Education in Society: Universities as Agents of Change, Ivory Towers, or Knowledge Factories|
Spring 2010 not offered
Universities are among the greatest yet among the most contested human achievements. From their founding to the present, they have raised questions about the role of free speech, the relationship of science to religion, and the role of universities in the application of new knowledge to law, government policies, medical practices, and military uses, to name just a few. Through discussions of readings, presentations by members of the university community, and other sources, this seminar will explore the multiple and changing roles that universities play in society, how they are structured, the ways they reflect and alter the cultures around them, and the reasons why they often become the battlegrounds for new ideas about the purposes of education, the uses of knowledge, and the future directions of society.
Speaking: All students are expected to participate actively in class discussion. Students will work in pairs to help lead discussion at each class meeting. They will also make brief presentations about the longer paper, covering such issues as what is the significance of the topic chosen, what questions they intend to pose, what relevant sources they hope to consult, and what tentative conclusions they think they may reach.
Writing: students will write several short papers and one 7-9 page paper. They will work in groups to comment on their writing in the short papers. They will also meet with the instructor to discuss a short paper and to prepare for the longer paper.
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