Contemporary Studies

University of King's College

Interpret today

The “contemporary period” might be described as one of constant transformation, with new challenges and opportunities emerging all the time. 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.
  • participate in classes on transformative thinkers such as Wittgenstein, Arendt, Butler, bell hooks, and Foucault.
  • 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, and race and gender theorists.
  • develop tools for conceptual analyses—from multiple perspectives—of issues such as marginalization, social justice, migration and belonging, freedom and responsibility.
  • participate in innovative teaching and learning environments; for example, laboratory observation sessions, community-outreach, and gallery visits.
  • use your 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. In this issue, you will find papers about memory, stories, community, legality, colonialism, and truth. 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

CTMP 2001.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
W 1335-1525 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Modern Social and Political Thought II

CTMP 2002.03
Winter
Archibald Room
M 1335-1525
W 1335-1425

Science and Culture I: The Discourses of Modernity

CTMP3001.03 / HSTC3031.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
W 1035-1125 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

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
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
R 1435-1525 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

The Deconstruction of the Tradition II

CTMP4002.03
Winter
Archibald Room
T 1435-1625
R 1435-1525
Electives

Memory, Politics, Place: Berlin's 20th Century

CTMP 3610.06/GERM 3610.06
Spring
On-Site in Berlin, Germany

The Politics of Hope:  From Romanticism to Anarchism and Beyond

CTMP2100.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
T 1735-2025 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Apocalypse: The Revolutionary Transformation of Politics and Culture

CTMP2101.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
T 1735-1825 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

EMSP2390.03 / CTMP2102.03 / HSTC2811.03 / CHIN2082.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

The Idea of Race in Philosophy, Literature, and Art

CTMP2115.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

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

CTMP2121.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
R 1735-2025 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Mass and Digital Media Culture

CTMP2201.03
Winter
Archibald Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

The Vampire: Modernity and the Undead

EMSP2313.03 / CTMP2313.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Reflections on Death

CTMP2330.03
Winter
KTS Lecture Hall
W 1735-2025

The Artist and Society - David Bowie

CTMP2335.03
Winter
Seminar 7
T 1735-1855
R 1735-1855

Critiques of Modernity

CTMP3103.03 / EMSP3203.03
Winter
Seminar 7
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

The Ideal World of Enlightenment: Desire and Freedom

CTMP3110.03 / EMSP3210.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
T 935-1125 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
R 935-1025 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

The Real World of Enlightenment: Time and History

CTMP3115.03 / EMSP3220.03
Winter
Shatford Room
T 935-1125
R 935-1025

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

CTMP3125.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
R 1305-1425 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

The Thought of Michel Foucault

CTMP3130.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
W 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

The Thought of Ludwig Wittgenstein

CTMP3192.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
W 1735-1825 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Intersecting Bodies, Selves and Environments

CTMP3210.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

Film Theory

CTMP3302.03
Winter
Haliburton Room
M 1435-1525
W 1435-1525
F 1435-1525

Culture, Politics and the Post-Colonial Condition

CTMP3311.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
W 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Rewriting Gender

CTMP3350.03 / GWST3350.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
R 1035-1125 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Philosophies of Technology I: From Techne to Technology

CTMP4200.03 / HSTC4200.03
Winter
Seminar 7
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

Special Topics in Contemporary Social and Political Thought in the 20th Century: Giants of 20th Century Jewish Thought

CTMP4410.03
Winter
Frazee Room
M 1435-1625
W 1435-1525 Frazee

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

CTMP4411.03 AND HSTC3615.03
Winter
Archibald Room
T 1635-1725
R 1535-1725

Studies in Contemporary Aesthetics and Critical Theories - Little Girls

CTMP4415.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
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

CTMP 2001.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
W 1335-1525 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Modern Social and Political Thought II

CTMP 2002.03
Winter
Archibald Room
M 1335-1525
W 1335-1425

Science and Culture I: The Discourses of Modernity

CTMP3001.03 / HSTC3031.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
W 1035-1125 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

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
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
R 1435-1525 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

The Deconstruction of the Tradition II

CTMP4002.03
Winter
Archibald Room
T 1435-1625
R 1435-1525
6 credit hours at the 3000 or 4000 level

Memory, Politics, Place: Berlin's 20th Century

CTMP 3610.06/GERM 3610.06
Spring
On-Site in Berlin, Germany

Science and Culture I: The Discourses of Modernity

CTMP3001.03 / HSTC3031.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
W 1035-1125 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

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
Winter
Seminar 7
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

The Ideal World of Enlightenment: Desire and Freedom

CTMP3110.03 / EMSP3210.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
T 935-1125 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
R 935-1025 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

