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A Brief History of Doom: Ragnarok & Other Apocalypses

We are no longer admitting high school students to the 2018 Summer Session. Visiting undergraduate students are welcome to apply.

This course examines the idea of the “end of the world” as conceived in Old Norse, biblical, and other traditions, ancient and modern. Topics to be discussed include visions of the apocalypse and afterlife in Norse Mythology (Snorri’s Edda, The Poetic Edda, The Saga of the Volsungs), the Book of Revelation, Shakespeare’s King Lear, Wagner’s Ring cycle, and Marvel’s Thor franchise. Students will consider how thinking about “the end” has shaped the present in varied historical and cultural contexts. 

Course Code

ENGL 13651




High School Students
UChicago Undergraduates
Visiting Undergraduates



Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

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Class End Time


Primary Instructor

Jeffrey Turco


Session II

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  • Students who apply will be admitted using rolling admission and require a $50 application fee. 
  • The Summer Session application deadline is May 1, 2018. Students may apply after this deadline, but will be required to pay an additional $100 rush processing fee.
  • International students who will require a visa to attend, applications will be considered no later than April 9 in order to allow enough time to complete the visa application process.
  • Rolling admissions: courses fill quickly, so submit your complete application as soon as possible.

Additional Details

  • Orientation for high school students is July 7-8.

Cost & Aid

Tuition is $4,400 per course. (Full-time registration is two courses taken during the same session.)
Additional fees apply; housing and dining costs not included.

Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for high school students can be found here.
Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for undergraduates can be found here.