What are the most important things you’ve learned in life? In other words, What do you know? Epistemology is the study of knowledge: how we know things, what counts as knowledge, how we organize it, and how we use it. We'll each ask ourselves what's my most significant knowledge and make a long list of things we’ve learned. Then as a learning community we’ll reflect on these, write about them, choose 10 to expand on and then 5 to deepen further. We’ll need to consider the process of where our knowledge comes from as well as “decolonizing” our thinking, meanwhile we’ll construct, reconstruct, analyze, and describe what we know and why it's important. Ultimately, this class is about taking an inventory of our individual knowledge; valuing and learning from our life journeys; sharing some of it communally; and learning from each other, our texts, and our guests. Class will consist of seminars, composition workshops, and guest panels. All texts (readings, podcasts, films, photos, poems, art works, etc.) will be provided; you will not need to buy anything for this class.
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This will be a reading, composition, and critical thinking class designed to develop skills useful in a variety of fields and endeavors, and will specifically prepare students for graduate school and careers in communications, organizing, information management, data analysis, nonprofit work, teaching, among others.