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Michael L. Goldberg
BIS 300
Bothell Campus

Interdisciplinary Inquiry

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.

Class description

Spring 2011 Interdisciplinary Inquiry: The Means and Ends of Education This course is designed to introduce students to the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) program and concepts of interdisciplinary knowledge more generally. Students should leave this course with a new awareness of their own role as not only consumers but also producers of knowledge.

This course uses a "problem-centered" approach, in which we will develop the intellectual capacities needed to identify, clarify, and generate a plan for addressing a problem that requires interdisciplinary academic skills to solve.

Student learning goals

Understand and appreciate the interdisciplinary production of knowledge and the ways in which it underwrites different aspects of the IAS Program

Gain a critical understanding of the IAS Program's diverse and interrelated (inter)disciplinary fields and methods of inquiry

Become better critical thinkers and writers, capable of posing, answering, and reposing a variety of complex questions

Become better researchers, able to use the resources at UWB and elsewhere in order to identify existing and complementary scholarly work while producing original knowledge through data gathering and interpretation

Become better speakers, able to communicate clearly and engagingly about complicated topics, arguments, and issues

Become better collaborators as learners, researchers, and teachers, including the use of educational technology.

General method of instruction

Mostly large and small group discussions and workshops--very few lectures. Students will be required to read carefully and write fairly often, much of which will be self- or peer-reviewed. Students will take on a fair amount of responsibility for the learning process in this class.

Recommended preparation

A willingness to ask difficult questions and a capacity for being challenged intellectually.

Class assignments and grading

Short writing assignments, essay and revision, research proposal (group project), portfolio.

Distributed fairly evenly among assignments, with an emphasis on the overall achievement demonstrated in the final portfolio.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Michael L. Goldberg
Date: 01/28/2011