Thinking Clearly in Difficult Times
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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.
Class Size: 25
25% Reserved for Freshmen
Scheduled for: Evening
Final schedule and room assignments:
Located in: Olympia