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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

US 219 Forging Truth: How We Use Story to Make and Know Reality

Forging Truth is a class devoted to understanding how stories-both real and imagined-shape the way that we see the world. Some questions that the class will investigate are as follows: Is there really a difference between fiction and non-fiction? Can the story elements in sitcoms, advertisements and video games actually affect the way we think about things in the real world? In what ways can we or can’t we trust the stories that journalists tell us? How have stories shaped us into the people who we are today? Through dedicated reading, writing and discussion on and about a diversified assortment of texts that incite these questions, students will learn to better understand the narrative forces that seek to influence their lives daily.