Intellectuals and the Production of Knowledge|
Spring 2009 not offered
Facts--especially scientific facts--usually appear "as independent beings endowed with life, and entering into relations both with one another and the human race" (Marx, 1872). Marx was primarily interested in the products of physical labor when he wrote those words, but knowledge, too, is a COMMODITY: a product of human effort and exchange. It does not spring forth fully formed, but rather has a history, a social setting, and a cast of interesting (and interested) characters. Through case studies and cross-disciplinary readings, this course challenges students to examine the social forces that influence the production and producers of knowledge (scientific and otherwise).
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: SOC151 OR SOC152
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Hafferty, F., INTO THE VALLEY: DEATH AND THE SOCIALIZATION OF MEDICAL STUDENTS
Gould, S., THE MISMEASURE OF MAN
Assorted online readings
The readings listed above are tentative and may change before the start of classes.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three papers (two of which will be case studies)
Several short assignments designed to help students determine their paper topics
A reading journal
Attendance and participation
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
SISP majors who have not taken SOC 151 (or SOC 152) may obtain a prerequisite override from the administrative assistant in the Sociology Department, or directly from the instructor.
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