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New SOSC sequence

85bears4685bears46 Registered User Posts: 408 Member

I read (maybe in CC and I am not sure) that Hum, Civ and Sosc tend to have a western civilization emphasis. I am trying to get my kid interested in the Core so that if in future she has the grades and EC, she can apply to The College someday. But she is wary about this western civilization focus for the Core. I hope this new sequence will relieve some of her concerns.

Replies to: New SOSC sequence

  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying Registered User Posts: 5,049 Senior Member
    edited May 12
    The new SSI sequences seem to be embracing a more contemporary methodological approach to social science analysis. That would transcend "Western thought" in that the content is simply going to be based on the most influential contributors to the field - period. Of course, you can't get around the fact that the major contributors have been white, male - and, yes, "Western". But they have been products of and producers in a global industry - higher ed - so hopefully that's ok with your DD ;) .

    "Global Society" might be examining trends around the world, but the course is still going to be looking at Western social thought - both directly and indirectly as many - if not all - of these great non-westerners were influenced heavily by Western concepts (democracy, feminism, and even something as fundamental as the right of autonomy for an individual are all obviously "Western" in origin) and/or educated in Western universities. No matter, however, because it still sounds like a well-thought out and relevant sequence, not to mention a fascinating exploration of how modern thought can influence a culture or society (or how it conflicts with it). It's an examination of a much more recent experiment than, say, what happened in France or England 400 years ago.

    If your DD wishes to study non-western civ. she couldn't go to a better school than UChicago - they were the first uni. to offer an Islamic Civ. curriculum, for instance. A perusal of the Civ sequence will show any interested student that there is something for everyone.

    The Core at UChicago is wonderfully diverse compared to, say, Columbia (where everyone has to take the exact same thing sometimes). It's a pretty impressive array of choices.
  • uocparentuocparent Registered User Posts: 218 Junior Member
    So glad they’re broadening the sequence. I understand that Columbia wants all their grads to speak the same language, and hence, a narrow core, but there’s so much to explore! And not enough time in all the world.
  • JHSJHS Registered User Posts: 17,992 Senior Member
    They are doing what they ought to be doing -- keeping up with developing understandings of the social sciences fields, and broadening the focus, while maintaining the connection to the origins of the fields.

    I note by the way that Andrew Abbott, chief designer of the new sequence, is just about the closest to being a dead white male one could possibly imagine without actually being dead. He's a real throwback to the classic Chicago faculty.

    Would someone mind explaining to me what "spatial reasoning" is?
  • JBStillFlyingJBStillFlying Registered User Posts: 5,049 Senior Member
    ^^ From what I've been told, it's like time-series for space.
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