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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2004

GOV 335M • 3 - Politics and Reality - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35035 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
RAS 310
Edwards

Course Description

Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing. In this course we'll be reading and discussing various ideas about what makes different people experience reality differently, and how the differing ways people experience, or construct, reality can result in changes in reality - for them and for others - over time. We'll then ask how this knowledge can be used by people to create changes they desire. Much of our study will focus on basic aspects of everyday life, especially interpersonal and inter-group relations. However, from time to time, we'll also examine the practice of social science and some aspects of political action.

Grading Policy

Four essays plus class participation.

Texts

Ronald Laing "The Politics of Experience" Ballantine paperback Peter Berger & Thomas Luckmann "The Social Construction of Reality" Anchor paperback Owen Barfield "Saving the Appearances" Weslayan University Press paperback Plus handouts and/or downloads

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