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Nancy L Kool
B CUSP 118
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core III: The Portfolio and Experiential Learning in Individuals and Society

Evaluates progress at the conclusion of the first year through the construction of a portfolio and offers an experiential learning opportunity, either on- or off-campus. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 115, B CUSP 116, or B CUSP 117; may not be repeated. Offered: Sp.

Class description

Western scientific and philosophic traditions have defined "animal" to emphasize the differences between "higher" human and "lower" non-human species. Recent empirical research in animal behavior and paleontology, however, consistently challenges the assumption of a stark divide between humans and non-human animals. This course will explore the question of where to locate the line between the human animal and non-human animal species. Central to this course will be what scientists refer to as “theory of mind.? We’ll also consider indigenous and traditional peoples' views of animals; how artists and poets depict animals; current evolutionary theory and recent research in animal tool and language use; love and affection; and human-animal co-evolution and ESP. The class will also feature at least one visit by an 8-year-old Australian Cattle Dog named Lily. The course will be built around daily discussions and activities both inside and outside the classroom, experiential learning, a variety of writing assignments, and the production of a final portfolio reflecting your first-year experience. Readings and other texts will range from poetry to scientific journal articles, art, and documentary films. The class will also feature at least one visit by an 8-year-old Australian Cattle Dog named Lily.

Student learning goals

Communication; Critical Thinking

General method of instruction

Class discussions on a variety of topics, readings, and films will be the key. Lecturing will be limited to the presentation of specialized background information (for instance, history of science). This class will be highly interactive, and contribution and collegial engagement will be important to student learning.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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 Nancy L Kool
Date: 01/27/2011