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Self, Culture and Society 2

The second course in this sequence focuses on the relations between culture, social life, and the individual subject. On the basis of readings from Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile Durkheim, Tzvetan Todorov and Michel Foucault we investigate how society and culture construct and deploy systems of meaning and order, particularly in situations of political empowerment and subjugation.

Course Code

SOSC 12200




UChicago Undergraduates
Visiting Undergraduates


Social Sciences

Class Day(s)

Tues Wed Thurs

Class Start Time


Class End Time


Primary Instructor

Ralph Austen


Session II

Start Date

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  • 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

  • Prerequisite: SOSC 12100.
  • 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.