HONORS 250 - Honors Social Sciences Seminar
Section: 003 Alternative Realities: Science and the Study of Human Perception
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Open to all Honors students.
May be elected twice for credit.
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This course will investigate a number of broad, highly subjective, inherently interesting questions about the nature of human perceptual experience. The broadest of these will be the question of cultural relativism: Do people from widely different cultures experience reality in fundamentally different ways? The alternative realities to be explored will be those attributable to cultures, subcultures, cults, historical eras, substances (i.e., drugs), and mental illness. Most importantly, the scientific enterprise itself, as one mode among others, of establishing an order of reality will also be presented in this context. Grades will be determined entirely by writing papers: one two-page weekly “commentary” paper discussing ideas and issues that are currently under discussion in class, and one longer paper due at the end of the term, in which the student develops a concept about the nature of human perception and how it generically relates to some concept of “reality”.

HONORS 250 - Honors Social Sciences Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
8LSA Hnrs
Tu 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: class will meet in Med Sci II, room 5613, the "Novy Library"
002 (SEM)
1LSA Hnrs
Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Evolution of Cognition and Social Science Ways of Knowing
003 (SEM)
1LSA Hnrs
Tu 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Th 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Science and the Study of Human Perception
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