The Real World of Enlightenment: Time and History

CTMP3115.03 / EMSP3220.03
Winter
Shatford Room
T 935-1125
R 935-1025

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

CTMP3125.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
R 1305-1425 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

The Thought of Michel Foucault

CTMP3130.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
W 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

The Thought of Ludwig Wittgenstein

CTMP3192.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
W 1735-1825 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Intersecting Bodies, Selves and Environments

CTMP3210.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

Film Theory

CTMP3302.03
Winter
Haliburton Room
M 1435-1525
W 1435-1525
F 1435-1525

Culture, Politics and the Post-Colonial Condition

CTMP3311.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
W 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Rewriting Gender

CTMP3350.03 / GWST3350.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
R 1035-1125 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

The Deconstruction of the Tradition I

CTMP4001.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
R 1435-1525 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

The Deconstruction of the Tradition II

CTMP4002.03
Winter
Archibald Room
T 1435-1625
R 1435-1525

Philosophies of Technology I: From Techne to Technology

CTMP4200.03 / HSTC4200.03
Winter
Seminar 7
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

Special Topics in Contemporary Social and Political Thought in the 20th Century: Giants of 20th Century Jewish Thought

CTMP4410.03
Winter
Frazee Room
M 1435-1625
W 1435-1525 Frazee

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

CTMP4411.03 AND HSTC3615.03
Winter
Archibald Room
T 1635-1725
R 1535-1725

Studies in Contemporary Aesthetics and Critical Theories - Little Girls

CTMP4415.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
6 credit hours at any level

Memory, Politics, Place: Berlin's 20th Century

CTMP 3610.06/GERM 3610.06
Spring
On-Site in Berlin, Germany

Modern Social and Political Thought I

CTMP 2001.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
W 1335-1525 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Modern Social and Political Thought II

CTMP 2002.03
Winter
Archibald Room
M 1335-1525
W 1335-1425

The Politics of Hope:  From Romanticism to Anarchism and Beyond

CTMP2100.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
T 1735-2025 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Apocalypse: The Revolutionary Transformation of Politics and Culture

CTMP2101.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
T 1735-1825 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

EMSP2390.03 / CTMP2102.03 / HSTC2811.03 / CHIN2082.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

The Idea of Race in Philosophy, Literature, and Art

CTMP2115.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

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

CTMP2121.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
R 1735-2025 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Mass and Digital Media Culture

CTMP2201.03
Winter
Archibald Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

The Vampire: Modernity and the Undead

EMSP2313.03 / CTMP2313.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Reflections on Death

CTMP2330.03
Winter
KTS Lecture Hall
W 1735-2025

The Artist and Society - David Bowie

CTMP2335.03
Winter
Seminar 7
T 1735-1855
R 1735-1855

Science and Culture I: The Discourses of Modernity

CTMP3001.03 / HSTC3031.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
W 1035-1125 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

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
Winter
Seminar 7
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

The Ideal World of Enlightenment: Desire and Freedom

CTMP3110.03 / EMSP3210.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
T 935-1125 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
R 935-1025 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

The Real World of Enlightenment: Time and History

CTMP3115.03 / EMSP3220.03
Winter
Shatford Room
T 935-1125
R 935-1025

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

CTMP3125.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
R 1305-1425 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

The Thought of Michel Foucault

CTMP3130.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
W 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

The Thought of Ludwig Wittgenstein

CTMP3192.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
W 1735-1825 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Intersecting Bodies, Selves and Environments

CTMP3210.03
Winter
Scotiabank Room
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

Film Theory

CTMP3302.03
Winter
Haliburton Room
M 1435-1525
W 1435-1525
F 1435-1525

Culture, Politics and the Post-Colonial Condition

CTMP3311.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
W 1605-1725 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Rewriting Gender

CTMP3350.03 / GWST3350.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
R 1035-1125 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

The Deconstruction of the Tradition I

CTMP4001.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
R 1435-1525 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

The Deconstruction of the Tradition II

CTMP4002.03
Winter
Archibald Room
T 1435-1625
R 1435-1525

Philosophies of Technology I: From Techne to Technology

CTMP4200.03 / HSTC4200.03
Winter
Seminar 7
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

Special Topics in Contemporary Social and Political Thought in the 20th Century: Giants of 20th Century Jewish Thought

CTMP4410.03
Winter
Frazee Room
M 1435-1625
W 1435-1525 Frazee

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

CTMP4411.03 AND HSTC3615.03
Winter
Archibald Room
T 1635-1725
R 1535-1725

Studies in Contemporary Aesthetics and Critical Theories - Little Girls

CTMP4415.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

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 2020-21 only) are:

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Writer of Fiction & Poems, 2008


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