PHIL 118
Meaning, Communication and Society
Last Offered Spring 2023
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

The primary way we interact with others is through the use of language. We use language to communicate meanings in order to accomplish a variety of goals: to convey information, make requests, establish rules, utilize power, issue protests, and much more. We coordinate our lives through sounds from mouths, signs from hands, and squiggles on paper because somehow sounds, signs, and squiggles have meanings. This course is an investigation into how language is used to express meaning, and how such expression can have real interpersonal and societal impact. Using resources from philosophy and linguistics, we will study various ways in which literal and non-literal uses of language influence our social lives. Of particular interest will be how language can be used to establish, reinforce, and resist power relationships involving race and gender.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3946
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 3-4 papers (6-8 pages) each preceded by a complete draft.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Preference given to first year students and philosophy majors.
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
WS Notes: Students will submit papers and drafts that will receive comments on content, writing style, and argument structure. Students will periodically meet with the professor to discuss paper planning and comments on submitted work.
DPE Notes: This course has a focus on the role of language in relationships involving power, oppression, and group inclusion between individuals belonging to various socio-political identities.
Attributes: Linguistics

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