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Collective memory, Social psychology, Cultural identity


An analysis of the team-taught course, Knowledge, Art & Power: The Social Construction of Knowledge. It critically analyzes and rejects both of the following claims: 1. Knowledge consists of eternal truths, 2. Knowledge is relativistic. In so doing, we focus on an understanding that knowledge serves selective interests; knowledge has a teleology (purpose)- i.e. power.

In this course we examine and analyze the relationships among and between knowledge, power and art. That means we must first understand what counts as knowledge. One way of understanding what counts as knowledge is to understand the way in which power is defined and the role politics plays in defining power. This exploration requires the input of a variety of readings from different fields of discipline since the relationships of knowledge, art & power occur throughout a variety of academic fields and all aspects of life. We read philosophical, political, literary (theatrical, fiction and non-fiction), scientific, artistic, social, historical and personal works to help us in our exploration.


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