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Bruce E. Kochis
BIS 300
Bothell Campus

Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Introduction to advanced work in interdisciplinary studies centered on broadly based questions and problems. Stresses the skills necessary to engage in upper-division research and learning in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program.

Class description

The course will explore the concept of the mind from the perspectives of philosophy, cognitive science, religion, art, and language. Students will explore their own minds and find similarities and differences with other minds. A research process will broaden the perspective beyond the self into questions of society and culture.

Student learning goals

Students will enhance their ability to do critical conceptual analysis.

Students will see the concept of mind from different perspectives.

Students will enhance their ability to writing simply about complex things.

Students will learn to read deeply.

Students will enhance their abilities to collaborate.

Students will begin to develop skills in interdisciplinary research.

General method of instruction

Dialogue, in small and large groups.

Recommended preparation

Read and think and then read some more.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly short writing assignments and a final research proposal.

Quality of writing--insight, coherence, organization, and mechanics.


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 Bruce E. Kochis
Date: 08/23/2011