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 Program, 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

Contemporary Studies Program students must take 21 credit hours across two honours subjects. They are required to take the program’s three core courses:

  • CTMP2000.06
  • CTMP3000.06
  • CTMP4000.06

plus at least four half-credit 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 (which gives them the 21st credit necessary to graduate with honours) in either of the two honours subjects. Usually, but not necessarily, 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

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 1035-1125

The Deconstruction of the Tradition

CTMP4000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1435-1625
R 1435-1525
Electives

The Politics of Hope:  From Romanticism to Anarchism and Beyond

CTMP2100.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Shatford Room
M 0935-1125
W 0935-1025

Apocalypse: The Revolutionary Transformation of Politics and Culture

CTMP2101.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Haliburton Room
T 1735-2025

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

Structuralism and Poststructuralism

CTMP2121.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Shatford Room
M 935-1125
W 0935-1025

Mass and Digital Media Culture

CTMP2201.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Haliburton Room
M 1005-1125
W 1005-1125

Bio-Politics:  Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

CTMP2203.03 / HSTC2206.03
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 Experience of Others in Philosophy, History and Literature

CTMP2322.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

Reflections on Death

CTMP2330.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 0935-1125
W 935-1025

The Rise of Nietzscheanism

CTMP3104.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1735-2025

The Nietzschean Legacy

CTMP3105.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1735-2025

Kant and Radical Evil

EMSP3213.03 / CTMP3113.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1835-2125

Genocide: Comparative Perspectives

CTMP3121.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Haliburton Room
T 0935-1125
R 0935-1025

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

CTMP3125.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 0935-1125
R 0935-1025

The Thought of Michel Foucault

CTMP3130.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Seminar Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Intersecting Bodies, Selves and Environments

CTMP3210.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
T1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Culture, Politics and the Post-Colonial Condition

CTMP3311.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

Studies in Contemporary Aesthetics and Critical Theories - Little Girls

CTMP3415.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

Beginning with Being: Reading Parmenides from Plato to Heidegger

CTMP4117.03 / CLAS4117.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Haliburton Room
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

French Feminist Theory

CTMP4302.03 / GWST4402.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
W 1435-1555
F 1435-1555

Special Topics in Contemporary Science and Technology: Phenomenology and the Environment

CTMP4411.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
W 1835-2125

Special Topics in Contemporary Aesthetic and Critical Theory: Giants of 20th Century Jewish Thought

CTMP4415.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725
Honours Thesis & Colloquium

Contemporary Studies Honours Thesis

CTMP0455X/Y
Fall
Winter
Arts & Administration - Senior Common Room

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:
    • CTMP2000.06
    • CTMP3000.06
    • CTMP4000.06
  • 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 1035-1125

The Deconstruction of the Tradition

CTMP4000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1435-1625
R 1435-1525
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 1035-1125

The Rise of Nietzscheanism

CTMP3104.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1735-2025

The Nietzschean Legacy

CTMP3105.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1735-2025

Kant and Radical Evil

EMSP3213.03 / CTMP3113.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1835-2125

Genocide: Comparative Perspectives

CTMP3121.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Haliburton Room
T 0935-1125
R 0935-1025

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

CTMP3125.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 0935-1125
R 0935-1025

The Thought of Michel Foucault

CTMP3130.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Seminar Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Intersecting Bodies, Selves and Environments

CTMP3210.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
T1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Culture, Politics and the Post-Colonial Condition

CTMP3311.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

Studies in Contemporary Aesthetics and Critical Theories - Little Girls

CTMP3415.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

The Deconstruction of the Tradition

CTMP4000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1435-1625
R 1435-1525

Beginning with Being: Reading Parmenides from Plato to Heidegger

CTMP4117.03 / CLAS4117.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Haliburton Room
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

French Feminist Theory

CTMP4302.03 / GWST4402.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
W 1435-1555
F 1435-1555

Special Topics in Contemporary Science and Technology: Phenomenology and the Environment

CTMP4411.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
W 1835-2125

Special Topics in Contemporary Aesthetic and Critical Theory: Giants of 20th Century Jewish Thought

CTMP4415.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725
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

The Politics of Hope:  From Romanticism to Anarchism and Beyond

CTMP2100.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Shatford Room
M 0935-1125
W 0935-1025

Apocalypse: The Revolutionary Transformation of Politics and Culture

CTMP2101.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Haliburton Room
T 1735-2025

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

Structuralism and Poststructuralism

CTMP2121.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Shatford Room
M 935-1125
W 0935-1025

Mass and Digital Media Culture

CTMP2201.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Haliburton Room
M 1005-1125
W 1005-1125

Bio-Politics:  Human Nature in Contemporary Thought

CTMP2203.03 / HSTC2206.03
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 Experience of Others in Philosophy, History and Literature

CTMP2322.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

Reflections on Death

CTMP2330.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 0935-1125
W 935-1025

Science and Culture

CTMP3000.06 / HSTC3030.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1035-1225
W 1035-1125

The Rise of Nietzscheanism

CTMP3104.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1735-2025

The Nietzschean Legacy

CTMP3105.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1735-2025

Kant and Radical Evil

EMSP3213.03 / CTMP3113.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1835-2125

Genocide: Comparative Perspectives

CTMP3121.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Haliburton Room
T 0935-1125
R 0935-1025

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

CTMP3125.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 0935-1125
R 0935-1025

The Thought of Michel Foucault

CTMP3130.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

HSTC3201.03 / CTMP3201.03 / RELS3201.03 / HIST3076.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Seminar Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Intersecting Bodies, Selves and Environments

CTMP3210.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
T1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Culture, Politics and the Post-Colonial Condition

CTMP3311.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

Studies in Contemporary Aesthetics and Critical Theories - Little Girls

CTMP3415.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

The Deconstruction of the Tradition

CTMP4000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1435-1625
R 1435-1525

Beginning with Being: Reading Parmenides from Plato to Heidegger

CTMP4117.03 / CLAS4117.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Haliburton Room
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

French Feminist Theory

CTMP4302.03 / GWST4402.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
W 1435-1555
F 1435-1555

Special Topics in Contemporary Science and Technology: Phenomenology and the Environment

CTMP4411.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
W 1835-2125

Special Topics in Contemporary Aesthetic and Critical Theory: Giants of 20th Century Jewish Thought

CTMP4415.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

"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, Contemporary Studies,


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