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George Mobus
T GH 203
Tacoma Campus

Themes in Global Honors

Explores connections between the local and global, and between the individual, the community, and the world, through a given theme. Draws on broad interdisciplinary and international perspectives.

Class description

This course will explore one of the most overlooked yet important aspect of human cognition, the ability to translate complex real aspects of the world into a simpler representation - a map. Maps are more than just pieces of paper that show roads and cities. The general concept of a map is quite possibly the most important tool that has ever been created. It includes not only ways to represent physical landscapes or terrains but also ways to represent how your brain and mind work! We will examine a variety of maps from the geographical to the mental. From the global (geopolitical) to the way neurons in the brain represent real objects in the world.

This could easily be one of the most intellectually challenging courses you may ever take (outside of the rest of the Global Honors program, of course). You will be asked to think deeply and develop good questions about the subject. And we move pretty quickly, so be ready for an intellectual rush!

Student learning goals

See syllabus.

General method of instruction

We will be using a combination of instruction (lecture and reading), discussion (lots of it), maintaining a personal journal reflecting on-going learning as well as questions you develop, and a hands-on mapping project with a 'noble' purpose.

Recommended preparation

No real prerequisites except for prior evidence of scholarship, an appreciation of some algebra, and an intense curiosity about the world and how it works.

Class assignments and grading

See syllabus.

See syllabus for details.


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.
Syllabus
Last Update by George Mobus
Date: 02/20/2008