Modernity: Critique and Resistance
This content-based course introduces students to key concepts that will help them become engaged political citizens of our contemporary global world. Students will learn about contemporary problems and ideas that have challenged and undermined traditional modern approaches to ethical and political debate and decision-making both in Canada and around the world. Through lectures, online discussions, and in-depth feedback on written work, students will learn: how to identify various political and ethical concepts such as fascism, colonialism, environmentalism, consumerism, disciplinary power, and neo-liberalism; how to compare and contrast the different opinions of various contemporary and modern thinkers on each of these concepts; how to apply these concepts to concrete real-world examples taken from contemporary news media; and how to develop and articulate their own opinions on these concepts in relation to those thinkers. By the end of the course students will have experience using Chicago style, writing an academic paper, and applying contemporary concepts to real-world examples.