Thinking Clearly in Difficult Times

Fall
Fall 2019
Olympia
Olympia
Evening
Evening
Freshman-Senior
Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 25
25% Reserved for Freshmen
8
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Stephen Beck
philosophy

When we are inundated with information and misinformation on all sides, how can we sort through it all and come to reasonable, reflectively acceptable positions on the central issues of our day? How do we think our way through pressing social issues that require responses—issues such as climate change and social inequality?

In this writing-intensive program in ethical and social philosophy, students will be introduced to the foundations of thinking and writing clearly about social issues. Students will do this through reading carefully texts in ethics and social philosophy, through writing about these texts and critiquing each others' writing, and through conducting library research into a contemporary issue of their choice. Students who work diligently will improve their abilities to reason well and write clearly so as to contribute to important conversations about our shared future. As our program work will strengthen core academic skills of writing, critical thinking, and library research, this program will serve as a foundation for more advanced academic study in the humanities and social sciences.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

humanities and social sciences. 

8

Credits per quarter

Fields of study: 
Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Freshman-Senior
Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 25
25% Reserved for Freshmen
Evening

Scheduled for: Evening

Located in: Olympia