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Bachelor 2020/2021

The Modern and the Postmodern (Part 1)

Type: Compulsory course (Cultural Studies)
Area of studies: Cultural Studies
When: 2 year, 1 module
Mode of studies: distance learning
Open to: students of one campus
Instructors: Zemfira Salamova
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course examines how the idea of "the modern" develops at the end of the 18th century in European philosophy and literature, and how being modern (or progressive, or hip) became one of the crucial criteria for understanding and evaluating cultural change. Are we still in modernity, or have we moved beyond the modern to the postmodern? This discipline uses massive open-online course 'The Modern and the Postmodern, part one', created by Wesleyan University via Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/learn/modern-postmodern-1.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • This course will form an original intellectual navigation system in the cultural space of XIX–XX cc. It will follow the dynamics of movement from modern to postmodern, leaning on such figures as Kant, Marx, Nietzsche, Flaubert, Jameson and Avant Garde artists.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • You will learn what is relationship between concepts of “Modernity” and “Modern”, “Modern” and “Revolution”, what is Counter-Enlightenment and if Darwin was a modern thinker or a modernist writer.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Philosophy, Modernity, and Intellectual History
    Why is philosophy relevant to modernity? Through reading Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Immanuel Kant, we examine philosophy as a reflection on modernity and progress. This theme is learned by students on MOOC 'The Modern and the Postmodern, part one'.
  • What is Enlightenment?
    Using Rousseau’s Discourse on the Origins of Inequality, we study how the pursuit of knowledge is related to the politics of inequality. This theme is learned by students on MOOC 'The Modern and the Postmodern, part one'.
  • From Enlightenment to Revolution
    Karl Marx is our focus here as we move from a consideration of ideas to a confrontation with alienation, class struggle and revolution. This theme is learned by students on MOOC 'The Modern and the Postmodern, part one'.
  • Modernism and Art for Art's Sake
    We read Flaubert’s Madame Bovary as a reflection on convention, stupidity and art in the wake of the failures of mid-19th century revolution. This theme is learned by students on MOOC 'The Modern and the Postmodern, part one'.
  • Re-imagining the World
    We situate Charles Darwin’s great achievement in the context of the English Enlightenment traditions and reimaging the world without a goal for change. This theme is learned by students on MOOC 'The Modern and the Postmodern, part one'.
  • From Struggle to Intensity
    Through an examination of Charles Baudelaire and Friedrich Nietzsche, we focus on an aesthetic embrace of intensity instead of search for the “really real.” This theme is learned by students on MOOC 'The Modern and the Postmodern, part one'.
  • Paintings
    A Quick Survey of how advanced painting moved toward a consideration of the surface of the canvas and away from a quest for the most realistic representation of the world. This theme is learned by students on MOOC 'The Modern and the Postmodern, part one'.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Online course
  • non-blocking Essay
  • non-blocking Final exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.25 * Essay + 0.5 * Final exam + 0.25 * Online course
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Zima, P. V. (2010). Modern/Postmodern : Society, Philosophy, Literature. London: Continuum. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=378010

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Evans, C. S. (2018). A History of Western Philosophy : From the Pre-Socratics to Postmodernism. Downers Grove: IVP Academic. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1907452