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Paradigm Shifts & the Nature of Human Knowing
Facilitator: Phil Kesten, Physics
At some time or another, many – perhaps all – disciplines have experienced a sea change in thought, when one or more scholars have pushed beyond the limits of the field's traditional approaches, assumptions, and understandings.Such dramatic, often rapid, changes that result in a shift away from previously accepted ways of thinking about a discipline can provide the opportunity for you to explore how people learn and how we think.In addition, understanding the sometimes wildly different ways knowledge is constructed and evidence interpreted in different disciplines can help you reflect more insightfully on your own education.This pathway includes courses that address ways of thinking within a discipline that are departures from the accepted norms and courses that include the usual ways of knowing and understanding in a discipline.
Exploring the pathway…
Look for the ways in which the topics in your Paradigm Shifts & the Nature of Human Knowing pathway courses are connected to the themes of the pathway.You might find it helpful to explore questions such as these:
·What are the ways that knowledge, approaches, and assumptions are identified?
·How can you apply this understanding to gaining insight into how you yourself come to know and understand?Can you tie this insight to an understanding of your past and future educational choices?Can you tie this insight to an understanding of your vocational choices?
·Identify specific examples of a paradigm shift in your pathway courses.In what ways did a departure from the accepted norms in a discipline come about?What similarities and differences can you find between the ways departures from previously accepted ways of thinking occur in different disciplines?
·Can you identify the emergence of an issue associated with the themes of this pathway in more than one of your pathway courses, that is, can you find a thread that is common to a number of these disciplines?
·Can you identify either overlapping or opposing approaches to the way we know and understand, based on your pathway courses?
·Can you identify connections between the themes of this pathway and topics you have studied in your major?
You may discover that some of your instructors in courses in the Paradigm Shifts & the Nature of Human Knowing pathway don't directly mention a paradigm shift or directly address the nature of knowing.That's okay – it's up to you to find the connections and common threads in these courses.By reflecting on and synthesizing that understanding across a number of courses for yourself, rather than having your instructors make the connections for you, you will learn more deeply in a way that can complement other aspects of your Santa Clara education.
HIST 84 Women in American Society (cross-listed with WGST 57)
HIST 137 The Soviet Experiment
HIST 177 Gays and Lesbians in United States History (cross-listed with WGST 138)
HIST 188S The Making of Modern America: The Progressive Era (formerly HIST 188)
Mathematics and Computer Science
*CSCI 10 Introduction to Computer Science
*CSCI 161 Theory of Automata and Languages I
*CSCI 162 Theory of Automata & Languages II
*CSCI 163 Theory of Algorithms (cross-listed with COEN 179)
*CSCI 164 Computer Simulation
*MATH 14 Calculus & Analytic Geometry IV
MATH 51 Discrete Mathematics (cross-listed with COEN 19)
MATH 101 Survey of Geometry
*MATH 113 Topology
*MATH 122 Probability & Statistics I
*MATH 123 Probability & Statistics II
*MATH 125 Mathematical Finance (cross-listed with FNCE 116)
*MATH 170 Development of Math
*RSOC 91 Native Spiritual Traditions
*SCTR 35 Science vs. The Bible: The Genesis Debates
*SCTR 128 Human Suffering and Hope
*SCTR 165R RSS: Gender & Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation (cross-listed with WGST 148)
*SCTR 170 Darwin & God
*SCTR 170R RSS: Darwin & God
TESP 2 Magicians, Athletes and God: Fantasy Literature and Christian Theology
*TESP 50 Catholic Theology: Foundations
*TESP 58 Theology of Vatican II
*TESP 124 Theology of Marriage
*TESP 127 Theology of Family
*TESP 176 Nature, Humanity, Spirituality
Women's and Gender Studies