Originating in Western Europe, the principles of modernity have long served as the basic framework for the modern world. However, the recent wave of globalization has raised profound questions about their validity. In the Modernity Studies Program, we seek to understand where this turbulent world is headed, based on a thorough reexamination of the significance of modernity.
This course considers the roles played by the concept of “society” in the development of modern societies, cultures, and philosophies.
We will trace the history of such concepts as “market,” “value” and “labor,” and examine the changes that they are undergoing today.
An examination of modern political concepts like “freedom,” “equality” and “citizenry,” with emphasis on the fundamental factors that underlie them
A consideration of the nature of modern society through discourse and concrete examples concerning beauty and the arts.
This course investigates modern characteristics of “nature” as depicted in literature and the visual arts.
This program uses various perspectives to explore the pace-setting issues of our times. Issues covered include healthcare, ecology, genetic engineering, gender-specific standards, multiculturalism, the effects of information technology and consumerism on social consciousness, and the social role of sports.
A sociological exploration of the roles of various types of “knowledge” in contemporary society.
A critical examination of the relationship between multicultural capitalism and the media.
This course considers the ethical norms related to the concept of “life” and “death” that have become entangled in controversy due to recent advances in science and technology.
Discussion of major environmental ethics topics in light of an overview of the current state of the global ecology.
This course covers a variety of cultural phenomena related to gender in contemporary culture and analyzes problems relating to notions of gender.
This course examines the relationship between society and the conception of “gender” with cases from various fields.
The program focuses on the roles of art in society, and examines the historical and contemporary relevance of various art forms and media, including music, theater, visual images and text. It also looks in detail at cultural administration and art management, important vehicles for bringing art to society.
The development of modern art after World War II is discussed from historical and social factors.
The relationship between art and society is explored through analysis of paintings and other visual artwork.
A study of the dynamism of the turn of the 20th century through linking fashion and art.
This course discusses ways to build links between art and society and foster social vitality through the power of culture.
This course explores the formation of art and culture with reference to ethnicity and nationhood, drawing upon examples from the French-speaking world.
This course examines the modernist art that flourished in the early 20th century, as the expression of a new worldview.