SOCIOL 102G Becoming Modern: The Origins and Consequences of Modernity

SOCIOL 102G | B&E, EDUSW, EMHSS, LC | City Campus

Description

Secularism, democracy, industrialisation, urbanisation, and rapid social change are key characteristics of the "modern" era. This course examines the foundations of the modern experience, which includes analysing the intellectual, economic, and political developments that contributed to its formation. In particular, the course analyses Renaissance humanism, the Reformations, the age of explorations, the Enlightenment, the rise of capitalism, industrialisation, and the democratic revolutions, including the French Revolution.

Learning outcomes

Having successfully completed this course, you will:

  • Have significant knowledge about the key intellectual, economic, and political events that have shaped the institutions of our era.
  • Know about the intellectual, economic, and political consequences for the masses.
  • Better understand your society, as well as your place within it.

Topics covered

The course analyses Renaissance humanism, the Reformations, the age of explorations, the Enlightenment, the rise of capitalism, industrialisation, and democratic revolutions, including the French Revolution.

Our exploration of these topics is oriented around the following questions:

  1. What are the defining characteristics of the "modern" age?
  2. How does it differ from the "pre-modern" age?
  3. What are the social forces and events that led us to evolve from one type of society to the next?
  4. Who has benefited from the transformation?
  5. Who has not?

Assessment

Four bi-weekly quizzes on the required readings (24%)
Essay proposal (6%)
Term essay (30%)
Final exam (40%)

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