Enlightenment Soon: The Future Is Brighter than You Think

Social Science and Scientific Thought

Course Description

Is the world really falling apart? In Steven Pinker’s book Enlightenment Now, he recounts progress across a broad range of metrics—health, wars, the environment, happiness, equal rights, quality of life—and concludes that through the amazing achievements of modernity, humankind has never been so peaceful, healthy, and prosperous. Applying the ideals of the Enlightenment to the present, Pinker makes the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress to evaluate the state of the world today. We will read and discuss Pinker’s conclusions, taking into account the views of others who see the world in a less positive way.

We will address the following questions, among others: What constitutes progress? How is wealth correlated with happiness? How do the poorer nations compare with the rich ones on measures of happiness? What role does the media play in our perceptions of the state of the world?


Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

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First Session: Thursday, September 19th 2019

Course Length:  12 weeks, Thursdays, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Discussion Team: Tony Rustin, Paris Arnopoulos and Hari Thakur

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (tuition fee)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)


Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)


Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.