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Six Theories that Shaped the Modern World

January 26, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Right-wing radicalism, history as fiction, the consequences of colonialism, gender identity: the foundations for many of the debates that shape public discourse today were laid out over the course of the 20th century.

In this course, explore six theories whose impact transcended the fields from which they emerged. In each session, discuss a distinct theory, along with foundational texts and works, and consider how it continues to inform public discourse.

Week 1: Civilization – Civilization and its Discontents, 1930, Sigmund Freud.
Week 2: History – Metahistory (1973), Hayden White.
Week 3: Knowledge – The History of Sexuality (1976), Michel Foucault.
Week 4: Colonialism – Orientalism (1978), Edward Said.
Week 5: Gender and Identity – Gender Trouble (1990), Judith Butler.
Week 6: Antisemitism and Antimodernism, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (1910).

Dr. FLORIAN GASSNER, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the UBC Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies, and a Fellow of the New Europe College in Bucharest. He has also represented the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the Donetsk National University. His areas of specialization include the cultural history of Central and Eastern Europe, germanophone literatures from Eastern Europe and the interplay between music, religion and literature.

Format: Online.

Every week you participate in a live online class with your instructor. You’ll watch their presentation, and you can ask questions at designated times during the lecture.

Live lecture schedule: You participate in one live lecture a week for six weeks from 10am to 11:30am Pacific Time. We record every lecture in case you miss one.

The format: Each lecture is 45–60 minutes, followed by 30–45 minutes of questions and answers with your instructor. You can key in your questions in the forum which the instructor answers verbally for all students to hear.

Date: Wednesdays, January 26-March 2, 2022
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Cost: $120.75 (inc GST)

To register, https://extendedlearning.ubc.ca/courses/six-theories-shaped-modern-world/uq065 or call 604-822-1444.