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Paths to Knowledge

Each Paths to Knowledge (Paths) course is unique, asking students to consider different interdisciplinary topics from many angles.

This course is required for anyone who is fulfilling their General Education requirements using Honors courses for the Honors Track of the Drake Curriculum. The Paths course is designed to help you reflect upon your interdisciplinary courses of the past and prepare you to make the most out of your interdisciplinary studies in the future. The foci of sections of Paths to Knowledge differ depending upon the Honors faculty teaching. The lab must be taken with the same instructor who is teaching the course.

The two sections of Spring 2023 HONR 100: Paths to Knowledge courses will address: 

Education and Schooling: Why Bother? (Professor, Matthew Hayden, Interim Honors Program Director)

What is “education”? What is “schooling”, and what’s the difference? Why do we do either?  To what extent do education or schooling help us understand the world? To what extent do they limit our understanding of the world? When is education or schooling helpful or unhelpful? Both are assumed to necessary to life, but are they? This course will attempt to answer these, and other, questions about education and schooling, which constitute the perceived dominant method of knowledge transmission and discovery in the contemporary world. Through the disciplinary lenses of Philosophy, Economics, and Sociology, students will explore the origins, key characteristics, and applications of education and schooling. Students will learn more about their own philosophy and ideology of education and learn to deconstruct complex issues surrounding this vital domain of contemporary life through interdisciplinary thinking.

Philosophy of History and Historical Concepts (Visiting Assistant Professor, Cody Dolinsek)

What does it mean for something to have a history?  Does the history of a thing change that thing so that over time, it becomes something else?  Take the concept of rights.  Or take our understanding of war.  Various social, religious, political, economic, and ethical frameworks frame the way we understand rights and war or evolving political concepts.  This course will examine what it means for such concepts to have a history and how that should affect the way we understand them.



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