Early Modern Studies

University of King's College

There have been many upheavals in Western thought, culture and society at the birth of the modern world, including the Reformation, the Enlightenment and Romanticism. Why and how did such upheavals occur, and what were their influences on subsequent thought and culture? Study the early modern period, from the 16th century to the early 19th century, from philosophical, scientific, moral, social, institutional and aesthetic points of view. Delve deep into the structures of today’s culture and look at their points of origin. You’ll gain insight into the nature of the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment and Romanticism.

Study abroad in Florence

Taught entirely on site, this month-long, full-credit course lets you consider the art, literature, philosophy, and politics of Early Modern Italy (1280-1580) through daily visits to the city’s churches, palaces, and museums. Find out more.

Combined Honours

An EMSP student is required to take the programme’s three core courses:

plus at least two half-credit EMSP electives.

The requirements for the second honours subject are dependent on that department, and vary from programme to programme. Early Modern Studies Programme 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 this subject will be the one in which the student has taken more classes. In the Early Modern Studies Programme, completion of the Honours Seminar fulfils the requirement of the honours qualifying examination; alternatively, with the approval of the director, an honours thesis may also fulfil the requirement of the honours qualifying examination. Both the Honours Thesis and Honours Seminar are full-year classes. They are normally taken as part of a regular (five-credit) course load. The Honours Seminar will not be offered in the 2017/18 academic year.

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Core Courses

Structures of the Modern Self

EMSP2000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

The Study of Nature in Early Modern Europe

EMSP3000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325

Conceptions of State, Society, and Revolution in the Early Modern Period

EMSP4000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555
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

Violence and Wonder: Baroque Art

EMSP2215.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
M 0935-1125
W 0935-1025

Picture and Poetry in Early Modern Culture

EMSP2230.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Seminar 7
T 0905-1025
R 0905-1025

The Vampire: Modernity and the Undead

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

Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe

EMSP2320.03 / GWST2420.03 / RELS2320.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
M 1835-2125

The Body in Early Modern Europe

EMSP2350.03 / HSTC2350.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

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

Virtue, Vice and the Commercial Society in Early Modern Europe

EMSP2420.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

The Pirate and Piracy

EMSP2480.03 / HIST2750.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

Atheism in Early Modern Europe

EMSP3250.03 / RELS3250.03
Fall
Scotia Bank Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

Love, Lust and Desire in Italian Renaissance Art

EMSP3280.03 / GWST3280.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
W 1435-1555
F 1435-1555

The Renaissance Print and Cross-Cultural Exchange

EMSP3290.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room                                                                                                                      
M 0935-1125
W 0935-1025

Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives

HSTC3200.03 / EMSP3330.03 / RELS3200.03 / HIST3075.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Studies in Early Modern Natural Philosophy: Leonardo da Vinci

HSTC3611.03 / EMSP3620.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1005-1125   
R 1005-1125
Honours Thesis & Colloquium

Early Modern Studies Honours Thesis

EMSP4550X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room

Minor

You can take a minor in EMSP to complement your degree. Engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of the birth of the modern world.

Complete a minimum of 18 credit hours to a maximum of 27 credit hours including:

  • One of the “core” courses:
  • One full credit (or two half credits) at the 3000 or 4000 level (EMSP 3000.06 or EMSP 4000.06. can satisfy this requirement).
  • At least one additional full credit (or two half credits) at the 2000 level or above.
Explore courses
Core Courses

Structures of the Modern Self

EMSP2000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

The Study of Nature in Early Modern Europe

EMSP3000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325

Conceptions of State, Society, and Revolution in the Early Modern Period

EMSP4000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555
One full credit (or two half credits) at the 3000 or 4000 level

The Study of Nature in Early Modern Europe

EMSP3000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325

Atheism in Early Modern Europe

EMSP3250.03 / RELS3250.03
Fall
Scotia Bank Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

Love, Lust and Desire in Italian Renaissance Art

EMSP3280.03 / GWST3280.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
W 1435-1555
F 1435-1555

The Renaissance Print and Cross-Cultural Exchange

EMSP3290.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room                                                                                                                      
M 0935-1125
W 0935-1025

Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives

HSTC3200.03 / EMSP3330.03 / RELS3200.03 / HIST3075.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Studies in Early Modern Natural Philosophy: Leonardo da Vinci

HSTC3611.03 / EMSP3620.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1005-1125   
R 1005-1125

Conceptions of State, Society, and Revolution in the Early Modern Period

EMSP4000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555
At least one additional full credit (or two half credits) at the 2000 level or above.

Structures of the Modern Self

EMSP2000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

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

Violence and Wonder: Baroque Art

EMSP2215.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room
M 0935-1125
W 0935-1025

The Vampire: Modernity and the Undead

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

Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe

EMSP2320.03 / GWST2420.03 / RELS2320.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall
M 1835-2125

The Body in Early Modern Europe

EMSP2350.03 / HSTC2350.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotia Bank Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

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

Virtue, Vice and the Commercial Society in Early Modern Europe

EMSP2420.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1305-1425
R 1305-1425

The Pirate and Piracy

EMSP2480.03 / HIST2750.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
M 1605-1725
W 1605-1725

The Study of Nature in Early Modern Europe

EMSP3000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1235-1425
W 1235-1325

Atheism in Early Modern Europe

EMSP3250.03 / RELS3250.03
Fall
Scotia Bank Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

Love, Lust and Desire in Italian Renaissance Art

EMSP3280.03 / GWST3280.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
W 1435-1555
F 1435-1555

The Renaissance Print and Cross-Cultural Exchange

EMSP3290.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room                                                                                                                      
M 0935-1125
W 0935-1025

Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives

HSTC3200.03 / EMSP3330.03 / RELS3200.03 / HIST3075.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Seminar 7
T 1605-1725
R 1605-1725

Studies in Early Modern Natural Philosophy: Leonardo da Vinci

HSTC3611.03 / EMSP3620.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
T 1005-1125   
R 1005-1125

Conceptions of State, Society, and Revolution in the Early Modern Period

EMSP4000.06
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
T 1435-1555
R 1435-1555

"I would love to be able to inspire people, in ways I have been inspired myself."

Ian Kenny
Ian Kenny

Research Master's in Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam, Early Modern Studies, 2014


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