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Philosophy and Social Inquiry
CSS 273 SP
This is a course in the philosophy of social science, tailored to fit into the overall curriculum of the College of Social Studies as its Junior Colloquium. The focus of discussion and occasional informal lectures will
how to characterize human social life as an object of reflection and inquiry, with special attention to the significance of cultural and other forms of diversity, and the nature and role of rationality, normativity,
and power dynamics in both constituting and understanding social life. We shall also consider the importance of material culture and natural-environmental interaction as aspects or components of the "social world," and
upon the aspiration to a social science and/or to objectivity as itself a social phenomenon as well as a governing norm of social inquiry. The written assignments will emphasize writing more directly about the social
at issue in the course, rather than about particular philosophers' theories about those phenomena.
Fay, CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE: A MULTI-CULTURAL APPROACH
Crosby, ECOLOGICAL IMPERIALISM plus extensive on-line reserve reading
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
3-4 papers on topics drawn from course reading and discussions
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
This course is the Junior Colloquium in the CSS. CSS juniors or seniors should obtain permission of instructor forms from the CSS office. Others desiring admission ought to have a good grounding in at least one of the
social sciences and should contact
the instructor directly.
Gen Ed Area Dept:
(CSS414 AND CSS416 AND CSS418)
Links to Web Resources For This Course.
- Instructor(s): Fay,Brian C.
- Times: .M.W... 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: PAC104;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 30)
- Curricular Renewal: Writing
- Permission: Permission of Instructor Required
POI forms will be distributed by the instructor during the browsing period of pre-registration and must be submitted to the Registrar's office prior to the on-line registration appointment
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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