Our ability to communicate is a fundamentally important human capacity but this capacity can be impaired. Might womens' orders or refusals be systematically undermined in some contexts? Might some speakers unjustly count as less credible simply due to their social identity? Might some people decide against speaking because they realize that their audience believes negative stereotypes about them? These are just some of the ways that a person's ability to communicate can be interfered with. With an emphasis on the pragmatics of language use, this course will explore many others.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 16

Prerequisites: Open to Juniors and Seniors without prerequisite and to Sophomores who have taken one course in philosophy.

Instructor: McGowan

Distribution Requirements: EC - Epistemology and Cognition

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered