History of Ideas: Modernism and Postmodernism in the History of Ideas of the Twentieth Century


Kurskod: ILHB24
Högskolepoäng: 7,5


OBS! Kursen ges inte innevarande termin. Informationen nedan är för vårterminen 2020.

Kurstillfälle: vårterminen 2020
Studiesätt: heltid, kvällstid
Kursperiod: 2020-04-28 – 2020-05-26
Kursspråk: engelska
Behörighet: Grundläggande behörighet

Anmälningskod: LU-E5401

Anmälningskod: LU-71231


Modernism and postmodernism are well-known concepts characterizing the period from 1789 to the present. Modernism in general includes the ideas behind empirical sciences, anti-idealistic philosophy, liberal democracy, secularism and belief in reason that has emerged since the Enlightenment. Conventionally, modernism and postmodernism are separated into scientific and artistic enterprises.

This course focuses on the cognitive links between what Foucault called the “human sciences” and aesthetic modernism in the arts including literary criticism. In the dynamic culture of modernism a move towards greater subjectivity was a common feature, however in the human sciences it was modified by a devotion to rationality and scientific progress. In its first phase postmodernism opposed modernism and regarded self and culture as linguistic constructs. Currently a move towards universalism, tradition and religion is articulated among thinkers such as Giorgio Agamben and Slavoj i ek.

 The course views modernism and postmodernism primarily as modes of thinking that affirm the power of human beings to create, improve and remake their environment with the aid of scientific knowledge, technology and art and thus reshape the world. These modes of thinking and the ideas that constitute them are presented in a historical context.

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April 28, 2020 – May 26, 2020

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Kvällstid Lund, heltid 100%
På engelska
28 april 2020 – 26 maj 2020

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Anmälningsavgiften är 900 kronor. Studieavgiften för History of Ideas: Modernism and Postmodernism in the History of Ideas of the Twentieth Century är 12 500 SEK.