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Self, Culture and Society 1

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

This sequence studies problems basic to social, cultural, and historical existence. The first "quarter" deals with the conceptual foundations of political economy as well as theories of capitalism and modern society. Students then consider the relation of culture, society, and lived experience. Finally, students consider the social and cultural constitution of the person, with examination of race, gender, and sexuality.
The first three week quarter deal mainly with foundational works by Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and Max Weber.  Classes are conducted as discussion seminars, rather than lecures, focused on the texts assigned.  The focus will be on understanding complex arguments regarding the nature of modern social life.

Course Code

SOSC 12100




UChicago Undergraduates
Visiting Undergraduates


Social Sciences

Class Day(s)

Tues Wed Thurs

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Class End Time


Primary Instructor

Carolyn Johnson


Session I

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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

  • Enrollment is limited to 19.

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.