Rebecca M Price
B CUSP 104
Examines an important social issue such as ecology, art, political change, the power of media, educational reform, or the role of science in contemporary culture through interdisciplinary investigation, and the lens of the visual, literary, and performing arts. Offered: A.
This course welcomes students into a culture of interdisciplinary learning that engages their abilities to examine Biology and the Arts and draw salient and significant connections between these disciplines. We incorporate various learning strategies—intellectual, visual, aural, written and kinetic—that allow the students to undergo a highly textured learning experience. Students in this course will simultaneously explore the relationships between scientific method (developing hypotheses, collecting evidence and interpreting the experimental data) and the artistic process (creating ideas, developing themes and crafting a presentation). Augmented with readings covering biology, critical theory and aesthetic philosophy, this course will be a unique opportunity for students to understand the (all too often tacit) relationship between science and the arts and to foster an appreciation for both.
Student learning goals
1. Appreciate the diverse learning opportunities available within a university.
2. Integrate different learning styles to formulate a study plan that suits you and guides you towards your professional goals.
3. Evaluate what you learn, especially what you read, what you see in graphs and how you physically move through space.
4. Write and speak clearly about how complex topics intersect.
5. Work cooperatively and independently.
6. Enrich your life outside of the university through what you've learned in this class.
General method of instruction
We will meet twice a week for lecture, hands-on projects and movement. The first part of class will consist primarily of lecture, then we will segue into a discussion, and we will conclude with a workshop. To prepare for each class, you complete the assigned readings and writing and ensure that you understand the previous class’s material.
Class assignments and grading
Journal, Workshop worksheets, short and long writing assignments, meetings with professors, in-class discussions
Journal........................20% Workshop worksheets............20% Short writing assignments......20% Long writing assignment........24% Meetings with professors....... 4% Discussions....................12%