Being modern has multiple meanings. The French poet Charles Baudelaire was considered to be modern in 1870s. Critics considered the socialist blocs (the so-called panelház) as a modern type of building. Yet, today both these examples belong to our past. There is no clear consensus about what modernity means. Therefore, this module aims to give a panoramic view of what modernity implies, as this concept can be slippery and easily misunderstood. Throughout the course, we will focus on the philosophical, social, political, and artistic implications of this concept that we hear every day: modernity.
Our module is suitable for students with limited or no knowledge of the topic. Only curiosity is needed!
Students with an ambition to study history, classics, archaeology, anthropology, literature, architecture, theatre, art history, or theology are highly advised to take up this module. At the same time, this course is highly relevant for those who want to pursue a career in sociology, law, or digital humanities. Students interested in political sciences are also warmly welcome.