Jeanne D. Heuving
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 serves as an introduction to the UWB Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences program. We will focus our attention on the effects of the media revolution in the last few decades as they alter the nature of education itself. We will consider the writing of an early pioneer in this field, Marshall McLuhan, and how diverse media (television, film, computers) are changing our relationship to knowledge, including our very perceptions. We will consider literature and the arts as well as social sciences. More generally, we will consider the aims of education and students' relationship to their own education. Students will be responsible for much of their own learning and will present their research to the entire group. The course will stress reading, critical thinking, writing, group work, and interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures, large and small group discussion, the classroom as seminar; the classroom as workshop
Students are expected to participate in all the class sessions and to come prepared to class.
Class assignments and grading
There will be a variety of assignments: paper writing, worksheets, and some numerical analysis.
75 per cent written work; 25 per cent course participation