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What is Community? Making Sense of Social Connection in a Disconnected World

Program(s): Immersion

This course is currently at capacity during the Extended and Rolling deadlines. If you select this course as a first choice on your application, please apply for second options that fulfills your interests. *Taught Online for Summer 2021*  Why is social connection so important? What threatens our sense of relatedness to others? How can we thrive as social beings while spending so much time in front of screens? We will begin with a consideration of the meaning of human connection from the vantage points of Aristotle, Adam Smith, and the French sociologist Emile Durkheim. Through close readings of Marx, Freud, and Frankfurt School theorists Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, we will next investigate factors that disrupt our ability to form meaningful relationships. We will conclude by looking ahead to new possibilities for reimagining our social fabric in the digital age.

Daily Course Expectations

  • 6 hours of daily work
  • Mix of synchronous and asynchronous work (see definitions here)
  • 1 required synchronous session per day: 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. CST

Course Considerations

Writing Intensive
Reading Intensive
Discussion Intensive

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade



Start Date

July 13

End Date

July 29

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Anne Beal

Academic Interest

Humanities (e.g., arts, philosophy)
Examining Culture and Society
Social Sciences (e.g., history, sociology)

Class Specifics

Course Code

SOSC 25309 94

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri


Session II

Course Length

3 weeks