The West and the Problem of Modernity
This course provides a critical introduction to the "West" as a modern problem. It is less concerned with the geography of the "West" than it is with ideas associated with being "modern". Students will explore the meanings associated with individualism, rationalism, capitalism, secularism and neo-liberalism. Special attention will be given to the rise of "modernity", and notions of progress associated it. Students will be encouraged to evaluate the impact of this unique world-view on the west itself, how it is supported and maintained, and what it has meant for the world as a whole.