Early Modern Studies

University of King's College

Understand how we got here

Many of the fundamental ideas about our world today were shaped centuries ago. Between the 16th and early 19th centuries, thinkers and artists built some of the intellectual and cultural foundations of the modern world. In the Early Modern Studies Program you:

  • Explore the historical impact of European culture
  • Encounter ground-breaking art and artists like Shakespeare, Mozart and Michelangelo
  • Examine issues surrounding gender and race in early modern history, philosophy, literature, political thought, science, and the visual arts
  • Think critically about colonialism, and the impact of interactions between Europe and the wider world
  • Assess the significance of witchcraft, vampires, and maritime piracy in the early modern period
  • Learn about how shifting ideas about religion and science changed the way we understand our place in the universe.

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Study abroad in Florence

An optional month-long, Early Modern studies course taught in Florence, Italy, lets you consider the art, literature, philosophical and politics of Early Modern Italy (1280-1580) through daily visits to the city’s churches, places and museums.

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Publish your work

Babel is an interdisciplinary academic journal written, edited, and published annually by the Early Modern Studies Students’ Society. Unlike the Tower of Babel, after which the EMSP journal is named, this year’s issue of Babel–like previous issues–reflects both unity of student purpose and diversity of interests. The papers in this year’s journal, despite showcasing the variety of interests from EMSP students, all consider to one degree or another, how the early moderns moved through spaces. Our authors explore how architectural spaces determine who belongs in them, how art changes space, and how academic work makes or takes space for oppressed populations. In this year’s issue, you will find brilliant articles on art history, philosophy, political history, and maritime piracy, many of which deal squarely with issues surrounding gender, race, empire, and rebellion.

Read the latest volume

Combined Honours

An EMSP student is required to take the program’s three core course doublets:

  • EMSP 2001.03 & EMSP 2002.03 (or EMSP 2000.06)
  • EMSP 3001.03 & EMSP 3002.03 (or EMSP 3000.06)
  • EMSP 4001.03 & EMSP 4002.03 (or EMSP 4000.06)

plus at least six credit hours EMSP electives.

The requirements for the second honours subject are dependent on that department, and vary from program to program. Early Modern Studies 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. In the Early Modern Studies Program, completion of the Honours Seminar (EMSP 4501.03 & EMSP 4502.03) fulfils the requirement of the honours qualifying examination; alternatively, with the approval of the director, an honours thesis (in conjunction with EMSP 4551.03 & EMSP 4552.03) 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 course load.

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Core Courses
Electives

Structures of the Modern Self I

EMSP2001.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Structures of the Modern Self II

EMSP2002.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

The Vampire: Modernity and the Undead

EMSP2313.03 / CTMP2313.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe

EMSP2320.03 / GWST2420.03 / RELS2320.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

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

Magic, Science and the Occult: from Antiquity to Postmodernity

HSTC2120.03 / EMSP2360.03 / HIST2990.03 / RELS2120.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

The Pirate and Piracy

EMSP2480.03 / HIST2750.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Humanity, Nature, and Environment in the Early Modern Period I: Renaissance to the Age of Reason

EMSP3001.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1235-1425 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
W 1235-1325 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Humanity, Nature, and Environment in the Early Modern Period II: Enlightenment to Romanticism

EMSP3002.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1235-1425 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
W 1235-1325 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Critiques of Modernity

CTMP3103.03 / EMSP3203.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Love, Lust and Desire in Italian Renaissance Art

EMSP3280.03 / GWST3280.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

In Search of the Philosopher's Stone: The History of European Alchemy

HSTC3121.03 / EMSP3321.03 / HIST3990.03 / RELS3121.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Theories of Punishment: Retribution and Social Control in Early Modern Thought

EMSP3430.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Studies in Early Modern Aesthetics: Women Artists and Patrons in Early Modern Europe

EMSP3640.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

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

EMSP4001.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

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

EMSP4002.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
Honours Thesis & Colloquium

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 course doublets:
    • EMSP 2001.03 & EMSP 2002.03 (or EMSP 2000.06)
      *Both EMSP 2001.03 & EMSP 2002.03 must normally be taken in the same academic year to meet this requirement.
    • EMSP 3001.03 & EMSP 3002.03 (or EMSP 3000.06)
      *Both EMSP 3001.03 & EMSP 3002.03 must normally be taken in the same academic year to meet this requirement.
    • EMSP 4001.03 & EMSP 4002.03 (or EMSP 4000.06)
      *Both EMSP 4001.03 & EMSP 4002.03 must normally be taken in the same academic year to meet this requirement.
  • 6 credit hours at the 3000 or 4000 level.  EMSP 3001.03 & EMSP 3002.03 (or EMSP 3000.06) OR  EMSP 4001.03 & EMSP 4002.03 (or EMSP 4000.06) will also fulfill this requirement).
  • 6 credit hours at any level.
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Core Courses
6 credit hours at the 3000 or 4000 level
6 credit hours at any level

Structures of the Modern Self I

EMSP2001.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Structures of the Modern Self II

EMSP2002.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

The Vampire: Modernity and the Undead

EMSP2313.03 / CTMP2313.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe

EMSP2320.03 / GWST2420.03 / RELS2320.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Asia and the West: Centuries of Dialogue

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

Magic, Science and the Occult: from Antiquity to Postmodernity

HSTC2120.03 / EMSP2360.03 / HIST2990.03 / RELS2120.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

The Pirate and Piracy

EMSP2480.03 / HIST2750.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Humanity, Nature, and Environment in the Early Modern Period I: Renaissance to the Age of Reason

EMSP3001.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1235-1425 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
W 1235-1325 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Humanity, Nature, and Environment in the Early Modern Period II: Enlightenment to Romanticism

EMSP3002.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS
M 1235-1425 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)
W 1235-1325 (ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION)

Critiques of Modernity

CTMP3103.03 / EMSP3203.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Love, Lust and Desire in Italian Renaissance Art

EMSP3280.03 / GWST3280.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

In Search of the Philosopher's Stone: The History of European Alchemy

HSTC3121.03 / EMSP3321.03 / HIST3990.03 / RELS3121.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Theories of Punishment: Retribution and Social Control in Early Modern Thought

EMSP3430.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Studies in Early Modern Aesthetics: Women Artists and Patrons in Early Modern Europe

EMSP3640.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

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

EMSP4001.03
Fall
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

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

EMSP4002.03
Winter
ONLINE / ASYNCHRONOUS

Dalhousie Selectives

Students enrolled in the Combined Honours or Minor program in EMSP can opt to have a maximum of one 3-credit course at Dalhousie University count towards the EMSP side of their degree. The Registrar’s Office at King’s should be notified if students wish to pursue this option.

Eligible selectives in 2020-21 only:

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