FYS*101*13 Description

First-Year Seminar

This course explores the role of rational thought-and lack thereof-in shaping discourse in modern society. How is it that thoughtful and intelligent people can come to vastly different conclusions concerning controversial issues such as climate change, the pro-life vs. pro-choice debate, and what exactly constitutes "fake news"? In what ways does society stifle and/or encourage careful, reasoned analysis of these issues? To what extent do science and religion conflict with one another? How does the discourse in modern American society compare to those of other times and cultures? These questions will be explored through readings, student research, and in-class discussions. Students will develop their abilities as critical thinkers, writers, and public speakers through a series of written assignments and oral presentations.