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.
This course is designed to introduce students to the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) program and concepts of interdisciplinary knowledge more generally, including the introduction of a learning portfolio. We will use the topic of LIMITATIONS to introduce the concepts of interdisciplinary knowledge production. The course will be loosely structured around questions of how ideas are put into action and how actions and events shape ideas; in other words, how knowledge is produced and why ideas matter.
Possibly questions might include -- * What limitations shape my experiences and how do they shape my identity? * Which of my limitations are beyond my control? * Are some of my limitations self-imposed? * What can I learn from observing how others live with or overcome limitations? * Does technology lure us with a promise of removing limitations?
Student learning goals
Critically analyze the different ways in which limitations impact our lives, both personally and socially becoming capable of posing, answering, and reposing a variety of complex questions;
Evaluate course readings and reflect on class discussions and exercises to formulate and defend your own positions on central debates presented in the course, able to think about where one has come from, integrate what they are currently learning, and make goals for the future.
Become a better communicator, one who is capable of convey and understanding multifaceted ideas in a variety of styles.
Understand the concept of interdisciplinary knowledge production and the ways in which it underwrites all aspects of the IAS program;
Become a better researcher, one who is able to use the resources at UWB and elsewhere both efficiently and effectively;
Deepen collaboration skills, as both a learner and a researcher.
General method of instruction
Most of the time in the classroom will be focused on discussion, group work, films, workshops, and writing.
Class assignments and grading
Working in research clusters, students collaborate on a research agenda of their choosing and have the opportunity to present their findings several times throughout the quarter. Additional formal and informal writing assignments are required. Students will also compile a learning portfolio.
Course contribution, writing assignments, research proposal, and learning portfolio.