FIRST YEAR SEMINAR COURSE OFFERING

Deception and Communication in Our Lives: Personal, Social and Mediated Deception

Professor: R. Sanford

Term: Spring

Year: 2011

Course Code: FY-101-CO51

This course addresses the ways in which we conceive of, practice, tolerate, and detect deception in personal, social, and mediated formats. We will consider the forms of deceptive practices and the ethics of deceptive behaviors, as well as the outcomes and consequences of deception in various relational forms. This course will provide an opportunity to sharpen students’ higher-level academic skills, enhance their awareness of ethical issues in academia in general and the course topic in particular, and introduce them to the benefits of integrating university resources and extracurricular activities and events on campus to enrich their overall academic experience. Through the lenses of topics designed to be particularly relevant to first-year university students, students will gain experience in researching scholarly references, engaging in critical analysis of information from a variety of sources, and practicing their logical argumentation, oral discourse, and collaborative problem solving skills.