Modernity and the Invention of Social Science

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Modernity & Social Science

Spring 2022

Taught By: Carlos Forment

Section: L

CRN: 8634

Credits: 0

This course seeks to explore the relationship between the emergence of 'modernity' and the invention of 'social science.' Our readings include selections from a range of modern thinkers who created some of social science's most memorable and influential narratives; we continue to use them today to make sense of our own world and each other’s place in it. We will focus on the following six thinkers and the various narratives that they used to make sense of modernity: Adam Smith on the impartial spectator and market society; Alexis de Tocqueville on the development of the state and democratic life; Karl Marx on alienation and exploitation; Max Weber on social action and rationalization; and Sigmund Freud on the libido and unconscious. Smith, Tocqueville, Marx, Weber and Freud, perhaps more than any other single set of thinkers, were responsible for instituting the modern academic disciplines of economics, political science, radical criticism, sociology and psychology. These disciplines and the grand narratives that we now associate with each of them were far more than simply a mirror-like reflection of modernity; they were constitutive of it and as such have contributed to giving contoured shape and recognizable form to our own daily practices and forms of life.

Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course.
[This ULEC is in category 2, Introductions to Social Research.]

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 150

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:30pm 10/22/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 12:20pm - 1:35pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/10/2022