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Collegiate Writing: Awakening into Consciousness

We are no longer admitting high school students to the 2018 Summer Session.

How might we, as individuals and societies, sometimes remain unaware or ignorant? How can our lives – psychological, social, political, and spiritual – be reshaped by awakening from this lack of awareness? What does it mean to achieve true consciousness? This intensive course in analytical writing at the collegiate level will offer a chance to think through these questions and to craft rhetorically-effective essays that explore the enduring struggle to understand what it means for us to awaken into consciousness. This exploration will take us on a journey through many fields – from religion and mythology to politics, philosophy, literature, and the arts. In our seminar sessions, we will consider how thinkers and artists have envisioned human consciousness and our efforts to achieve a truer understanding of ourselves and the world. Writing by TS Eliot and Ralph Waldo Emerson will be paired with the influential Indian spiritual text, the Bhagavad-Gita, and works of political philosophy by Karl Marx and Plato. These written texts will be complemented by some of the most striking visual and filmic art of the last centuries, from Surrealist painting to experimental film and beyond. In our writing sessions, we will work closely to develop and refine the techniques of writing and revision that will allow you to transform your ideas and insights into powerful essays, using rhetorical instruction materials and small group workshops that replicate the intensive writing seminars taken by University of Chicago undergraduates.

Course Code

HUMA 20904




High School Students



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Primary Instructor

Michael Subialka


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Additional Details

  • This course is open to Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars Program students only.
  • Admissions: the application deadline for this program is March 2, but all applications will be read and reviewed after the March 2 deadline.
  • Rolling admissions is not offered for this program.
  • There is no application fee to apply for the Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars Program.

Cost & Aid

All programs expenses are covered by the program.

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.