Checking date: 25/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Processes of Modernization
Bachelor in Cultural Studies (Plan: 435 - Estudio: 364)

Coordinating teacher: GOMEZ RAMOS, ANTONIO

Department assigned to the subject: Humanities: Philosophy, Language, Literature Theory Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
The aim of this subject is to provide relevant information about the uses of the concept of modernity and modernization, and about the tensions between them. In second place, about the narratives on in the modernization processes, and about concepts as progress, revolution, reaction, acceleration, caducity, retard or repetition. While, the student will learn from an interdisciplinary perspective to some contemporary debates of these topics, and it will be introduced the milestones of the history of the self-reflection of the modernity. The student will acquire acquaintance with the conceptual apparatus of the contemporary philosophy, the critical schools of social and political sciences, literary theory and the poetics of history concerning the topics of the subject. In addition to readings of these matters, the student will be confronted with current issues applying the main categories of the subject. 1. Cultural, philosophical, political and sociological theories of modernity 2. Cultural modernity and civilizing modernization: the anthropological contradictions of capitalism 3. Early, classical and late modernity. A periodization of the processes of modernization. 4. Modernization, progress, and conflict: past and present of the revolution and reaction. 5. Aceleration, obsolescence and déjà vu: the plot of modernization 6. The end of the world and the end of capitalism: A modernization without future?
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Assmann, Aleida. Is Time out of Joint? On the Rise and Fall of the Modern Time Regime. Cornell University press. 2020
  • Benjamin, Walter. La obra de los Pasajes. Akal. 2004
  • Bruno Latour. Nunca hemos sido modernos. siglo xxi. 1998
  • Byung Chul Han. La sociedad del cansancio. Herder. 2014
  • Charles Taylor. Etica de la autenticidad. Paidós. 1998
  • Fredric Jameson. Teoría de la postmodernidad. Trotta. 1997
  • Habermas. El discurso filosófico de la modernidad. Taurus. 1991
  • Hannah Arendt. La condición humana. Paidós. 2008
  • Jameson. El postmodernismo, o la lógica cultural del capitalismo tardío. Paidós. 1991
  • Kant. Idea para una historia universal en sentido cosmopolita. Tecnos. 1998
  • Karl Marx. Manifiesto comunista. Alianza. Madrid
  • Koselleck. historia/Historia. Trotta. 2003
  • Koselleck. Modernidad, culto a la muerte y memoria nacional. Centro de Estudios constitucionales. 2020
  • Max Weber. La ética protestante y el espíritu del capitalismo. Alianza.
  • Rosa, Harmut. Aceleración y extrañamiento. katz. 2016
  • Stuke, Koselleck, Gumbrecht. Ilustración, progreso, Modernidad. Trotta. 2021
  • Ulrich Beck. La sociedad del riesgo. Siglo xxi. 2006
  • Zygmunt Bauman. Modernidad líquida. Fondo de Cultura Económica. 2002
  • blumenberg. La legitimación de la edad moderna. Pre-textos. 2008
Additional Bibliography
  • Adorno&Horkheimer. Dialética de la Ilustración. Trotta. 2008
  • Walter Benjamin. Baaudelaire. Abada. 2014
  • Zygmunt Bauman. La ambivalencia de la modernidad y otras conversaciones. Paidós. 2002

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.