B CUSP 104
Examines an important social issue such as ecology, art, political change, the power of media, educational reform, or the role of science in contemporary culture through interdisciplinary investigation, and the lens of the visual, literary, and performing arts. Offered: A.
This course welcomes students into a culture of interdisciplinary learning that engages their abilities to examine Biology and the Arts and draw salient and significant connections between these disciplines. We incorporate various learning strategies—intellectual, visual, aural, written and kinetic—that allow the students to undergo a highly textured learning experience.
Students in this course will simultaneously explore the relationships between scientific method (developing hypotheses, collecting evidence and interpreting the experimental data) and the artistic process (creating ideas, developing themes and crafting a presentation). Augmented with readings covering biology, critical theory and aesthetic philosophy, this course will be a unique opportunity for students to understand the (all too often tacit) relationship between science and the arts and to foster an appreciation for both.
Student learning goals
Appreciate the diverse learning opportunities available within a university.
Integrate different learning styles and practices that will help you towards your professional goals.
Evaluate what you learn, particularly what you read, what you see in graphs and how you physically move through the environment.
Write and speak clearly about how complex topics intersect.
Work cooperatively and independently.
Enrich your life outside of the university through what you've learned in this class.
General method of instruction
Instruction will include in-class discussion, readings, small and large writing assignments, labs, and workshops
Class assignments and grading