Bruce E. Kochis
Introduction to advanced work in interdisciplinary studies centered on broadly based questions and problems. Stresses the skills necessary to engage in upper-division research and learning in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program.
The course will explore the concept of the mind from the perspectives of philosophy, cognitive science, religion, art, and language. Students will explore their own minds and find similarities and differences with other minds. A research process will broaden the perspective beyond the self into questions of society and culture.
Student learning goals
Students will enhance their ability to do critical conceptual analysis.
Students will see the concept of mind from different perspectives.
Students will enhance their ability to writing simply about complex things.
Students will learn to read deeply.
Students will enhance their abilities to collaborate.
Students will begin to develop skills in interdisciplinary research.
General method of instruction
Dialogue, in small and large groups.
Read and think and then read some more.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly short writing assignments and a final research proposal.
Quality of writing--insight, coherence, organization, and mechanics.