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Hours to complete

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 3-5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Course Pages

“The Modern and the Postmodern Part I” covers the first half of a full semester course on European history, literature and philosophy. We begin with Immanuel Kant and Jean Jacques Rousseau and conclude with Friedrich Nietzsche and Charles Baudelaire and a very quick look at painting at the time they wrote. Although in the final week themes of postmodernism begin to emerge, a discussion of how modernism becomes postmodernism is at the heart of Part II of this course....
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2 readings
Reading2 readings
Syllabus10m
Course Logistics10m
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1 hour to complete

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....
Reading
2 videos (Total 24 min), 1 reading
Video2 videos
Philosophy, Modernity, and Intellectual History II9m
Reading1 reading
Philosophy and Modernity -- Kant10m
Week
2
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1 hour to complete

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....
Reading
4 videos (Total 61 min), 1 reading
Video4 videos
What is Enlightenment? II15m
What is Enlightenment? III14m
What is Enlightenment? IV16m
Reading1 reading
What is Enlightenment?--Rousseau10m
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3
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3 hours to complete

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....
Reading
5 videos (Total 60 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
From Enlightenment to Revolution II12m
From Enlightenment to Revolution III9m
From Enlightenment to Revolution IV12m
From Enlightenment to Revolution V13m
Reading1 reading
From Enlightenment to Revolution--Marx10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

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....
Reading
4 videos (Total 59 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Modernism and Art for Art's Sake II14m
Modernism and Art for Art's Sake III14m
Modernism and Art for Art's Sake IV17m
Reading1 reading
Modernism and Art for Art's Sake--Flaubert10m
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By NMJan 8th 2016

One of the best professors i've ever come across! If the teacher is so passionate about the subject material as well as conveying the ideas, the course will be excellent. This is one of those courses.

By ARDec 25th 2017

I Like How Professor Roth remains objective throughout the course without letting his personal opinions hindering his teaching in any way.Enjoyed the course Very much!Highly recommend.

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