Norlin Course Descriptions

NRLN 2000: Constructions of Knowledge: Ways of Knowing in the Academy and Beyond

A course for incoming first-year students, Constructions of Knowledge: Ways of Knowing in the Academy and Beyond asks students to interrogate what their natural learning tendencies are, how they know what they know, and how to cultivate other ways of knowing beyond the intellectual. Students work individually and collaboratively analyzing how knowledge is created, discovered, and interpreted. They’ll explore such questions as: What human faculties are involved in learning, seeing, understanding and knowing? What conditions are present when revolutions in human knowledge arise? What is the relationship between knowledge and power? What is wisdom? Discussion and assignments encourage students to draw on many different ways of expressing knowledge, including the intellect, spirituality, intuition, and others. The class fulfills an Ideals and Values core requirement.

NRLN 3500: Constructions of Knowledge in the Fields

Constructions of Knowledge in the Fields supports students’ professional development by offering them an opportunity to investigate both how their prospective fields construct knowledge, and how the fields themselves are constructed. The course’s unique interdisciplinary approach encourages students to think more critically and creatively about all dimensions of a particular field, from its breaking news to its ancient history; from its working theories to its working conditions; from its major controversies to the politics and passions that fuel them. Through a kaleidoscope of theory, literature, case study, film, history, and creative nonfiction, students come to see and celebrate their fields as more than just bodies of knowledge, but as ways of knowing, living, working, and engaging in the world.

Norlin Electives

NRLN 3000: Norlin Scholars Special Topics

Provides students a small, interdisciplinary seminar experience focusing on critical reading and writing, discussion, and experiential and practical learning. Students will apply their disciplinary knowledge and personal experiences to course content. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours provided the topics are different. Restricted to Norlin Scholars.

The Spring 2015 NRLN 3000 class will be instructed by visiting Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Sylvester Maphosa. Dr. Maphosa is the Chief Research Specialist and Head of Unit: Peace and Security at the Africa Institute of South Africa.

Past classes have included:

  • Akua Monotype Workshop
  • American Film in the ’60s and ’70s
  • Anatomy of Restlessness
  • Ethics in Practice
  • The Biological Origins of Human Morality