Cook School of Intercultural Studies
The Art of the Question
Learn to ask questions as a tool for serving human needs
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Overview

You know where you are in the United States or the world based on how people ask questions. Questions are tools used in particular ways. We police (protect) questions in certain ways. We assume that certain people must ask certain types of questions. At the same time, the ability to ask a question aligns with confusing concepts such as social class or status. For many of us, the communities we come from have been defined by our inability to ask questions (to have our questions heard), as well as the powerful ability for people in power (or people who are seeking power) to make their questions important. In light of this, this course is offered as an anthropological introduction to “The Art of the Question”. The intention of this course is to assess what it means to ask a question so that we may see how the actions, abilities, and decisions to formulate questions are tied to the human needs that we are tasked with resolving as Christians. 

At the end of our journey, you will understand how asking questions is intimately connected to our understanding of how people live in the world. You will have learned how to ask questions as a key method for addressing deep political, environmental, racial, and religious situations. You will also have come to understand that questions must be treated with care and intentionality, for they are powerful tools to help humanity live out God’s plan for us on earth.

This course features the teachings of Dr. David Shane Lowry, Associate Professor of Anthropology at The Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University. In this course you will receive: 

  • Video lectures by Dr. Lowry to unpack the significance of asking questions 
  • Reflection questions to help you process what you learned in the videos
  • Fieldwork experiment assignments to help you apply your learning to your own life 



      Instructor
      David Shane Lowry
      Cook School of Intercultural Studies

      David Shane Lowry obtained his bachelor of science degree in anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his doctorate degree in anthropology from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (UNC). His scholarship focuses on human healing and empathy. His National Science Foundation (NSF) funded graduate research took place between 2009 and 2012 when he spent hundreds of hours with missionaries, healthcare providers, and social justice advocates from the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

      Lowry is writing two books. One book is an ethnography of Michael Jordan, and the other book is a story of how the Lumbee Tribe became a hub for healing in America. Recently, Lowry has been part of two research groups funded by the National Science Foundation & Sea Grant/NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) to study the environmental aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina. He teaches introduction to anthropology, medical anthropology, a course on Nike, and other topics related to his research and writing.

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      Syllabus

      Course Introduction
      Video
      Lesson Introduction:   Anthropology is...
      Overview
      Anthropology is Biblical, Part 1
      Video
      Anthropology is Biblical, Part 2
      Video
      Anthropology is Biblical, Part 3
      Video
      Anthropology is Biblical, Part 4
      Video
      Reflection 1
      Reflection
      Reflection 2
      Reflection
      Lesson Introduction:   Anthropology begins with...
      Overview
      A Conversation About Your Shoes, Part 1
      Video
      A Conversation About Your Shoes, Part 2
      Video
      A Conversation About Your Shoes, Part 3
      Video
      A Conversation About Your Shoes, Part 4
      Video
      Reflection 1
      Reflection
      Reflection 2
      Reflection
      Lesson Introduction:   The world is governed by...
      Overview
      WWJD? Part 1
      Video
      WWJD? Part 2
      Video
      WWJD? Part 3
      Video
      Fieldwork Experiment #1
      Reflection
      Fieldwork Experiment #2
      Reflection
      Reflection
      Reflection
      Lesson Introduction:   Questions are often used...
      Overview
      Your Grandma is on Facebook? Part 1
      Video
      Your Grandma is on Facebook? Part 2
      Video
      Your Grandma is on Facebook? Part 3
      Video
      Reflection
      Reflection
      Lesson Introduction:    Every life experience...
      Overview
      The End of Water, Part 1
      Video
      The End of Water, Part 2
      Video
      The End of Water, Part 3
      Video
      Fieldwork Experiment #3
      Reflection
      Reflection
      Reflection
      Lesson Introduction:   This lesson takes us...
      Overview
      The Supernatural, Part 1
      Video
      The Supernatural, Part 2
      Video
      The Supernatural, Part 3
      Video
      Reflection
      Reflection
      Lesson Introduction:   You have come to the end...
      Overview
      Course Conclusion
      Video
      Reflection 1
      Reflection
      Reflection 2
      Reflection
      Reflection 3
      Reflection
      Reflection 4
      Reflection
      Reflection 5
      Reflection
      Recommended Resources
      Misc
      Course Evaluation
      Misc

      Course FAQ

      Each lesson is designed to take approximately 2-4 hours, depending on how deeply you engage the assignments. Since this is a self-paced course, the time it will take you to complete it will depend on the speed with which you want to progress through the course.

      No. The course contains everything you need to successfully complete the course. Be sure to download the coursepack contained in this course so that you have all of the course materials. There are resources recommended at the end of the course that you are free to purchase if you wish to pursue further study on the course topic.

      Since this course is designed as a completely self-paced experience, you will not have any interaction with the professor during the course.