Contemporary Studies

University of King's College

Interpret today

The ideas that shape the contemporary world are constantly changing. Understand the world around you by being part of a vibrant living and learning community at King’s. In the renowned Contemporary Studies Program you:

  • study works by contemporary writers, thinkers and artists in relation to the fundamental issues of our time
  • learn about philosophers who re-think gender, challenge racism and confront genocide
  • challenge the supposed dichotomy of science and culture.

Study Abroad in Berlin

An optional month-long, Contemporary Studies course taught in Berlin provides an opportunity to explore the themes of collective memory, public space and historical trauma in Germany’s capital city. Through the daily seminars, site visits and museum tours, you learn about the struggle to take responsibility for history in a city both freighted with the past and alive to the future.

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Combined Honours

Contemporary Studies Program students 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 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 CTMP0455.00, the Honours Thesis Seminar.

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
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 1505-1655
R 1505-1555
Electives

The Politics of Hope:  From Romanticism to Anarchism and Beyond

CTMP2100.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
M 1735-2025

Apocalypse: The Revolutionary Transformation of Politics and Culture

CTMP2101.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
T 1735-2025

The Idea of Race in Philosophy, Literature, and Art

CTMP2115.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

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 0935-1125
W 0935-1025

Society, Politics and Literature

CTMP2150.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank 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

Environmentalism: origins, ideals and critique

CTMP2206.03 / HSTC2209.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Pain

CTMP2301.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

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
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

The Experience of Others in Philosophy, History and Literature

CTMP2322.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1305-1455
R 1305-1355

Feminisms: the Three Waves

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

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

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

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

Human Experiments

HSTC3101.03 / CTMP3204.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Shatford Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

Feminism and Science

CTMP3215.03 / HSTC3411.03 / GWST3125.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

The Aesthetics of Environments

CTMP3220.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

Modern Film and the Theory of the Gaze

CTMP3305.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1735-2025
W 1735-1925

Spinozisms:  From Early Modernity to the Contemporary World

EMSP3216.03 / CTMP3316.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Haliburton Room
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

Representations of the Holocaust: Bearing Witness

CTMP3321.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Haliburton Room
M 1435-1625
W 1435-1525

Walter Benjamin's Materials

CTMP4124.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

Hannah Arendt: Terror, Politics, Thought

CTMP4125.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
M 1435-1725
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
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 1505-1655
R 1505-1555
Completion of one full credit at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Science and Culture

CTMP3000.06
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

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

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

Human Experiments

HSTC3101.03 / CTMP3204.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Shatford Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

Feminism and Science

CTMP3215.03 / HSTC3411.03 / GWST3125.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

The Aesthetics of Environments

CTMP3220.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

Modern Film and the Theory of the Gaze

CTMP3305.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1735-2025
W 1735-1925

Spinozisms:  From Early Modernity to the Contemporary World

EMSP3216.03 / CTMP3316.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Haliburton Room
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

Representations of the Holocaust: Bearing Witness

CTMP3321.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Haliburton Room
M 1435-1625
W 1435-1525

The Deconstruction of the Tradition

CTMP4000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1505-1655
R 1505-1555

Walter Benjamin's Materials

CTMP4124.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

Hannah Arendt: Terror, Politics, Thought

CTMP4125.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
M 1435-1725
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
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
M 1735-2025

Apocalypse: The Revolutionary Transformation of Politics and Culture

CTMP2101.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
T 1735-2025

The Idea of Race in Philosophy, Literature, and Art

CTMP2115.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

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 0935-1125
W 0935-1025

Society, Politics and Literature

CTMP2150.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank 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

Environmentalism: origins, ideals and critique

CTMP2206.03 / HSTC2209.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Pain

CTMP2301.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

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
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

The Experience of Others in Philosophy, History and Literature

CTMP2322.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1305-1455
R 1305-1355

Feminisms: the Three Waves

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

Science and Culture

CTMP3000.06
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

Science and Religion: Contemporary Perspectives

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

Human Experiments

HSTC3101.03 / CTMP3204.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Shatford Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

Feminism and Science

CTMP3215.03 / HSTC3411.03 / GWST3125.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1005-1125
R 1005-1125

The Aesthetics of Environments

CTMP3220.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

Modern Film and the Theory of the Gaze

CTMP3305.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1735-2025
W 1735-1925

Spinozisms:  From Early Modernity to the Contemporary World

EMSP3216.03 / CTMP3316.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Haliburton Room
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

Representations of the Holocaust: Bearing Witness

CTMP3321.03
Winter
Arts & Administration Building - Haliburton Room
M 1435-1625
W 1435-1525

The Deconstruction of the Tradition

CTMP4000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1505-1655
R 1505-1555

Walter Benjamin's Materials

CTMP4124.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
M 1435-1555
W 1435-1555

Hannah Arendt: Terror, Politics, Thought

CTMP4125.03
Fall
Arts & Administration Building - Seminar 7
M 1435-1725

"King's really showed me the way that I want to live my life."

Davis Carr
Davis Carr

Communications Assistant, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2012


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