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Anupama Taranath
HONORS 212
Seattle Campus

Humanities for Honors Students III

Evolution of an idea or a discipline central to the humanities. Content varies from year to year. For University Honors Program students only. Offered: Sp.

Class description

"The Academic Life"

Our work this term is to use the academy as a site for deep, critical, and passionate investigation. To speak of an “academic life? allows us to highlight a multitude of structures and ways of thought: --various players in the academy and their relation to each other (students, staff and faculty), --how institutional politics of funding, legitimacy and validation structure our own pursuits of knowledge --how our own personal and community affiliations and identities (gender, sexuality, race, generation, class, disability status, family configuration etc.) might structure the ways that knowledge is produced -- how different fields imagine their different “texts? and “work? --the relationship between epistemology and methodology, or how we know what we know and how we do what it is we do.

Rather than speaking only abstractly about these concepts, we will try to ground our discussions and course work in our lived realities, the messy terrain of our own academic lives as community members engaged in scholarship.

required course texts:

Anthropology off the shelf Auto-Ethnographies: the anthropology of academic practices From Oppression to Grace: Women of Color and their Dilemmas in the Academy On Beauty- Zadie Smith

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Anupama Taranath
Date: 02/07/2012