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Knowledge, Rationality and Understanding (No longer offered as of fall 2012)

* This SINQ & cluster no longer offered as of Fall 2012 *

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The Knowledge Rationality and Understanding cluster is ending effective Fall 2012 and are being replaced with a new cluster – Knowledge Values Rationality cluster.

Those previously in these clusters may take the following pathways to complete this new cluster:
 
A student who has Knowledge Rationality Understanding or Morality SINQ can meet the cluster course requirements by taking one or more courses from the Knowledge Values Rationality cluster.

A student who has already taken Knowledge Rationality Understanding or Morality SINQ, but still needs additional SINQs to meet UNST requirements, may count Knowledge Values Rationality SINQ as one of their options.

A student who has taken previously approved cluster courses listed in Knowledge Rationality Understanding or Morality cluster may use those courses to meet the Knowledge Values Rationality cluster course requirements.

A student who has taken previously approved cluster courses listed in Knowledge Rationality Understanding or Morality cluster, but still need to take the connected SINQ, may meet the SINQ requirements by taking the Knowledge Values Rationality SINQ.

Other cases will be resolved on a case by case basis.  Students should not be disadvantaged by having to take additional University Studies requirements because of this programmatic change.

A student can only count Knowledge Values Rationality SINQ once to meet the UNST requirements.

Knowledge, Rationality and Understanding (no longer offered as of fall 2012)

Knowledge, rationality and understanding are at once the chief goals of the academic enterprise and the subject of much current academic discussion.  This study of their natures and the methods of achieving them have both theoretical interests and a practical benefit.  Logic, science and certain mathematical disciplines aim to discover rational methods of achieving knowledge and understanding.  Assessments of these methods call upon the disciplines of epistemology, psychology and philosophy of science.

Sophomore Inquiry: Knowledge, Rationality and Understanding

(UNST 238)

An introduction to the cluster Knowledge, Rationality and Understanding, the course deals briefly with the nature of these, with the techniques of achieving them and with general criticisms of the techniques. Its main aim is to promote the kind of critical inquiry that has been so successful in advancing modern science, both physical and social.

This SINQ leads to the Knowledge, Rationality and Understanding Cluster.

Approved Cluster Courses:

Academic Year 11-12

*Courses listed below are all Approved Cluster Courses.  Please refer to the PSU Class Schedule for courses offered for the term.

PHL 305U The Philosophy of Medicine
PHL 306U Science and Pseudoscience
PHL 307U Philosophy of Social Science
PHL 318U Philosophy of Medicine
PHL 320U Critical Thinking
PHL 321U Practical Epistemology
PHL 324U Introduction to Formal Logic
PHL 325U Introduction of Formal Logic II
PHL 331U Philosophy of Education
PSY 300U Personal Decision Making
PSY 491U Decision Making I
PSY 492U Decision Making II
SYSC 339U Models in Science
SYSC 399U Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling