Modernism and Postmodernism in European History of Ideas of the Twentieth Century
Course · 7.5 credits
Modernism and postmodernism are well-known concepts characterizing the period from 1789 to the present. Modernism in general includes the ideas behind empirical sciences, anti-idealistic philosophy, liberal democracy, secularism and belief in reason that has emerged since the Enlightenment. Conventionally, modernism and postmodernism are separated into scientific and artistic enterprises.
This course focuses on the cognitive links between what Foucault called the “human sciences” and aesthetic modernism in the arts including literary criticism. In the dynamic culture of modernism a move towards greater subjectivity was a common feature, however in the human sciences it was modified by a devotion to rationality and scientific progress. In its first phase postmodernism opposed modernism and regarded self and culture as linguistic constructs. Currently a move towards universalism, tradition and religion is articulated among thinkers such as Giorgio Agamben and Slavoj i ek.
The course views modernism and postmodernism primarily as modes of thinking that affirm the power of human beings to create, improve and remake their environment with the aid of scientific knowledge, technology and art and thus reshape the world. These modes of thinking and the ideas that constitute them are presented in a historical context.
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Division of History of Ideas and Sciences
Helgonavägen 3, Lund
Box 192, 221 00 Lund
+46 46 222 31 40
+46 46 222 46 99
henrik [dot] brissman [at] kultur [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
Seats are allocated according to: The general average (GPA) of your higher secondary school leaving certificate: 34 %, The Swedish national university aptitude test: 34 %, Previous college/university studies (APGR): 32 %. The University board has decided that applicants with equal merits should be seperated by the use of a valid result from the Swedish national university aptitude test.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
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How to apply
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- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
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- official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
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* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below.
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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 13 750
First payment: SEK 13 750
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EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.
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