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Self, Culture and Society 1

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

Section

91

Eligibility

UChicago Undergraduates
Visiting Undergraduates

Subject(s)

Social Sciences

Class Day(s)

Tues Wed Thurs

Class Start Time

9:30

Class End Time

12:30

Primary Instructor

Moishe Postone

Session(s)

Session I

Start Date

End Date

Requirements

  • Eligibility: current high school sophomores and juniors, 14 years and older (unless clearly stated otherwise); current College undergraduate students; and visiting undergraduate students.
  • The Priority application deadline is February 2. Students who apply by the Priority application deadline will have their $50 application fee waived. Any applications received after the Priority deadline will be admitted using rolling admission and will require a $50 application fee. 
  • International students who will require a visa to attend, applications will be considered no later than April 2 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 $4,085 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.