James W. Harrington
Enables graduating geography majors to articulate and assess their academic development and professional readiness by examining ways of representing geographic skills and capabilities. Offered: Sp.
The course has three salient student-learning objectives: 1. Self-representation: Each student should increase her/his ability to state her/his core knowledge (“What it means to be a geographer focusing on…”), skills (specific tasks that the student is able to undertake), and broad capabilities (such as team work, division of labor, problem identification (in what realms)). 2. Self-assessment: Each student should increase his/her ability to assess his/her level of mastery of core knowledge, skills, and capabilities, should be able to point to some of the experiences that led to the current level, and should gain some idea of how to increase his/her mastery in the future. 3. Professional strategies: Each student should develop some specific ideas for entering or advancing within a professional field; and should be able to relate her/his self-representation and self-assessment to some key requirements of the field.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
discussion and workshop
senior status in Geography
Class assignments and grading
Developing a portfolio and resume; Readings about self-assessing one's abilities
Portfolio; resume; discussions; reporting on readings