Syllabus: Ignorance and Inquiry

Thomas Daniel Girshin


Ignorance and Inquiry is an undergraduate lower-level writing course designed to also fulfill a requirement within a medium comprehensive university’s new general education component. Rooted in writing pedagogy and rhetorical theory, the course engages students in pursuit of questions across disciplinary boundaries. The course analyzes the epistemic conditions of research across disciplines. One of the unique elements of this course is its heavy reliance on invited experts to share their narratives of scholarly exploration. 


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