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Contemporary Critical Theory, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Pittsfield, MA, United States
The term Contemporary Critical Theory at Bard College at Simon's Rock has traditionally been identified with the critiques of modernity offered by Frankfurt School theorists, especially Theodore Adorno, Max Horkheimer, and Herbert Marcuse, but also Walter Benjamin.
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More recently the term has been widened to encompass the ideas of a broad range of theorists who have exploded the boundaries between various established academic disciplines to produce a supradisciplinary discourse to approach the contemporary moment’s central social, political, cultural, and aesthetic questions. 

Learning outcomes

Combining philosophy, social theory, cultural critique, and political commitment, this body of thought has at once arisen out of the conditions of modernity (and, for some, postmodernity) while providing a critique of its central concepts and are-visioning of its assumptions about truth, progress, representation, subjectivity, identity, rationality, meaning, language, and power. 

Courses in this Contemporary Critical Theory program at Bard College at Simon's Rock, while differing topically, forefront theory and its historical, cultural, and intellectual context. They familiarize students with the assumptions, history, and methods of several strands of contemporary critical thought, including structuralist, semiotic, poststructuralist, postmodern, postcolonial, and feminist theory.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Critical Analysis
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Political Thought
  • Philosophical Studies
  • Modern Studies
  • Cultural Studies

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    55592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55592 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    55292 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55292 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Pittsfield

  • 912 - 1890 USD/month
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