Shimer College

Modern Theories of State and Society Course in Chicago

Social Science 3 aims at further understanding of the conceptual content of the social sciences and how such theories have been applied in modern states social and political life.

The course features nineteenth and twentieth century works which suggest various ways of comprehending the social, psychological, economic, and political structure of the modern world.

(Prerequisite: Social Sciences 1 and 2) 

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Reading List

  • Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents
  • Jean-Paul Sartre, Dirty Hands
  • Karl Marx, selections
  • Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition
  • Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex
  • Alexis de Tocqueville, On Democracy in America
  • Georg Willhelm Friedrich Hegel, Philosophy of Right
  • Franz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks