B CUSP 107
Through collaborative and interdisciplinary learning, students develop a knowledge base, skills, habits of inquiry, and imaginative vision. Focuses on individuals, society. Offered: A.
This course investigates human perceptions and the impacts they have on thought, philosophy, technology, and society. We explore two seemingly different areas - physics and environmental geography- and discuss ways in which different bodies of knowledge contribute to meaning and perspectives of the world around us.
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the course, the content is designed to facilitate discussion between the two subject areas. We explore how Galilean Relativity and Newtonian Mechanics radically shifted the ways scientists conduct physics, and how they changed the way Europeans thought of themselves in relation to the environment and the rest of the universe. Similarly, we investigate how Quantum Mechanics revolutionized the way we understand the physical universe, and explore how it can help reestablish connections between humankind and nature as advocated by environmentalists like David Suzuki.
Students will use algebra, trigonometry, and simple geometry for class discussions and workshop activities. They will write critical essays on course topics, as well as on their own ideas of how they relate to spaces with personal meanings.
The course is accessible to students who have no experience with physics, but also challenging for those with background in the field.
Student learning goals
Investigate the complexity of how the meaning(s) of space and place is constructed and shaped.
Communicate complex ideas in both written and verbal forms.
Learn to approach ideas analytically and construct cogent arguments and explanations.
Appreciate how different approaches in thought result in different outcomes.
Demonstrate reasoning and analytical skills through examples in the development of science.
Organize source material and prepare to write a research paper.
General method of instruction
Class activities, discussion, and occational lecture.
Class assignments and grading