Arts & Sciences Summer in Bengaluru Program takes place on the campus of the Mallya Aditi International School in Bengaluru, June 19-30, 2017, Monday through Friday from 10am to 3pm (one-hour lunch break).
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Choose one of two options:
- The Problem and Promise of Industrialization
- Program Code: SUAS 10103 94
Instructors: Chad Broughton and Andrea Ford
Description: This course will examine industrialization historically, comparatively, and sociologically by combining the classical texts of Adam Smith and Karl Marx with rich case studies of industrialization in England, the United States, Mexico, China, and India. Students will be asked to think critically and imaginatively about broad structural processes linked to industrialization such as urbanization and migration, but also consider the concrete human consequences of rapid industrial change for communities, families, and individuals. Over the course of this exploration, we will consider fundamental questions of social life. What is development? What is wealth? What is the relationship of development and wealth creation with happiness and well-being? What, ultimately, makes for a good society?
- Thinking about Justice
- Program Code: SUAS 10203 94
Instructors: Aaron Tugendhaft and Alicia Riley
Description: What is justice? Why be just? What should one do about injustice? We will explore these and related questions through the close study of two classic texts---the first book of Plato's Republic and the biblical Book of Exodus---as well as supplemental works by authors like Niccolò Machiavelli, Bartolomé de Las Casas, Zora Neal Hurston, Bertolt Brecht, Hannah Arendt, Flannery O'Connor, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Frantz Fanon. We will encounter competing definitions of justice, arguments for and against living justly, and different approaches to dealing with injustice. Students will be encouraged throughout to connect the arguments of the texts to their own experiences and reflect upon how thinking about justice can contribute to a living happy and meaningful life.
Arts & Sciences Summer in Beijing takes place at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, August 7-18, 2017, Monday through Friday from 10am to 3pm (one-hour lunch break).
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August 7-18, 2017, Monday through Friday from 10am to 3pm (one-hour lunch break) at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing.
Choose one of two options:
- Happiness in Western Thought, Art, and Culture
- Program Code: SUAS 10202 94
Instructors: David Wray and Caterina Fugazzola
Description: This course will explore “happiness” as a set of ideas, artifacts, and problems in the cultures of Europe and the Americas. We will study works ranging from ancient Greek and Roman philosophy to modern short stories, lyric poems, and films, by authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Seneca, John Keats, William Wordsworth, Joyce Carol Oates, Woody Allen, and Lars von Trier. As we do so, we will examine the different definitions and understandings of happiness put forward by these texts. “Happiness” is defined sometimes as a set of qualities of a human life that make it worth living and worthy of praise, and sometimes as a set of thoughts and feelings that give a sense of satisfaction and meaning. Sometimes happiness is defined in terms of an individual’s experience, and sometimes it is seen as something achieved in community. Finally, as we read these Western texts in Beijing, we will ask if it makes sense to speak of specifically “Western” notions of happiness, and how a different cultural or historical perspective can affect our understanding of the texts we will study and the views of happiness they exemplify.
- An Introduction to Law and Economics
- Program Code: SUAS 10102 94
Instructors: James Leitzel and Bill Hutchinson
Description: The field of Law and Economics applies economic principles to the analysis of legal rules and institutions. In our study of this field, we will explore economic and psychological approaches to the choices that people make, and then examine cases that illustrate how different laws might inspire different choices, thereby affecting society as a whole. In so doing, we will compare rules in virtually all imaginable settings – criminal behavior, property disputes, contracting, and so on. Our tour of the field of Law and Economics has a busy (virtual) itinerary: we will visit the British Museum and a deserted isle, mingle with Vladimir Nabokov and Jeremy Bentham, and purchase goods on the black market. No visas and no immunizations are necessary, but a sense of adventure and discovery will help unveil the splendid vistas of Law and Economics.
Newly added for 2017, Arts & Sciences in Hong Kong program will take place on the Tai Tam campus of the Hong Kong International School in Hong Kong, July 17-28, 2017, Monday through Friday from 10am to 3pm (one-hour lunch break).
The 2017 program topic will be Imagining the Modern City, taught by a University of Chicago faculty member. Please click on the course topic below to see the full description.
- Imagining the Modern City
- Program Code: SUAS 10104 94
Instructors: Larry Rothfield and Victoria Nguyen
Description: The rise of the modern city, whether in the West or in China, makes possible new ways of living, new kinds of people, and new kinds of stories. To appreciate these novelties, we will start by looking at sociologist Georg Simmel’s “The Metropolis and Mental Life”. Then we will explore how writers and filmmakers have tried to capture this experience of city life in different genres (the detective story, romantic comedy, modernist poetry, realism), and from different social perspectives. Texts and films may include Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde; Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep; Spike Lee, Do the Right Thing; Woody Allen, Manhattan; Eileen Chang, “Love in a Fallen City”; T.S. Eliot, “The Waste Land”; Gwendolyn Brooks, “We real cool”; James Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues”; Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway; ; Ridley Scott, Blade Runner; Carol Reed, The Third Man; Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation.