Tradition I

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

The Deconstruction of the Tradition II

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

Apocalypse: The Revolutionary Transformation of Politics and Culture

CTMP2101.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
M 1735-2025

The Idea of Race in Philosophy, Literature, and Art

CTMP2115.03
Winter
ONLINE / SYNCHRONOUS
MW 1135-1255

Society, Politics and Literature

CTMP2150.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
TR 1735-1855

Bio-Politics:  Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

CTMP2203.03 / HSTC2206.03
Winter
Classroom AA1
R 1735-2025

Environmentalism: origins, ideals and critique

CTMP2206.03 / HSTC2209.03
Winter
Seminar 7
TR 1435-1555

Pain

CTMP2301.03
Winter
Archibald Room
W 1735-2025

The Vampire: Modernity and the Undead

EMSP2313.03 / CTMP2313.03
Winter
KTS Lecture Hall
T 1835-2125

Feminisms: the First Three Waves

CTMP2350.03
Fall
Classroom AA1
MW 1005-1125

Critiques of Modernity

CTMP3103.03 / EMSP3203.03
Fall
Seminar 7
MW 1605-1725

The Rise of Nietzscheanism

CTMP3104.03
Fall
Seminar Room
T 1730-2030

The Nietzschean Legacy

CTMP3105.03
Winter
Seminar Room
T 1730-2030

The Ideal World of Enlightenment: Desire and Freedom

CTMP3110.03 / EMSP3210.03
Fall
Seminar Room
W 1730-2030

The Real World of Enlightenment: Time and History

CTMP3115.03 / EMSP3220.03
Winter
Seminar Room
W 1730-2030

Genocide: Comparative Perspectives

CTMP3121.03
Fall
Classroom AA1
TR 1005-1125

Theories of Punishment

EMSP3430.03 / CTMP 3170.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Human Experiments

HSTC3101.03 / CTMP3204.03
Winter
Archibald Room
TR 1305-1425

Culture, Politics and the Post-Colonial Condition

CTMP3311.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Rewriting Gender

CTMP3350.03 /202
Winter
Classroom AA1
TR 1005-11:25

Hannah Arendt: Terror, Politics, Thought

CTMP4125.03
Winter
Classroom AA1
T 1535-1725
R 1535-1625
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

Modern Social and Political Thought I

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

Modern Social and Political Thought II

CTMP2002.03
Winter
KTS Lecture Hall
W 1335-1425 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

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 Deconstruction of the Tradition I

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

The Deconstruction of the Tradition II

CTMP4002.03
Winter
Archibald Room
M 1535-1725
W 1535-1625
6 credit hours at the 3000 or 4000 level
6 credit hours at any level

Modern Social and Political Thought I

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

Modern Social and Political Thought II

CTMP2002.03
Winter
KTS Lecture Hall
W 1335-1425 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Apocalypse: The Revolutionary Transformation of Politics and Culture

CTMP2101.03
Fall
Scotiabank Room
M 1735-2025

The Idea of Race in Philosophy, Literature, and Art

CTMP2115.03
Winter
ONLINE / SYNCHRONOUS
MW 1135-1255

Bio-Politics:  Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

CTMP2203.03 / HSTC2206.03
Winter
Classroom AA1
R 1735-2025

Environmentalism: origins, ideals and critique

CTMP2206.03 / HSTC2209.03
Winter
Seminar 7
TR 1435-1555

Pain

CTMP2301.03
Winter
Archibald Room
W 1735-2025

The Vampire: Modernity and the Undead

EMSP2313.03 / CTMP2313.03
Winter
KTS Lecture Hall
T 1835-2125

Feminisms: the First Three Waves

CTMP2350.03
Fall
Classroom AA1
MW 1005-1125

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

Critiques of Modernity

CTMP3103.03 / EMSP3203.03
Fall
Seminar 7
MW 1605-1725

The Rise of Nietzscheanism

CTMP3104.03
Fall
Seminar Room
T 1730-2030

The Nietzschean Legacy

CTMP3105.03
Winter
Seminar Room
T 1730-2030

The Ideal World of Enlightenment: Desire and Freedom

CTMP3110.03 / EMSP3210.03
Fall
Seminar Room
W 1730-2030

The Real World of Enlightenment: Time and History

CTMP3115.03 / EMSP3220.03
Winter
Seminar Room
W 1730-2030

Genocide: Comparative Perspectives

CTMP3121.03
Fall
Classroom AA1
TR 1005-1125

Theories of Punishment

EMSP3430.03 / CTMP 3170.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Human Experiments

HSTC3101.03 / CTMP3204.03
Winter
Archibald Room
TR 1305-1425

Culture, Politics and the Post-Colonial Condition

CTMP3311.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Rewriting Gender

CTMP3350.03 /202
Winter
Classroom AA1
TR 1005-11:25

The Deconstruction of the Tradition I

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

The Deconstruction of the Tradition II

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

Hannah Arendt: Terror, Politics, Thought

CTMP4125.03
Winter
Classroom AA1
T 1535-1725
R 1535-1625

Society, Politics and Literature

CTMP2150.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
TR 1735-1855

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 2021-22 only) are:

"I was taught to never forget and ... if there was any kind of injustice happening ... to do something about it."

Hannah Rittner
Hannah Rittner

Playwright, Screenwriter, and Producer,

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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