Courses: Modernity and Its Discontents (POLSB284001)

Fall 2013

Class Number: 2516
This course examines the nature, historical emergence, dilemmas, and prospects of modern society in the west, seeking to build up an integrated analysis of the processes by which this kind of society developed over the past two centuries and continues to transform itself. Its larger aim is to help students develop a coherent frame­work with which to understand what kind of society they live in, what makes it the way it is, and how it shapes their lives. Some central themes (and controversies) will include the growth and transformations of capitalism; the significance of the democratic and industrial revolutions; the social impact of a market economy; the culture of individualism and its dilemmas; the transformations of intimacy and the family; mass politics and mass society; and the different kinds of inter­play between social structure and personal experience. No specific prerequisites, but some previous familiarity with modern European and American history and/or with social and political theory would be useful.
Div: I or III; Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP); Haverford: Social Science (SO)
Enrollment Limit: 25;

Fulfills: Class Nbr: 2516 Div: I or III; IP;


Political Science (Web site)

Taught By



Bryn Mawr, DAL119

Meeting Times

MWF 9:00am-10:00am