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University Connected Learning
Humanities disciplines, historically and contemporarily, contribute to and challenge the foundations, assumptions, and perspectives of scientific inquiry. Through the study of language, culture, literature, history, philosophy, and communication, the Humanities offer insight into how the objectivity of science, the popularization of its findings, its influence on society, and more is constructed through its primary texts, research practices, and epistemological values. In this course, we will explore a series of books, historical and modern, including primary texts and contemporary critiques to question and challenge how we understand science as both an object and method of inquiry. With lectures from leading faculty across the Humanities disciplines, intensive small group discussions, and a focus on influential texts representing a cross-section of cultures and contexts, “Great Science Books” engages students in the practices of thoughtful reflection, critical thinking, and shared inquiry that are the foundations of a good life, a successful career, and a vibrant democracy.