Arnold S Berger
B CUSP 110
Examines an important social issue such as ecology, the role of technology in society, bioethics, or global and local health concerns through interdisciplinary investigation, and the disciplined scientific study of the natural world. Offered: A.
This interdisciplinary course looks at the origins of selected topics in modern society and how they came to their level of prominence. The course also provides students with baseline academic skills, especially scholarly literature retrieval, review, and writing. Topics are geared towards all freshmen students, regardless of studentsí background or intended college focus.
Student learning goals
Use academic databases to locate, obtain, and evaluate pertinent scholarly print and electronic literature. Also, be able to cite sources accurately and responsibly.
Describe the origins of the major topic issues discussed and provide their own interpretation of the significance of these issues.
Use quantitative methods to reinforce and explore concepts introduced through discussions and reading.
Gain competence in using computer technology in small group discussions with other students (Blackboard) and in word-processing
Approach selected issues from multiple disciplinary perspectives and using critical inquiry skills.
Identify the major components of scholarly articles from a variety of disciplines.
General method of instruction
The course will be composed of a mixture of: o Lectures o Group exercises o Group presentations o Multimedia presentations
o Students should have read the 2007 Common book, "Field Notes From a Catastrophe", by Elizabeth Kolbert o Students should have a working knowledge of algebra, with a particular emphasis on Logarithms o Knowledge of using spreadsheet programs, such as Microsoft Excel is a plus
Class assignments and grading
Assignments will include the following: o Readings from assigned texts o Written assignments o Quantitative problem sets
Quizzes: 10 points x best 7 of 8 quizzes = 70 points Composition Papers and Exercises: 140 points Homework assignments: 60 points Origins final project: 80 points Final paper: 40 points 2 drafts: 20 points (10 points x 2)