How do we know what we know? Introducing scepticism and the theory of knowledge
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HP187
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
This course takes a closer look at epistemology, or the theory of knowledge. The course is aimed at students looking to consider broad questions involving knowledge production as well as how we internalise information. It is not intended to delve into traditional philosophical arguments; rather, we will consider questions that affect our willingness (or not) to believe in ‘knowledge’ presented to us. We will look at two case studies, a forgery (the case of Li Hongzhang) and ethnic impersonation (Chung Ling Soo) in order to probe further into how knowledge is packaged, disseminated, and internalised.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Some topics we will cover in class are:
• How do we come to know the things we think we know?
• How do emotions affect our perceptions and beliefs?
• Is there such a concept as responsible belief? If so, how should it be practised?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Be able to articulate and critically evaluate their own position in regards to how knowledge is constructed, circulated, and understood
• Explain some theories and arguments in a focused subfield of epistemology
• Be provided with a foundation for further engagement.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The module is introductory and assumes no prior knowledge.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The duration is 4 hours. Tutor will provide reading material. Course will be delivered online through tutor presentation and discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs. Readings will be provided by tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see City Lit's website for full range of philosophy courses currently on offer.
Amy Matthewson received her doctorate in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her research explores race relations through visual and material culture, specifically China’s relationship with the global community in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As a lecturer, Amy creates interactive and engaging learning environments to support students in their learning by using PowerPoint presentations with various graphics such as maps, images of key politicians and events as well as political cartoons, paintings, and photographs for greater stimulation and engagement.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.