Kristine E. Kellejian
B CUSP 135
Strengthens performance of college-level argumentative writing and scholarly research, critical reading and thinking, and the critique and the creation of print and new media texts. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 101, B CUSP 114, or B CUSP 134. Offered: AWSp.
Gumshoe: Learning to Practice Critical Inquiry and Research through Detective Work
Course Description: Memorable learning experiences are often associated with stories and storytelling. In this course, we will use detective stories as a metaphor to practice effective methods of critical inquiry and research. Most detective stories begin in similar ways to critical inquiry projects, namely, with a question and subsequent journey into the unknown. Like detective stories that commonly pose the question “Who Done It?”, good critical inquiry and research projects require identifying a query of interest and significance and the often messy practices of tracking down answers to arrive at informed (and often complex) conclusions. We will use specific process-heavy detective stories as both inspirations for our own critical inquiry projects and as models of different forms of research we will practice in and beyond the classroom. These detective stories will help us engage in acts of hypothesizing, research strategizing, artifact collection, record-keeping, deduction, synthesis, ethics, communication, and presentation, among other learning practices.
Student learning goals
Course Learning Outcomes At the end of the course students should be able to… A. Make parallels between the exhilarating and frustrating experiences of research depicted detective stories to apply in practicing critical inquiry B. Define several methods of research C. Identify and develop research questions to follow to conclusions D. Practice a variety of research strategies and artifact collection E. Compose a short research project based on critical inquiry
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading