Session 1: Introduction
Overview of course themes: several technical aspects of developing expertise and several strategic aspects of developing expertise. General questions.
Identifying potential areas of expertise: Looking for the sweet spot where your interests and experiences overlap with areas of demand for expertise.
Assignments for next class: (1) Answer discussion questions about yourself and your world to help identify potential areas of expertise. (2) Think about people who might serve as models for the kind of expertise and authority you are striving to achieve. (3) Write a draft of a blog or an article in which you impart some useful knowledge to an identifiable audience (here are some article formats that should get you going easily) (4) Choose one area from the syllabus of particular relevance to your interests for which you can help develop a class session (readings, exercises, a guest, and/or discussion topics).