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Context: Developing Critical Perspectives

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Spring 2016
Interdisciplinary Studies Field 98.5 / 198.5
1-3 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

*Adds and Drops have been processed, so there is now room for enrollment.  Please email facilitator for course info if you wish to add, but did not attend the first day*


Thursdays, 6:30-8PM
87 Dwinelle
ISF 98.5: 45514 (lower division)
ISF 198.5: 45589 (upper division)
1, 2, or 3 unit options P/NP
Spring 2016

This course is designed with two ideas in mind: no pressure and versatility.   No matter our major, field of interest, or future career, we will be using analytical skills and be communicating about the local and global topics in our life.  Too often though, the majority of our dialogue is graded or being critiqued, which directs our thinking in how we should express ourself.  This is a no-pressure environment that fosters mutual-respect and understanding for your own unique perspectives. Grading is based on participation, and the participation is in your own style. The few, short assignments given, while topic-based, will be specically geared to your own personal interest within them.

Discussions will be one-on-one with different partners or in small groups no larger than four in order to accomodate those who would not normally speak out in large groups.  We really want this to be a relaxing and safe place for us to practice and hone our communication and analytical skills.  A bonus side is that you will get to really know some of your fellow Bears!!!


Key Learning Outcomes:
In general, the student will be able to establish context when analyzing current events, social issues, and cultural development through an interdisciplinary approach. Specifically, the student will be able to identify multiple perspectives, cognitive biases, and how to communicate diplomatically.  Students will also learn how to identify and apply the following in their methodology: Awareness of media filters,  semiotic analysis, cognitive biases, linguistics, historical perspectives, an interdisciplinary approach, quantitative and qualitative analysis, listening and communication skills, intercultural awareness, and other skills for the determination and analyzing of context. 

The ultimate objective is for every student to gain the skills and practice that will help them personally contribute to the general dialogues of daily life. 

How to Enroll:

*Adds and Drops have been processed, so there is now room for enrollment.  Please email facilitator for course info if you wish to add, but did not attend the first day*


Thursdays, 6:30-8PM
87 Dwinelle
ISF 98.5: 45514 (lower division)
ISF 198.5: 45589 (upper division)
1, 2, or 3 unit options P/NP
Spring 2016

Course Contact: ckerr AT berkeley.edu

Website: http://adventuresinhistoryandculture.com/uc-b...ng-critical-perspectives/

Faculty Sponsor: Prof. Peter Sahlins

Time & Location:

SectionFacilitatorsSizeLocationTimeStartsStatusCCNs
Section 1Charissa Kerr
3087 DwinelleTh 6:30p-8p1/28full

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