Sociologists develop knowledge about the social world. But what counts as knowledge? How does knowledge relate to power? How do cultural factors shape knowledge? What is the status of knowledge in a post-truth society? Different kinds of knowledge are suited to diverse contexts. For example, what kind of knowledge is needed for a flourishing democratic society? What kind of knowledge is needed for the workplace? These are some of the questions that may be investigated in this topic, which introduces students to themes and debates in the sociology of knowledge.
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