Histories of Knowledges

Spring 2015. IDS 3000-101
LLA 223, TR 2:00-3:15


Paolo Freiri

Gloria Anzaldúa

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Jacques Derrida

Trinh Minh-ha







Dr. Derek Stanovsky | AsULearn

Office: LLA 125 | Phone: 262-2441
E-mail: stanovskydj@appstate.edu
Home page: www.appstate.edu/~stanovskydj

"I am not erudite enough to be interdisciplinary, but I can break rules." – Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, A Critique of Postcolonial Reason

Course Description:
This course will introduce central concerns of interdisciplinary studies through analyses of histories of knowledge production, definition, and categorization, cultural derivations and influences on what we know, the significance of paradigms and media, and the importance of perspective and situation in shaping what we define as knowledge. The aim is to provoke you to reflect on the connections between your various studies and classes as well as on the specific challenges and difficulties faced when combining and synthesizing different fields of study. W/MC/CD

All of our class readings will be available online and/or on library reserve.

Course Requirements:
The most important requirements for this course are regular class attendance, preparation, and participation. You should do all the readings and come to class prepared to ask and answer questions each day. Keeping this in mind, the formal grading requirements are:

Class Participation and Online Writing 25%
Essay 25%
Exam 25%
Final Alternative Media Project 25%

The class participation portion of your grade will be based on regular class attendance and preparation, your active and positive participation in class discussions, as well as on periodic homework and in-class individual and small group assignments. It will also be based on your active contributions on AsULearn. Please check online often as it will have important information about assignments, readings, and other class information.

Two absences are allowed during the semester. Each additional absence will lower your class participation grade by one letter grade. More than six absences and/or failure to complete any of the graded assignments detailed below are grounds for failing the course.

You will write an essay. Because this is a "W" designator writing course, close attention to writing mechanics and style, as well as content, is expected. You are encouraged to make full use of the Writing Center. Topics for the essay will be posted online. Late essays will be docked one-third of a letter grade for each day late.

There will be an exam focusing on the readings and lectures on Wittgenstein.

Your final project will be to translate one of our class readings or texts into an alternative media project (e.g. video, performance art, photography, poetry, dance, music, theater, painting, etc.). You will present your project to the class for discussion during our regularly scheduled final exam period.

Students should be aware of the ASU policies on academic integrity, disability services, religious obervances, and student engagement.

Course Schedule:

T 1/13 Introductions.
TH 1/15 Hesiod, Theogony, lines 1-232.
T 1/20 Parmenides, On Nature.
TH 1/22 Plato's Republic: The Divided Line and The Cave.
T 1/27 Plato's Apology.
TH 1/29 The Examined Life. Video. Begin watching in class and discuss.
T 2/3 The Examined Life concluded.
TH 2/5 Freire, Chapter 2, Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
T 2/10 Borges, "The Analytical Language of John Wilkins."
TH 2/12 Foucault, "Las Meninas" from The Order of Things.
T 2/17 Nietzsche, "On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense."
TH 2/19 Whorf, "The Relation of Habitual Thought and Behavior to Language."
T 2/24 Anzaldúa, "How To Tame a Wild Tongue."
TH 2/26 Haraway, "Situated Knowledges."
T 3/3 Bring 400 words of your essay to class for discussion.
TH 3/5 Essay Due.
Spring Break
T 3/17 Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, Preface and Part I, §1.
TH 3/19 Part I, §2-43.
T 3/24 Part I, §65-123.
TH 3/26 Video shown in class: Jarman, Wittgenstein.
T 3/31 Video concluded. Part I, §143-155.
TH 4/2 Part I, §243-341.
Easter Break
TH 4/9 Discussion and Review.
T 4/14 Exam.
TH 4/16 Derrida, "Différance." Derrida Video in class.
T 4/21 Video concluded. Discussion.
TH 4/23 Trinh, "Documentary Is/Not A Name." Trinh, Reassemblage video in class.
T 4/28 Discussion.
TH 4/30 Conclusions.
Final Exam Period Friday, May 8, Noon - 2:30 PM: Final alternative media projects presented to the class for discussion.