Lecture 1 2013/2014 Winter

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Arts Culture and Media
Sarah Kleeb

• Epistemology: a theory of knowledge especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope, and the distinction between justified belief and opinion” • How do we know what we know? • What’s the diff between knowledge and opinion or belief? • What’s the role does subjectivity play in our certainties with regard to knowledge? • What social or cultural structures influence in which we (claim to) know things? • What happens when one person’s “known” is in direct opposition to another person’s known? Slide • We obtain info by consulting Google bit this is not necessarily a balanced source • Data but not a neutral source o Information is ranked  Top Dollar = top billing • Search engine optimization • Sponsored ad/ results o Use university library search engine Slide • Knowledge is info processed through a thinking human mind Slide • Plate defined knowledge as “justified true belief” • Expertise; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject • What is known in a particular field or in total; facts and verified information • Awareness gained by experience of a fact or situation • You make knowledge when you live it and think it Slide • Role of University o Asocial space in which knowledge is created, stored, transmitted, examined and critiqued o Teachers, Scholars and Students  Adynamic relationship • Each forms and informs the other • Not mutually exclusive categories o Ex. Teachers are also learners (students), and vice versa o We are continually processing information o Symbiotic relationship Slide • We created new knowledge through research, analysis and critique o We contribute to scholarly discourse • Knowledge is stored in libraries, textbooks, websites, students’and prof heads • We transmit knowledge when we engage one another in conversation (literal or imagines through writing), offer critiques and respond critiques of our own work and subject all of our scholarly output to a process or peer review Slide • Wikipedia is not a good source o No structure in place to ensure rigorous peer review  Encyclopedia (of all kinds) can work as a starting point • Don’t use as a s
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