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Nancy L Kool
B CUSP 119
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core III: The Portfolio and Experiential Learning

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.

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Course Title: "Animal Being"

Whether in philosophy or science, definitions of "animal" have tended 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 other animals. This course will explore the question of where to locate the line between the human animal and non-human animal species. In this course we’ll consider, first, indigenous and traditional peoples' views of animals; current evolutionary theory and recent research in animal tool and language use; love and affection; and human-animal 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, and the production of a final portfolio reflecting the quarter and the entire 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.

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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: 02/08/2010