Department of Sociology

SOC524 CULTURES OF MODERNITY

Course Code: 2320524
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Graduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. HASAN ÜNAL NALBANTOĞLU
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

This course aims at providing a historical-sociological balance-sheet of the "motley culture of modernity" (Nietzsche) from its eighteenth-century "enlightenment" origins down to the socio-economic, political and cultural conditions of the current so-called 'information society.' This aim is pursued with a rigorous discussion of new flexible work processes, politics and economics of 'mass culture' and 'culture industry' as well as the rise of corporate university which was once considered to be the bastion of 'culture'and now facing new dilemmas.

Course Content

The origins of modernity. Kantian and Hegelian visions of Enlightenment. Tradition and modernity; the aftermath of the Structuralist debates; different theoretical approaches to the constitution of modern ´subjectivity´. Post-modern politics and the question of democracy. The Enlightenment Project: incomplete or aborted?

Learning Outcomes

Any student who has fulfilled all the requirements of the course should be well-equipped to develop a distanced judgement of the present existential predicaments of modernity and able to objectively assess for her/himself the consequences of the dialectic of Enlightenment and modernity for the modern individual in such spheres, just to name a few, as the new flexible conditions of work,culture as commodity and media's sway over the public space and public opinion, and last but not the least, institutions of learning.